Outsourcing America: What's behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs

Outsourcing America: What's behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs

Outsourcing America: What's behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs

Outsourcing America: What's behind Our National Crisis and How We Can Reclaim American Jobs

Synopsis

One of the most controversial topics in the news is the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries. Outsourced jobs have extended well beyond the manufacturing sector to include white-collar professionals, particularly in information technology, financial services, and customer service. Outsourcing America reveals just how much outsourcing is taking place, what its impact has been and will continue to be, and what can be done about the loss of jobs. More than an exposé, Outsourcing America shows how offshoring is part of the historical economic shift toward globalism and free trade, and demonstrates its impact on individual lives and communities. In addition, the book now features a new chapter on immigration policies and outsourcing, and advice on how individuals can avoid becoming victims of outsourcing. The authors discuss policies that countries like India and China use to attract U. S. industries, and they offer frank recommendations that business and political leaders must consider in order to confront this crisis-and bring more high-paying jobs back to the U. S. A.

Excerpt

Americans at the beginning of this new millennium are concerned not only about our security from terrorism but also about our economic future. This insecurity hits right at the heart of the American Dream, the idea that people who work hard will improve their lots and the lots of their children. This concept, which makes America unique, is being shattered by the outsourcing of American jobs to cheap foreign labor markets, which is nothing less than a direct assault on hardworking middle-class men and women in this country.

Remarkably, many “American” corporations, in their pursuit of their own interests, are leading the fight to destroy American jobs. They all but dismiss any responsibility to their broader stakeholders—American workers, communities, and country. It is rational for corporations to pursue their own interests, but it is folly for policymakers to turn a blind eye to the effects on American workers and our national interest. Unfortunately, corporate lobbyists have so much influence over our political process that they have rendered policymakers impotent in the face of outsourcing and the destruction of high-quality American jobs.

The exporting jobs story has become a regular feature in newspapers and magazines across the country. We have reported on the issue vigorously on my television show on CNN and in my recent book, Exporting America. The principal author of Outsourcing America, Ron Hira, has appeared several times on the show. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from middle-class Americans who have lost their jobs to outsourcing or are afraid that they soon will. To our astonishment, we heard . . .

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