Obama WH spends $22 million to train workers …
posted at 2:55 pm on August 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
As I noted earlier, Democrats plan to punish businesses that locate higher-paying manufacturing jobs overseas with higher taxes. What will they do with a White House that will spend $22 million to train programmers in Java — and English — in Asia? The program from USAID will train 3,000 programmers to compete for business in the high-tech sector:
Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent’s low labor costs.
Information Week notes that the effort complicates the White House effort to sound the protectionist bell on economics:
But it’s the outsourcing program that’s sure to draw the most fire from critics. While Obama acknowledged that occupations such as garment making don’t add much value to the U.S. economy, he argued relentlessly during his presidential run that lawmakers needed to do more to keep hi-tech jobs in IT, biological sciences, and green energy in the country.
He also accused the Bush administration of creating tax loopholes that made it easier for U.S. companies to place work offshore in low-cost countries.
As recently as Monday, Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Atlanta, boasted about his efforts to reduce offshoring. The President said he’s implemented “a plan that’s focused on making our middle class more secure and our country more competitive in the long run — so that the jobs and industries of the future aren’t all going to China and India, but are being created right here in the United States of America.”
So did the White House oppose outsourcing before they supported it? That sounds even more Kerry-esque than reviving “Benedict Arnold CEOs” to attack people reacting rationally to the destructive tax and regulatory policies pursued by the US government.
We compete in a global marketplace, and outsourcing will happen when American labor gets too expensive. That natural process hardly needs assistance from tax funds taken in part from American corporations to train the competition. There may be good reason to provide aid to Sri Lanka and help them develop their economy, but one cannot make that argument at the same time that they also castigate businesses for doing the same damned thing.