President Barack Obama's campaign ad slamming Gov. Mitt Romney for allegedly heading companies that "were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage countries," and claiming that "President Obama believes in insourcing" is unfair, hypocritical and dangerously deceptive.
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The 30-second ad that has been airing in recent days in Florida, Ohio, Colorado and several other swing states is one of the most intellectually dishonest political claims I have seen in a long time. And the Romney campaign defensive response that , rather than Romney, "President Obama turns out to be the real outsourcer-in-chief," is just as pathetic.
In fact, both Obama and Romney support outsourcing, the long-standing practice whereby U.S. companies manufacture overseas goods that are too costly to produce at home. And they should.
Outsourcing is not only a necessity in today's global economy, but often helps the U.S. economy by making U.S. exports more competitive abroad, and by allowing U.S. consumers to pay less for many goods.