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Sacramento's Dirty Little Secret
By Assemblyman Ray Haynes
August 27, 2004
This year complaints have abounded from my Democrat colleagues
offshoring. Offshoring is a derogatory word for "reducing business
Or, if you want to be blunt, it means figuring out a way around
hostile business climate.
Some California businesses have been hit with so many costs and
that it is cheaper for them to hire people in India to answer
(paying the associated telephone costs) rather than hire people in
California. Think about it--it is cheaper to hire someone in India,
telephone company for the long distance charges, train Indians to
English, and operate the facility in India than it is to run the same
facility in California.
Nobody likes it when jobs disappear, whether overseas or
a cliche', but I'm sure the buggy-whip manufacturers were unhappy
automobile made their jobs obsolete. Typewriter makers similarly
adapt or go out of business when word processors and computers took
In fact, computers put a lot more people out of business than just
typewriter manufacturers. The efficiencies of computers and the
have made the jobs of many clerical workers and researchers
many more people would it take in your office to accomplish what you
do if there were no computers?
But nobody seriously proposes that we eliminate computers so we can
more jobs. Computers have made the jobs of many people irrelevant,
efficiencies and new markets created by computers have created far
than they've replaced. The outsourcing issue is actually quite
Over the last year, we have heard our leftist friends complain
how this is costing Californians jobs, and how these rotten, "profit-
capitalists are exploiting the proletariat in California, destroying
in their wake. The Legislature demanded a report on this practice,
researcher, and then introduced a bunch of laws to "stop" these evil
exploiters from this dastardly practice.
That report came out recently, but you didn't hear about it. Why?
the report said that the practice of offshoring actually helps
workers. (See report at http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?
In many cases, offshoring is necessary for businesses to stay in
California, preserving jobs that would otherwise be lost. In other
saves the business money, money that is reinvested in the business,
The study found that offshoring also saves California money. Money
be spent for the poor, or for more cops, or for improved health
care, or any
other of a number of programs (not the least of which is reducing our
horrendous debt). All in all, the report said offshoring is a good
But you don't know that. You want to know why? Because the leftist
majority in the Legislature initially refused to release the
needed review, they said. They hired the researchers, but they
what the researchers said. They don't want the facts to stand in
the way of
their political agenda. Their solution - rewrite the report, even
is clear that their agenda hurts the poor, the taxpayers, and the
This is the type of thinking that ran up a $48 billion deficit when
leftists were in charge of everything. The unions don't want
hire people in other countries, even if that helps Californians. It
fit their desire to line their own pockets with the forced union
California workers. The majority in Sacramento owes their power to
union bosses. So--if the union bosses think there is a problem, the
Democrats think there is a problem, regardless of the real facts.
They don't mind the continuing onslaught of illegal aliens taking
driving down the wages of the (primarily) manual labor workforce
state, but offshoring jobs to keep businesses solvent should be
doesn't make any sense to me.
This mindset led us down the path to destruction, which we narrowly
We are still seriously injured. The leftists still do the bidding
union boss masters, regardless of who it hurts. That is
Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which
portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County.
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