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Re: [PLUG] Tech jobs and politics
You are forgetting Afghanistan. We are still re-building and helping to run
that country as well. It is amazing how much we forget when the news
doesn't cover it anymore.
I believe our number one problem is complacency. If an American gets laid
off for an H1-B employee, what do we do? NOTHING. We always look for
another job and harbor resentment for the past employer who sacrificed us
for profit. Although, this hasn't happened to me, I know of people this has
happened to, and there is never a reaction. Once people get back on their
feet, they just move on, and nothing is ever said about what happened again.
Other countries would never let walk into their jobs, take the food off
their plates and roofs from their heads. So why should we? But, that is
the sad case of Americans, we don't care about anything anymore.
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What I do blame on the government is STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID
FISCAL POLICY. I find it fascinating that in only half a term, this idiot
President of ours can take the largest budget surplus ever and turn it into
the largest deficit we've seen in many years. Then, in order to fix it, he
engages in a pre-emptive war with no plan whatsoever of what to do once
it's over. We then assume 100% of the financial responsibility of
rebuilding said nation. We are now 1 country with the financial
responsibility of running 2. You do not need to be a math major, political
science major, or even a total fucking idiot to realize how damaging this
can be to an economy.
The recession I do not blame on the government in general and our president
in particular. This recession began at the end of the Clinton
administration. The size of the recession is the current administration's
fault. They have left American companies with no other alternative than
laying off workers in massive numbers. I have seen this with businesses
small to large all over my local area. The company I work for is coming to
this crossroads very soon.
Here endeth my rant. Great topic for discussion.
Eugene Smiley <email@example.com> wrote:
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I know that there are a few people on this list like myself who are looking
for work. I wanted to throw the following article up for discussion. I know
I may risk offending someone on this list that has an H1-B or similiar, but
I'd like to know what people's thoughts are on this subject.
Unemployment Reaches 10-Year High
Push for Guest Worker Program Continues in Spite of Dismal Employment
(Washington, D.C. July 3, 2003) Despite the bleak employment picture,
congressional leaders and the White House are moving forward with plans to
expand the number of foreign guest workers admitted to fill U.S. jobs.
Under pressure from some domestic industries and the Mexican government,
serious negotiations continue in an effort to add to the legions of foreign
guest workers already working in sectors of the economy ranging from high
tech, to manufacturing, to construction, to agriculture. The June
unemployment data indicate a gloomy Fourth of July for millions of American
workers as joblessness reached 6.4 percent of the workforce, the highest
levels since March 1994.
For the fifth straight month, American businesses have trimmed payrolls,
bringing the total number of jobs lost to 913,000 since March of this year.
?The most amazing thing is that there is not even a hint of embarrassment
on the part of American business or our government that hundreds of
thousands of Americans are receiving pink slips, while they work feverishly
to bring more foreign workers to this country,? said Dan Stein, executive
director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). ?Many
sectors of our economy seemingly believe that access to cheap foreign labor
is their right. Meanwhile, the politicians who talk about jobs, jobs, jobs
seem to be more than willing to trade jobs for campaign dollars.?
In addition to the disingenuousness of pursuing an expanded guest worker
program at the same time that unemployment is growing rapidly, FAIR noted
that the rush to move more foreign labor into this country potentially
threatens national security. ?By their own admission, the new Department of
Homeland Security is still feeling its way around as they try to play
catch-up on decades of inattention to the connection between immigration
and national security,? said Stein. ?On top of dealing with the formidable
task already before them, a new guest worker program would require
significant time, manpower, and money to vet a new influx of workers from
dozens of countries.
?On this Independence Day holiday, it is clear that the priorities of our
government are not the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
expressed by our Founding Fathers, but rather the pursuit of cheap labor
and votes,? Stein said.
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