Wednesday, February 08, 2006

MDP Unveils Bush/DeVos Outsourcing Thermometer

[Hat tip: Cathleen, For My Amusement Only]

Michigan Democratic Party- MDP Unveils Bush/DeVos Outsourcing Thermometer
Today the Michigan Democratic Party unveiled its Bush/DeVos Outsourcing Thermometer. The Thermometer displays the number of U.S. jobs that have been outsourced because of President Bush's and GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos' unfair trade and tax polices that promote outsourcing. Since Bush took office 203,007 U.S. jobs have been lost due to outsourcing.

"The Outsourcing Thermometer shows how President Bush's and Dick DeVos' support for outsourcing has made our economy sick by devastating our manufacturing jobs," said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. "The unfair trade and tax polices of Bush and DeVos have caused the problems facing the state's manufacturing jobs and their outsourcing records show that they are not the cure."

Michigan's manufacturing jobs have been especially hard hit due to Bush's and DeVos' unfair trade and tax policies. Since Bush took office, Michigan has lost one third or 180,000 of its manufacturing jobs.

President Bush and Dick DeVos have a long records of supporting polices that promote outsourcing.

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times wrote that the Bush Administration argued the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs was a "positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy…" N. Gregory Mankiw, Chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors went on to say, "Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade."

DeVos has given thousands of dollars to groups and organizations that advocate outsourcing American jobs. DeVos' foundation, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has given thousands to The Acton Institute, The Heritage Foundation and The Hudson Institute. All three organizations have openly advocated for or defended the practice of outsourcing.

Cathleen sums it up best: "One beautiful thing - they have started to tie King George right around Dick's neck. It's about time."

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