Bernie is leading a campaign to stop outsourcing American jobs to low-wage countries overseas. “We've got to tell corporate America that if they want us to buy the products they produce, they've got to start manufacturing those products here in the United States," Bernie told a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday. On MSNBC, Bernie reminded Ed Schultz that “during the Bush years, alone, we lost 30 percent of our manufacturing jobs.” The number of U.S. factory workers plunged from 17 million to about 12 million, fewer than at any time since before World War II.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a modest proposal to stem the flow of jobs overseas. Bernie would go much further. He wants a total turnaround in U.S. trade policies that unfairly tip the scales against American workers in favor of other countries and multinational corporations. "We need fair trade which represents the needs of the American worker, not unfettered free trade which simply benefits CEOs and their corporations," Bernie said. The American public overwhelmingly thinks outsourcing is bad for the U.S. economy. What do you think?