Originally Posted by HonestChieffan
When a job is outsourced its not replaced.Its gone. It moves away.
Lower paying jobs are a function of many things, not limited to outsourcing. Outsourcing may have zero to do with lower paying jobs. If a job requires high skill and those skills are rewarded with high pay and they are outsourced, the job does not convert somehow to a lower paying job. The demand for your skill leaves. Now you compete in a new environment where the skills you have dont demand a higher pay.
A job is outsourced when the job can be done enough cheaper and at equal quality that it is a good decision to move the work.
We compete on the global stage. We consume locally. We buy generally at the lowest price. Dont you do that? Do you read the ads, look online, check prices before you buy an item? I think most people do, Makes no difference who we are, conservative or progressive, young or old, even wealthy people shop for the best value. As consumers we dont generally buy to express our political or social beliefs or attitudes.
If I manufacture a gizmo with no regard for my cost, I cannot survive selling at a price point that is low enough to compete with the low cost producer.
People and government need to understand that as we add cost through regulations or programs or taxes, we reduce our collective ability to compete as producers. And if we cannot compete to get your money as a consumer, we fail. Its as simple as that. Business has to make a profit that the owners will accept.
Are you in a career that can be outsourced? Are you on a path to make a career in a high paying job that cant be outsourced? Think about it. If your job is easily portable....thats rather a poor career decision.
While liberals scramble to protect jobs, the truth is that our refusal to let go of bad jobs is destroying our economy. I don't want companies to cut these bad jobs outright. I would like to see the labor force stuck in bad jobs trained out of those positions so they can hold more productive jobs where they are needed. There is no shortage of skill positions available.
It's one of the things I talked about in terms of why the private sector is much better than the public sector from a career mobility standpoint. Private sector employees learn to be really agile. They start as accountants, then end up in operations, then somehow end up running an IT group. What's great about that is employees flex to what's available versus forcing themselves down one narrow career path.