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Reader Opinions on the Offshoring Backlash

Only 5 percent of those who are offshoring today say public disapproval will cause them to cut back.

Unfortunately, we have to compete in a global market and if we don’t utilize offshoring another company will and put us out of business.

It is typical knee-jerk reaction to companies trying to control costs and remain competitive in a worldwide market.

Anyone who thinks that they can prevent jobs from moving offshore by wishing against it has their head in the sand. Only a competitive advantage could prevent that from happening.

Need to keep positions in the U.S.

Offshoring is just one of many supply-chain decisions. Should consumers stop buying products built overseas by non-U.S. workers? It is the same type of decision businesses have to make.

The backlash is appropriate. U.S. jobs will be lost and it will take a while before/if they are replaced. In the end, customer service will diminish as well.

Ridiculous. Politicians would like to try to isolate us from the inevitable tide of global economics — comparative advantage; the more vigorous the measures, the more damaging it will be to our economy in the long run.

It will continue until the U.S. economy including relative personal wealth) aligns itself with the rest of the world.

Current administration is doing a poor job of communicating situation to the public.

It’s ridiculous. The free market should dictate where work is performed — as it always has.

Competitive tool to reduce costs — although any reduction in our current employee base is not done without due consideration.

Comments from Executives Who Don’t Offshore and Don’t Plan To

This is like finding out tobacco use is harmful to one’s health. Foreign outsourcing didn’t just begin a month ago. It may be recently new to service sector jobs, but manufacturing has been doing it for decades.

It is similar to the arguments against NAFTA and other tariff reductions — people are unnecessarily afraid of losing jobs.

For a company to survive in a global economy, they must take advantage of all reasonable cost-reduction opportunities. If they don’t, their competitors will and the company will be at a competitive disadvantage.

In principle this is no different than buying imported products made in foreign countries. As long as the same or better service levels are maintained it is here to stay.

Short-sighted. Laws of comparative advantage still apply!

The backlash is real; quality, high paying jobs are being lost permanently.

This is all part of globalization. They have been teaching about these effects coming on in college economics classes for more than 20 years. There have been a number of events such as the cable laying for Internet development that have happened recently to accelerate the process, but history tells us that isolationism doesn’t work, and so people need to get used to the idea that we now have to work to stay ahead of the curve, and that involves change.

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