CRONY CAPITALISM at work
Obama’s “recovery” and the social crisis in America … the recovery that NEVER was!
even now Obama and the Democrat party are conspiring to hand millions more jobs to illegals and billions more in welfare to LA RAZA and their bankster paymasters!
Whether it’s through the exporting of jobs overseas or the importing of foreign workers, the hiring and lobbying practices of big business have big results. The relentless pursuit of the bottom line, whether through offshoring or packing payrolls with immigrants eager for an American job at any wage, lowers the living standard of all citizens.
Co-owner and Head Everything Jim Goodnight has beaten the endless H1-B drum for years, from the floor of Congress to countless interviews and op-eds.
Jim Gillespie | August 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Categories: Big Business and Immigration | URL: http://wp.me/p2SK04-15k
New post on American Immigration Control Foundation
by Jim Gillespie
High Tech or High Treason?
I write this as a survivor, sort of, of more than three decades in the U.S. information technology industry. During my career, I worked for only two companies: the IBM Corporation—with which you are all familiar—and SAS Institute, which bills itself as the world’s largest privately held software manufacturer.
Historically, both companies have been excellent examples of what savvy and hard work and superior intelligence can accomplish. IBM, now more than a century old, was a high-tech groundbreaker for companies like SAS, which came along after the dawning of the computer age but nevertheless is now nearly forty years old itself. Both have seen their share of challenges and, thus far, in one way or another, both have prevailed.
Their revenues are widely known, but what have been the costs?
Both companies are proudly, even defiantly, multinational. Multinational corporations, by their nature, owe no allegiance to any country, even—one is tempted to say especially—their country of origin. Their object is to make money, hang the costs. In the case of IBM, the money is for their shareholders. In the case of SAS, it’s for the two private owners, Jim Goodnight and John Sall.
This would all be well and good if the policies of these companies and others like them did not include hiring practices and political machinations that do real harm to America, their country of origin that you and I happen to share.
Consider this fact: IBM now has more employees in India than in the United States. For the past several years, the company has been ruthlessly slashing its U.S. workforce, with year after year of seeming endless layoffs (“resource actions,” in Big Blue newspeak). At the same time, IBM has been increasing its employee base on the subcontinent. The reason is simple, and is purely economic: jobs for IT professionals paying $100,000 in the U.S. pay an average of only $17,000 in India. The corporation’s current CEO, CFR-member Virginia Rometty, is a veteran of the IBM Global Services Division, whose primary mission has always been outsourcing. A couple of months ago, Rometty flew in her corporate jet to India (her third visit in two years) to rally the troops there. IBM India, she declared, is a “microcosm” of the company at large and the “key” to IBM’s revival. In a startling case of imperial hubris, IBM India is actually called the “star in the IBM crown.”
This interest in India is not new. IBM has for years dumped millions of dollars into the country, both to foster a “market” and, more importantly, to cultivate cheap labor. Programs such as the so-called “Great Mind Challenge” at two-year colleges across the country have been set up to train young Indians to do exactly the kind of work the company needs. One of these needs, of course, is the manning of support desks, many of which are now being staffed by Indian high school students.
Then there’s China. The Middle Kingdom has, likewise, long been a target of IBM. When Chinese party boss Jiang Zemin visited New York in 1997, then IBM CEO Lou “Barbarians at the Gate” Gerstner greeted him on the sidewalk outside IBM New York City headquarters. ''Lao pengyou, ni hao?'' Gerstner said. “Old friend, how are you?''
The hero of Tiananmen was then treated to a round of fancy receptions and events that culminated in the bizarre spectacle of his ringing the bell of the New York Stock Exchange. (George Orwell, wherever he is, must have smiled bitterly at that one. It’s finally true: You really can’t tell the pigs from the farmers.)
It was about this time that, as an IBM employee, I received a copy of a company-wide memo, telling me in no uncertain terms to never, ever, use the phrase “Republic of China” or “R.O.C.” in print or even speak it aloud on IBM grounds. Our mainland “old friends” just wouldn’t like it.
IBM has continued its cozy relationship with China ever since, last month announcing a $100 million program to train forty thousand programmers in a hundred Chinese universities.
It’s not all been tea and Chinese crumpets for the company, however. The Snowden revelations of widespread spying by one of Big Blue’s other Big Data partners—the U.S. government—have been embarrassing at the very least, and have inspired at least one lawsuit. Spooked by the NSA and by suggestions of a Washington-Armonk spying axis, China has backed off from IBM in the past couple of years. This souring of their relationship prompted IBM to issue its methinks-they-doth-protest-too-much open letter of denial in March of 2014. Not guilty on all counts, the letter basically said. A “privacy leader.” A respecter of rights. Your secrets safe with us. Yadda y yadda y yadda. I doubt anyone believed it.
Meanwhile, just to show she means business, the peripatetic Rometty arranged a let’s-be-friends visit to Beijing, and the company simultaneously announced a massive $1.2 billion program to build 15 offshore data centers, which will allegedly be secure from NSA prying. Funny how for some people offshoring turns out to be the answer to everything.
A final personal note on offshoring: IBMers have come to detect a familiar pattern to the systematic “resource action” they’ve had to endure. They are frequently expected to train their replacements. A few months before my own layoff, on Halloween, 2003, I received an email from an IBM employee in India, asking me how I did my web development job. I answered, as tersely as possible, and waited. Sure enough, a short while later the end came. I and many of my American colleagues were led out the virtual backdoor while Kumar and his Indian coworkers came in the front.
SAS Institute, meanwhile, which spends a great deal of time and resources to top the charts in the “world’s best places to work” category, has followed a different model. Although operating the obligatory India development lab, in Pune, instead of offshoring, SAS has concentrated on bringing more native Indians to this country. Co-owner and Head Everything Jim Goodnight has beaten the endless H1-B drum for years, from the floor of Congress to countless interviews and op-eds. Spouting, to anyone who would listen, the serially debunked theory of a national STEM shortage, Goodnight has unceasingly pitched an open-borders policy in regard to technical talent from the Asian continent.
Jim Goodnight, it need not be said, is a strong Republican and a good “conservative.”
Although Goodnight’s dream of an Asian in every cubicle has yet to come to fruition, his policies—and those of his Research Triangle Park neighbors, including IBM—have resulted in a huge demographic shift locally. The population of Cary, a Raleigh bedroom community, is now more than 14% Asian, a percentage greater than either of its black and Hispanic populations. Asian is the fastest growing racial group in the city. Neighboring Morrisville, a smaller town of 22,000 known locally as “Little India,” is even more heavily Asian. The percentage there is 27% and rising.
Whether it’s through the exporting of jobs overseas or the importing of foreign workers, the hiring and lobbying practices of big business have big results. The relentless pursuit of the bottom line, whether through offshoring or packing payrolls with immigrants eager for an American job at any wage, lowers the living standard of all citizens. What’s more, the changes resulting from the latter practice unalterably and permanently change and degrade the host country’s culture. Wealthy business leaders, behind the walls of their gated communities, may not feel the change they cause as soon as you and I, but feel them ultimately they will, long after it is too late.
THE STAGGERING COST OF OBAMA’S CORPORATE WELFARE PROGRAM:
LIKE HIS CRONY BANKSTERS, Tech CEOs literally got access to the Oval Office while the bill was being shaped, the New York Times reported in those heady early days of Hope and Change, while the CEOs’ lobbyists met down the hall with top economics aide Jason Furman.
THE DEATH OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
OBAMA’S WALL STREET DRIVE CRONY CAPITALISM
The Great Recession should have put the victim-blaming theory of poverty to rest. In the space of only a few months, millions of people entered the ranks of the officially poor—not only laid-off blue-collar workers, but also downsized tech workers, managers, lawyers, and other once-comfortable professionals. No one could accuse these “nouveau poor” Americans of having made bad choices or bad lifestyle decisions. They were educated, hardworking, and ambitious, and now they were also poor—applying for food stamps, showing up in shelters, lining up for entry-level jobs in retail. This would have been the moment for the pundits to finally admit the truth: Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.
“Tech tycoons like Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg have gotten rich while wages in the technology sector have stagnated.”
Tech firms fight hiring rules in immigration bill
Tech firms fight hiring rules in immigration bill
Americans would "be shocked to know that most of the H-1B visas … are going to outsourcing companies," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said during a recent hearing.
America… NO LEGAL NEED APPLY!
One-way trips to U. S. frustrate immigration authorities
An estimated 4.4 million people entered the country on legal visas and have never left. Officials often have no way of knowing whether they do.
Fed projects high US unemployment into 2015…so they keep the borders open for hordes more illegals, and continue to import boatloads of Indians and Chinese for tech jobs!
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve foresees unemployment remaining high into 2015, suggesting it will keep short-term interest rates near record lows at least until then.
NO AMERICAN (Legal) BELIEVES THE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL IS BELOW 7%. IF YOU’RE AN AMERICAN OVER 50, IT’S TWICE THAT. IF YOU’RE A BLACK AMERICAN IT IS THREE TIMES THAT FIGURE.
AND YET OBAMA CONTINUES TO ASSAULT THE AMERICAN WORKER TO EASE MORE ILLEGALS INTO OUR JOBS AND INTO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!
THE REALITY OF OBAMA’S IN-SOURCING US INTO A THIRD WORLD DUMPSTER THAT WILL KEEP HIS WALL STREET PAYMASTERS HAPPY AND GENEROUS!
The danger, as Washington Post economics
columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of
“importing poverty” in the form of a new
underclass—a permanent group of working
"We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers," said Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, co-chairman of the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. "President Obama is on the wrong side of the American people on immigration. The president should support policies that help citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they need and deserve rather than fail to enforce immigration laws."
H-1B VISAS – THE CONSPIRACY TO KEEP WAGES DEPRESSED WITH ENDLESS BOATLOADS OF FOREIGNERS IMPORTED TO LOOT OUR JOBS
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce partners with Mexico and the Democrat party to WAR on the America worker and then pass along the real cost of all that “cheap” Mexican labor, the LA RAZA welfare state, anchor baby welfare and crime tidal wave to the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS.
THE ENTIRE REASON FOR THE AMNESTY HOAX TO LEGALIZE MEXICO’S LOOTING IS TO KEEP WAGES DEPRESSED!
“The U.S. Chamber is in the pocket of Communist China and big companies seeking cheap labor in the United States. We think it is morally repugnant for the chamber to pursue, as a matter of public policy, initiatives which exploit the poor and oppressed, just so they can keep labor costs down for their fortune 500 member companies.”
OFFICE of REP. KERRY BENTIVOLIO (R-Milford)
How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy
Immigration’s bottom line has shifted so sharply that in a high-immigration state like California, native-born residents are paying up to ten times more in state and local taxes than immigrants generate in economic benefits.
A handful of industries get low-cost labor, and the taxpayers foot the bill. TRANSLATE, FIRST WE GIVE OUR JOBS TO ILLEGALS, THEN WE GET THE TAX BILLS FOR THE LA RAZA MEXICAN WELFARES STATE and CRIME TIDAL WAVE!
Pols around the country, intent on currying favor with ethnic voting blocs by appearing immigrant-friendly, have jumped on the benefits-for-immigrants bandwagon, endorsing “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies toward immigrants who register for benefits, giving tax dollars to centers that find immigrants work and aid illegals, and enacting legislation prohibiting local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials.