Gut Rumbles

October 27, 2004

outsourcing jobs

Little children, and all ye others of dimwit understanding, gather around and let me tell you why large companies "outsource" jobs today. Two reasons: Unions and government.

Unions have mutated into a drag on EVERY company that has one, because the Union mentality is "Pay us MORE for doing LESS." The typical Bull Steward doesn't have the nickname "Coffee Break" for nothing. That "I get paid by the hour" bullshit won't fly anymore, either. You can't compete in the modern business world that way. Unions are tearing down their own temples and they don't see that fact.

The government makes it almost impossible to expand an industrial operation today. We have the EPA, the EPD, OSHA and hoarde of environmentalists with their lawyers in tow to scream "NO!" every time a company wants to build something new. I know what I'm talking about.

I once supervised an existing steam plant. We had old, inefficient, highly-polluting boilers there. We wanted to install a new unit, with the low-NOx burner and all the clean-air controls available at the time and the PERMITTING PROCESS cost more than the goddam boiler did, and it took five years to accomplish.

I could have gone to Mexico and built a brand-new steam plant for less money than that one boiler cost. I could have done it in less time, too. The company I once worked for spent $100 million every year for Superfund costs, for cleanups that never end, on land that they never polluted. What utter bullshit.

When a company has to spend $100 million a year jumping through hoops of government regulations, where do you think that money comes from? It damn sure didn't fall from the sky. It comes out of wages, medical benefits and head-counts. That's NOT free ice cream.

John Kerry is gonna fix THAT problem? Yeah, right.

We're cutting our own throats every day and Unions and government share the knife.


Yer GOT DAM right Rob. Screw unions AND government.

Posted by: Midaz on October 27, 2004 10:39 AM

Outsourcing did not just happen yesterday. John Kerry has been in the Senate for 20 years and has, to my knowledge, done nothing to prevent it or stall it. As a lawmaker, it makes sense that he could have...but didn't. Not only didn't but helped to reward those companies that capitalized on cheap labor by giving them tax breaks for moving American jobs out of this country.
NOW...that Kerry is campaigning for the presidency, he will stop this practice? lmao

Posted by: ticker on October 27, 2004 11:32 AM

What drives me crazy with all this DemonRAT blather about outsourcing is that they never mention that it is a 2-way street. What about insourcing? I live near Cincinnati, which is loaded with foreign companies paying high wages for skilled jobs. A pal of mine works for Salvagnini, an Italian machine tool company. Toyota in Georgetown, KY. Nissan in Smyrna TN. tons of other Asian and European companies. Kerry and the commie asshats in his party think that they can run a Soviet style command economy. what a load!

Posted by: John Cunningham on October 27, 2004 11:51 AM

I think you can add other factors into the mix as well; such as NAFTA which was touted by both parties and fucked immigration laws. I fully believe in a free market system and supply and demand BUT within the paradigm of sovereign borders, something we no longer have. It's all in the name of a quick profit turn around rather than long term viability.

If the worker in this country didn't have to compete with third-world drecks living in mud huts next to a shit filled river (8000 of them illegally cross our southern border every day) you'd see the bottom wages go up simply as a result of supply and demand not some stupid minimum wage law.

Unions gave up giving a damn about "the worker" long ago. They are now nothing more than a mechanism for a select few fat-cats in bad suits to propagate their personal cash-cow.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on October 27, 2004 11:58 AM

Govenment unions are the worst, nothing can top the do nothing attitude of a typical government worker.

Posted by: James Old Guy on October 27, 2004 02:43 PM

Go read Walter Williams' column today. Simple. Enlightening. On topic.

Posted by: Larry on October 27, 2004 06:21 PM
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