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Stiff job competition from India, China: Obama

The US is facing tough competition for “good jobs” from emerging economies like India and China, President Barack Obama has said, as he assured Americans that he will not mortgage their future by cutting down spendings on education and other social security.

world Updated: Jul 02, 2011 01:09 IST

The US is facing tough competition for “good jobs” from emerging economies like India and China, President Barack Obama has said, as he assured Americans that he will not mortgage their future by cutting down spendings on education and other social security.

“We live in a world where America is facing stiff competition for good jobs from rapidly growing nations, like China and India and Brazil,” Obama said in his remarks at a party event in Philadelphia.

“For a long time we were told the best way to win that competition is just to undermine consumer protections and undermine clean air laws and clean water laws and hand out tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

“That was the idea that held sway for close to a decade. And let’s face it, it didn’t work out very well,” he said.

President said there is an important debate in Washington on how to cut the deficit, referring to the debate going on in the capital between the White House and the Republicans.

He said it is absolutely critical to get a handle on country’s finances.