Winning the Race to the Bottom

President Obama unsurprisingly devoted a good portion of his State of the Union address to “jobs.” But what he said was disheartening to Americans, unless you are an employer eager for access to cheap labor. The President has even stopped paying lip service to the importance of labor unions. For a president who has made corporate irresponsibility and income inequality the main focus of his reelection campaign, last night he sounded a lot like the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Take away the Chamber’s support for the Keystone Pipeline and Mr. Obama’s speech sounds eerily similar to the one delivered by the Chamber’s president.)

Here is what President Obama said: “It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.” Nice rhetoric that on its own might give a glimmer of hope in a economic climate that, despite the administrations best efforts to put lipstick on a pig, Americans know all too well is not showing substantive improvement. But President Obama also wants Congress to pass “comprehensive immigration reform right now.” And, in order to satisfy the “many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills,” President Obama wants to greatly expand guest worker programs. He even makes an argument that is patently false. He says that “growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job.” As FAIR has pointed out, the National Science Foundation has found that there are at least 2½ times more tech workers than there are available jobs.

What President Obama proposes is to keep more jobs in the U.S. while bringing in more foreign workers to fill those jobs. That way, U.S. companies can depress wages enough in this country in order to remain competitive with countries where workers are ruthlessly exploited. Now I know that P.T. Barnum is purported to have said “there’s a sucker born every minute,” but does President Obama really think that Americans are going to believe that the best way to “put America back to work” is to allow U.S. employers to bring in millions more foreign workers? Can President Obama circumvent the law of supply and demand in the labor market as easily as he has bypassed U.S. immigration law? “[I]t’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China,” said President Obama. So, his solution is to make it less expensive to do business in American by depressing wages and lowering working conditions to in order to convince companies to locate their operations here. President Obama may not like Chinese tires, but he sure seems keen on their economic model.

Comments

  1. avatar Evan says:

    He says that “growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job.” As FAIR has pointed out, the National Science Foundation has found that there are at least 2½ times more tech workers than there are available jobs.

    Not surprising that Obama said what he did. He, like so many of his socialist friends take the facts and reverse them. Obama has lied and distorted so many times it would not surprise me if the next thing he claimed was that he was the one who created man.

  2. avatar FACE-IT says:

    Newt wants to continue Reagan’s legacy http://bit.ly/h0jNr3

  3. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    OBAMA WILL ALWAYS SELL US OUT…

    TO HIS CRIMINAL BANKSTERS DONORS (THEIR PROFITS HAVE SOARED HIGHER IN OBAMA’S FIRST TWO YEARS THAN ALL OF BUSH’S EIGHT!….

    AND TO LA RAZA! NO ADMIN IN HISTORY IS MORE LA RAZA INFESTED THAN OBAMA’S!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/06/american-legion-takes-stand-against.html

    The American Legion Takes A Stand Against Illegal Immigration

    The America Legion recently released a statement on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, a very pointed statement. The Legion published their policy in a 30 page booklet, spelling their policy out in detail:
    The nation’s largest veterans organization released this week a policy bulletin that takes a firm stand against illegal immigration and calls on its members to hold elected officials accountable for implementing and enforcing U.S. immigration law.

    The 30-page bulletin is officially titled, “The American Legion20Policy on Immigration: A Strategy to Address Illegal Immigration in the United States.”
    It is about time that a group who stands up for veterans of all services, whether they served in peacetime or wartime took a tough stand on a problem that is overwhelming this country. We have roughly 25 million veterans in this country who served honorably to protect the legal residents of this country, not the people who invade our borders nearly unchecked.
    More from WND on the American Legion:
    “The American Legion members have served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world so that Americans can be safe at home,” the organization’s website explains. “This gives them a unique perspective to the threat that open borders present to their homeland.”
    “America is a nation built by immigrants and the American Legion recognizes and celebrates that,” said National Commander David K. Rehbein in a press release. “We do take strong issue, however, with illegal immigration. It’s a matter of national security. The 9/11 hijackers and three of the men who plotted to kill innocent Americans at Ft. Dix were perfect examples of terrorists exploiting our weak immigration laws and our lack of enforcement. This booklet is a good reminder that America has a serious problem that needs to be addressed.”
    The Legion’s stance on illegal immigration is clearly stated o n page 1 of the booklet, it stands alone:
    “The American Legion is opposed to any person or persons being in this country illegally, regardless of race, sex, creed, color or national origin,” the bulletin states. “We believe the current laws governing immigration should be enforced impartially and equally.”
    The America Legion has a long history that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt. The Legion knows something about supporting veterans and the laws of this country. Read on:
    Originally founded in 1919 on an idea proposed by Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (the president of the same name’s eldest son), the Legion has now grown to a membership of more than 2.6 million wartime veterans organized in more than 14,000 posts nationwide.
    The policy bulletin explains, “Legionnaires subscribe to a creed, ‘To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order and to foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism.’ These words are recited in unison at Legion meetings and represent a continuing contract of service to benefit America and it is this commitment by Legionnaires that is the fuel for action on illegal immigration and other national security concerns facing this country.”
    The Legion hopes the policy booklet will educate the American public on how “the security, economy and social fabric of the United States of America is=2 0seriously threatened by individuals who are illegally in this country.”
    “Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime,” the booklet states. “The poor, minorities, children and individuals with little education are particularly vulnerable. It causes an enormous drain on public services, depresses wages of American workers, and contributes to population growth that, in turn, contributes to school overcrowding and housing shortages. Directly and indirectly, U.S. taxpayers are paying for illegal immigration.”
    In financial terms, the booklet cites a report by the Center for Immigration Studies that claims the average illegal alien household in 2003 paid approximately $4,200 in federal taxes while, on average, created $7,000 in costs at the federal level.
    The booklet does highlight a real problem that the USA faces despite the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. It spells out that it is about educating all people on the dearth of security issues still face this country today. Not only did they publish this booklet for education purposes but it also contains language that discusses ways to prevent these security issues:
    In response to what it sees as a contributing factor to crime, terrorism, unemployment and depressed wages, the Legion proposes the following five-point strategy urging the federal government to enact the following steps:
    1. Secure the borders and other points of entry in the United States, including construction of a physical barrier and sufficient Border Patrol presence.
    2. Eliminate the jobs magnet and social services benefits that draw illegal immigrants to the U.S. by enforcing laws sanctioning employers who hire illegal aliens, implementing employment eligibility verification and eliminating government benefits for illegal aliens.
    3. Eliminate amnesty laws that permit illegal aliens to break the law and remain in the U.S.
    4. Reduce the U.S. illegal alien population by attrition through workplace enforcement, interagency and interstate cooperation, rejection of driver’s license plans, mandating English as national language and establishing parameters for noncriminal deportations.
    5. Screen and track foreign visitors legally entering the United States. The plan further calls for reforms to current legal immigration policy, including alteration of the non-immigrant visa program that allows some nations’ citizens entrance to the U.S. without a visa application, elimination of the visa lottery that randomly approves visas from countries with low immigration rates and expanding visa allowances for seasonal and temporary workers.
    The five step program is a good program. It is workable with some change in legislation and enforcement of current laws. It becomes more important when one considers the following report from WND:
    Costs for securing the nati on’s borders are expected to increase 20.6 percent in fiscal year 2009. These include expenses for border patrol, electronic surveillance, the border fence and other security needs. President Bush allocated $44.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security – a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s budget of $42.4 billion.
    “While the U.S. builds a fence across much of the border, many illegals are taking a different route. Underground,” Rubenstein reveals. “Authorities have discovered dozens of illegal tunnels across the international border in recent years. Smuggling of drugs, weapons, and immigrants takes place daily through these underground passageways.”
    Illegal aliens also use drainage systems to travel across the U.S.-Mexico border – from El Paso to San Diego.
    “One tunnel, actually a system of two half-mile passages connecting Tijuana with San Diego, is by comparison a superhighway,” he wrote.
    While the Border Patrol attempts to stop these underground incursions with steel doors, cameras and sensors, harsh weather conditions and human smugglers destroy the equipment and barriers.
    These costs, and the expenses of providing “enhanced driver’s licenses” as alternative passports for citizens, RFID chips, government databases and watch lists are expected to soar.
    In his research, Rubenstein finds that the average immigrant household generates a fiscal debt of $3,408 after feder al benefits and taxes are considered. At the state and local level, the fiscal debt amounts to $4.398 per immigrant household.
    “There are currently about 36 million immigrants living in about 9 million households, so the aggregate deficit attributable to immigrants comes to $70.3 billion,” he writes. “… Immigrants could deplete the amount of funds available for infrastructure by as much as $70 billion per year.”
    Rubenstein cites figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, projecting that the U.S. population will reach 433 million by 2050 – increasing 44 percent, or 135 million, from today’s numbers.
    A full 82 percent of this increase will be directly attributable to new immigrants and their U.S.-born children.
    “The brutal reality is that no conceivable infrastructure program can keep pace with that kind of population growth,” he wrote. “The traditional ’supply-side’ response to America’s infrastructure shortage – build, build, build – is dead, dead, dead. Demand reduction is the only viable way to close the gap between the supply and demand of public infrastructure.”
    He concludes, “Immigration reduction must play a role.”
    The five step program that the Legion proposes is a sound one. It will require the federal government to tighten immigration policies. The policies don’t appear to require bigger government. It does require ou r Democratic-led government to take a tough stand on illegal immigration, one I believe they will never take. Since our government at this point in time will never toughen the laws, this booklet will go largely ignored by our representatives in DC and that is the shame.
    The American Legion wants to remind of us the facts surrounding 9/11 and the plot to kill Fort Dix soldiers, nothing more, nothing less. It is time for Congress to listen to the more than 2 million veterans who claim membership in this organization. It is time to secure our borders, it is time that the American people realize our security is at risk as long as our borders are not secure

  4. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/06/rachel-alexander-concerns-over-ilegal.html
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    Concerns Over Illegal Immigration Becoming Mainstream
    By Rachel Alexander
    6/9/2011

    Once upon a time opposition to illegal immigration was championed by a few special interest groups and outspoken leaders like Tom Tancredo and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Not so anymore. Regular sheriffs like Arizona’s Paul Babeu of Pinal County and Larry Dever of Cochise County are speaking up loudly about their frustrations dealing with it.

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