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Helping Outsource Jobs? Congressmen Say Stop!

The United States has always been a generous country.  According to the Census Bureau every year we give Billions to third world countries…and some not so third world.  When asked about foreign aid to countries first thoughts of many will go to the assistance in Haiti after its devastating earthquake or helping with the AIDS epidemic in part of Africa.  These are good and noble programs and few would argue their benefit to these developing countries.

But what many don’t realize is the USAid program also uses government funding to educate the people. At first glance this seems like a reasonable plan. We are building schools in places like Afghanistan so that women can be empowered to care for their own needs. But, recent information brings to light programs designed to teach English so that people are able to work in Call Centers overseas for American businesses. In essence, the United States Government is outsourcing training programs that may keep its own citizens from finding jobs.

In this time of continued high unemployment one might question whether taxpayer funds should be used to teach others outside the U.S. job skills that, if taught in this country, might put our own citizens to work. Some people might argue that these call center jobs are not high skill, nor high paying.  However, these entry levels jobs could greatly help the minority teen (age 16-24) unemployment. In March, 2012 Hispanic teen unemployment was 30.5% while blacks were even more abysmal at 40.5%.  Our own citizens need training for jobs.

The United States Government program Job Enabling English Proficiency (JEEP) has come under recent scrutiny by Congress. At a training program in Manilla, Philippines over 11,000 students are enrolled in the JEEP program sponsored by the U.S. While President Obama promotes insourcing of jobs there is concern by some in Congress that the JEEP programs training of foreign workers will take American jobs. In a bipartisan letter “Congressmen Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Walter Jones (R-NC) have demanded that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) immediately suspend a program to train workers in the Philippines for jobs in English-speaking call centers…” “The U.S. has lost five hundred thousand call center jobs in the last five years,” said Representative Bishop in an interview with Information Week.”

As the United States continues to struggle economically does it make sense that taxpayer funding is used to promote jobs outside the country? Can we afford to send jobs away when our own unemployment remains high? Contact Representatives Bishop and Jones or your own Representative and remind him of the need for jobs here at home.


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Teresa Wendt

A stay at home mom who runs a household, manages the finances, cares for a young adult autistic son, and cooks from scratch. Traveling from Arizona to Alaska summer of 2013. Visit my blog at https://ramblinroseaz.wordpress.com/ and follow along.

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  1. The creation of jobs outside of America is the continueation of the Socialist Democrat Partys’ idea of how redistribute our wealth. It’s a Communist plan to bring America to it’s knees so that as more and more American’s are PUT out of work by call centers going outside the country, so does the money, i.e. wealth, of our own companies that could be putting that wealth back into America in order to build our economy.

    But you see there are those who think that America has had to many years of building it’s own wealth while the rest of the world suffered under crushing unemployment and economic collapse. There are those in this country who are convinced that America’s time to be a economic powerhouse is over and we’ve had our chance to be the leader in all forms of jobs, employment generation, and wealth building. There are those who believe that America has wasted all the money that was built by all the people who were working building all this wealth they were making because we didn’t give it to our government to give away to all those countries who needed the money more than most ordinary American’s did.

    There are those here who believe since we didn’t do that, give away all our wealth to people that those who are here who believe that there are others ourside America who need the money more than the average American, think that instead of giving that wealth to other countries who needed it more than we did, we kept all our money to make our lives more comfortable, more TV’s, more cars, bigger houses, more clothes, more food, more cell phones, more of everything that people in these other countries would have given their left arms just to have a little bit more food, or a new pair of shoes. There are those who are living the wonderful and prosperous lives that most all other American’s are living themselves, and have all the stuff most all other American’s have, believe for some reason that it is US who ought to be giving all that we have accumulated for ourselves away because after all they are the ones who are enlightened and have realized that most all American’s waste all that we have gotten for ourselves where as if WE had given all that WE have to someone outside of America, that would have done a whole lot more good than it did just making our individual lives better.

    Who the hell are these people? They are enlightened liberals who have had some kind of epiphiny and have seen the light about what we’re all supposed to do in order to make sure that everyone has everything else that everybody else does. That everybody is supposed to give all that you have until everyone has an equal amount. And then everyone will be the same and no one will be suffering anymore, we won’t have to work as hard anymore paying all those bills from all the stuff we’ve bought for just ourselves, and everyone around the world will have just enough and no more.

    But you see, if you were to say to these people here who believe that American’s have to much and need to be taught a lesson about how to live with much less than we have given ourselves, “You first!”, they would tell you that is not their job, that is our job to see to it that we are living well below our means just like all these other people have to in other countries who don’t have as much as we do, and we are supposed to see to it that we are the ones taking care of all these other people, not them. And that is because they believe that they are the enlightened ones and don’t have to give all that they have away to those who have much less than they do.

    These people are the ones who don’t ever give to anyone because they believe it’s always somebody eles’s job to give, not them. They believe that we should be giving all that we have to the government so it can send it to all these other countries who have much, much less than we do. They are the ones who are selfish and greedy. They are the ones who really don’t care about other people’s suffering in countries around the world. They are the ones who make the laws that have forced our nations companies to send jobs American’s could have had so that we could make more money than we need, because when we have that extra money we always make sure we send it to people who need help right here in America, not in some foreign country. And then when we send all we can to help people here, we send it outside the country to people in other countries who don’t have as much as we do a thousand times more than liberals ever have. They are the ones who are causing all these jobs that could be giving American’s jobs so that we could make the money that these other people in other countries have come to depend on to keep them from starving and have clothes to wear and shoes on their feet. Liberals take, working people who believe in helping people…give.

    And until we can get rid of liberals from making our companies sending jobs outside the country so that our wealth goes to those people and not stay here in America, our people won’t have the money to even take care of themselves let alone anyone else outside of America. That is what liberals want from us and that is to have to suffer like they believe we’ve made other people around the world suffer. That is the “empathy” Obama talks about. Along with our empathy he also is sending our jobs and our money outside the country. That is redistribution of wealth all Communists talk about that will make everyone equal, yeah, equally poor!

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