posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 06:26 PM
Originally posted by jimmiec
We all hear plenty on outsourcing of jobs. Generally it is a bad thing if you work for hmmm lets say a company that makes socks. So China floods the
market with socks cheaper than your companies socks. The owner of the company must decide whether they will shut the company down or come up with a
way to compete. Shutting the company down will cost 400 people their jobs. Instead they contract with Taiwan to sew part of the sock cheaper than they
can and they can compete. 20 people lost their job instead of 400. Sad for those 20 people but sewing socks is not exactly a high tech job. In the
meantime every sock you shipped to Taiwan created jobs in America. Yes, jobs were created. They have to be trucked to a port to ship them. Workers
have to load and unload them. Fuel was consumed, They have to be boxed so companies that make boxes get a boost. It goes on and on. Where America is
failing on the outsourcing predicament is by not taking advantage of it by not seeing those 20 people as an opportunity to train them for needed
skills for new high tech companies.
Obviously America is not in a position to take advantage of these opportunities since unemployment is stubbornly high. I do believe in the long
run it could work to our advantage over time if we understand it and put high tech jobs or at least higher tech jobs in place of the low tech jobs
Anyway, just a thought. I understand at this time it sounds insane to embrace outsourcing but i would like to see a discussion on the topic and
how you think it could be made to work for America since outsourcing is not going away. We need to think out of the box and make a plus out of a
minus. I know Americans can do it.
Exactly how many chefs in the kitchen can we have? In the scenario you listed above it kept apparently 400 people their jobs while only eliminating 20
by outsourcing? That is a grossly inaccurate ratio of desk jobs to labor jobs in almost every industry.
Promote all the labor jobs to desk jobs? Or is the previous labor pay going to compete with administrative pay?
Creating something thousands of miles away and shipping it thousands of miles away should not be CHEAPER than making something in house...Its extreme
inefficiency wrapped up in the illusion of cheaper prices because of cheaper labor...that at the end of the day is the definition of unethical...
The labor in china is always going to be cheaper they have billions to put to work...the work force over there has absolutely NO leverage in pay
negotiations...they will work for what they are told to work for or they wont work at all, which in China = death...
At the end of the day its all greed that controls the markets and the worlds economies. The cost of living in America and the Cost of goods in America
is skewed because of cheap labor and outsourcing to countries with a completely different set of rules, a completely different cost of living and the
ratio discrepancy = huge profits for companies/share holders with one countries people thriving with abundance (US) and one country exploiting its
abundance of workers (China) to the point its almost slave labor...
The end result is a country ~400 million strong living lives that wouldn't otherwise be possible without the exploitation of a country ~1billion
strong making all that possible with extremely low quality of life/living conditions.
Outsourcing may create jobs in the books but it also creates some other undesirable outcomes socially, ethically, and morally that really business
isn't concerned with...
If we outsource you may be right, it may create jobs and boost some income for Americans and increase the cost of living gap between rich and
poor....but there is another side of that coin some serious moral,ethical, and social issues that will eventually get their say in the matter...