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U.S. Public Tells Corporations: Make It in America

Survey after survey shows the public wants corporations to stop sending jobs overseas and hopes the federal government takes action to get jobs back to this country, as demonstrated in a recent compilation of polling data by Ruy Teixeira at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Ninety percent said keeping jobs in America was either one of the most effective steps (59 percent) or a very effective step (31 percent) that the government could take to improve the economy. The 2011 Pew Mobility survey also showed the “Keep jobs in America” option was ranked first out of 16 possible steps the government could take to make sure people don’t fall behind economically. 

Similarly, in an August 2010 Allstate/National Journal survey, 70 percent thought it was either extremely (39 percent) or very (31 percent)
important to reduce the number of outsourced jobs in order to help the U.S. economy recover from the recession. A poll later that year showed that 67 percent thought outsourcing played a major role in high unemployment, compared with 28 percent who thought it played a minor role and 4 percent who thought it played no role at all.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney splits hairs between the definitions of “offshoring” and “outsourcing” to cover the fact that his corporate success depended upon doing a lot of both.

So what’s his solution to the nation’s jobs crisis?

His solution is the same “austerity” policy pushed by congressional Republicans, which economists say is a key reason for too-slow job creation. As economists Sarah Ayres and Heather Boushey write:

According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “by 2022, if the [federal] budget had to be balanced while taxes were cut,” which is Romney’s goal, “the proposals would require cutting entitlement and discretionary programs other than Social Security and core defense by more than half.”

Specifically, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that Romney’s proposals would deplete Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program by $3.4 trillion over the next 10 years. In addition, the nonpartisan think tank says that, under Romney’s plan, compensation payments for disabled veterans would be cut by one-quarter, and 13 million people struggling to put food on the table for their families would be kicked off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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