Hypocrisy in Ohio: Clinton & Obama Avoid Outsourcing Issue
So far, Obama has used as a club to hit at Clinton in . However, the 1,000 plus high tech and "back office" white collar jobs are seemingly "off the radar screen" for the press, the politicians and most people.
Of course, LexisNexis was the archtype information age corporation back in the 90s during the time that Hillary's hubby was busy twisting arms and buying votes to ram through Congress. I well recall and lecturing us all on how we need to remake ourselves for the jobs of the information age.
Well, I "remade" myself. I became a software engineer at considerable financial expense and investment of time. I've even worked for several international "Fortune 500" corporations in "high profile" IT jobs where I've directly faced the offshoring and H-1b worker replacement issues.
And now, the hype surrounding the transition to an "information age" economy has mostly disappeared, replaced instead by euphemisms like "global economy" and "global competitiveness". As I've seen in my experiences, the "information age" jobs are being filled by lower cost foreigners at every possible opportunity.
In OHIO, though Obama and Clinton will NOT discuss it, the offshore outsourcing of manufacturing/industrial/"factory" jobs has been followed by widespread use of H-1b and L-1 guest worker replacement programs at well known OHIO corporations. Corporations such as (once "Fortune 500") NCR have followed the IBM model and moved *all* engineering/development work offshore.
Now, after years of having a large offshore component in partnership with Indian outsourcing companies such as HCL and Infosys *and* using many (foreign) H-1b guest workers directly and through contractors, Dayton-based but internationally known, LexisNexis is about to move all remaining Information Technology ("IT") and other "back office" white collar work offshore to . The Elsevier IT group in Dayton developing for and supporting Scopus and Science Direct online services is likewise targeted for offshoring.
Of course, we shouldn't be surprised that this information isn't making news... Obama and Clinton would both have too many hard questions to answer about their claims that education is the key to our economic prosperity...
I find it interesting that even as the middle class jobs situation is WORSE in now than it was 4 years ago, neither Obama nor Clinton even use the "O-words" -- offshoring, outsourcing and offshore outsourcing. I take this as nothing more than cynicism and hypocrisy. They posture about education being the panacea but enable the outsourcing with their support for "guest worker" programs used to displace some of the best educated and highest skilled American workers.
Following on is a recently piece from the re. the offshoring plans underway at RE and LN in metro-Dayton, OH.