Mitt’s and Obama’s Take on Apple Outsourcing to China

When you talk about this year’s presidential elections, it almost always goes hand-in-hand with the job crises that we have been facing here in America. Though reports have suggested that the national unemployment rate is now in decline, there’s still an ugly truth lurking around the fact that many American companies outsource their jobs to other nations. While this is in no way illegal, it is unethical.

In last night’s debate, Mitt and Obama were both asked a question: “iPad, the Macs, the iPhones, they are all manufactured in China. How do you convince a great American company to bring that manufacturing back here?”
Everyone in my line of work knows that Apple outsources majority of their manufacturing needs to Foxconn over in China. As a business concerned with profit, it’s the best move for Apple. The cost of labor is a lot cheaper than it would be here in the United States, underage Chinese children don’t mind getting under paid and Foxconn does not mind hiring those kinds of workers.

Mitt and Obama both gave some good answers. Though, I find that Obama’s response was more hard truth, while Mitt’s response was general in comparison to Obama’s. The responses are as followed:

Mitt’s Response:

The answer is very straightforward. We can compete with anyone in the world as long as the playing field is level. China’s been cheating over the years. One, by holding down the value of their currency. Two, by stealing our intellectual property, our designs, our patents, our technology — there’s even an Apple store in China that’s a counterfeit Apple Store, selling counterfeit goods. They hack into our computers. We will have to have people play on a fair basis, that’s number one. Number two, we have to make America the most attractive place for entrepreneurs, for people who want to expand their business. That’s what brings jobs in.

The issue I have with Mitt’s response is that he believes that the world needs to play on a fair level. This is problematic because he is focusing on something that he does not have direct control over: he is stating an problem that he has no solution for. What can Mitt do to get China to play on a fair economic level?

Obama’s Response:

Candy, there are some jobs that are not going to come back, because they are low wage, low skill jobs. I want high wage, high skill jobs. That’s why we have to emphasize manufacturing. That’s why we have to invest in advanced manufacturing. That’s why we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got the best science and research in the world.

As I previously stated, this response is the cold hard truth of the situation. Not only will jobs not be coming back to America, I agree with the fact that we should be focusing on higher quality and higher paying jobs. Our economy should be focused on those who spent time going to college and not for those who decided not to take the opportunity to do so. Currently graduation students are the ones suffering with a percentage of them unable to get a real job right out of college.

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Tristan Thomas

Currently studying Information Technology at Georgia Southern University, Tristan uses Tech Analyzer as a venting outlet for how he interprets the technological world around him.

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