Perdue Loud ‘n’ Proud for Outsourcing

I’m beginning to think the comments by David Perdue on outsourcing unearthed from a deposition by Politico the other day are a serious problem for the GA GOP Senate candidate. Initially he relied on trying to throw sand in everybody’s eyes about the meaning of “sourcing” and “outsourcing.”

Now he’s trying a different, sailing-straight-into-the-wind tack, per this report from Chris Joyner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue said Monday he is proud of outsourcing he has done in his career as a corporate executive, pushing blame for lost jobs back on Washington.

Perdue, a former CEO for Dollar General and Republican nominee to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, was stung by his own words last week in an article on Politico.com. The Washington political news website quoted Perdue from a 2005 deposition where he said he “spent most of my career” outsourcing.

“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” he said in a press stop at The White House restaurant in Buckhead. “This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”

People do all sorts of bad things all day, every day. But Perdue says folks are “confused” about outsourcing:

“I think the issue that people get confused about is the loss of jobs,” he said. “This is because of bad government policies: tax policy, regulation, even compliance requirements. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Even today, right now this administration has policies going on that are decimating industries today.”

To translate, all those obnoxious socialist minimum wage and child labor and worker safety and air and water pollution regulations, and this crazy communist idea of taxing corporations, have made it just impossible for employers to operate here, so of course they outsource jobs!

I dunno, Dave. The stretch run of a U.S. Senate campaign is a pretty bad time to be conducting a public education program in right-wing economics, or telling people they are “confused” for disliking outsourcing. And if you think the “I’m proud of it” line is a winner, congratulations, because I think Georgians are going to be hearing it a lot between now and November 4.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.