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article imageRomney defends Perdue from 2012-style outsourcing attacks

By Holly L. Walters     Nov 3, 2014 in Politics
The midterm elections are currently in fever pitch and control of the Unites States Senate is resting in the balance. This means that the gloves are off in all of the races, and especially in the high profile elections involving notable candidates.
One of those midterm elections is the Georgia Senate seat election between Michelle Nunn and David Perdue. Nunn is a democrat who is the daughter of former long-time Congressman Sam Nunn, also from Georgia.
The Senate seat has been held by retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss who beat Democratic candidate Jim Martin in the 2008 runoff election. Look for a runoff again because the Libertarian candidate could possibly keep the voting tallies less than 50% for one candidate, which requires a run off in Georgia.
Calling on the high profile stumpers
Both major parties have been calling on former candidates and office holders across the nation to provide support for the different aspects of respective party branding. For Republicans, outsourcing is one of the business operational models that they tout as being effective business management. At least, that is the message from both Perdue and Mitt Romney, who was criticized in the same manner in the 2012 presidential election.
Of course, "outsourcing" can be viewed negatively in some regions of the country, and particularly in Georgia because much of the working class remembers the manufacturing exodus that occurred in the textile industry shortly after NAFTA was signed into law in 1998. What began as a trickle eventually became a flood that voters still remember. Nevertheless, it’s considered mud-slinging by Nunn by many because the subject of outsourcing is more complex than her campaign makes it out to be, and her statements carry an inflammatory message about it.
The Outsourcing of Political Campaigns
Outsourcing is a complex subject because it can often be used to cut jobs in the short-term but the result can often be good for the economy as a whole, and even leads to more job creation in the long-term. And according to many ebusinessbpo companies, many political campaigns even use outsourcing services to collect political surveys and field campaign calls.
It's hard to envision that all political campaigners do this outbound service in-house, and it would be very interesting to investigate both Nunn and Perdue's campaign strategies regarding this matter to see what the result would be.
Outsourcing support on both sides of the aisle
NAFTA was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton, who is a Democrat, claiming that NAFTA would be good for the U.S. economy. While the process has been effective for many businesses, it has had a major continuing negative impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector.
Defending Perdue's record as CEO of the Dollar General Corporation, former presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney echoed as much and claimed in a recent report that Nunn's outsourcing attacks on Perdue were "baloney."
The politics of economic patriotism
The main political component of outsourcing now is the fact that manufacturing jobs in the U.S are still at a premium because of the "race to the bottom" investment tactics of corporations using penny-wage human manpower. That access to cheap workers still makes U.S. labor more expensive, even after over 15 years of NAFTA, and now includes global free trade zones.
NAFTA was discussed in Congress during most of the Clinton Administration before being signed into law, but it was done under the media flood coverage of the Clinton impeachment and a government shutdown. The term "economic patriotism" was coined by former U.S. presidential candidate and consumer activist attorney Ralph Nader, as Nader suggested if corporations wanted legal personhood recognition, then they should be judged in the same manner.
The real economic issues are not about the "left vs. right" political paradigm, which is a blurry line with Michelle Nunn per her association with Jeb Bush's Points of Light initiative, along with her bipartisanship message. The questions are really about the up-and-down economic relationships within the electorate. This is a situation that Michelle Nunn recognizes.
The truth about outsourcing is that the term can be applied both positively and negatively as a generalization of economic policy that is actually valid economic law. Complaints from the voters regarding the lack of economic corporate patriotism should have been addressed when the bill was on the floor of Congress, albeit that many members of Congress then recognized the evolution of the economic dilemma that the U.S. is in today.
While outsourcing is helping some businesses grow and create new jobs in the contemporary economy, there are still questions of corporate motivation. A lack of American patriotism in any manner within the context of the current global condition is not acceptable to most people in the nation.
Along with the gridlock in Congress, that attitude is a large part of why approval ratings are down across the board for all elected government officials. While some outsourcing attacks can be identified as baloney, a significant amount of the middle-class manufacturing economic sector still looks like a block of Swiss cheese.
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