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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 23, 2012/ 5 Menachem-Av, 5772

Nation's worst outsourcer? You

By A. Barton Hinkle




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Adulthood, they say, is just like high school, but with money. Something similar could be said of the presidential race. Lately, the candidates have sounded like a couple of middle-schoolers:

Obama: "You're an outsourcer!"

Romney: "I know you are, but what am I?"

You know the attack on Romney as a corporate chainsaw who shipped jobs overseas is doing damage, because last week his team dispatched a couple of sharp young staffers to rebut the charge point by point. Then Romney counterpunched: "This president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself," Romney said. "If there is an Outsourcer-in-Chief, it's the president of the United States." Oh, snap.

Meanwhile, economists are cradling their heads in their hands and ordering a round of boilermakers. Why? Because outsourcing is not the evil job-destroyer the candidates pretend it is. In fact, it produces a small but measurable increase in domestic employment. A recent study by the London School of Economics says so: As one news summation put it, "increasing offshore jobs by 1 percent is linked to a 1.72 percent increase in overall U.S. employment of native workers."

How can outsourcing bolster domestic employment? Here's one example cited by Team Romney: Setting up an overseas help desk to take customer calls about, say, the Japanese version of Microsoft Office increases software sales overseas, which creates jobs back at the home office. It also increases U.S. trade exports, which — the Romney folks tartly note — President Obama says he wants to do.

Still. Political operators are not about to let the facts ruin a perfectly good attack. So expect to hear a lot more about who has been outsourcing what during the next three months.

Yet if outsourcing really is so terrible, then the two presidential contenders should not limit their critique to each other. After all, some of the worst offenders are their own close political chums.

Take Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. This month he traveled to Great Britain to drum up business. In a press release from London, McDonnell said: "Over the past few years, we've met in Germany with The Hornschuch Group, and they are bringing 174 new jobs to Winchester. . . . [O]ur previous trips to the Farnsborough and Paris Airshows have brought six new companies to [the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing] in Prince George County. In fact, our 2010 Farnsborough meeting with DRS Technologies resulted in the company moving its corporate headquarters to Virginia."

Get a load of that: Foreign companies are offshoring jobs to Virginia! What an outrage! Wait — it's not an outrage? It's a good thing? Then why is it such a heinous crime when U.S. companies move jobs abroad?

Governors in the U.S. don't poach business only from overseas. They constantly entice companies to move from one state to another, too. Two years ago, Northrop Grumman moved — i.e., outsourced — its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to Northern Virginia (and was handsomely rewarded with state money for doing so). The year before, Hilton Hotels moved from Beverly Hills to Northern Virginia. Virginia's governor at the time, Tim Kaine — he whom Barack Obama later begged to head up the Democratic National Committee — boasted: "Adding this hospitality industry leader to the Commonwealth's list of corporate headquarters is a major coup for Virginia. I commend everyone involved in bringing Hilton to the Commonwealth."

Translation: Three cheers for outsourcing!

Lots of other companies — from General Dynamics (which left St. Louis) to DynCorp (which left Irving, Texas) have moved to the Old Dominion as well. By the same token, many companies have left the Old Dominion for greener pastures elsewhere. Last month, for instance, ExxonMobil announced it was transferring 2,100 employees from Fairfax to Houston. Why hasn't Bob McDonnell blasted Exxon and his fellow Republican, Rick Perry, for this vile betrayal?

You could run a similar exercise for every state in the nation. Companies move operations all the time. It's called a free market. Yet to hear Obama and Romney talk, we need to put a stop to it right now.

Know who else is a horrible outsourcer? You. Chances are you have moved at least once in your life. If so, you took work away from your local grocer, hairdresser and plumber and outsourced it to somebody else. What kind of evil, greedy monster are you?

Well. If we can save some jobs by stopping outsourcing at the U.S. border, then just imagine how many more jobs we could save by forbidding companies to move jobs between states. And if Obama and Romney really want to create jobs, then they should propose a ban on interstate trucking — and maybe in-state trucking, too. Wall off the cities and make the inhabitants fend for themselves. That will keep 'em busy.

In rhetoric, they call this line of argument the reduction ad absurdam . ("Oh, you want to save lives by lowering the speed limit to 55 mph? Why not lower it to 10? Or 5? Why not make everybody walk?") In this case, though, what's really absurd is the notion that the less we trade, the better off we'll be.

Even a high-schooler can see through that.

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A. Barton Hinkle is Deputy Editor of the Editorial Pages at Richmond Times-Dispatch Comment by clicking here.


Previously:




07/19/12: Listen up, America: You need to knuckle under
07/12/12: Obama, Romney: As Different as Two Peas in a Pod
07/05/12: Are teenagers big children --- or little adults?
06/25/12: Minorities treated as mere numbers
06/21/12: Memo to the the Little Guy: Seemingly innocuous activity could bring the federal hammer down out of a clear blue sky
06/19/12: We mustn't let America be buffaloed
05/31/12: Drop and Give Uncle Sam 20
05/15/12: The feds would like to know if you enjoyed that video
05/03/12: Obama inspires: 'America --- Still Not as Bad Off as Venezuela!'
04/26/12: It's everyone's favorite time of year again
03/29/12: GOP disillusionment is a good thing
03/27/12: Just what America needs: more red tape
03/20/12: Nation wondering: what happening to language?
02/21/12: Culture warriors resort to propaganda
02/15/12: Step away from that cookie and grab some air
02/08/12: Lessons in heresy
02/01/12: Do We Really Need Pickle-Flavored Potato Chips?
01/11/12: Shut up, they explained
12/30/11: A Modest Proposal: Let's Ban All Sports!
12/26/11: A Christmas letter from the Obamas
02/24/11: Will the next Watson need us?
12/24/10: Here Are Some Good Gifts for People You Hate
06/15/10: The Presinator
05/26/10: More than equal
04/08/10: Angry Right Takes a Page From Angry Left but guess who is ‘ugly’?
02/16/10: Either Obama owes George W. Bush an apology, or he owes the rest of us a very good explanation for his about-face on wiretapping
02/03/10: Talkin' to us 'tards
01/27/10: I never thought I'd see the day when progressives would howl in ragebecause the Supreme Court said government should not ban books
01/07/10: Gun-Control Advocates Play Fast and Loose
12/31/09: Nearly everything progressives say about neoconservative interventionism abroad applies to their own preferred policies at home





© 2011, A. Barton Hinkle

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