I don't often bring politics into my arena, and this IS the first I have heard of this so I am not going to pretend to be knowlagable about the situation, but I, in my ignorance can't see how this could be good:
"The annual conference was taking place in a capital enthralled by the political firestorm over government plans to approve takeover of operations at some terminals at six U.S. ports by a company owned by the United Arab Emirates government."
Not because it's an Arabic government, but because I don't think it's a good idea to allow our ports to be governed by a company owned by any country but the good 'ol US of A. even if the chief executive will be an American citizen
Maybe I am naieve to think that we, as business owners need to consider the ramifications of outsourcing? I know it's cheaper to get things done overseas, but we are undermining our own workforce. I went to a confrence a couple of months ago and they were very insistant that my data entry be sent to India. I am pleased that we are economically assisting third world countries by sending much needed work there, but here's an idea, how about a welfare work at home program?
Because I don't see how it makes sense to pay welfare recipiants out of the taxes we pay on our income while we save money by having the work performed in another country. don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to welfare, (when it is not abused) but there are many women sitting at home eating bon bons who could be asked to earn a bit of what they recieve every month doing something other than raising babies. I think there are a lot of stay at home moms who would love to be able to earn a little extra pocket money this way. My othermother used to do medical transcriptions while she babysat us. what an inspiration! (no, she was not on welfare)
Maybe I am being an ass again. Perhaps I will eat my words later, but I would rather pay Suzie Highschoolstudent minimum wage to enter my data, which would help her earn much needed job experience, than save a couple of bucks sending it to India. I'm just sayin.