When Blue Cross built their new building in Lodi, everybody was excited because they said they employed 400 people and were going to hire 600 more. I don’t know if that ever happened or not, but I have a friend who works there and she is going to lose her job on March 31, along with dozens of other people, because the work done by her department is being transferred to India!
I know there are many in Congress who think deficit spending is a horrible tragedy, but many of those are the same members who voted to spend hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars to keep our soldiers in Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of over 4,000 of our young people. They thought deficit spending was fine back then.
And many are the same members who voted to give tax incentives to employers to encourage them to move their jobs out of this country. That resulted in over 8 million jobs being “outsourced” to foreign countries between 2005 and 2008. And it is still happening in 2013! That is why we now have 23 million people who are either unemployed or underemployed.
I read a recent poll that said that 64 percent of the American people, while they are concerned about deficit spending, are even more interested in creating jobs in this country. When people are working at jobs that pay good salaries, they pay more income tax. And when they have the money to buy things, they pay more in sales taxes. When the USA is fully employed, tax revenue would increase and expenditures for out-of-work Americans would decrease — and the deficit would improve.
It is time for Congress to get in touch with the American people and do whatever they have to do to get America back to work. And a good beginning would be to bring back those 8 million jobs that we lost previously, and stop employers from shipping American jobs out of this country.
Thelma M. Welsbacher