Loss of U.S. jobs to China becomes powerful election issue

October 8, 2010

In Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Joe Sestak, accuses his Republican foe Pat Toomey of favoring China over hard-working Americans.

In a new website, the AFL-CIO pointedly tracks the loss of U.S. jobs to China and other cheap-labor countries.

With about a month to go more the Nov. 2 election, Democrats and their friends are pushing as a potentially pivotal issue the export of U.S. jobs.USA-CONGRESS/LEVIN

They believe, or at least hope, it will resonate with American voters worried about the economy and their own financial futures.

A memo by consultants Stanley Greenberg and James Carville suggests Democrats could use concern about the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to help stage an “October surprise” and retain control of the House and Senate in next month’s election.

Campaign messages on behalf of protecting U.S. jobs — while ripping into Republicans who support trade pacts and tax breaks that jeopardize them — can be powerful.

In one of its lasts votes at the end of September before taking a recess for final election campaigning, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation that would allow the United States to seek sanctions against China and other countries that gain trade advantages by through currency manipulation.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin, who helped write the legislation, has been touting it in appearances with House Democratic candidates in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, as part of a new Democratic agenda called “Make it in America.”

Toomey and Sestak are said to be locked in a tight race to replace Senator Arlen Specter in the U.S. Senate. But polls suggest Toomey is running ahead of his Democratic rival. 

Toomey has said he opposes the currency manipulation legislation because it could spark a trade war that would end up hurting U.S exports and making imports cost more.

Sestak argues that China’s cheap currency puts American companies and workers at an unfair disadvantage that costs jobs.

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Reuters photos by  Hyungwon Kang  ( Reps Timothy Ryan and Sandy Levin after House vote on currency legislation) and Benjamin Myers (  Levin outside his office at the U.S. Capitol).

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I have to shake my head in disbelief as each of the two major parties point their fingers at each other over the job loss.

There are a number of culprits to this loss. A Congress (both parties) that wrote tax laws rewarding large corporations for “outsourcing,” Corporate Big Wigs that decided they could at least make a corportation look like it was making a lot more money by closing factories, service centers, billing centers, etc here and hiring slave labor in Mexico and China – and then rewarding themselves with soaring paychecks and bonus money that shocks sensibility.

Finally there is all the rest of us, who continue to reward these modern day “carpet baggers” by continuing to buy all their products made in China and Mexico, and continue to do business with companies which have moved their “tech” support, billing, order departments, etc to these slave labor countries.

Unless and Until we the American People develop the back bone to say Enouogh – the jobs will continue to disappear until we have little in the way of employment left in this country.

We can start by buy American Products – which are made in America (not rebranded Chinese or Mexican products).

Posted by Robert76 | Report as abusive

Honestly, its the corporate’s who should cut back on their greed. imho, if its made in china, reduce the price as well. Like a product (i.e. bags, etc) that cost $1 to make shouldn’t be sold for $800. Electronics that cost $10 to make, shouldn’t be sold for $1000. Cut back on greed. Lower the cost of living…’nuff said.

Posted by Anon83 | Report as abusive

The american have lost the plot. Using an Anti China campaign to hide the real reason of job losses.

Inefficient government I say. All these Rich Dudes supporting war instead of spending money on upgrading facilities for its people

Posted by Tellthetruth | Report as abusive

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“Lower the cost of living.” At least that was the idea as it was sold to us back when all the Wall Street “Masters of the Universe” were selling us all on this free trade business. They’ve made out rather well; how about letting some of that trickle down now?

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive

I have gone through the synopsis of the subject under discussion and the comments of my learned commenter friends. I could assimilate the gist of the huge anomalies of previous US governments and the heart burning agony of the young AMERICAN generation standing at the edge of a devastated economical, financial, and commercial catastrophe of the country with a bleak future in the country once known as the mighty country of dream.

The worst is yet to have emerged but shoed up earlier when the congress passed the bill against china on retaliation to china’s devaluation of their currency. US always thought it should dictate others to do whatever it says not considering that everything has its limit.

In addition, reply to only one case only now showed up and in future will show up one by one to all the cases. US had always played a hard game with China and China took things always coolly without giving in.

Now it is replying to all that US did in previous day’s with it.

Most unfortunately Bush regime wittingly or unwittingly stabbed at the back of the Nation by going to war on the Advice of a particular country and some criminal minded advisers who all pulled the rope of the US flag down to earth if not forever but at least for some decades to come.

China is a quiet dragon, it does not chew it gulps and swallows. First, it made America its market, became the master of important commercial institution, also made the Bush regime to dismantle its industrial complex and establish the same in china for financial, and job assurance.

Now China gave the jolt in Chinese way which in one go has hit the nerve center of the West financial, industrial, commercial industrialized sector including the most delicate sector of main Political issue. It is not the jolt for Democrats but will prove to be a morbid jolt for any government that steps in, in any future time for some decades to come.

From the look of things on ground, China will be a hard tusk master in its role as world super power, which until now it did not show up. South East Asia is already on alert and is preparing to confront the Jolt of China’s move forward..

US may not bother about its election but there are thing that US will soon find necessary to amend it to walk together with China.

Prominent experts of different discipline opined it is not late to resolve all issues in diplomatic level with China that will help both in the end.

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