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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.

Backlash is political not based on economic reality.

Outsourcing is a process change brought about as the result of economic growth. Change creates fear, and fear promotes irrational reactions. The current reaction to international outsourcing is the same reaction we have experienced in outsourcing to “right to work” states.

Much ado about nothing. Current political climate is ignoring global business environment.

It is a natural progression of world redistribution of value added wealth. It cannot be stopped.

Globalization of the economy is a fact, and offshore outsourcing is an integral part of that process. Backlash is a perfectly normal emotional response, but the fact of the matter is the jobs will disappear anyway if companies can not remain competitive.

Politicians and media stirring up the pot. This will blow over, and we’ll see no appreciable net change in tech jobs in the out years.

We have more of a “business decision” attitude in the U.S. vs. other countries where relationships are more important. Cost reductions are very hard for U.S. managers to ignore when making decisions.

I think businesses should do what’s best for business. In the long run, it’s better to have strong companies; that will lead to higher stock values and more jobs at home and abroad.

I believe in free markets — I believe the impact is uncertain.

It is the current version of the Luddite rebellion, and is irrational because the free flow of commerce will generally benefit the greatest number of people the most.

Companies outsourcing may have underestimated the total longer-term economic implications for them. Conversely, union organizations need to recognize the threat.

I feel that companies that are outsourcing should be required to notify their customers. Confidential or sensitive information (corporate or personal) should never be outsourced.

Companies have to be more efficient — offshoring can help. Profit pressure is always increasing.

We are a capitalist economy. Within reason and ethics, companies are well within their bounds to look for efficiencies; indeed, they are required to do so.

Believe it is a short-term concern driven by lagging economic situation and being exploited for political gain. In grand scheme of things, offshoring is not likely to significantly impact the U.S. job market one way or another. However, placing undue constraints on the outsourcing option could further dampen an economic recovery.

Most are politically motivated.

Believe it or not, we are being asked by other countries to bring jobs back to the U.S. because of the security and quality of work we can do that others can’t.

I don’t have any problem with companies seeking out the best-qualified, most economical resources. I do have a problem that we are not making the investment in our national infrastructure — including education — that ensures the domestic workforce is the best qualified and most efficient resource for U.S. and foreign companies.

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