Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Bush is Outsourced! [UPDATED]

Via Hesiod from the Seattle Times, who seems to think Bush has finally stepped in it so badly that it's nearly unrecoverable for our Unelectable, Miserable Failure of a pRezint.

Seems that aWol, the compassionate conservative that he is believes that... well, check this out:

"The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said yesterday.

The embrace of foreign "outsourcing," an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the U.S. economy.

"Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing."
Emphasis mine.
This from a politician and an economist for whom there is no chance of their jobs being "outsourced." And in fact, probably true for both of them, these are people who have never had to work hard a day in their lives to get to where they are. Theirs have been lives of privilege, of leisure, of unearned success.

Shorter BushCo to American workers: "F*** you! I got mine!"

UPDATE: I thought that regular reader Bob James' comments to this post were relevant, so I'd like to share part of them. I hope he doesn't mind.

It is so far removed from the realities of the situation that it's hard to formulate a response. And I'm so sick of hearing about how it's going to cause "short-term pain". What the hell do those pukes know about short-term pain? I'm hearing from colleagues who routinely add up the pros and cons of eating a bullet because they're stuck packing boxes for $6.50/hr instead of the $55K/year job they once held, and kissed goodbye to India. No one who's suffering this fate sees the pain as short-term, nor even as trivial as "pain". "Soul-killing anguish" barely covers it.
As I wrote above, these are people who don't know what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck; or at least what it means to have a budget that you have to stick to. Every problem they've had is trivial. Anyway, I thought Bob's remarks were important.

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