Believe this or not, Whirlpool received Stimulus funds to create jobs and instead they are closing plants! This is obscene that they are being given funds to create jobs and instead offshore outsourcing them. We should demand at least those funds be rescinded.
It can barely get greedier than this: We're in tough economic times, so Whirlpool receives $19 million in taxpayer funds to create jobs. Then it turns around and announces it will shutter its Evansville, Indiana refrigerator plant and displace the 1,100 workers there. Disgusting.
Public Citizen is requesting all write their representatives to pass The Trade Act. I'll add to that, when, when, when are we going to stop giving away U.S. taxpayer money to these Benedict Arnold corporations which take the funds, the incentives and simply offshore outsource the jobs??? Put that in your letter for me, please.
It gets even worse, Alan Tonelson points out the Obama administration puts another outsourcer in power.
President Obama’s decision to put Honeywell Chairman David M. Cote on the new bipartisan commission to reduce America’s debts and deficits is like putting Tiger Woods on a national commission to promote marital fidelity. And here’s why this unflattering comparison is eminently justified.
Like so many of America’s other manufacturing giants, Honeywell has long been a champion outsourcer, and the strategy has continued under Cote. Since Cote assumed the top job in 2002, Honeywell figures show that its foreign assets have remained at about 20 percent of its global assets. But through 2008, the American share of its workforce has sunk from 55.05 percent of the global total to 45.31 percent, as the company shed 2,000 domestic employees and hired 21,000 foreign employees. Final 2009 figures aren’t yet in, but news reports indicate that last year, Honeywell sent at least 1,100 more jobs offshore – along with the associated production work (in jet engines and elsewhere in aerospace, no less).
Folks, I'm positive you didn't vote for Obama so he could put a host of offshore outsourcers, making policy, in charge of U.S. trade and economic direction. Complain!
Read Lori Wallach's review of USTR policy, it's a glorified Bush Trade Policy Redux.