Obama Supports Keeping Tech Jobs Onshore
On the anniversary of the passing of the economic stimulus package, President Obama discusses the accomplishments and challenges still facing the economy. In terms of job creation, the president says he believes there is still a long way to go, but says technology jobs will be a major part of that future.The 2009 economic stimulus package has not been proven to have created a whole lot of technology jobs, but that is not stopping President Obama from talking up its importance to the economy of the future. By and large, stimulus funds have been shown to have helped out beleaguered state and local governments, saving the jobs of teachers, local officials, fire and police squads, military personnel, and local health care workers.
On Feb. 17, President Obama once again emphasized the necessity of stimulus funds as an emergency measure to keep the economy afloat on the recessionary tides. He also talked about keeping well-paid technology jobs in the United States and the importance of investing in the future technology workers of the country.
Department of Labor research from January showed a gain of 12,000 technology jobs, but it hardly makes up for the 200,000 technology jobs lost in 2009. Where are the tech jobs going to come from?
"The jobs of the 21st century are in areas like clean energy and technology, advanced manufacturing, [and] new infrastructure," Obama said. "That kind of economy requires us to consume less and produce more; to import less and export more."
He did not hold back on the topic of technology jobs moving offshore:
So what now?
"You can argue, rightly, that we haven't made as much progress as we need to make when it comes to spurring job creation. That's part of the reason why the Recovery Act is on track to save or create another 1.5 million jobs in 2010. That's part of the reason why I expect Congress to pass additional measures as quickly as possible that will help our small business owners create new jobs; give them more of an incentive to hire."The problem is that many people think the stimulus was essentially a waste of money. From CNN:
percent of people questioned in the poll say nearly all the money in the
stimulus has been wasted, with 24 percent feeling that most money has been
wasted and an additional 29 percent saying that about half has been wasted.
Twenty-one percent say only a little has been wasted and 4 percent think that
no stimulus dollars have been wasted.
"One reason why the economic stimulus bill is no longer popular with the American public is the perception that a lot of the money has been wasted. Six in 10 believe that the projects in the stimulus bill were included for purely political reasons," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."