Barack Obama steps up campaign against outsourcing

US prez unveils measures that will offer incentives to firms,which will create jobs in the country.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published:January 25, 2012 9:08 am

Stepping up his campaign against outsourcing,US President Barack Obama today announced a series of measures that would offer incentives to those firms which will create jobs in the country,a move that may also affect companies in India.

“If you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs,you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it,” Obama said in his State of the Union Address during which he presented an economic blueprint aiming to take his country away from outsourcing,bad debt and phony financial profits.

Many of his proposals centred on changes to the tax code,including limiting deductions for companies that move jobs overseas,rewarding companies that return jobs to the United States and increasing taxes on wealthy Americans.

He said that money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies that decide to bring jobs home.

Indeed,Obama’s anti-outsourcing job campaign was mainly directed towards the manufacturing jobs in China; even though the new policies would also adversely affect outsourcing in India,which is often described as the world’s back office.

“No American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas. From now on,every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here,” he said.

“My message is simple. It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas,and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms,and I’ll sign them right away,” Obama told lawmakers.

“If you are an American manufacturer,you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer,we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town,you should get help financing a new plant,equipment,or training for new workers,” said the US President.

While the US economy is now recovering,Obama blamed outsourcing for weakening it in the first place.

“No,we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing,bad debt and phony financial profits,” Obama said.

The Administration is also making it easier for American businesses to sell products all over the world.

“Two years ago,I set a goal of doubling US exports over five years. With the bipartisan trade agreements I signed into law,we are on track to meet that goal – ahead of schedule.

Soon,there will be millions of new customers for American goods in Panama,Colombia,and South Korea. Soon,there will be new cars on the streets of Seoul imported from Detroit,and Toledo,and Chicago,” he said.

The President said that we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot,everyone does their fair share,and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

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