Matt Finkelstein reports on a tete-a-tete between Rep.Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and one of his constituents that evidently went down at a Monday town hall meeting. In the exchange, the constituent expresses her concern that she might lose her job to outsourcing that's aided and abetted by tax-break incentives. Gardner's solution? Find another job!
CONSTITUENT: But what about my job? I want to keep it. Not new jobs. I want to keep my job.
GARDNER: Well, make sure that your business is successful. We need to make sure that we're —
CONSTITUENT: They're successful by training those Vietnamese and I want to learn. They make me work 45 hours a week and they don't pay for training anymore. They used to pay for two weeks of training every year. They quit paying for training three years ago. But they're training — they're giving these people technology, they're giving them what I want to know, and I don't have time to learn.
CONSTITUENT 2: And they get tax incentives to do it.
GARDNER: To go back to the question, if that company can succeed, I would hope that they would share their success with you. If they are not, maybe that's not a great company to work for.
The unemployment rate is over 9 percent, and there are currently five job seekers for every job opening, but, yeah, now is a great time to get glib about changing employers.
Mitt Romney says that "corporations are people" and Ezra Klein reliably informs us that as far as U.S. law is concerned, this is true. So what sort of people are corporations? Well, they are people whose "profits hit an all-time high at the end of 2010." And evidently, they're also people who hate their country.
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