Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Congress Gearing Up to Support Big Business With Cheap Foreign Workers

You may have heard about Disney replacing its U.S. workers with foreign replacements and forcing its original employees to train them. And you probably didn’t hear about the more obscure but still fabulously wealthy Southern California Edison (SCE) doing the same thing.

But what I’m absolutely sure you don’t know is that Congress is gearing up to make that selfish practice even more common, favoring big business and pretty much nothing or nobody else.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “Corporate lobbyists have convinced legislators of both parties that America needs more guest workers in high-tech jobs. Leading the charge in Congress to do their bidding is Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who had introduced legislation to double or triple the number of non-immigrant tech workers who can be hired annually on H-1B visas. But his proposal won't fix the H-1B programs’ flaws, which allow American and foreign workers alike to be exploited and underpaid.”

That last word, “underpaid,” is of course the key in all of this. Due to already existing legal loopholes, big business can pay significantly less to foreign workers they bring in. As The Salt Lake Tribune also reported, “Many of the workers laid off at Disney and SCE earned $100,000 a year or more. Government data indicate the H-1B workers replacing them earn around $60,000.”

That’s a $40,000 discount. Per employee. Per year.

From a business perspective, what’s not to love?

I can fume over big business treating “the little guy” badly all I want. But my capitalist and Constitutional sensibilities say Disney and those other jerks have the right to be anti-American jerks in this regard. So I’m not going to bother with the over-bloated bottom-feeders. Instead, I’ll point out an increasingly obvious yet ignored problem we’re faced with.

Politicians aren’t doing America a single bit of good these days. They haven’t for a while, and there’s no real hope in sight going forward either. It’s because of their delusions of godhood, where they think it’s their job to fix everything.

They see a problem, declare that something needs to be done, get involved, make outrageous promises, pass legislation… and inevitably make things worse. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, they’re in business for big business. For the rich. For the powerful people who have access to them.

They don’t listen to the little people, because they think the little people are stupid. They think we need saviors. And they think they can fill that role in our lives.

I’ll give them this, at least. As this whole foreign workers mess proves, yes, we do need a savior. But we need a savior from them.

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