And then there’s the Chamber of Commerce

A worker at a steel factory in the Ukraine

The President spoke before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. The Washington Examiner (from our Moonie friends) have already declared it a “failure.” I’m not sure what the Ex was looking for, but I saw and heard a challenge, albeit in velvet tones, to do something for the country. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue said he had a private conversation with Obama and finds a more conciliatory tone from the President. I’m not sure what that means either. He still denies that the Chamber used foreign money to pour into the last election effectively against the democrats. It’s that old pesky transparency problem. But that’s another story for another time. This was the same Donohue at a speech in San Francisco talking about outsourcing American jobs to foreign countries. Using the illogic logic he said that by promoting overseas outsourcing of jobs companies would boost the economy and even increase employment. Well…not quite, especially in the tech arena. China and India have benefited from those jobs.”One job sent overseas, if it happens to be my job, is one too many,” Donohue said. “But the benefits of offshoring jobs outweighs the cost.”

Donohue acknowledged the pain for people who have lost jobs to offshoring–an estimated 250,000 a year, according to government estimates. But pockets of unemployment shouldn’t lead to “anecdotal politics and policies,” he said, and people affected by offshoring should “stop whining.” I guess Mr. Donohue we should suffer in silence. If you’re unemployed and used to work in a white collar job, how’s your whining? Personally I can’t find the logic for average working Americans by exporting labor to low-cost countries will reduce business costs, boost corporations’ financial performance, and thereby improve the U.S. economy. It seems to be about the corporations and not about people. Oh, wait, didn’t the Supremes say something about a corporation being a person? I guess the Chamber should try and explain it to the whining jobless white-collar workers in tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, and Austin, Texas.

What can the Chamber do? Probably a lot, but are “cautious” about the “uncertainty” about the future. Any way, it is time to invest in America. As the President said:

But I want to be clear: Even as we make America the best place on Earth to do business, businesses also have a responsibility to America.

…as we work with you to make America a better place to do business, I’m hoping that all of you are thinking what you can do for America. Ask yourselves what you can do to hire more American workers, what you can do to support the American economy and invest in this nation.

While the House is debating Abortion rather than helping to create jobs, the business sector needs to do the Patriotic thing. Pull those tech jobs back, have a smaller margin and help re-create this economy.

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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