Is Outsourcing Tech Jobs Good?
I'm still young, but the newspapers those with real worries read are asking questions about outsourcing technology jobs to India and elsewhere from within the United States. Is this a good or a bad thing? Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, has decided not to support the Democratic Party this year because of John Kerry's "anti-business" stance (i.e., removing tax incentives that encourage corporations to replace U.S. employees with jobs overseas), according to the Monday, April 12, 2004, issue of the New York Times (1). Andreessen claims that outsourcing (not coincidentally what his current company consults other technology companies on) provides gains for businesses, U.S. employees, and the countries where the jobs are moving to.
Opponents claim that outsourcing does the opposite. It reduces salaries for U.S. employees while unpatriotically enriching corporations. I'm not especially inclined to listen to such anti-market sob stories, but the patriotic touch makes me reconsider.
Because I'm a na´ve young go-getter, I'd like to know what the rest of you--young and old alike--think about this issue that profoundly affects us.