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July 10, 2012

Sacre Bleu! WaPo Finally Investigates Obama's Record on Outsourcing!!!

... albeit with nowhere near the zeal they displayed in their front page investigation of Bain Capital. Most of the article deals with Obama's failure to
crack down on companies that outsource. Shockingly, the Prez blames those Do Nothing Congresscritters:

While White House officials say they have been waiting on Congress to act, Obama’s critics, primarily on the political left, say he has repeatedly failed in other ways to protect American jobs from being moved overseas. They point to a range of actions they say he should have taken: confronting China, reining in unfettered trade and reworking a U.S. visa program that critics say ends up sending high-tech jobs abroad.

...“I think he has walked away from the campaign commitments,” said Scott, the institute’s director of trade and manufacturing policy research. “He has done far too little to improve U.S. trade.”

According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, large American companies in 2010 barely added any workers in the United States, increasing their numbers by 0.1 percent, while they expanded their foreign workforce by 1.5 percent. That was business as usual — between 2004 and 2010, the bureau reported, foreign affiliates hired 2 million workers while 600,000 were added by the companies at home.

...“The president could not have been more emphatic about his vision for trying to eliminate the incentives for offshoring and increase incentives to create jobs here,” said Brian Deese, deputy director of Obama’s National Economic Council.

Translation: Unexpectedly(!), talking alone doesn't solve the problem! In a perfect world the President would gladly do more than emphatically repeating his own broken campaign promises, but those big meanies in Congress just won't let him! This latest in a never ending series of Presidential excuses would be more convincing if Obama hadn't been perfectly willing to go around Congress on issues he really cares about:

The health law and the 2009 stimulus package were unique examples of Mr. Obama working with Congress. The more "persistent pattern," Matthew Spalding recently wrote on the Heritage Foundation blog, is "disregard for the powers of the legislative branch in favor of administrative decision making without—and often in spite of—congressional action."

Put another way: Mr. Obama proposes, Congress refuses, he does it anyway.

For example, Congress refused to pass Mr. Obama's Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some not here legally. So Mr. Obama passed it himself with an executive order that directs officers to no longer deport certain illegal immigrants. This may be good or humane policy, yet there is no reading of "prosecutorial discretion" that allows for blanket immunity for entire classes of offenders.

Mr. Obama disagrees with federal law, which criminalizes the use of medical marijuana. Congress has not repealed the law. No matter. The president instructs his Justice Department not to prosecute transgressors. He disapproves of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, yet rather than get Congress to repeal it, he stops defending it in court. He dislikes provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, so he asked Congress for fixes. That effort failed, so now his Education Department issues waivers that are patently inconsistent with the statute.

Similarly, when Mr. Obama wants a new program and Congress won't give it to him, he creates it regardless. Congress, including Democrats, wouldn't pass his cap-and-trade legislation. His Environmental Protection Agency is now instituting it via a broad reading of the Clean Air Act. Congress, again including members of his own party, wouldn't pass his "card-check" legislation eliminating secret ballots in union elections. So he stacked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with appointees who pushed through a "quickie" election law to accomplish much the same. Congress wouldn't pass "net neutrality" Internet regulations, so Mr. Obama's Federal Communications Commission did it unilaterally.

In January, when the Senate refused to confirm Mr. Obama's new picks for the NLRB, he proclaimed the Senate to be in "recess" and appointed the members anyway, making a mockery of that chamber's advice-and-consent role. In June, he expanded the definition of "executive privilege" to deny House Republicans documents for their probe into the botched Fast and Furious drug-war operation, making a mockery of Congress's oversight responsibilities.

If the President really wants to make it harder for U.S. companies to outsource, why doesn't he go around Congress the way he has so many other times? Perhaps he's afraid of alienating his wealthy corporate donors - you know, those Evil, Bain-like One Percenters who make millions by sending "our jobs" overseas:

Obama’s second largest fundraiser is John Rogers, the CEO of investment giant Ariel Capital Management. He has raised more than $1.5 million for Obama’s reelection campaign. Bully for him, except for one thing: Ariel Capital Management owns a $48.6 million stake in Accenture, which just happens to be, according to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, the nation’s “best” outsourcer.

And that’s not all for Rogers; he stated that he wants to intensify the trend that started with moving call centers and factories overseas to outsourcing “day-to-day activities” including pest control, landscaping, and secretarial functions. And Rogers isn’t ashamed one bit:

“We’re making a very big bet right now on outsourcing. People have generally soured on the idea, and many companies are trading at discounts to their private-market values. But we don’t think that view accurately reflects the powerful secular growth we’re going to see as companies and individuals outsource more of their day-to-day activities.”

Let's see if we have this straight. The President attacks American companies for outsourcing (or investing in companies that outsource) while taking money from rich donors who outsource or invest in other companies that outsource.

In the midst of what he calls The Worst Economic Downturn Since the Great Depression, Obama's re-election campaign shows American businesses the way by outsourcing its telemarketing functions to Canada and the Philippines instead of hiring American workers. This is a rather amazing feat when you stop to think about it: first he raises money from progressives by blasting outsourcers, then he uses their donations to outsource jobs to other countries!

While publicly criticizing American countries who outsource or offshore, the Outsourcer in Chief - instead of creating jobs here - uses taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars to send even more jobs overseas!

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.

In public, the President praises insourcing. So what does he do when an American company tries to keep jobs here at home? Answer: he does everything in his power to punish them for practicing what he preaches.

But this shouldn't surprise us. After all, as the WaPo reminds us, this is a President who chooses to surround himself with supporters of outsourcing:

Diana Farrell, who was Obama’s deputy economic policy adviser for two years, promoted the benefits of offshoring while she worked at the McKinsey Global Research Institute. Farrell was the primary author of a 2003 report called “Offshoring: Is it a Win-Win Game?,” which concluded that the benefits to the United States of offshoring exceed the costs.

To recap, outsourcing is wrong and bad when American companies do it using their own money.... unless, of course, those companies are major donors to his campaign, in which case outsourcing is a perfectly sensible and legitimate way to cut costs and remain competitive in a global market. On the other hand, outsourcing and offshoring are good when the President of the United States subsidizes the creation of overseas jobs using other people's money (campaign donations or U.S. taxpayer funds). In fact, it's even better for America when his wealthy donors do it!

In a way, it's too bad that citizens of China, Finland, Africa, Canada, and the Philippines can't vote in our elections. The President is doing a bang up job of creating jobs in other countries. With that kind of track record, just think what he could do if he ever decided it was a good idea to create jobs here at home!

Posted by Cassandra at July 10, 2012 07:02 AM

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"Brian Deese, deputy director of Obama’s National Economic Council"

My goodness! Brian Deese again...I remember him from back when he was an Obama sub-czar for the auto industry bailout. Indeed, I wrote some song lyrics (to the tune of "Ruler of the Queen's Navee") in his honor.

Posted by: david foster at July 10, 2012 04:32 PM

Outzourcing? offzoring? Zis iz zee mystery eh?

And zomehow zee regulationz and zee tax policy at zee Federal, State, und Local levels never zeem to horn zeir way into zose conversazions. Zertainly not when zee politico's are tossing around zee cow pies.

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Posted by: Inspector Jacques Clouseau at July 10, 2012 05:00 PM

And zomehow zee regulationz and zee tax policy at zee Federal, State, und Local levels never zeem to horn zeir way into zose conversazions. Zertainly not when zee politico's are tossing around zee cow pies.

I just think it's so amusing that these folks will go on and on about Romney and the Hamptons and Obama's latest idiotic outsourcing accusations, and it never occurs to them to see how their guy measures up to the standard they're setting.

Posted by: Cass - Confirmation Bigot-in-Training at July 10, 2012 05:48 PM

Making Barack Obama measure up to some standard?

Now that there is straight up racism!

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at July 10, 2012 06:42 PM

"it never occurs to them to see how their guy measures up to the standard they're setting."

Either that, or // checks his files // the perpetually indignant yet compassionate and tolerant one worlders for social justice occupants are the most hypocritical individuals who ever walked this earth convinced of the righteousness of their righteousness.

Or what DWS said.

OR, maybe what the Brouhaha gentleman said...

// returns to perusing files that are not being compiled //

Posted by: J. Edgar Hubris at July 10, 2012 06:53 PM