Posts Tagged ‘Outsourcing

22
Apr
09

A Lot of Talk Finally Some Action

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icon_digg11 During the Presidential campaign we heard numerous politicians expounding on their concepts on ways to retrain our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and fellow Americans workers who saw their jobs outsourced overseas.

Finally we have one brave Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania with a workable plan to introduce a new law that aims to pay community colleges nationwide $1,000 per student to retrain laid-off workers, which Casey says would come from existing funds already allocated to job retraining in the department’s budget.

In an article authored by Anne Fisher of TIME, entitled: “Tuition Help for the Unemployed Gains Traction” the following excerpts regarding Senator Casey’s pending bill:

His inspiration for the bill: Pennsylvania’s community colleges, 10 of which have enrolled 1,062 unemployed workers in free training programs this semester, at a total cost to the schools of $741,788. “They shouldn’t have to foot the bill alone,” Casey says. “My bill will encourage other community colleges across the U.S. to do the same thing.” Senate Democrats are working to build bipartisan support for the bill and expect to move it forward in the coming months. (See TIME’s special report on paying for college.)

A few states already have a head start. California, whose 11.2% March unemployment rate is the state’s highest since 1941, is rushing to funnel $415 million in federal stimulus money to 49 job-retraining centers. Most of the training will be designed to qualify people for jobs in infrastructure construction, health care and green industries like waste recycling and wind-farm technology. In Texas, legislators will vote next month on a final version of a 2010-11 budget, already passed by the state senate, that boosts spending on higher education by $1.5 billion. That figure includes $500 million in federal stimulus funding for workforce retraining and a $134 million state-funded increase in financial aid for students.

Michigan, whose 12.6% jobless rate is the highest in the U.S., with still more auto-plant closings coming soon, launched its “No Worker Left Behind” program in August 2007. So far the state has footed the bill — up to $10,000 per displaced worker — for 61,434 unemployed Michiganders to learn the math, technology and science skills they need to embark on new careers at companies like Hemlock Semiconductor, Dow Chemical and Dow Corning, which are investing and hiring there. Also in demand: the program’s newly trained nursing assistants, physical therapists and health-care technicians.

Hopefully Senator Casey’s proposed legislation will quickly be approved, in congress, since it won’t be long before our long awaited veterans will finally be returning home and will be in direr need of employment.

The following video concerning outsourcing is a revolutionary twist on outsourcing.  American workers have themselves gotten into the act of sending their jobs overseas.  For example; there are tasks, such as proof reading that could be accomplished overseas as well as it could be done in the office back in the states, thus allowing more time, useful energy and increased productivity to be devoted to other, more important tasks.  Give the video a watch it’s interesting.

More American Workers Outsourcing Own Jobs Overseas

The following video concerning outsourcing is a revolutionary twist on outsourcing.  American workers have themselves gotten into the act of sending their jobs overseas.  For example; there are tasks, such as proof reading that could be accomplished overseas as well as it could be done in the office back in the states, thus allowing more time, useful energy and increased productivity to be devoted to other, more important tasks.  Give the video a watch it’s interesting.

Update 05 May 09:

Gary Shapiro: American Brain Drain: Why We Need H1B Visa Immigration Reform
from HuffingtonPost.com by Gary Shapiro

America’s immigration system is broken. While most focus on illegal immigration or changing ethnicities of legal immigration, what concerns me is that we are losing our historic ability to attract and retain the word’s brightest and most entrepreneurial workers.

Silicon Valley exemplifies an American success story threatened by a shift in how we treat the type of bright foreign-born technologists and entrepreneurs who help make us great. These engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs build companies that create jobs and wealth in the United States. Of the 163,000 applications for H1B visas received last year, the law allows for just 65,000 approvals picked through a lottery system. H1B visas allow foreign workers in specialty occupations to work in the United States.

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09
Feb
09

Minimum Wage: The Key to an Economic Stimulus

icon_digg11 Everyone has developed there own sure-fired economic stimulus package, even the ordinary man on the street, all with some degree of merit, with only a few good enough to be considered of ever beginning to work.  We have some countrymen say, “No stimulus package at all” basically let the banks, home owners, auto workers (plus the auto companies) along with the  state and city governments – “go broke”; meaning America starts over with a new economic system.

Others support the GOP package of reduced taxes and/or federal check in the mail, while the Administration and DNC support a “job stimulus package” with “checks” in the mail; from there every politician and hopeful presidential candidate for 1212 has their conceived answer to our economic burden.

I’ve heard a lot from my own friends and family, again, some sound good, and others come from people who would have a difficult time balancing a “check book.”  Of course, I’m no exception; I have my own, which of course I feel has merit!

Here’s the Stimulus Package we should consider!

My package would require about the same amount of money (900 billion) as President Obama’s, since I feel a job creation package is needed for our highways, schools, linking of the health care via the Internet and energy independence.  The aforementioned job creation would also benefit our returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Proponents feel there is no way of knowing if this aforementioned package is going to work or not, which I agree – who dose know?  But, every package I‘ve heard of only encompasses our immediate economic concern along by updating past problems that should have been addressed years ago; what about today’s additional concerns that require attention, such as:

  • Enhancing our current immigration laws
  • Outsourcing American Jobs
  • Limit exporting our technology
  • Dollar acceleration into the economy
  • Decreasing our foreign trade imbalance
  • Affordable health care the economically underprivileged

Basically stating my stimulus package is simple English, it would be almost identical to President Obama’s with the exception of “Raising the Minimum Wage to $8.00 an Hour.”

Revise Immigration Laws

America’s become fat and Lazy!  We allow illegal immigrates across our borders to take jobs we don’t want because the pay is to low and the work to hard; also we provide employment visas to foreign educated individuals in the eastern hemisphere to come and take jobs away from our own recently graduated college graduates.  Our Fortune 500 companies must stop this practice of hiring lower priced labor (in both outlined example) to replace the American laborer.

Our Immigration laws need to be revised, of course, but again here’s an issue congress has avoided.  In essence let’s make it more difficult for illegal immigrates to work in our country, but let’s make it worthwhile for American wide bottoms to stop living on welfare if that’s how they’re surviving, and get back to work or in many cases start working for the first time in their dismal lives.

The revising of laws pertaining to foreign student work visas would also aid our college students by allowing them the opportunity to pay back their tuition loans, hence a side benefit of aiding the banking community by decreasing the number of student delinquent loans.

Halt Outsourcing American jobs

Again, I have to call upon our Fortune 500 companies to use prudence and suffer somewhat higher taxes for shipping our jobs overseas where, as I see it, the American citizens and government receives very little as far as a reduced price of goods exported back into the US.  These corporations, I believe, who subscribe to the notion of shipping our jobs abroad receive a very profitable bottom line in their profit and lose balance sheets while we receive increased taxes to pay for State Unemployment Compensation for those whose livelihood is overseas.

One aspect of the outsourcing issue, which remains unclear and introduced during the Clinton Administration is the “North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”  What remains unclear is most of the top ten Fortune 500 companies have smaller sized facilities in both Mexico and Canada than they do in Asia – why?  For me, I feel NAFTA was a smoke screen so the GM’s, Fords, Motorolas and the like could obtain certain loopholes in our government’s taxing structure knowing all along they were going to Asia.

Enough, I’ve made my point, bring our jobs home!

Limit exporting our technology

In many ways this goes hand-in-hand with outsourcing with the difference being, by selling foreign countries or allowing foreign countries to develop and manufacture products sold back into the United States, which in mostly all cases generates a sizable profit for the in the US company while giving the foreign country the ability to use the sold technology for other purposes that usually turn out to hurt our economy (trade imbalance).

In a self authored posting earlier, entitled: “We’re Going to be Trading Microchips for Toasters”, describing how our American steel industry, TV manufacturing and Intergraded microchip foundries have been exported and how we have came to suffer from our exporting these specialized technologies, please consider giving this rendered posting a read.

In other words let’s get back to “Made in America by Americans.”

Increasing the dollar acceleration into the economy

As you can certainly ascertain by now I’m not an economist, but I try to follow what stimulus packages are being presented and attempt to play the devil’s advocate on each of them.  They all have one item in common, which is; “get the American public spending again”, which I agree with, but disagree with how this should be accomplished.

President Obama wants to place $1,000 into the hands of the lower middle class, as I understand it, which is, to my way of thinking is to short sighted.  I feel most Americans will take the one thousand and use it to pay off credit cards or back mortgage payments.  This means the money goes directly back to the banks that created the economic problem in the first place.

If the minimum wage was increased to $8.00 an hour, more people would benefit from the increased salary and it would go directly to the people who probably need it most.  This would also be an incentive for people start back to work and remove themselves from the welfare list(s).

The big benefit, the low wage earners would spend their increased salary quicker while spreading it out over a number places, instead of giving it all back to our failed banking system.

Decreasing our foreign trade imbalance

We as a nation have to get back to exporting more than we import, since I feel this has caused us, both as a country and has citizens to spend more than we make, thus generating and adding to the massive trade imbalance we have.

With all the economic problems we have accumulated this could be the most serious and most difficult to solve, since we have to completely retool the way we think and manufacture goods and perform services.  We can’t be beaten when it comes to innovation, but bad when it comes to implementing it; meaning making our products affordable, reproducible and our biggest problem with a higher degree of quality.

What ever country, America’s products are exported to, we end up paying an extremely high tariff tax, while we allow foreign products to enter the US with a modest tariff tax – Why?  Furthermore, our products are usually copied and bootlegged without hardly any repercussions from us regarding our trading partners.  This is true for clothing, software, DVD movies and of course music.

The trade imbalance must be shifted into our favor and then tightly controlled if we are ever to become the nation we once were back in the 50’s to 80’s.

Affordable Health Care

Even if President Obama’s Economic Stimulus package is passed by the Senate; how many Americans would be able to afford it?

Increasing the minimum wage would be the answer for many; this couple with the recent passage of the “Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act” would assure must Americans would be covered with medical insurance protection.

Summary

Should congress pass President Obama’s Stimulus package and the minimum wage be increased to a minimum of $8.00 per hour, the price of doing business in America would increase dramatically, along with the costs of consumer goods and services, but it would put more Americans back to work and off welfare.

This would also increase the standard of living for many, which we have seen America’s middle and lower classes living standard decay over the past twenty years.  This can be witnessed by the number of homeless individuals filling our inner cities and our increased prison population (one out a hundred Americans currently serving time in prison).

Just increasing of the minimum wage is not enough and will not work by itself; we must revise and author new laws pertaining to immigration, outsourcing and flow of technology from our shores.  Again, I echo we must return to the proverbial “Made in America by Americans.”

It is my very strong feeling; increasing the minimum wage will hurt many in business while helping our most needed citizenry segment within our society of troubled Americans, kick start the economy back on track as a strong economically sound nation.

Update 05 May 09:

Gary Shapiro: American Brain Drain: Why We Need H1B Visa Immigration Reform
from HuffingtonPost.com by Gary Shapiro

America’s immigration system is broken. While most focus on illegal immigration or changing ethnicities of legal immigration, what concerns me is that we are losing our historic ability to attract and retain the word’s brightest and most entrepreneurial workers.

Silicon Valley exemplifies an American success story threatened by a shift in how we treat the type of bright foreign-born technologists and entrepreneurs who help make us great. These engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs build companies that create jobs and wealth in the United States. Of the 163,000 applications for H1B visas received last year, the law allows for just 65,000 approvals picked through a lottery system. H1B visas allow foreign workers in specialty occupations to work in the United States.

05
Feb
09

We’re Going to be Trading Microchips for Toasters

I’m a firm believer that protectionism is not the answer, at this time in the world’s economy situation; however it is also my strictest of belief’s America as given away far too much of its technology to other countries, which in some cases as used it against us.

We have seen what Japan and Korea as done with our cars, TV’s Microchips (RAM chips especially) and steel.  No, in honesty both countries were developing these industries within their own country, but we provided them some of the needed know-how to get them off the ground.

Today we wonder where all of our jobs have gone (out sourcing), consider re-reading the aforementioned paragraph and contemplate what the answer could possibly be?

Now China has decided it needs to shift gears from being an exporter of inexpensive, commercial products to more a higher level of manufactured goods requiring advanced technology.

All- in-all that’s OK with me, but lets make sure what help we lend them is limited; after all, if we gave them the plans to build the “Start Ship Enterprise”, I’m sure they could build a working copy that would out perform ours and sell it at a much reduced cost.

An article published in the Online release of UPI Asia, entitled: “China pursuing scientific exchanges’ states China is after technology exchanges.  Please consider reading the entire article, but posted our excerpts from the article, which I have high lighted certain key points and consider important.

China pursuing scientific exchanges
By Cong Cao
Column: Notes on China

New York, NY, United States, — International cooperation in science and technology has long been central to China’s development. As a developing country, China must absorb knowledge from other countries, especially advanced ones.

As Chinese science advances to the frontiers of international research, foreign scientists will be more willing to collaborate with their Chinese counterparts. In fact, international cooperation in science and technology has become part of China’s overall foreign policy strategy.

The decade since the mid-1990s also has seen rapid growth in the number of joint publications by collaborating Chinese and foreign scientists. Such collaborations account for one-quarter of the Chinese papers published in journals catalogued by the Science Citation Index.

Along with collaborations based on the interests of individual scientists, China also cooperates with other countries through government-sanctioned programs. The Framework Programs of the European Union, the world’s largest government-sponsored research and development initiative aimed at solving scientific problems with global impact, was launched in 1984 and began inviting Chinese participation in 1998.

In return, China agreed to open its State High-Tech Research and Development Program (the 863 Program) and the State Basic Research and Development Program (the 973 Program) to scientists from the European Union.

China has signed science and technology cooperation agreements with more than 100 countries and has actively participated in international projects, such as ITER, a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. Chinese scientists have also been involved in the Galileo global navigation satellite system project and the Human Genome Project, among others.

The emphasis on indigenous innovation, as stipulated in China’s Medium- to Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006−2020), does not discourage China’s collaboration with foreign counterparts.

For that purpose, China is now pursuing comprehensive, multidimensional, high-level international collaborations in science and technology in a wide range of fields.

Update 22 April 09:

Message to Congress from the President
from White House.gov Press Office Feed

In accordance with the provisions of section 1512 of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-261), I hereby certify to the Congress that the export of one continuous mixer to be used to manufacture conductive polymer compounds to be further processed to make circuit protection devices, one jet mill to be used for particle size reduction of pigments and other powder products for cosmetic formulations, and one filament winding cell to be used to manufacture fiberglass assembly shelter poles for use in tents and shelters is not detrimental to the U.S. space launch industry, and that the material and equipment, including any indirect technical benefit that could be derived from these exports, will not measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the People’s Republic of China.

Update 01 May 09:

U.S. Colleges Bask in Surge of Interest Among Chinese
from Wash Post – World News by Susan Kinzie

It’s an admissions officer’s dream: ever-growing stacks of applications from students with outstanding test scores, terrific grades and rigorous academic preparation. That’s the pleasant prospect faced by the University of Virginia and some other U.S. colleges, which are receiving a surging numbe…




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