Our Congress sucks. I think all will agree with this statement. That said, is there anyone, anyone at all who is a working stiff in the United States, be they conservative, liberal, green, purple, red, blue who thinks it's a great idea to give tax rebates to corporations when they offshore outsource their job? Do you think it's just swank when you must train your cheap labor replacement before being fired? Do you think about increasing corporate profits by using cheap labor when you cannot pay your mortgage because your job was offshore outsourced?
I didn't think so.
No one who works for a living in the United States thinks offshore outsourcing our jobs is a great idea. Yet our Congress, once again, blocked the bill that would help curtail offshore outsourcing. The block was all of the Republican Senators plus these Democrats:
- Warner (D-VA)
- Tester (D-MT)
- Nelson (D-NE)
- Baucus (D-MT)
Joe Lieberman, now an independent, owned by multinational corporations, acting as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce, demanding their cheap India and China labor, also voted against the bill.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should be sued for even using the name United States. They represent powerful multinational corporations and almost always lobby against the U.S. worker. They buy off faux paus economists with fictional white papers trying to claim offshore outsourcing doesn't hurt U.S. labor. Yet anyone on the ground, living in the real world, knows full well it does. Who cares about cheap goods at Walmart when one doesn't even have a paycheck?
Not voting was Lincoln (D-AR). The vote was 53 to 45. All they needed was 7 more votes. Above we have 6 votes where these people should be damned to hell for not voting for this. That leaves one sane Republican to switch.
Chuck Grassley, who frankly should have voted for this, assuming his typical Populist worker positions on H-1B, instead killed it! Grassley does have some good reasons, namely they blocked his amendment giving preference to American workers for jobs in America. Yet still, the corporate tax code could be further modified in later legislation, so why not vote for this bill? I see no validity whatsoever in trying to claim this bill would have hurt U.S. jobs, the reality is it gave a tax holiday to U.S. corporations to move jobs back to America.
So Why? The elections? Sticking it to Obama? Hell no, their corporate masters would not let them!
The bill is S.3816: Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act. The bill is short and a stand alone. It gives a tax holiday for those corporations who move jobs back to America and removes tax incentives for those who offshore outsource. Anyone breathing should realize we have an jobs crisis. We also are projected to lose half a million jobs to China this year alone.
So this vote clearly shows who is for the American middle class and worker and who is controlled by offshore outsourcing special interests. Anyone who reads this site on a regular basis knows we have blasted and ridiculed many a Democrat on many a vote and policy position and assuredly that will continue.
But on this one, this bill, it's no political stunt, these are real people, real jobs against powerful multinational corporations who want to offshore outsource them.