After his attacks on Mitt Romney's involvement in the job-creating private
equity firm Bain Capital failed to resonate with an underemployed America,
President Obama has retooled his message somewhat.
Now, after the Washington Post published a story about Bain's alleged role in
outsourcing factory jobs overseas, he's blasting Republican nominee Mitt Romney
as an "outsourcer in chief" and "outsourcing pioneer."
He did so even as, the Washington Free Beacon reports, Team Obama spent
nearly $4,700 on services from a Canadian telemarketing company called Pacific
East between March and June. The Obama campaign also paid a call center in
Manila, Philippines, $78,314.10 for telemarketing services between the start of
the campaign and March.
Few people remember an August 2010 report at InformationWeek.com about the
U.S. Agency for International Development, a federal agency run by a hand-picked
Obama appointee, launching a $36 million program to train workers, including
3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
They were to provide offshore IT and business services to American companies
looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.
The hypocrisy only starts here. While blocking the Keystone XL pipeline and
the 20,000 jobs it would bring immediately, with hundreds of thousands later in
an economic ripple effect, this is the President who applauded a U.S.
Export-Import Bank's loan to Brazil's state-run Petrobras in the amount of $2
billion with the promise of more to follow.
At the time, Obama was railing against tax incentives for U.S. oil companies
and still is.
shelf, ANWR and much of the Gulf of Mexico, and a de facto moratorium covering
the rest, Obama told the Brazilians:
"We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil
reserves safely, and when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of
your best customers." Isn't that outsourcing, Mr. President?
The Obama administration had no problem with approving a plan by electric car
company Fisker to use part of its $529 million federal stimulus loan guarantee
to build its manufacturing facility, and the 500 jobs it supports, in Finland.
Fisker employees were laid off at an old General Motors facility in Joe Biden's
Delaware that Fisker was supposed to refurbish.