What do you know? Joe Lieberman says Uncle Sam needs to think up new ways to deal with the human costs of offshore outsourcing--including the possibility of wage-loss insurance.What was once a far-out idea is quickly gaining currency with the mainstream. The same sentiment was reflected in the results of the CNET-Harris Interactive poll we published last week. My take is that the numbers reflect the enlightened self-interest of many--though not a majority--in the business world.
During the TiE gig, I broached the question, only to have Sequoia Capital's Doug Leone dump all over it. I didn't expect much from Leone anyway, but the triumph of the dog-eat-dog, pure free-market ideology VCs live by means that a lot of tech workers are fated to wind up as collateral damage. Maybe Lieberman's speech is a sign that the political class is waking up to that fact. The approach of a presidential election will do that.