Category Archives: Outsourcing

NEW COLUMN: U.S. Business Itching To Import Cheap Labor

Business, Donald Trump, IMMIGRATION, Labor, Outsourcing

“U.S. Business Itching To Import Cheap Labor” is the current column. It’s now on Townhall.com, the Unz Review and WND.com.

Adroitly, President Trump has optimized outcomes for the American Worker. His is a labor market like no other.

Long overdue in the U.S., a labor market is one in which firms compete for workers, rather than workers competing for jobs.

“For the first time since data began to be collected in 2000, there are more job openings than there are unemployed workers.” By the Economist’s telling (Jul 12th 2018), “Fully 5.8 million more Americans are in work than in December of 2015.”

Best of all, workers are happier than they’ve been for a long time.

Not so business. For American business, it’s never enough.

Big or small, business is focused on elephantine-like expansion.

Big and small, business is nattering about labor shortages: “Ninety percent of small businesses which are hiring or trying to hire workers report that there are few or no qualified applicants, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.”

With blaring headlines, the megaphones in the financial press are amplifying a message of dissatisfaction:

“The shortage is reaching a ‘critical point’ … A lack of applicants for blue-collar jobs such as trucking and construction has received particular scrutiny, as have states like Iowa where the unemployment rate is especially low (it is just 2.7 percent in the Hawkeye state).”

August 31 saw President Trump sign an executive order meant to further boost small businesses. These will be permitted “to band together to offer 401(k)s.”

Again, nice, but not enough. It never is. A businessman present piped up about “a very tight labor market … causing us a little bit of a problem.”

Contrast this gimme-more-forever-more attitude, with the patriotic perspective of your average Trump supporter: “I’m willing to take my lumps for the good of the country,” a farmer told broadcaster Laura Ingraham. “The Scottish in me says to the death.”

Look, a labor market allows wages to rise and productivity to grow, for unprofitable firms will soon fold when they find they can’t pay enough to attract workers. Scarce resources—labor and capital—are then “put to better use.” …

… READ THE REST on Townhall.com. On the Unz Review and WND.com, too.

Immigration Lawyers Admit (Sort Of) The H-1B Visa Was Always Meant To Displace Americans

Business, Labor, Law, Outsourcing

For years, consumers of the H-1B visa (multinationals) insisted they were bringing in the best and the brightest because America had too few, if any at all.

At the time, starting in 2008 (see: “Why Aren’t The H-1B Hogs Satisfied With The O-1 ‘“Extraordinary Ability’ Visa?” (11/18/2008), I tried to inform readers that the same H-1B visa brought in ordinary workers to displace Americans.

“More significantly, THERE was a visa category reserved exclusively for individuals with extraordinary abilities and achievement. It doesn’t displace ordinary Americans. It’s the O-1 visa.  There is no cap on the number of O-1 visa entrants allowed. Access to this limited pool of talent is unlimited. More recently, I revisited the topic, explaining that,

“Extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business or athletics,” states the Department of Homeland Security, “means a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.”

Ten years on, in 2018, immigration lawyers who make their living by “outsourcing American lives,” admit to the same. Via Forbes magazine:

“The drumbeat of an H-1B being intended to only bring the best and the brightest has been incessant the last three years or so. The problem is, of course, that was not the purpose of the H-1B and we already have a temporary visa for that – the O-1.”

MORE: “The Next Harmful Move Against H-1B Visas By Stuart Anderson.”

MUST READ:

“Why Aren’t The H-1B Hogs Satisfied With The O-1 ‘“Extraordinary Ability’ Visa?”

‘The Kochtopus’ (Koch Brothers) Want Outsourcing & Globalism Back

Donald Trump, Labor, Outsourcing, THE ELITES, Trade

Bless the farmers. A pox on the Koch Brothers, known by good libertarians as that invasive organism called “The Kochtopus.”

The Koch Brothers, or the “The Kochtopus,” worship the Gods of Globalism, says Laura Ingraham, and the American Worker be damned. He is just a stick-in-the mud. He hasn’t embraced progress. Therefore, he should be left behind.

The brothers’ bailiwick is outsourcing jobs and relocating overseas, as Laura Ingraham points out. Of their employees, 120,000 are employed abroad; only 65,000 in the US.

And they object to President Trump’s attempts to optimize outcomes for the American Worker by driving a hard bargain on behalf of his American constituents in the context of “state-managed trade.”

While the elitist Kochtopus, an enemy of Trump from the inception, is committing to fighting Trump’s efforts to neutralized the adverse effects of  centralized, managed trade on American workers—the latter are supportive of the president.

“They like that he’s fighting for them.” “I’m willing to take my lumps for the good of the country. The Scottish in me says to the death.” So say Trump supporters about the tariffs.

“The Kochs can learn a lot from these deeply patriotic Americans,” inveighs Ingraham. And she’s right.

RELATED: “Trade Deficits In The Context Of State-Managed Trade And Systemic Debt.”

See also: “Dissecting the Kochtopus.”

‘Labor Shortages’: Business Leaders Are Bitching, Workers Are Celebrating

Business, Economy, Labor, Outsourcing

Workers are happier than they’ve been for a long time.

“For the first time since data began to be collected in 2000, there are more job openings than there are unemployed workers.” By the Economist’s telling, “Fully 5.8m more Americans are in work than in December of 2015.”

Workers may be happy, but not businesses.

Big and small, business is nattering about labor shortages.  “Ninety percent of small businesses who are hiring or trying to hire workers report that there are few or no qualified applicants, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.”

Excerpted from, “Worker shortages could heal America’s economy: Why a scarcity of labor is probably something to celebrate”:

The shortage is reaching a “critical point”, read one recent CNBC headline. A lack of applicants for blue-collar jobs such as trucking and construction has received particular scrutiny, as have states like Iowa where the unemployment rate is especially low (it is just 2.7% in the Hawkeye state).
But portraying widespread labour shortages as an economic problem is misguided. While they may be bad for firms, they are a boon for society—so long as inflation remains contained. In fact, a labour market in which firms must compete for workers, rather than workers competing for jobs should help resolve three of America’s biggest economic problems.

* Inadequate wage growth.

* “Faster productivity growth, which has been disappointing in America—and in other rich countries—since the financial crisis. If less profitable firms have to fold because they cannot pay enough to attract workers, their labour and capital can be put to better use.”

* Wage gains accrued “to the poorest workers. Full-time employees at the 10th percentile of the income distribution are earning almost 4% more than a year ago.”