A Political Rant on Outsourcing

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)

NAFTA was:

  • 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.

Flip-flops: They aren’t just summer footwear

I saw today’s headline on CNN:

“Obama says he supports same-sex marriage”

I thought to myself, “seriously?” The timing is impeccable. Wasn’t he saying this when we were gearing up for the 2008 election? I remember lots of my friends in the GLBT community being extremely disappointed after the election, when he backed off on his strong, supportive position on this matter. It appeared, to the people who supported him in that election, that he no longer needed their support and he caved to his financial supporters instead. Or, perhaps he never truly supported same-sex marriage; but that’s mere speculation on my part.

My point is, just as every politician does, he flip-flopped on this important issue once again in order to gain political ground. I’m calling shenanigans. No, I don’t believe he supports same-sex marriage. I believe he’s doing the same thing Romney is doing: He’s telling us what we want to hear so we’ll vote for him. And if he wins in November? Yes, I think he’ll do the exact same thing he did in 2008 – he’ll back off of his stance and not be quite as supportive as he said he was. He’ll flip-flop again.

The sad thing is, as disappointed as I am with Obama, I don’t like Romney one bit. Come to think of it, I have yet to find a decent candidate. They all lie. They’re all owned by the banks funding their campaigns. When it comes down to it, politics isn’t about the Party or the People anymore, it’s about money. We little folk don’t really matter.

I really wish I’d paid closer attention in my World History class when we studied Rome… :/