The President was across town speaking to the Asia Society yesterday, focusing on his upcoming trip to India and Pakistan. He talked of steering clear of “protectionist policies” (are you listening, Lou….?) and talked about the interconnectivity of it all, and how this is good for US companies large and small. Here’s an excerpt from his remarks from yesterday. We pass them along because we thought they captured pretty well the up side of world trade, something the MSM tends to ignore.
“The area of America’s relationship with India that seems to receive the most attention is outsourcing. It’s true that a number of Americans have lost jobs because companies have shifted operations to India. And losing a job is traumatic. It’s difficult. It puts a strain on our families. But rather than respond with protectionist policies, I believe it makes sense to respond with educational polices to make sure that our workers are skilled for the jobs of the 21st century.
We must also recognize that India’s growth is creating new opportunities for our businesses and farmers and workers. India’s middle class is now estimated at 300 million people. Think about that. That’s greater than the entire population of the United States. India’s middle class is buying air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, and washing machines, and a lot of them from American companies like GE, and Whirlpool, and Westinghouse. And that means their job base is growing here in the United States of America. …
Americans also benefit when U.S. companies establish research centers to tap into India’s educated workforce. This investment makes American companies more competitive globally. It lowers the cost for American consumers. Texas Instruments is a good example. Today Texas Instruments employs 16,000 workers in America. It gets more than 80 percent of its revenues from sales overseas. More than 20 years ago, Texas Instruments opened a center in Bangalore, which is India’s Silicon Valley. They did so to assist in analog chip design, and digital chip design, and related software development. The company says that their research centers in countries like India allow them to run their design efforts around the clock. They bring additional brainpower to help solve problems, and provide executives in the United States with critical information about the needs of their consumers and customers overseas.
These research centers help Texas Instruments to get their products to market faster. It helps Texas Instruments become more competitive in a competitive world. It makes sense. The research centers are good for India, and they’re good for workers here in the United States.”
Mr. President, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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