anotherquestion commented on the blog post After Helping Wall Street For Years President Obama Talks Inequality
Thanks much DSWright. Yes, President Obama led this mess, but he had sincere help from the US Congress. I don’t like the fundraising advertising now for “Progressives” in Congress that were instrumental in promoting the sequester and other austerity programs, and the guestworker/H-1B stuff precisely at a time of a bad economy and already high unemployment.
President Obama and certain members of congress were marketed based on a history of progressive voting records. Some of these members of congress did have legitimately progressive records. Yet, they as a group collaborated on all those projects you list to depress the 99%. The news media helped in these bad actions. Thanks to FireDogLake and other independents for news and a forum to circumvent the newsmasters.
Immigration Reform is back in the headlines. Kevin Gosztola wrote a thoughtful piece that considered various aspects of the situation and attracted several comments. President Obama himself put this issue in the news .
If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done , I don’t care what it looks like,” [...]
anotherquestion commented on the blog post Obama’s Evasive Answer to a Young Man Protesting at Immigration Reform Rally
Yes, it is interesting. Do you remember how the news could easily find a tiny handful of Tea Partiers near any protest, but rarely had any worthwhile coverage of the 50,000+ peaceful protestors at the same event? It is interesting how ABC interviews Mark Zuckerberg for his “new” push on Immigration Reform with FWD.us, a push that is already many months old.
In the same way now, the news highlights any protest of sympathetic young people and undocumented cheap workers blessed by corporations. I sympathize with these vulnerable people. Yet, the news conveniently censors the guestworker issue of H-1B visas and migrant farmworkers. Universities promote “deserving young scientists,” while configuring jobs for researchers and adjunct faculty to avoid providing health insurance.
anotherquestion commented on the diary post Jews Show Solidarity with Immigrants in the Fight for Immigration Reform by Amy B. Dean .
Thanks much shekissesfrogs for your comments. I am grateful that some readers here at Firedoglake are aware of the problems from H1B visas and the STEM job market.
anotherquestion commented on the blog post Aloe Blacc’s Beautiful New Video Tackles Immigration Reform
Thanks for the thoughtful information. It is unfair to put hardworking poor workers and college age youth in such vulnerable situations.
Please recognize that the Immigration Reform Bill of the US Senate addresses these issues, possibly in a clumsy way, but also adds the Trojan horse that no one discusses. Provisions for guestworkers with H-1B visas (and similar farmworkers) are deliberately targeted to break farm worker unions and to promote tremendous harm to the job market for those who studied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). There’s lots of corporate money sloshing around to facilitate age discrimination through these H-1B visas. The major networks including NPR and PBS censor any discussion of the H-1B visas.
No, I’m not promoting a wall on the Texas border. I’m just asking that legal immigration more reasonably reflect actual needs rather than fantasies of rich corporations. There is no skills gap!
Yes, let’s talk about the vulnerable immigrants, but also raise the issue of the H-1B visas and those of us who have been left unemployed because Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Infosys, etc. want cheap, exploitable labor.
Calvin an Hobbes We’re all being “entertained” now with the game of Calvin Ball in Washington, DC, a game played by comic strip characters Calvin and Hobbes who will feature soon in a documentary about the comic and its creator ” Dear Mr. Watterson .” The two characters competed to carry a ball and would constantly change [...]
austerity It is easy to point at the very rich, the 1%, as recipients of unnecessary charity. Robert Benmosche, the CEO of AIG, offended many when he compared taxpayer complaints about bonuses paid while his company was receiving a federal bai lout to “pitchforks and their hangman nooses.” Today, Yves Smith writes that Jaimie Dimon had a private [...]
Remember back when the George W. Bush White House leaked statements about Iraq to the New York Times , and then quoted the same New York Times for White House Press Statements? Maybe the same disinformation is happening right now in regard to high skilled jobs (and H-1B visas in the background). What future in big data? Predicting job hiring [...]
anotherquestion commented on the diary post Richard Trumka Pwned by the President His Union Helped Elect. What.a.Sucker. by wendydavis.
Didn’t these same captured-by-the-Dems union bosses sign off to support the H-1B provisions of the US Senate Immigration Reform bill with some vague promise that their unions would be allowed to recruit these immigrants into their unions? It sounds like health insurance reform and immigration reform were both foolish agreements.
Hooray! President Obama and the Democrats have been forced to backpedal from their war project. It’s not over yet, but the conversation changed. I would like to blame war on the Right-Wing noise machine, but the best fog generators are Very Serious People like Mara Liasson from NPR, Dan Balz from The Washington Post, and some [...]
anotherquestion commented on the diary post Liberal Luminaries in Senate Are Swing Votes on Bombing Syria by Norman Solomon.
A few weeks ago, we were all frustrated about the usual “Gridlock in Washington.” Suddenly, we have 90% of US citizens, across all political directions, all agreeing that we do not want this war. The problem is no longer “Gridlock.” Instead, we have a lack of listening by Washington, DC. US Senator Tammy Baldwin’s voting [...]
All Washington, DC is consumed now with using the events in Syria to re-enact some combination of “Wag the Dog” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” but I prefer to discuss jobs. I start from the assumption that reasonable investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can contribute to good STEM jobs as well as good jobs [...]
anotherquestion commented on the blog post Obama Still Slowly Trying to Fix Debt Limit Monster He Created
Thanks for the post about Republicans gaming the debt limit.
It is interesting to read discussion about the debt limit at the same time that President Obama rattles his sabre for yet another expensive and confusing war in the Middle East, this time in Syria.
One strong justification for demanding that Congress approve this war is that the process would leave Republican fingerprints on the money to pay for this war. Also, the debate would force better coverage of many serious questions like: 1) might we be allying ourselves with Al-Qaida and 2) why are we sending our “Defense” department to Syria.
This week, the CIA admitted providing intelligence to Iraq at a convenient time for Iraq to attack with poison gas. A while later, a justification for our second Iraq War was that Iraq used weapons of mass destruction, including poison gas. It’s really hard to know who to trust on these things.
anotherquestion commented on the diary post Can Immigration Reform Rebuild the American Middle Class? by Julie Gutman Dickinson.
Improving the economy vs. improving jobs. These are not the same. Immigration Reform lumps together different groups. DREAMers were raised the the US and have acquired US culture, whatever that means. The families who cross the Arizona desert are almost never competing for high wage jobs. H-1B visas and other guest workers are a completely [...]
H-1B visas are common in universities for staff and faculty in certain disciplines. Sometimes they hire a new faculty member on H-1B and then hire the spouse as staff also on an H-1B. H-1B visas are also an issue for staff like statisticians and economists who support research projects. In the last few years, the [...]
Sam Stein at the Huffington Post wrote a piece about the effects of sequestration on science in the USA. The article has interviews with leaders of several science research groups that have promising new ideas and technologies. Most of the examples are from basic research in health sciences. The concerns are real. The examples are real. Yet, this [...]
The Democrats, Republicans, and news media are crafting a message that Immigration Reform is about a battle between helping young DREAMers and families that are hard-working but undocumented vs. certain concerns about securing our national borders to exclude any more terrorists. The DREAMers were brought to the US by their parents at a young age. [...]
anotherquestion commented on the blog post Even Average Republicans Support Immigration Reform
Thanks for raising the issue of H-1B visas and STEM workers since the survey question avoided this concern.
Certain professional and scientific societies are aware of this issue such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
The mathematics-related groups like the American Statistical Association tend to imagine that they will create a lot more jobs through research on big data (such as all that stuff gathered by the NSA or marketers) and will justify tax dollars for university classrooms by more recruiting of US young people despite the overwhelming majority of non-citizens in the advanced classes. US students take math as a prerequisite, but rarely for a degree, or if they get the degree the bright ones go to Wall Street and avoid jobs in STEM.
It is interesting how stacking more haystack (big data) on top of the needle of anything real does not substitute for thoughtful gathering of reliable data. For example, Hollywood thinks that mouse clicks on movie previews is a really good indicator of how many people will watch a movie.
anotherquestion commented on the blog post Senate Democrats Push Janet Yellen Over Larry Summers to Lead the Federal Reserve
It is interesting to hear the arguments about Larry Summers. Yes, he had a public role as a White House adviser and as Harvard University President. Yet, he is also an economist, a member of a discipline with pretensions as a quantitative expert. Our questions about Larry Summers weigh his opinions. We would never put up with a real expert whose opinions were the most important qualifications.
Imagine a chemist or physicist to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or a medical doctor to be Surgeon General, or a statistician for the US Census Bureau. Economics pretends to be a science yet has absolutely no code of ethics, no consensus about methods or priorities. Even lawyers have standards!
Larry Summers regularly makes wrong predictions, fundamentally wrong in ways that harm millions. He is a bully that pushes away more qualified experts such as when he micromanaged investments at Harvard University, even losing money not only on the endowment, but even on the “cash,” the money to pay current salaries for janitors and pay the electric bill.
It is interesting how so few people recognize his thorough incompetence in his core credentials. The discipline of economics has been silent his failures.
Growth in wages for laborers in China, but worse news for skilled and unskilled workers here. Paul Krugman recently wrote about the existence of a possible tipping point for labor in China in his column ” Hitting China’s Wall “. Is there a similar issue of a tipping point for high skilled labor (H-1B visas) in the [...]
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