Left to Obama: You Outsourced Jobs, Too

Advocates say he hasn't lived up to his campaign promises
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Left to Obama: You Outsourced Jobs, Too
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

President Obama's attack ads have been skewering Mitt Romney for sending jobs overseas with Bain Capital, but some labor activists aren't all that thrilled with Obama's own outsourcing record, the Washington Post reports. Obama promised tax reforms that would eliminate incentives for moving companies overseas, but they haven't materialized. The White House blames Congressional inaction, but Obama only began seriously highlighting the issue at this year's State of the Union.

Critics also point out that Obama has surrounded himself with pro-outsourcing voices; one former adviser once wrote a report entitled, "Offshoring: Is It a Win-Win Game?" Most of all, activists are frustrated that Obama hasn't labeled China a "currency manipulator," which would pave the way for protective tariffs. While the Post quotes mostly liberal sources, Republicans are gleefully circulating the story, USA Today reports. They're especially focused on a part complaining that stimulus money intended to foster "green jobs" instead went overseas—wind farms, for instance, largely bought turbines from foreign companies. (Read more outsourcing stories.)

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