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June 28, 2012

Outsourcing/Offshoring Is Fine When It's Funded by US Taxpayers

Yesterday the Editorial Staff were extremely diverted when President Obama's re-election campaign got caught doing exactly the same thing it [inaccurately] criticized Bain Capital for doing:

Perhaps if President Do As I Say, Not As I Do actually understood the meaning of the word "outsourcing", he would stop attacking American businesses for using the same cost-cutting methods as... the Obama Campaign!:
I’m not sure that either Obama or Biden has any clear idea what outsourcing means, and their application of the charge to Romney’s business career is dubious at best. But what makes this hilarious, rather than just futile, is that there is one organization we know for sure is a serial outsourcer: the Obama campaign! The Washington Free Beacon has the story:
The Obama campaign spent nearly $4,700 on telemarketing services from a Canadian telemarketing company called Pacific East between March and June, a Washington Free Beacon study of federal election filings shows.

Pacific East is not the only overseas telemarketing firm raking in cash from the president’s reelection campaign. Obama paid a call center in Manila, Philippines $78,314.10 for telemarketing services between the start of the campaign and March.

If outsourcing is a bad thing, why is the President's re-election campaign doing it? And if it's not a bad thing, why is the President trying to mislead voters and gin up outrage against American businesses?

Today, courtesy of Investor's Business Daily, it appears that The Outsourcer in Chief has actually managed to create some jobs using stimulus funds supplied by US taxpayers! This would be good news, except for one small problem: the jobs in question weren't created in America:

The Obama administration had no problem with approving a plan by electric car company Fisker to use part of its $529 million federal stimulus loan guarantee to build its manufacturing facility, and the 500 jobs it supports, in Finland. Fisker employees were laid off at an old General Motors facility in Joe Biden's Delaware that Fisker was supposed to refurbish.

Speaking of GM, Government Motors, whose international headquarters is in Shanghai, recently announced it would be developing an electric car platform with its longtime Chinese partner, the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation (SAIC). The president has no problem with that, either.

As part of doing business in China, GM, which has become virtually a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. taxpayer, must share its taxpayer-subsidized technology with Beijing as a cost of doing business there, including that used in the heavily subsidized Chevy Volt.

According to a recent report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C., nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power. Nearly 80% of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines, the study found.

No doubt White House spokesperson Jay Carney will be able to explain why it's perfectly fine for Uncle Sam to use American stimulus funds to stimulate foreign economies ship "our" jobs overseas - and pay for them with our money! But when American companies do the same thing with their own money, it's wrong and shameful.

And we can hardly wait to learn why the Washington Post, which followed up a fact check that awarded the Obama Campaign 4 Pinocchios for accusing Bain Capital of shipping US jobs overseas with a front page story repeating many of the same claims, didn't think we should know that the Obama Administration is funding the creation of foreign jobs with taxpayer money designated for stimulating the US economy?

We can hardly wait to hear all these explanations - in fact, we're feeling positively tingly with anticipation.

Posted by Cassandra at June 28, 2012 08:41 AM

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The explanation is so simple, though. There are standards for spending on stuff you care about, and then there are standards for spending on stuff you don't. The Dems are getting all the benefit of how the campaign money is spent, so of course they don't want to waste any. As long as the money being wasted would otherwise have been spent on evil things that promote the agendas of bad corporations, we should feel free to require them to overpay for all kinds of things that would be convenient for our constituents.

In all things, our standard must be: there can never be too much generosity with other people's money in aid of our pet projects.

Posted by: Texan99 at June 28, 2012 12:10 PM

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