Here are a couple of quotes from Fareed’s screed:
“The attacks are, I suppose, inevitable. But let’s be honest: They’re largely untrue or irrelevant.” [Imagine my face looking like “The Scream” now. Or even Macaulay Kulkin in “Home Alone“. Whatever works.] “Whatever the paperwork shows, Mitt Romney was not running Bain Capital after February 1999.”
Paperwork, schmaperwork, bitches! The exact opposite of what it says on paper is true. Nothing to see here. That Mittens might have benefited monetarily from Bain’s sleazy practices is of no importance. Move along. Hey, look at that other centrist douchebag–he’s scolding you too!
“Even if he had been, outsourcing jobs to lower a company’s costs — and ensure its survival — is not sleazy; it’s how you run a business efficiently.”
Yup, end of story, lazy American workers. This is a FACT. So shut up. Listen, I don’t pretend to be an expert in business, finance or economics. But I do think it’s entirely reasonable to rankle at the idea of jobs being shipped overseas. I’m not sure why Fareed dismisses the idea of offense being taken so cavalierly. Perhaps it’s because there’s no danger of his job being outsourced. It may be hard to find a centrist political hack who will write infuriating mushy-middle gibberish in China. So, whatever, Fareed. Your job is safe. But, yes, shipping jobs overseas is pretty goddamn sleazy. Here’s why, Fareed:
1.) It takes jobs away from Americans. Duh.
2.) It gives jobs low-paying– sometimes slave-wage-level– to foreigners. Let’s not pretend we’re conducting some grand, noble experiment. Big business wants cheap labor and it’ll do anything to get it. You can act as though offering these jobs to foreigners gives them a hand up to the middle class, and in some cases it may actually do this, but what happened to AMERICA FIRST, guys? Really. Shouldn’t creating jobs for Americans take precedent? Or is hyper-patriotic whinging only appropriate when it’s used a bludgeon against Democrats?
I think that if we’re going to defiantly acknowledge that big business shipping jobs overseas is JUST GOOD BUSINESS SENSE, then I insist we stop referring the big business guys and rich folks as JAAHB KRIYATORS. Because, the contention that they’re creating jobs for Americans is flat-out untrue. And they and their defenders are admitting that.