During this electoral year, there isn’t much that democrats or republicans can agree on. One exception is that both parties agree economic growth is inevitable for the next 12 months. Today October 8, 2004 a Job Growth report was published. The report found growth to be not as substantial as was anticipated for the month of September. The democrats are blaming the lack of growth on the republicans, and the republicans are blaming the bad weather in Florida. Regardless, new jobs fell short of expectations. In the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday, Edwards suggested many jobs were lost do to outsourcing of American jobs to a global labor force. This statement drew a bit of a question. In a perfectly competitive marketplace isn’t the greatest optimal market the one in which has the lowest cost perpetuating the highest return? Wouldn’t the outsourcing of jobs be considered a strictly profit seeking motive which would in turn yield a benefit to all Americans?