Originally posted by buddhasystem
Originally posted by dbates
Where's the concern for jobs being pushed overseas? It will happen folks.
Jobs are already going overseas, under the watch of our beloved deregulators, and much faster than you can say "McCain supports illegal
The trend of offshoring to India is actually
, which is to be expected as
their middle class continues to emerge and become more dominant. The cost gains from offshoring decrease as the middle class demands more and more
But nothing, not even added taxes to U.S. companies who offshore jobs, are going to stop the trend because there are other countries to be exploited
like Africa and the Phillipines.
In fact, installing a tax on companies to offshore will probably do one of two things, if not both:
1) Companies will eliminate MORE U.S. based jobs and hire more offshore workers to make up the loss
2) Some companies heavily vested in offshoring may relocate their headquarters off U.S. soil overseas and be immune to U.S. tax altogether. This has
already happened with Haliburton as they moved from Houston to Dubai, and it's happened in the U.K. with
, the world's second largest ad firm.
Is this what we want in our current economic situation? More uncertainty, more offshoring, fewer American jobs and more reasons for companies to leave
the U.S.? The Obama tax cuts make all of those options more appealing to the job-creating class.
If you increase taxes on business then you're simply increasing their incentive to go elsewhere for location and labor.
Last time I checked, most of the stuff we use is already made in China and when I called Dell support my call landed in India. Tax or no tax.
[edit on 7-10-2008 by buddhasystem]
At one point Dell actually moved their Enterprise support back to the U.S. due to poor customer service and a high number of complaints, so they do
listen to the customer. But for consumer-level support, yes, they will stay with the offshore jobs because it's cheaper than American labor.
Again, the best way for U.S. folks to fight this trend is to educate themselves with college degrees and find other, highly skilled work still
available in the U.S.