Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

Summary: OK, now I'm angry for real. By the time I'm done explaining this -- if you're an American -- you're going to be livid as well.

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OK, now I'm angry for real. By the time I'm done explaining this -- if you're an American -- you're going to be livid as well.

This upsets me so much, it's difficult to type, but here goes. The U.S. government is spending $22 million to train workers in foreign countries to learn tech skills and English so they can outsource American IT jobs. I know. I can hardly believe it myself.

According to InformationWeek, the U.S. agency known as USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is partnering with outsourcing service companies in countries like Sri Lanka to teach more than 3,000 workers technology skills in tools like Enterprise Java.

To make it easier for those workers to work with American companies who have outsourced work, American taxpayers are also paying to train the workers in English.

While writing How To Save Jobs, I spent a year researching this issue and I wrote about just how damaging outsourcing is to American jobs. We've had recent reports showing that people without jobs here in America will likely remain without jobs for a long time.

That's bad enough. But the idea that our own government is funding the training of low-wage foreign workers, who will then compete with American IT workers is simply unacceptable.

In my book, I showed how it is possible for America to turn things around, but we have to first stop many of the wrong-headed policies we're operating under.

This is one such policy. I urge you, without waiting a minute, to contact your elected representatives. Tell them it's time they got off their collective posteriors and stop this USAID outsource training program.

Visit this list of representatives by state.

Do it now. Before your tax dollars are used to train people who will do your job for 1/10th your salary. By the way, if you'd really like to see how to solve the job problem, download How To Save Jobs at HowToSaveJobs.org. It's free and it's worth the read.

OK, I know I'm starting to sound like an anti-administration conservative and I'm not. I'm just a cranky patriot. Idiocy like this makes me angry, regardless of which party is in power. What the frak where they thinking?

Topics: CXO, IT Employment

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • This and about 50% of the rest of the govt spending should be cut

    This november vote out the "big government" tax and spend socialist nanny state liberals and vote in representitives who will seriously cut the budget, the headcount, the payroll, the benefits, and the rest of the spending.
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

      @Johnny Vegas And who, pray tell, should we put into power? The big-government tax-and-spend wild-west regulation-be-damned conservatives?

      Anyone who thinks there is an actual difference between repubs and dems is a moron. All they give a @#$% about is money & power.

      Don't get me wrong, this policy as mentioned here is a slew of horsesh*t and something needs to be done...but don't think that any of these politicians give a flying crap about you or your job.
      samalie
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        @samalie

        Intersting you define conservatives as "big-government tax-and-spend", that is usually associated with liberals. Although I guess today's liberals (Pelosi & Co) are more like "ginormous government tax to redistribute wealth and spend like there is no tomorrow." I certainly agree conservatives tend to have a "wild-west regulation-be-damned."

        Your conclusion is right on, "Anyone who thinks there is an actual difference between repubs and dems is a moron", it usually comes down to selecting the lessor of two evils on a case by case basis.

        What really hacks me off is that the conservatives are hijacking the tea party brand. True tea-partiers are fed up with the Democrupublican business as usual crap that is funding this foreign training for business.
        7mgte
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        @samalie - well said! Republicans too have a history of offshoring, giving tax benefits to companies that offshore, taxpayer-funded subsidies... and bailouts because everybody who offshored had previously killed off small business competition via price wars and other gimmicks.

        People should be very upset indeed.
        HypnoToad72
      • How about Libertarians?

        Vote out all incumbents and support the Fair Tax. We can still take away their power.
        JohnMcGrew@...
      • Your point is well taken...

        @samalie

        ...except that of course he did not mention either Party. There was a time when fiscal conservatism was the domain of the Democrats. Later on, the Republicans became the ones to insist on fiscal responsibility. In more recent times, both Parties have been taken over by special interests. That is what happens when it takes billions of dollars to run campaigns as it does now.

        Despite all the hatred spewed at the Tea Party by the Main Scream Media, their philosophy can be summed up by three simple tenets: Fiscal responsibility, limited government, and a return to Constitutional law that has been abandoned over the last century and a half. I find it interesting that this is made out to be a liberal vs conservative thing as these tenets benefit both philosophies.

        The conflict comes in as the Tea Party philosophy butts heads with the Progressives that now control most of the media and the Democratic Party and the corporate interests that control the Republican Party. If our Republic is to survive (of which I am doubtful) these controlling interests that have corrupted both Parties must be broken. The only way to do that is to vote out the intrenched incombents and replace them with new representatives that realize that WE, the PEOPLE, are the boss and not the Party bosses or the special interests. Democrat or Republican no longer matters. What is important is electing people who will represent US. The Tea Party is trying to do just that, and liberals are welcome as much as conservatives, at least as long as you realize that big, all controlling government is as much an impediment to your goals as it is to conservatives.

        You know, maybe those Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution after all.
        itpro_z
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        itpro_z
        That is the best and most concise description of our situation that I have ever read.
        Thank You
        dlsweb
      • Thanks Captain Obvious

        @samalie Come on now. Are you going to continue every rebuttal with the obvious? You see something wrong, CHANGE it or shut up. Things are wrong in the political arena because we got lazy, and people like you would rather talk about the crap instead of rolling up your sleeves and working to fix the problems.

        And why do we have to beat on each other instead of taking it to those that are in power.

        Just a thought
        americanbrat
    • What the h*ll are you smoking?

      @Johnny Vegas... your buddies the republican'ts support the notion that Free Trade is a good thing, and would only serve to support even more of this nonsense. NAFTA and Free trade agreements need to be cancelled, Impose Tariffs on all imports, and Tax any corporation that sends Jobs overseas @90%.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • What, you wanna pay 8$/gal for gas?

        @JM1981 When was the last time you sissy liberals propose anything that does not come back hitting self in the rear?

        You guys screw the business owners with corporate tax, union fee, regulator charges, minimum wages, mandatory welfare support, environmental constraint, UHC, gay/lesibian support, cap and trade ... Now after they run away to foreign nations to survive, you guys start to wonder, "Wow, where are the jobs? Why don't they hire Americans?"

        OF COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOURSE, they don't create jobs here under such business-hostile environment.
        LBiege
      • Free trade != train foreign workers

        @JM1981 And as far as NAFTA being a republican idea, you don't seem to recall the televised debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot. Look it up.
        cornpie
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        @JM1981 Wasn't NAFTA approved by Bill Clinton?
        athynz
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        @JM1981 You know what happens when you "impose tariffs on all imports"? Retaliation from the other countries. That means it would make it harder for US companies to export their goods because they'd be more expensive. What comes around, goes around.
        MGP2
    • Would Bush's bail-out money be considered "tax and spend"?

      @Johnny Vegas Or maybe all the money that was spent finding WMDs? The current government wants to protect people from con artists (i.e. what happened on Wall St.) and provide healthcare. At least that money won't be going to "security forces" that secretly fund terrorism.
      happyharry_z
      • "Bush's bail-out"?

        @happyharry_z <br><br>You sounded as if Obama, Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Kerry and their gang had not supported Bush/Paulson when the latter two came up with the bailout plan, which was, wait, just like how democrats first voted for the Iraq war and then flip-flopped after it went bad. <br><br>Very convenient.
        LBiege
      • Fascinating

        I find it fascinating the depths that humans will go to blame their problems on other people.

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • Herr Spock

        @Mister Spock
        [i]I find it fascinating the depths that humans will go to blame their problems on other people.[/i] :|

        If you care to look toward the end of these posts, I'll do my damndest to help explain away your fascination.

        Salutations from Terra Mater, Dr. K
        klumper
      • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

        current government wants to protect people??
        cause we dont know no better, they just have to, uh.
        dlsweb
    • RE: Get angry: your tax dollars are being used to train foreign IT workers to take your jobs

      @Johnny Vegas
      I'm not sure but I think you left out a buzz-word somewhere. Let's see: socialist, nanny, liberal...no, looks like you got 'em all. Sorry, my bad.
      clfitz
    • Don't be so naive.

      @Johnny Vegas And you think Republicans will "save us all from certain destruction?" I've got news for you.
      keng612