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Let's Talk About Outsourcing

LindsayFromGE Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 11:56 AM
The author of this post has her facts wrong. Rumors of GE outsourcing is a myth that has been created for political reasons. Overall, GE's U.S. employment grew by 10,000 from 2010 to 2011. Since 2009, GE has created more than 14,500 new U.S. jobs and at the same time started building 16 new plants in the United States. GE is bringing production back to the United States – take a look at what we have done in Louisville and in Schenectady:
doc, aka Rich Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 12:07 PM
Are you suggesting that outsourcing exclusively means relocation of an existing US job overseas (for example, unless the US job count decreases by -1, it's not outsourcing to increase the foreign job count by +1). I disagree with you, and suggest your argument that the author doesn't have facts correct is itself false. You're mincing semantics. Outsourcing can mean both relocation of US jobs overseas AND investment in creating foreign jobs (implies rather than US jobs). As such, GE domestic job creation is not contradictory to the simultaneous creation (outsourcing) of foreign jobs. The author cited examples of GE foreign operations, which your post does not dispute. The author's argument is valid, and your objection misses.
kjkrunner Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 10:01 AM
Actually, no. "Offshoring" is when jobs go overseas. "Outsourcing" is when an American company takes a department or division and finds a private American company that can do the work for less cost, usually because they pay their employees less. One American may lose a job, but another gains a job. No foreign workers or overseas relocation.
Among President Obama's disingenuous promises made over his four years, he said he would focus on creating "jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced." Yet he spent billions of U.S. taxpayer's money overseas to create outsourced jobs.

Typical of Obama's passion for outsourcing was the appointment of his jobs czar, Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric. Even as he was basking in the prestige of his new title, Immelt was closing his last U.S. plant making light bulbs in Virginia and opening a plant in China to manufacture more expensive light bulbs, which Americans will be forced to buy.