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June 15, 2007

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Why don't you quote the document more fully?

Sen. Clinton (D-Punjab) Joked That She Was Senator From The Punjab Region In India. “At the fundraiser hosted by Dr Rajwant Singh at his Potomac, Maryland, home, and which raised nearly $50,000 for her re-election campaign, Clinton began by joking that, ‘'I can certainly run for the Senate seat in Punjab and win easily,’ after being introduced by Singh as the Senator not only from New York but also Punjab.”

Thanks for the tip - I updated the post with more information above.

I think the Times took the PDFs of the memos down! They were there earlier when I made my comment.

If only Matt Yglesias had seen Brendan at Swarthmore, where the true PC lefties used to deride him as a mainstream sell-out.

I'm familiar with Sen Clinton's H-1b visa & outsourcer friendly history

(D-Punjab) is more than deserved as an attribution

and no, I'm not an obama fan

Many Indians are very hurt by these releases. I have followed this story and its outcome closely. I was shocked and taken aback that another minority would attack Indians this way. He definitely lost my vote. If he is nominated as the Democratic nominee, I would vote Republican for McCain. When this man talks about his so called "change", he proves that he is just a fraud. I don't think enough people know about this though they should. It would be more easy to write off this guy who poses as a change agent, but seems more an agent of intolerance.

It is unfortunate that his campaign chose to do this because even though I do not think he is racist, I think his tactics show a lack of concern for Indian-Americans simply because they are a small piece of the pie. Trying to rile up people's xenophobic feelings is not the way to win votes! There are several problems with the memo:

1) The memo attacks indian-Americans who also lose their jobs to outsourcing and implies that Indian-American money is "tainted" or that he would not accept $ from Indians or Indian-Americans.

2) The memo misleads the readers into thinking that India is the only country where outsourced jobs go. In fact, outsourcing is much wider than that and jobs go to many countries in europe, india, and sometimes even to canada.

3) The memo makes it seem as if Indians and Indian-Americans are to blame for outsourcing (as if they are the CAUSE of outsourcing), which is simply not true. Outsourcing is a natural by-product of capitalism and the last I checked, the USA had always supported the capitalistic spirit. If you hate outsourcing, try putting your money where your mouth is and pay $10 to talk to an American or talk to an Indian for free. What will people choose?

4) The memo undermines the effort that South Asians students and others have put into campaigning for Obama. Don't betray the people who support you.

5) India is one of the FEW countries left that is anti-terrorism, democratic, and has generally a positive relationship with the US. Is this the right time to be alienating the few friends you have?

6) This type of a memo should have been nixed at the get-go. The fact that it was not shows his campaigns lack of experience.

7) Had this been about a different racial/religious/ethnic group there would have been a different type of an uproar.

Poster said "If you hate outsourcing, try putting your money where your mouth is and pay $10 to talk to an American or talk to an Indian for free. What will people choose?"

That's an easy one! I'd pay double to talk to an American. I can never understand a word they say. They never have any real helpful information and will always apologize becuase they are in India and they have no idea what the American company wants them to do...

As far as $5 vs free, you get what you pay for.

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