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Bringing the Jobs Home: How the Left Created the Outsourcing Crisis--and How We CanFix It Hardcover – September 2, 2004
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The first 20 pages of the book offered hope that it'd stay on the topic of outsourcing; however even they were disappointing. There were few facts supporting free trade or details about why outsourcing can help an economy. After the first chapter Buchholz quickly veers off outsourcing and into taxes, education, tort reform and many other faults within our society. In doing this though he rarely talks about how they relate to outsourcing. This book is especially lacking in any quantitative analysis. Many of these facts are seen as given and therefore don't require support. Finally, his last chapter on our cultural exports seemed to be a socially conservative polemic that was out of place in an otherwise economically focused book. If you are looking for a book about outsourcing or an above introductory look at economic problems in the United States, I'd look elsewhere. Buchholz's book is strictly for those who haven't read alot about modern American politics and are looking for a partisan introduction to them.
The main positive about this book is it's an easy and quick read. At 179 pages you won't waste too much time on it. The author does a very good job at making the book flow. He adds many pop culture references, although they seem forced at times. Because of the very fluid writing style and his obvious intelligence, I might give his other books a chance. But hopefully they'll be a little better content wise than this one.
Is outsourcing good or bad for America? It's quite obviously bad for America in the short run, but will it make us more efficient in the long run, as Schumpeter's theories of "creative destruction" suggest? It's nice to have a discussion of these matters by an accomplished and articulate economist.
Buchholz lays out the reasons he believes the outsourcing blight has hit us, and, honestly, it's hard to disagree with him. The major culprits? Our educational system does not produce competitive workers, our immigration laws "chase away talent," our tax laws encourage outsourcing, etc.
I do disagree with him on one point: I, like virtually everybody else, think our educational system sucks, but I don't see that as being a chief cause of outsourcing, so I wonder how clearly Buchholz has thought through the matter.
I mean, the reason all those companies are hiring subcontinentals to do their computer programming for them is simply because it's cheaper. The U.S. education system could be ten times better than it is, and this would still be happening. 100% of our high-school and college graduates could be masters of math, history, physics, programming, etc., and companies would still be hiring offshore workers because all they need is employees who can program C++ cheaper and broadband internet has now made it feasible to go halfway across the world to get them.
Not that overhauling the education system wouldn't be a step in the right direction: it definitely makes our workers less competitive.Read more ›
Job dislocations always cause anxiety. When the railroads came they created a great many jobs, but when railroads gave way to cars, trucks, and airplanes, most of those jobs ceased to exist. There was a great deal of pressure on legislators to protect those jobs, and to the extent they did, they actually hurt the American economy. I don't mind help in transitioning workers, I just think it is counterproductive to try and hold on to the past. We used to have a tremendous industry in breeding and selling horses. Where is that today? This kind of dislocation is inevitable and actually healthy.
What is not healthy is not preparing folks with a competitive education. As Mr. Buchholz points out, feeling good about yourself when you are uncompetitive in mathematics is not helpful. Nor is having a legal and tax system that raises costs of workers and raises prices to consumers simply to make lawyers rich and provide jobs to bureaucrats who could be more productively employed in the private sector.Read more ›
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With a world market available, and a world labor pool available, there will be a decline in wages and standard of living in the US. Read morePublished on December 29, 2008 by Paddler Peddler
This is a wonderful read. Definitely invest in buying it. You won't regret it, no matter what your political convictions.Published on January 28, 2006 by Singing
I loved this book; it was funny, informative, and very well written. For those who want a quick, new, and great approach on today's economical situations.Published on January 28, 2006 by John A
This is an absolutely excellent book. Even if you are a democrat, unless you are completely close minded and ignorant, you will enjoy it. Read morePublished on January 28, 2006 by VtheG
Buchholz thinks that expensive us workers and high taxes are to blame for outsourcing, yet the real reason is greed. Read morePublished on August 26, 2005 by chicoer2003
Sorry, but this book didn't offer any true "fixes". It raises issues and eyebrows but we're no better off for reading it.Published on May 12, 2005 by Liz Becker
This is a brilliant book. It is all of the reasons that jobs go overseas. We can not blame it just on the greedy CEOs. Read morePublished on April 30, 2005 by G. Reid
This book is wonderful. At less than 200 pages, it is very easy to read and straight up to the point. It is thought provoking and very humourus. Read morePublished on March 13, 2005 by Jacqueline
It's a good book, especially it's exploration of "the American desease" of lawsuits and our high school system's shortcomings. Read morePublished on January 29, 2005 by BeccaC.