Backpedaling on outsourcing


Geraldine Sealey
February 14, 2004 2:03AM (UTC)

It didn't take long for President Bush and his advisers to backtrack from a report released earlier this week that praised the effect job outsourcing has on the economy. On a campaign trip Thursday to Pennsylvania, a state that knows a thing or two about losing jobs overseas, Bush tried to distance himself from his top economic adviser, who said sending jobs abroad is "probably a plus" for the economy.

As CNN reported: "People are looking for work because jobs have gone overseas and we need to act in this country. We need to act to make sure there are more jobs at home," Bush said as he touted his "21st century" job plan in a state that has lost 85,000 jobs since Bush took office.

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Senate Democrats were incensed by the president's economics report and pushed a proposal that would fight outsourcing. "The president's economic report is an insult to every hard-working American. It's unpatriotic economics, and he should apologize for it," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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