Obama: more jobs stay in US?

As a result of the recent financial crisis, high tech companies, large and small, are pushing more and more work offshore to keep the costs low. There are lot of talks and discussions around job losses in US but how do you think Obama should “change” that? How do you think we can change that?

I am personally hoping Obama’s team can find better ways for us to play and compete in the global market. IMO in the immediate term, training and educating unemployed on the next generation green technologies, wind/solar/… to help them re-enter the workforce would be a good start. What do you think?

7 Comments

  1. JT on November 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

    We need to start focussing on the US and “how” to keep the jobs here, not just the mfg jobs, all jobs and how it can affordable to companies to do so.

    We need to consider cost of living in the US and why individuals won’t take a $40/hr job … because they are greedy or because they have got themselves into a financial position that that is not enough to pay their household bills, healthcare, etc. or is it that we live in a country where it is “easier” to collect unemployment, well who is funding that?

    There are lots of areas that the US needs to refocus it’s priorities on and it will take time, it won’t happen over night. But as tax payers we cannot continue to allow for outlandish spending and large bonus and severance payments to top executives who squander money at the expense of the every day worker who is struggling to pay for education for their children, household expenses, etc. We need to institute accountability for such actions across the board.

  2. Dark Night on November 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    There should be:
    1) Financial incentives to keep jobs local
    2) Financial penalties to off shoring jobs
    3) And a stop to technology transfer in the name of off shoring

    It is not the cost of labor which is killing companies, its poor management!

  3. 20/20 Hindsight on November 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I think the concept of bailing out companies is where we have a disconnect. We need to be focused on bailing out the employees of failing companies. Propping up dinosaur failing companies like the auto industry prolongs the rebirth and innovation that is really needed. Why not take those same dollars and invest it directly in the impacted employees when the companies are forced to reorganize and become leaner? Retraining employees on newer technologies and growing industries, while providing the necessary interim benefits, will provide a bridge from where we are to the 21st century economy.

    We’re not on a level playing field with the rest of the world when we have to deal with the legacy mis-steps while they are entering as a greenfield market with the latest technologies and no excess baggage.

  4. tsaleh on July 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Do you feel the TARP “bail out” or the new administration has made a difference in the local job opportunities? What do we need to create more local opportunities?

  5. tsaleh on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Now that health care reform is behind us, let’s hope more attention is given to creating real jobs. I am hoping someone takes a closer look at where the jobs have gone, where they are going, and most practical approaches to creat more opportunities in US, rather than just throwing money at it!

  6. tsaleh on September 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Last March I had thought healthcare reform was behind us, guess not! This administration can’t get much done, we are really plagued by the partisan BS. We must flush most incumbents and elect capable officials who think of our country first – way before personal preferences and personal agendas. Forget about partisanship or bipartisanship, let’s think America!

    Let’s get back to laser focus on creating jobs, and let’s please not fool ourselves, most high-tech jobs are susceptible to global competition. Entitlement is an extremely contagious disease in our profession, let’s please drop it. No more silly handouts or silly expectations. We must try harder and work hardest! We must find ways to compete globally to win these jobs. It is a little bigger universe than we are accustomed to but it is just as fine once we acclimate to it.

  7. tony saleh on December 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

    With the new GOP congress do you think we can bring back focus on creating more job opportunities local in US? Or would the “capitalism at its core” attitude drive more jobs offshore in favor of short term shortsighted ROI?

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