Put Your Job Where Your Mouth Is
I have been debating another blogger -- who claims to be "conservative" -- about outsourcing. She charges that American corporations that seek foreign workers for jobs that Americans can do are "committing treachery against the United States." She says that "companies that are lobbying to get immigration restrictions reduced [in order to find qualified candidates] are lamos." It ocurred to me during the exchange that much of the Bush baloney about "sacrifice" for the war implicates similar issues as outsourcing and I posed the following question: "if all the outsourcing to China is having a positive, democratizing effect on China, isn't that a positive thing? If you believe that America is 'sacrificing' and dying to bring democracy to Iraq, shouldn't Americans be willing to sacrifice their jobs in order to steer China away from communism?"
It's easy to be for war when you get to watch it from thousands of miles away on your La-z-boy. It's easy to advocate the wholesale slaughter of people when you have never met them and thus delude yourself about their humanity. But, it is not easy to be for capitalism when that threatens the very jobs to which Americans believe they are entitled.
Assuming that "free markets" are the panacea for the world's ills, shouldn't we, as Americans, support the free market in all its forms, which includes outsourcing? Or does that hit too close to home? Since the so-called "conservatives" are willing to send other peoples' children to die in war and remain unrepentant about the carnage in Iraq -- all in the name of democracy -- shouldn't they be thrilled that the exporting of jobs is empowering the Chinese people to demand reforms in their country? If you believe the stories about American companies pushing the Chinese factories to bring themselves up to American standards, doesn't that produce good in the world? The last alleged bulwark of communism, China, is changing politically and it didn't require $300 billion or mass slaughter to make it happen. China's evolution from a closed society to a vibrant capitalist society in the making should be a cause to rejoice.
If you are for the war, are you willing to really sacrifice for democracy or are you just blowing smoke?