Economy

NH Senate Candidate Scott Brown Spins Lies After His Profits From Outsourcing American Jobs Are Exposed

Brown pretends the paper company that employs him doesn't vaporize American jobs.

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Outsourcing is one of the economic plagues of our time, costing millions of Americans their jobs. It's crushing the middle class and increasing the yawning gap between the rich and the rest. But Republican Scott Brown, currently running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, is a big fan of outsourcing. How do we know? Because recent reports have revealed that Brown served on the board of a company that makes outsourcing American jobs in order to find cheap labor in China and other countries a key feature of its business model. Kadant, the Florida-based paper company, has paid Brown $270,000 since joining the board in 2013. Democrats and labor groups have been asking for Brown to step down.

In 2013, Kadant reported to the SEC that it employed 1,800 people worldwide, with only about 500 of them in the U.S. The same numbers were reported this year. Yet on September 8, Brown defended the company and its practices and claimed it employes 5,000 people worldwide. How did the company suddenly nearly triple its workforce? Why does he deny that the company has anything to do with outsourcing?

Listen to Brown trying to deflect criticism in a recent radio interview. It's amazing to hear Brown try to paint himself as a friend of the working American, since he has stood against raising the minimum wage and paying women fairly. Obviously, he's from the Mitt Romney school of labor appreication. But he may have a tough time sloughing off this recent revelation.

 

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Lynn Parramore is an author and cultural theorist. Follow her on Twitter @LynnParramore.