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

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For the United States and for Americans, this is a time of great unease and increasing insecurity. The uneasiness comes not just from the violation of our territory by terrorists and not just from an insecurity in terms of our personal safety. We also suffer now from profound economic unease and insecurity. In fact, this unease reflects major shifts in our world—shifts that may be long-term but are certainly changing in perceptible ways our way of life and possibly the quality of our lives.

After World War II, America had great hopes that were matched by an unprecedented period of prosperity and improvement in our living standards up to and including the 1960s. Although that period was polarized by social issues and the Vietnam War, it was also marked by a strong optimism about America's role in the world and our ability to solve problems and continue to make a better life for ourselves and future generations. Americans remained positive that our prosperity could be shared by the rest of the world, as Japan and Europe rose out of the ashes of war to become thriving democracies.

During the early 1970s, the OPEC oil crisis signaled that we were not in complete control of our own destiny. Long lines at the gas pumps, the shamed withdrawal from Vietnam, and the ensuing economic [stagflation] (inflation and lack of economic growth) all brought a sense of selfquestioning to our country, a questioning that was heightened by the resignation of President Richard Nixon and was capped by the taking of American hostages in Iran amid a second oil crisis by the end of the decade.

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