My neighbor Rod Goeman keeps telling me Madison needs to recruit a big call center to boost local employment. I think a call center would destroy our souls, but I'm a socialist secular humanist, so what do I know?
If you like Goeman's economic development line, then you should love Senator Chuck Schumer's latest proposal. The New York Democrat is proposing legislation to slap a 25-cent excise tax on any domestic customer service call that gets transferred to a foreign call center. He also wants to require every such call to include a message along the lines of, "Your call is being transferred to [insert exotic foreign locale here]."
Let's see, Schumer's proposal raises revenue to fight the deficit, supports keeping jobs in America, and sticks it to companies that hire kids in Mumbai to lie to you about their name and what lovely weather they're enjoying in Miami (I've had this conversation). My conservative friends should be all about the Schumer call center bill!
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