Friday, October 15, 2010

Chamber of Commerce: Outsourcing Jobs a Good Thing?

I always thought that the US Chamber of Commerce was a fairly innocuous thing, with nebulous activities that didn't concern me. You know, like the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis, the Lion's Club and the like.  I had no idea until recently that they were very, very right wing, and that they pump tons of money into campaigns--primarily for Republicans--to further their goals. As has been recently reported, the Chamber also takes contributions from foreign companies and governments, and puts them into the very same account they use to pay for the ads. You'd think there would be at least a segment of the Tea Partiers who'd be rubbed the wrong way by that. Of course, they're not really deep thinkers, so that's another subject.

Another thing that's kind of troubling about the Chamber is that they are in favor of, and advocate for the outsourcing of jobs from the United States to foreign countries. Millions of American jobs have been lost this way, which I have to conclude might have something to do with our current economic predicament.  But what is the upside of saving money for corporations, if the public at large has no money to buy the things these corporations are making overseas?

Here's the scenario I've come up with.  All the big corporations send the jobs overseas so that they can save money. Millions of Americans lose their jobs and are chronically unemployed. They can't afford anything, so the corporations can't sell very much in America. So, they sell their products to the overseas people who are working for them, and now have some money to spend.  Eventually, as the third world becomes the first world, manufacturing overseas gets too expensive. In America, where there are now only the very rich and very poor, desperate people are willing to work for cheap. So, they start off-shoring to America. And the cycle begins anew!  Sure, it might take fifty years or so, and by then we won't recognize our country, but hey! The corporations will still be doing very well. Ain't the free market great?


  1. A free market is great. Wish we had one. has wiped out small farming and businesses with ridiculous regulation and red tape- that they have killed the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    America yearns to be free of the Leviathan, and be restored to Free Markets.

    Freedom rocks.
    Tyranny always sucks. has been sucking us dry more many decades.

    The expirement in gov controlled markets has been a shambollick failure. So we're about to re-negotiate to try Liberty again. It's been long overdue.

  2. Soooooo, Republicans are going to fight the Chamber of Commerce--one of their biggest benefactors--in this whole outsourcing thing?

    Dems at least tried for an "America First" bill on one of their jobs bills, and were defeated by Republicans, if I'm not mistaken.

    I've been hearing a lot lately about a "free market" experiment with almost laboratory conditions in Chile, by a bunch of capitalists and neo-cons. That didn't go so well. Why do you think it would now?

  3. Liberty and Capitalism made the US the richest country on earth. Socialism has ruined it.

    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
    - Sir Winston Churchill

  4. Poster of Truth.


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