Jobs are being outsourced from Germany. This is due to high labor costs, taxes, and the expensive and unnecessary environmental policies. Examples include telecommunications, tire manufacturing, and automobile supply, and, according to the Financial Times Deutschland, 70,000 jobs in the information technology sector alone were lost in Germany over the past year.
As a result, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder expressed his concern and called the transfer of jobs to cheaper foreign locations “unpatriotic.” This is curious since he can take some direct responsibility for the exceedingly high cost of doing business in Germany. In fact, the costly environmental regulations were imposed through the efforts of Schröder’s close political allies, the Greens.
I think it’s interesting to point out that prudent business managers are only trying to maintain competitiveness by achieving cost savings through outsourcing. The typical high tax, welfare state politician doesn’t understand the fundamental fact that businesses must minimize cost of production. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder calls it “unpatriotic.” John Kerry refers to the companies that outsource as “Benedict Arnolds.”
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