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AlexClarke March 31, 2016 @ 7:14 a.m.

Yup, at McDonalds. You can be all the things you say but the employer will replace you with cheaper labor. This is why companies using the HB1 program are traitors.


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:47 a.m.

ImJustABill: You may always find a job, but will it be at an increasing salary? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:46 a.m.

feeyishes: The more one's pay increases, the more vulnerable he or she is to being replaced by an H-1B. There is no incentive to work hard and do a good job. If you do, you may get the axe. Best, Don Bauder


ImJustABill March 30, 2016 @ 8:42 p.m.

Bob Elmasian

The law of supply and demand shows that as supply of a good (such as engineering labor) increases, the price of that good (such as a salary) decreases.

So ANY H1B hiring decreases US engineering salaries. Of course, the blatant abuses by IT departments in famous recent cases such as Disney and Edison lower salaries and disrupt American workers lives even more than most H1B hiring.

There is no great shortage of engineers. If there were (again by the law of supply and demand) engineering salaries would be skyrocketing. But they're not. Also, if there were a great shortage of engineers companies would be willing to hire less than stellar engineering graduates. But they're not - increasingly a graduate degree from a "name brand" college is required for many engineering positions.

Certainly the H1B program helps American high-tech companies by lowering labor costs. It has been argued that the H1B program has helped establish American cities (esp. silicon valley) as the high tech capitals of the world - and that keeping the high tech work in the US helps provide jobs to support staff (other workers and industries that support the high tech industry). So I suppose it's possible that there are some advantages to the H1B program to certain segments of the population.

But the main results of the H1B program are lower salaries and less job security for American engineers.


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:52 a.m.

AlexClarke: Absolutely, U.S. conservatives such as the Koch brothers believe in the elimination of the middle class. They are doing a good job of it. Statistics show that clearly. Best, Don Bauder


AlexClarke March 31, 2016 @ 7:16 a.m.

America first, Americans first. Conservatives want a two class system of the haves and have not's. The elimination of the middle class is the goal.


hwstar March 31, 2016 @ 8:49 a.m.

Is this country really a representative democracy, or is it a plutocracy? A democratic government SHOULD promote the welfare of its citizens. The H-1B program needs to be reformed. Job opportunities for citizens must be the the first priority.

The federal government in this country is corrupt. Money buys legislation favourable to those willing to pay for it. This is the root of the problem. We need to get money out of politics. Once we do that, sensible legislation can be passed to reform the H-1B system.


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:55 a.m.

hwstar: We have a plutocracy (government by the rich) and a plutonomy (an economy designed for and being propelled by the rich. A rising tide lifts all yachts. That is the kind of society so-called conservatives want.) Best, Don Bauder


jonnycsd March 31, 2016 @ 9:03 a.m.

For all his flaws there is only one presidential candidate unequivocally opposed to this systematized exploitation of labor. No, not Sanders. The other guy. If you want to end these practices and policies established by GW Bush and continued/expanded by Obama/Clinton that have been designed to suppress wages and extract concessions from workers then you have to vote for Donald Trump. Why do you think exploiters such as Bain Capital's Mitt Romney and Facebook's Zuckerberg are so hysterical that Trump might win? (hint: neither of them really care about Trump's twitter messages). I will gladly put up with a few silly sexist retweets to get this issue fixed. Some offended egos at a rally do not bother me in the slightest. There was not even one bloody nose -thier is no unbridled "violence" that the press calls it (in comparison to 500 murders in Chicago alone - now that is violence and it has been allowed to continue by the Establishment because they just don't care). And I have no sympathy for the feigned indignation by professional protestors who were bought and paid for by George Soros. Trump is a clear and easy choice for any American who earns, or wants to earn a paycheck.


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:59 a.m.

jonnycsd: I disagree, but this is a new and refreshing twist. Please keep sending your messages. Best, Don Bauder


ImJustABill April 1, 2016 @ 5:27 a.m.

Donald Trump is egotistical, frequently offensive, doesn't have a deep understanding of foreign policy, may be bigoted, unstable, and frankly might even be considered emotionally / mentally ill.

All of the above are certainly valid reasons to not vote for him and I can't disprove any of them.

HOWEVER - despite all of the above I will tell you why I might vote for Trump and why a large number of Americans are voting for him despite the above flaws.

The RNC elites say that illegal immigration, free trade agreements, and H1B visas are good for America. I think illegal immigration, free trade agreements, and H1B visas are all good for very big corporations but very bad for middle class Americans. Trump is the only major candidate who holds all those views. That is why Mitt Romney and the RNC are going ballistic about Trump, not any of the above issues with Trump.

I also have a lot of respect for Bernie Sanders as he is the other POTUS candidate who clearly cares about the American middle class. However I'm not sure I want to turn America into Scandanvia as Sanders advocates. I realize Scandanavian countries have been successful in many ways but I think there are a lot of differences between the US and Scandanvia which might not make their model work here. There are differences between US culture and Scandanvian culture.


Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 10:51 a.m.

ImJustABill: Remember this: Sanders is a socialist in the northern European sense. But he is not going to turn our nation into a socialist country. There is such a thing as Congress.

Let me add this: big business is upset about Sanders. But business has nobody to blame but itself for the hugely inequitable wealth and income gap, the losing of jobs overseas, the massive corporate tax cheating, the use of offshore tax and secrecy havens, and other abuses. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:26 a.m.

Add: I want to make one more point. Bernie Sanders was created by American business. Business's greed made Bernie Sanders. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m.

Ponzi: Trump blurts out blatant lies time after time and the press does not check on him. Nor, it seems, do his opponents -- or if they do, the press doesn't pick it up. Hurray for Reuters for exposing this one. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:33 p.m.

Reed Richards: The compensation is supposed to be the same now. But it isn't. Companies get away with paying much less to H-1Bs and then get rid of American engineers. Politicians look the other way because of all that money corporate lobbyists throw around Washington DC. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:34 p.m.

Scott Wilson: Yes, they are supposed to be paid a prevailing wage, but aren't, because companies take advantage of the many loopholes in the law, and also rake in lobbyists' moolah. Best, Don Bauder


AmericanWorker March 31, 2016 @ 7:21 p.m.

Don: Excellent story. This is a dreadful system. While there may have originally been some rational need for the H-1B, there is none today. These jerks at these big companies are looking for nothing but cheap labor. I have for many years been in a scientific computing area, and there are many H-1Bs there. They do not have the initiative, the cleverness, of medium skilled US STEM/IT folks. They are here to get the green card, and of course, that is a big swindle. One little thing - there is a lot of fraud in the document verification firms who verify credentials. You should look into that. I can't tell you how I know, but many firms have false signings. India is one of the world's great locales for cheating on academic areas. There are stories occasionally about the cheating, but India is desperate to unload it's billions of surplus people here. Finally, why is it that Obama, the supposed friend of the working man/woman, keeps sticking the knife in the back of the American STEM worker? They actually believe that if they can keep a lot of Chinese and Indians here, the home countries, our enemies China and India, will be damaged. That is why Obama continues to make it easier to hire an Indian in the US than to hire an American. You know that OPT visa? If you hire an Indian or Chinese on that, you get a cheap-ass half-adequate code monkey, but you also get a $10,000 break on your taxes. Disgusting.


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