Today in Sacramento almost 1,000 employees of Ocwen Financial Corp. based in West Palm Beach, Fla. were laid off. The company is not closing, they are simply outsourcing the jobs to Uruguay and India.
And in a short time their customers will hear the all too familiar sound of someone thousands of miles away in another country working customer service for another American company. It shouldn’t be this way. And this is the very reason we have a jobs problem in the US.
It doesn’t take a sharp eye to see the sheer number of jobs that have been outsourced to China, India, Pakistan and dozens of other countries in the last 15 years or so. Call centers, manufacturing, you name it and American companies have been shipping those jobs overseas for years. And we’ve allowed it.
I would love to see President Obama take care of the jobs problem. But I don’t think he can. Just like nothing can get done in California. The system is broken and there aren’t enough good people in office to stand up to big money. Even if he manages to create new jobs, which the companies will get tax breaks for, they will just outsource them down the road when they want more profits for Wall Street.
So it may come down to us. Before we make any more purchases maybe we should take a look at where that product is manufactured. It doesn’t take long on Google to find the information and if we all start buying American products a majority of the time we spend our hard earned money then the manufacturers will have to listen.
I’m not waiting on the government to take care of the problem. We have the power to bring the jobs back. It will take time, but a change is necessary and it’s up to us.