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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.

Unless and until companies can explain and show that there is some positive impact, the Democrats have a real issue to put fear into worker’s minds. They used a similar tactic which worked on Bush I when they threatened Medicare cuts if he was re-elected.

It will continue, but outsourcers will have to be more sensitive to the real costs of dislocation. Most successful outsourcers will do new functions there, not displacing current personnel.

The backlash is reflective of the current economic insecurity in the U.S. compounded by homeland insecurity.

Outsourcing has a legitimate place in American business, but the backlash will continue as long as we are seeing a net loss in U.S. jobs. Some of the savings received by the company must be passed on to employees who are losing their jobs as a result of outsourcing, possibly in job training, or enhanced severance packages.

I feel that if they put Americans out of work that I must support through taxes, then they should pay a hefty surcharge to offset my increase in taxes.

Political diatribe. Practice is not new. Political feel-good legislation is not the answer to this non-issue.

Companies engaged in offshoring have wrapped themselves in the cloak of the global economy to achieve short-term profitability at the expense of the trust and loyalty of their workforce.

If it leads to an increase in my taxes due to worker displacement, etc., then I believe the companies should pay a hefty surcharge for using offshore employees.

This backlash is narrow-minded, self-serving, isolationist focused, while we should be working in a global environment.

Caution should be used to determine compliance with laws and adherence to professional standards. In this information age, the confidentiality and integrity of information should be maintained at all times.

Politics driven. No basis in fact. A function of globalization.

Some of it is unavoidable, but we need to stop and think if demanding lower prices is really in our long-term best interests.

Did consider and evaluate but decided against the move. This is no different to when a lot manufacturing moved offshore several decades ago — it’s inevitable when the comparative advantage “stacks up.”

Until U.S. workers stop pricing themselves out of the market, it is not surprising that a company utilizes outsourcing to remain competitive.

I am against offshore outsourcing, as there are plenty of Americans who can be trained to do the same job and who need jobs. The problem with Americans is we all think we are owed a certain entitlement, we must earn lots of money! Perhaps what we should be doing is reeducate the Americans that if we all want high salaries, there is a price that comes with that, and that is sending our jobs to countries that are willing to earn less.

I support the backlash and would prefer to think we are smart enough with “Washington’s” help to “help our own” with jobs in this country for the economic strength of the U.S. population.


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