We’ve seen quite a bit of mudslinging lately between Obama’s campaign and Romney’s campaign. Personally, I don’t support either candidate. Once again, the American public is faced with voting against the other candidate rather than voting for someone they like. Ahh, but that’s another rant for another day.
Let me give you a little history on Outsourcing… see, it all started with NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)
- Signed December 8, 1993, by President Bill Clinton
- Eliminated all tarrifs and trade restrictions between the U.S., Canada and Mexico
- Heavily criticized by Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, who argued if NAFTA passed, Americans would hear a “giant sucking sound” of American companies fleeing the U.S., finding employees who would work for less pay and without benefits (predicting what we know as Outsourcing, today).
- NAFTA took effect on January 1, 1994
Mitt Romney’s role at Bain Capital (or, Seriously? You’re telling us you never outsourced, ever?)
- Romney has been under attack in the media for outsourcing positions at Bain Capital
- Romney says the outsourcing occurred 2 years after he left the company. I can’t find an unbiased media outlet to confirm or deny this information.
- Regardless, I’m sure outsourcing occurred while he was there. All the major corporations outsource. It’s “cost effective”, and it “improves the bottom-line”.
The Obama Administration and Outsourcing (or, What Have You Done For Me Lately?)
- Who remembers Obama’s 2008 campaign rally cry of “Foreign aid, si! Outsourcing, no!”?
- What has the Obama Administration done to stop outsourcing jobs?
- Have any changes been made to make it more difficult for corporations to outsource?
- Have corporations been given any incentives to keep jobs here in the U.S., where our unemployment rates are skyrocketing?
Mr. President, as far as this whole outsourcing issue is concerned I think the pot is calling the kettle black.
This isn’t a Democrat vs. Republican issue. This is about our economy. Period. This is about corporations making major donations to the candidate they think will win the election, and that candidate catering to the whims of the corporations.
What really gets me is seeing all the Facebook posts from people I know falling into this media frenzy. Whether they’re on the Left or the Right, I feel like it’s an “us vs. them” mentality. When, really, it doesn’t matter who we have in Office or what Party they run under. They don’t keep their campaign promises and they’re only “bought-and-paid-for” politicians anyway.
Just feeling a bit jaded today. Stepping off my soap box now.