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Fax to Texas' Senators, re outsourcing and H1B & L1 visas
08/16/2003 | Marauder

Posted on 08/17/2003 4:29:54 PM PDT by Marauder

Dear Senator,

As many of your colleagues’ as well as your own constituents, I find myself at wit’s end in my efforts to secure an income. Research on this problem reveals two (2) glaringly obvious obstacles, as related to the Internet implosion:
1. The number of H1B and L1 visas has not decreased accordingly. These guest workers, which might have been a good idea at the time, have overstayed their welcome, because:

a. The drastic reduction in the number of jobs available makes their continued high numbers inappropriate, and
b. They represent unfair competition, because of on the one hand, the extraordinary difficulty involved in their changing jobs, and on the other hand, their relatively low wage rates constitute what I call “neo-indentured servitude.”

2. Offshore outsourcing. What tasks that remain are sent overseas, and there seems to be no degree of cautionary discrimination employed with respect to what tasks are outsourced, particularly in terms of national security. I refer specifically to the production of rare-earth magnets, essential to our “smart-bomb” technology, being outsourced to Communist China, our sworn enemy by their own definition.

Purely in terms of the economy and jobs, it’s difficult to produce an income to maintain even a reduced-quality lifestyle, when our own government seems stubbornly bound to free trade to the extent that it harms this country and its population to the degree that I see happening. It goes without saying that if a common man such as myself can see it, you and your Capitol Hill colleagues know of it as well, more likely better than I.

Senator, I fail to see how the economy is undergoing a “recovery” when jobs are so scarce. “Jobless recovery” is an oxymoron representing the sort of verbal manipulation found in Orwell’s 1984 “newspeak,” and nevertheless speaks of unbridled globalism gone awry.

I’d like to propose some suggestions as to how to get control of at least part of the situation, as follows:

I. Get rid of government subsidies for offshore investment of US companies, such as OPIC and support of World Bank programs that subsidize the outflow of capital.

II. Impose tariffs on those nations which are engaged in the following:
a. unfair trade practices such as currency manipulation (e.g., China and India)
b. nations which refuse to open their markets to US products (e.g., China with its 50% tariffs on US consumer goods and non tariff barriers)
c. nations that subsidize competition to American Industry (e.g., Airbus)
d. nations that maintain slave conditions for their workers.

III. Use tariffs and other means – including force if necessary - to prevent the relocation of jobs offshore that are essential to the national defense.

IV. An immediate end to guest worker programs. If people wish to come to the USA to work and make a life let them immigrate according to the rules.

V. Provide economic development zones where the corporate income tax is zero for operations within these zones. In order to operate in this zone a company must agree to only purchase American components if available and employ only American citizens or legal immigrants in these operations. These economic development zones should eventually be expanded to include every bit of every state once the benefits are shown.

VI. Many regulatory impediments to commerce should be eliminated or scaled back, for example:
a. Tort system:
1. Institute a cap on punitive damages;
2. limits on class action suits;
3. limits on liability to the actual percentage of liability with no plaintiff able to collect if said plaintiff was involved in the commission of a felony at the time of the alleged tort or was more than 49% negligent in the alleged tort.
4. Note that the loser in a frivolous lawsuit would pay the winners’ attorney fees.

b. The Family leave mandate
c. OSHA
d. EPA.

VII. Increase the domestic content in purchases by the Department of defense and give absolute preference in non-domestic content to proven allies of the USA over say the French or Germans. The only reason any content for DOD purchase may come from non US allies is that content is not available elsewhere and is essential.

VIII. Do not allow expense involved in moving operations overseas to be included in business expenses under the IRS code.

IX. Prosecute for perjury anyone who has made a false statement in order to employ an H1B or L1 visa worker. Leniency might be in order for the actual perjurer if (s)he was ordered to make this false statement and (s)he provides testimony to aid in the conviction of the person ordering the perjury.

X. Prosecute anyone who orders the transfer of vital defense technology overseas except to strong allies of the USA, for example the UK and Australia.

XI. Deport all illegal aliens immediately and take measures that prevent the entry of any more illegal aliens. Fine all companies knowingly employing illegal aliens. Criminal sanctions should be imposed on anyone helping an illegal alien stay in the USA in violation of our laws.

XII. Decrease the punishing levels of taxation on companies and eliminate the double taxation on corporate dividends. See effects of item 5 for how minimal this will be if item 5 covers the entire USA. Eliminate all IRS provisions that inhibit free use of independent contractors by businesses for example section 1706.

XIII. Eliminate the minimum wage so that the worker can be paid based on productivity. Overtime compensation will remain the same but instead of 150% of the "wage" the worker would receive 150% of the production pay.

Note that if suggestions I through XIII were enacted, XIII would be irrelevant since no one would be working for as low as minimum wage anyway.

I realize that the above suggestions would tend to cramp the style of some of business activities, and although Republicans tend to favor free enterprise (and who can disagree?), it would appear that a bit more discipline is in order.

Thanks for at least reading this, and I know that you will at least have given my input some thought.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: h1b; l1; outsourcing
First, credit for the enclosed 13 points to fellow freeper Harpseal. I used them in the body of this fax to Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn (R-TX).

Second, everyone please feel free to send the same fax to your own senators and reps. I think if all senators were to receive a fax from their constituents on this issue, something just might get done. At least they'll notice, if nothing else.

1 posted on 08/17/2003 4:29:55 PM PDT by Marauder
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To: Marauder
Good luck with Cornyn, he appears committed to expanding guest worker programs. If enough of us do this it might help him see the light, but he thinks these visas are just swell, no matter the effects on the American worker.
2 posted on 08/17/2003 4:34:53 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
If enough of us do this it might help him see the light

Bingo; please go for it.

3 posted on 08/17/2003 4:40:46 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Good luck with Cornyn, he appears committed to expanding guest worker programs. If enough of us do this it might help him see the light, but he thinks these visas are just swell, no matter the effects on the American worker.

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And to think that I voted for him!
4 posted on 08/17/2003 4:40:47 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: BenR2
And to think that I voted for him!

Don't feel too bad; your only other choice was Ron Kirk.

5 posted on 08/17/2003 4:43:55 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: Marauder
"were to receive a fax from their constituents"

I personally feel that they would tend to pay more attention to a letter; it has more of a one-off feel to it, in comparison to Faxes which machines can churn out by the thousands
6 posted on 08/17/2003 4:44:29 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: BenR2
And to think that I voted for him!


I'm sure Ron Kirk would have been happy to have you vote for him instead.....
7 posted on 08/17/2003 4:45:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: Marauder
Done to the same and "The Hammer"
8 posted on 08/17/2003 4:47:31 PM PDT by thimios
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To: Marauder
You can add this estimate to your list of reasons why outsourcing must be stopped:

By one estimate, the United States will lose $136 billion in paychecks by 2015 as it sheds 3.3 million service jobs overseas. "

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/965579/posts
9 posted on 08/17/2003 4:48:02 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Marauder
Bingo; please go for it.

No problem, I will. And I'm going to have to work on NY politicians as well. Their stance isn't much different.

10 posted on 08/17/2003 4:50:45 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Marauder
BTTT!
11 posted on 08/17/2003 4:50:48 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Our enemies within are very slick, but slime is always treacherously slick, isn't it?)
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To: John Beresford Tipton
they would tend to pay more attention to a letter

Whether fax, letter, telegram, or Pony Express, please just get it into their hands, whichever state you live in. Even Boxer, Feinstein, Schumer, Levin, and Hillary! need avalanches of this kind of message.

IMHO, this is the real power behind the numbers of Freepers on this board. We can swamp them with stuff like this.

12 posted on 08/17/2003 4:54:38 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: BenR2
And to think that I voted for him!

I would have done the same given the choice. But this is disappointing, we don't need guest workers.

13 posted on 08/17/2003 4:56:08 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: harpseal
Ping ... per your request.
14 posted on 08/17/2003 4:56:11 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: thimios
"The Hammer"

Tom will be the best for it to go to. We know he has brass ones.

15 posted on 08/17/2003 4:56:34 PM PDT by mathluv
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To: Marauder

Don't you think we ought to focus on maybe one, or two, issues at a time? Like maybe start with the visas and the border first...?

Prioritize ...

If we start fighting over the MINIMUM WAGE! right now...well, the trains not gonna move an inch then and we have an awfully long long way to go.

16 posted on 08/17/2003 4:58:48 PM PDT by BabaOreally
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To: mathluv
True enough; send it to him as well. However, it's always eye-opening for any congress critter to get swamped with written opinions from his or her constituents.
They'd have to be brain dead to ignore the kinds of numbers we can represent and influence. Let's cover all of them up with paper.
17 posted on 08/17/2003 5:04:08 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: Marauder
How to spoil a Sunday evening: remind me I'm represented in Washington by Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn...House Rep Frost. I'll write them...after I find the Advil.
18 posted on 08/17/2003 5:18:25 PM PDT by getgoing
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To: BabaOreally
First thing I'd do is use the 1st cav to seal our southern border, with full authority to fire on intruders

Next thing is get rid of guest workers, and make rules agounst outsourcing (several large manufacturers (Caterpillar, for instance) are starting to not use guest workers and are instead farming out engineering work to contractors based in India)

19 posted on 08/17/2003 5:22:12 PM PDT by Ford Fairlane
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To: Marauder; harpseal
Outstanding! I'm glad to see these points begin to take legs. Kudos to you, Marauder. And, of course, thanx.


20 posted on 08/17/2003 6:33:52 PM PDT by rdb3 (N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S. Nupe)
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To: getgoing
Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn...House Rep Frost

LOL Not what you'd call conservative firebrands. Martin Frost ... you must live in the Dallas area.

21 posted on 08/17/2003 6:49:31 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: rdb3
My pleasure, and thanx to harpseal. After all, my ox is also getting gored with all these IT capers.
I want to see all congress critters receiving lots of paper on this.
22 posted on 08/17/2003 6:56:11 PM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: deport
I'm sure Ron Kirk would have been happy to have you vote for him instead.....

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Okay. I feel better now.
23 posted on 08/17/2003 7:58:45 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: Marauder
Don't feel too bad; your only other choice was Ron Kirk.


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Maybe there was a Libertarian running?

(Wait: They believe in open borders, too, right?)
24 posted on 08/17/2003 7:59:36 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: Marauder
Sorry I am so late to the thread I was offline for a while. Thank you. We need as many Freepers as possible to get this to every politician we can. If they get enough faxes, e-mails and snail mails maybe just maybe we can get some results.
25 posted on 08/17/2003 8:39:54 PM PDT by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: Marauder; clamper1797; sarcasm; BrooklynGOP; A. Pole; Zorrito; GiovannaNicoletta; Caipirabob; ...
Ping. For Marauder he is getting the message out to the people who can actually do something about changing some really horrible government policies that are specifically harming our economy. Everyone on this ping list has the plan before. Lets get those faxes e-mails snail mails calls to the local offices of the politicians going.

On or off this list let me know.
26 posted on 08/17/2003 8:44:03 PM PDT by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: BabaOreally
Th eidea behind the plan is to hit teh politicians with a comprhensive program and maybe they will snipe at one or two and the minimum wage is IMHO the easiest target we can get the rest enacted. Do I want them all? yes. Am i a realist where politics are concerned? Yes. demand a lot so that the compromise tehy come up with is in favor of teh American people instead of say China.

Maybe we will get nothing passed or even proposed by the madarin politicians but if we do not try then get ready for a Democrat in the White House and Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Do not think they will be easy to get out either they learned from the 2000 election there can never be enough vote fruad for Democrats. And politiocal power suchas they had in 2000 facilitates vote fraud.
27 posted on 08/17/2003 8:50:23 PM PDT by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: harpseal
minimum wage is IMHO the easiest target

Good point. First people making minimum wage do not have strong lobby in Congress, second miminum wage as it is now is way too high for competing with Indians and Chinese who can do on much less.

Stress the minimum wage item, this can be a common ground with the free traders. (Just kidding)

28 posted on 08/18/2003 4:52:15 AM PDT by A. Pole
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To: A. Pole
If #1 through # 12 get enacted this will become irrelevant as no one will be working for that low a wage.
29 posted on 08/18/2003 5:51:32 AM PDT by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: hedgetrimmer
the United States will lose $136 billion

You're absolutely right. In fact, this might be the most important fact of all, since now their ox will be gored by the income tax revenue impact.

I may just send another fax with this cogent datum.

30 posted on 08/18/2003 6:27:33 AM PDT by Marauder (If you drink, don't drive; don't even putt.)
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To: Ford Fairlane


I like this new approach: to empower private citizens, or groups to act, using the "citizen's arrrest" common law precedents. Let's keep an eye on the case in Texas going on now ...
31 posted on 08/18/2003 8:04:44 AM PDT by BabaOreally
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To: Marauder
I wrote my letters and will mail them in the morning
32 posted on 09/15/2003 6:30:52 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer === (Finally employed again! Whoopie))
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