The Outsourcing of American Jobs

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The Outsourcing of American Jobs The exporting of American jobs is an issue that is important and will become increasingly so as more and more white collar jobs are shipped overseas. American companies in the past few decades have been sending American jobs overseas paying residents of other countries pennies on the dollar what they had paid American workers to do. This saves the companies millions of dollars on labor costs but costs Americans precious jobs. As the problem of job outsourcing becomes more of an issue in politics, elected officials like the President and Congress will no longer be able to ignore the dilemma. The war in Iraq has been at the forefront of the presidential race but the importance of outsourcing American jobs seems to have been slightly overshadowed. If the issue of outsourcing is not watched carefully and a definitive plan hammered out, a trickling down of negative effects may occur within the U.S. economy. However, there is a polarized opinion on the effects of this “phenomenon”. In recessions of the past the American worker was laid off with the impression they would be rehired as soon as demand for goods and services were presented again. Now people in jobs from computer programmers to telephone operators are losing their jobs and never returning to the same field again. The big issue here is that if we continue outsourcing specific jobs overseas we could erase a whole industry of job opportunity from the American people. Economists say the framework of the U.S. labor force has been changed due to past outsourcing of jobs by this country. The more outsourcing that continues the more our job force’s structure will change. As a result, the American worker can no longer wait to be rehired into the same job or profession. Using their time while unemployed, Americans are retraining themselves and attempt to step into an entirely different career. There are many key people that factor in on this issue of job outsourcing. First is the American worker. When most people think of jobs being sent overseas they think of factory workers or telephone operators, but the recent trend in the outsourcing of jobs has been higher paying jobs like accountants, computer programmers, or financial analysts. These jobs are considered white-collar jobs. In this election candidates will try to appeal to everyone who votes. Bl... ... middle of paper ... of jobs that Americans are qualified and trained to do. If a company were going to outsource jobs maybe a good policy solution would be to match, if not double the number of jobs in the states to that of the number of jobs being shipped away. Another thing to consider is that the government doesn’t necessarily have to directly regulate business hiring. The government could impose a self-regulatory policy where as the big companies could set their own rules and guidelines and have an industry standard for the amount of outsourcing a company can do. In Kingdon’s “Three Streams” of agenda studying, problem stream, political stream, and policy stream the three streams of job outsourcing haven’t quite met together for a real policy that is set in stone. There is definitely a problem stream that is rapidly growing. The political stream is overflowing so much the issue is being drowned out by other political issues. As for the policy stream, it seems to be a small stream that no one can really figure out. Once someone finds a fair and just set of policy regulations and picks a good policy window to present it in I believe there could possibly be a good solution to this problem.

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