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White House sends out 'world is flat' message with India visit

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 25, 2009
'Outsourcing America' author says claim of balance in the trading relationship is wrong

"[Expanding trade relationships] in the absence of needed policy changes means that more American jobs will be shipped overseas," Hira said. "That may be good for U.S. companies but it will be another blow to American workers. Obama has not lifted a finger for American workers when it comes to offshoring, and he's done even worse by giving the false impression he would."

Among the steps that Hira said he believes are needed are changes to the H-1B and L-1 programs so U.S. workers "aren't being forced to train foreign replacements," action on government tax subsidies for multinationals that operate in low tax places, and a "full accounting" of the work that its moving offshore.

"What's more troubling with pronouncements like this is that Obama isn't even addressing the real concerns American workers have about outsourcing," said Hira.

 

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