I've never heard any job off-shoring opponents claiming that "only greedy corporations" benefit because it's clear that the countries which get the jobs benefit tremendously.
And the Heritage Foundation "fact" is false on the face of it - just ask the millions put out of work or shuffled into lower-paying jobs by job off-shoring.
# Heritage Myth #9: The government can protect American workers from outsourcing.
Fact: Protectionism is isolationism and has a history of failure.
This is starting to get tiresome, but once again, their "fact" is not a rebuttal.
Government policies can protect and improve the job-creation environment in the U. S. and nobody has suggested that international trade be shut down.
# Heritage Myth #10: Unemployment benefits should be extended beyond 26 weeks.
Fact: Jobless benefits are already working
Once again, their "fact" does not address their "myth."
Benefits are indeed working - for 26 weeks. But we already knew that, so how exactly does it help us decide whether benefits should be extended or not? The "fact" neither supports nor refutes the "myth."
It is a fact that at midnight December 31, 2003 another 500,000 unemployed ran out of unemployment benefits. At midnight March 31, 20004, the number grew to 1,100,000 long-term unemployed American workers who had lost their benefits. The Foundation claims that extending benefits "would have little impact." Any guesses as to what this 1.1 million would say?
That's my take on the Heritage Foundation's myths.
My experience has been that claims and conclusions from the Heritage Foundation are not to be taken at face value. This whole exercise illustrates why.
But I do agree with their conclusion:
"America's workers deserve a more informative, less partisan debate on outsourcing." [Heritage Foundation]
It's just that the Heritage Foundation is not the place to find it.
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