Rep. Gardner Tells Constituent Worried About Outsourcing To Find Another Job

August 11, 2011 9:02 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

At a town hall meeting on Monday, freshman Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) struggled with a question from a constituent who was worried about losing her job to outsourcing. When the woman explained that her employer is shipping jobs to Vietnam, Gardner offered a vague response about the need to "create a business environment that actually starts creating American jobs." The woman was unsatisfied, saying that she wants to keep her current job, as was another constituent who complained that corporations "get tax incentives" for sending jobs overseas. "If that company can succeed, I would hope that they would share their success with you," Gardner answered. "If they are not, maybe that's not a great company to work for."

CONSTITUENT: But what about my job? I want to keep it. Not new jobs. I want to keep my job.

GARDNER: Well, make sure that your business is successful. We need to make sure that we're —

CONSTITUENT: They're successful by training those Vietnamese and I want to learn. They make me work 45 hours a week and they don't pay for training anymore. They used to pay for two weeks of training every year. They quit paying for training three years ago. But they're training — they're giving these people technology, they're giving them what I want to know, and I don't have time to learn.

CONSTITUENT 2: And they get tax incentives to do it.

GARDNER: To go back to the question, if that company can succeed, I would hope that they would share their success with you. If they are not, maybe that's not a great company to work for. 

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[h/t: Eyes On Congress]

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