Posts by Armando Guerra

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  • Mika’s Shockingly Scorches Elizabeth Warren: ‘Tired of this Act,’ ‘Shrill, Almost Unhinged’

    11/29/2016 6:09:55 AM PST · 8 of 112
    Armando Guerra to governsleastgovernsbest

    I would not be surprised if Sen. Warren is the 2020 DNC presidential nominee. Of course if you don’t vote for angry, shrill, almost unhinged female it will be because you are a sexist, racist homophobe. It doesn’t appear that they have learned anything.

  • Poway (CA) students, staff have been bullied since election, superintendent says

    11/18/2016 9:57:49 AM PST · 19 of 31
    Armando Guerra to Mr.Unique
    Unfortunately, since the recent presidential election, it has come to my attention that a few of our staff and students have recently been targeted because of their race, religion, or political beliefs, creating an unsafe learning and working environment.

    What do they define as "targeted?" If you are a Trump supporter I guess being thrown to ground and kicked in the head is a peaceful protest but if you are a Hillary supporter you are "targeted" by being female, black, Hispanic, LGBTQ or member of some other group who has to share a room or be in the general vicinity of someone who was a Trump supporter. That is an invasion of their safe space.

  • Final newspaper endorsement count: Clinton 57, Trump 2

    11/16/2016 8:15:58 AM PST · 13 of 21
    Armando Guerra to grundle
    Among the top 100 largest newspapers in America, just two — the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville — endorsed Trump.

    Well, the MSM has been complaining that Trump is travelling without a press pool. There's his press pool. He should choose reporters from those two and tell the others to pound sand.

  • Republicans Expand Domination of State Legislatures

    11/11/2016 8:23:01 AM PST · 34 of 50
    Armando Guerra to bigemmk
    How does that bode for a Convention of States?

    Now is the time. The 2/3 of the House and Senate isn't going to happen because they are too evenly split. However, with 2/3 of the states in Republican hands a convention of states could be called. 3/4 of the states would still need to pass any proposed amendment which would still be difficult. Maybe a congressional term limit or balanced budget amendment?

  • How did Donald Trump win Michigan?

    11/11/2016 8:13:50 AM PST · 35 of 64
    Armando Guerra to Ouchthatonehurt
    Union rank and file.

    I believe that you are correct. Funny how Trump is disparaged for positions that used to be what labor unions stood for. If he is against a trade treaty it is because he is a xenophobe. If he is against unlimited immigration it is because he is racist. However, while the union bosses continue to side with the Democrats, the rank and file are realizing that it is not in their best interest.

  • FOX CALLS FLORIDA FOR TRUMP!

    11/08/2016 9:25:49 PM PST · 22 of 22
    Armando Guerra to Hugin

    So glad to see. I will acknowledge that I panicked yesterday seeing a 100+% increase in the early voting numbers in the third world country otherwise known as Miami-Dade County. I can only imagine how big Trump’s victory would have been in Florida absent the fraud of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It would have been huuuuge.

  • Powered by South Florida, state's early turnout hits 50 percent

    11/07/2016 8:45:23 AM PST · 51 of 59
    Armando Guerra to Bushbacker1
    We, in the middle and northern part of the state, must, MUST get out to vote for Trump, to override the illegal and/or dead voters in the heavily Yankee infested south Florida!

    Amen. I may be accused of being defeatist but I would rather go into this election day wary and vigilant. I have seen too many "Hillary is toast after this latest WikiLeaks revelation.." articles and hope that our side does not become complacent. Her side has already shown that they will lie, cheat, steal and kill to retain power.

  • Powered by South Florida, state's early turnout hits 50 percent

    11/07/2016 8:33:38 AM PST · 48 of 59
    Armando Guerra to Angels27

    I truly hope that it goes as you say. Another post about the internals on polls in Florida show a significant enthusiasm gap. That is what I am seeing on the ground in Florida. It is hard to see a car with a Hillary bumper sticker and the Trump yard signs out number the Hillary signs by a 4-1 margin. Hillary does not have the appeal that Donald has. That is why I am bothered. I honestly expected the number to show more Republicans having voted via early voting and mail-in than Democrats. I will have to crunch the numbers but, off hand, if the Dade and Broward numbers had increased in line with what other counties have shown I believe that the Republican numbers would be ahead instead of slightly behind. With Dade and Broward being ground zero for fraud in Florida, when they have numbers not in-line with the rest of the state I worry. Poll watchers need to be vigilant and Trump better tell his attorneys to be ready to go into action. I have said in prior elections that the Republican candidate not only needs to win the vote, but be beyond the margin of fraud. If the margin of fraud was a 3% for Obama, with Hillary it has to be at least 5%.

  • Powered by South Florida, state's early turnout hits 50 percent

    11/07/2016 8:06:11 AM PST · 35 of 59
    Armando Guerra to Helicondelta
    So what are you going to do aside from posting this BS article?

    I am good for a half dozen votes already in people I have talked into voting for Trump and either taken them to early voting or making sure they sent in their ballots. How about you?

  • Powered by South Florida, state's early turnout hits 50 percent

    11/07/2016 7:47:54 AM PST · 11 of 59
    Armando Guerra to SamAdams76

    I voted Trump already and recommend everyone else to get out and vote as well as monitor the shenanigans. That is not being defeatist. However, I refuse to stick my head in the sand and not be vigilant to what is going on. A 102% increase in early voting in Miami-Dade from 2012 to 2016? A final day surge on the heels of Obama encouraging illegals to vote because they won’t be prosecuted? Give me a break.

  • Powered by South Florida, state's early turnout hits 50 percent

    11/07/2016 7:37:03 AM PST · 1 of 59
    Armando Guerra
    And so it begins...

    I hate to be pessimistic, but days ago I predicted that Comey would not do anything. At this point, I believe that while significantly more legal votes will be cast for Trump, Hillary will be declared the winner once all the illegals' votes and dead voters are counted. I really hope that I am wrong.

  • Video -- Assuange telling of MOST significant e-mail

    11/04/2016 9:00:23 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    Armando Guerra to Dick Bachert

    Hopefully the revolt is successful. If Hillary wins then she will do as the other dictators who have survived a staged failed coup attempt: see who was loyal and who needs to be purged to consolidate power.

  • RUMINT: Announcement expected shortly from FBI Director.

    11/04/2016 8:41:50 AM PDT · 17 of 262
    Armando Guerra to DCBryan1
    Don't forget:

    "After a review of the additional emails, while there were emails that were not duplicates, we find no evidence of wrongdoing and decline to proceed further with the investigation. On another matter, I am declining the invitation to a picnic in Fort Marcy Park."

  • 3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation

    10/28/2016 1:35:02 PM PDT · 80 of 134
    Armando Guerra to cynwoody
    What's not to like?

    I like that this just reaffirms "crooked Hillary" but I don't expect this crowd to go down quietly. There is too much as stake for them: vast power and wealth v. economic and political ruin. We'll probably see a few more "suicides" and "accidents" and if the Trump supporters are expecting any favors from Comey they will be disappointed. The official statement already was that they found additional emails that needed to be reviewed. I fully expect a "nothing to see here" from Comey just before election day which will be the only thing in the news cycle. Comey knows it is that or an invitation to Fort Marcy Park.

  • 3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation

    10/28/2016 1:02:57 PM PDT · 16 of 134
    Armando Guerra to ColdOne

    I don’t trust Comey at all. My guess is that all discussion is clamped down while there is a pending investigation and then Hillary is cleared of all wrongdoing but somehow Trump gets indicted on interfering with an investigation or some other nonsense on the eve of the election. I don’t put anything past this corrupt bunch.

  • Wikileaks -- Naming who in the press will write what story before they are released

    10/21/2016 12:42:13 PM PDT · 14 of 31
    Armando Guerra to grey_whiskers

    I hope a Trump administration would be keeping a list of all the “journalists” named in the WikiLeaks as hacks and have a blanket ban on issuing press credentials to them individually and the media outlet employing them. Then again, that would probably mean a press conference with about 2 people.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Was on Hillary Clinton's List of Potential Vice Presidential Canidates

    10/18/2016 1:16:05 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    Armando Guerra to AC86UT89
    This is BS to try to make her look cool and edgy.

    I don't know. I find a list with a bunch of billionaires being considered to be realistic for Hillary. I just wonder what her asking price was?

  • Oklahoma mother, daughter arrested after alleged incestuous marriage

    09/08/2016 10:10:34 AM PDT · 34 of 34
    Armando Guerra to Morgana
    An attorney in Oklahoma should take the case and just cite Obergefell v. Hodges. It seems that all the arguments made there in favor of gay marriage could be made for incestuous marriages (as well as bigamous, interspecies, etc.). It's just a matter of time.
  • Could sex robots and virtual reality treat paedophilia?

    08/21/2016 5:43:12 AM PDT · 87 of 92
    Armando Guerra to Salman

    How long before even talk of treatment is criminalized? Once upon a time, homosexuality was considered a mental disorder and now it is lauded and protected. Pedophilia will be there too within 10 years at the rate we are going.

  • Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it

    08/15/2016 11:57:02 AM PDT · 53 of 78
    Armando Guerra to Ancesthntr
    By the way, do they also own the air you breathe?

    Well, since you breathe out carbon dioxide and the Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA can regulate producers of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas then you can be regulated as a pollution source point just by breathing. So the answer is yes.

  • Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions [Italy]

    08/09/2016 7:30:58 AM PDT · 39 of 57
    Armando Guerra to C19fan
    This illustrates the argument I used to make with liberals who claimed that you should be able to love whoever you wanted. I always replied that socially recognized marriage was about a stable unit for raising children and not about love (although love does make the unit more stable).

    Traditionally, the requirements of a valid marriage were:

    1. 1 Man

    2. 1 Woman

    3. Of a Certain Age.

    4. Not of a certain Familial Relation.

    All of those provided the best environment for procreation and raising of children. Once you eliminated the gender requirement because of "love" then you could eliminate all the others too as long as there is "love." I love 3 women...get married! I love my sister...get married! I love this little boy...get married! I love my dog...get married!

  • These Are The Two Companies That Might Land Clinton’s Foundation In Big Legal Trouble

    07/28/2016 8:29:56 AM PDT · 13 of 21
    Armando Guerra to rktman

    Let me guess, the IRS assigned Lois Lerner to handle the investigation.

  • It’s Long Past Time For Tort Reform

    07/14/2016 8:04:47 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    Armando Guerra to Kaslin
    "Negligence is the omission to do something which a reasonable man, guided upon those considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs, would do, or doing something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do."

    The reasonable man no longer exists in our society. Not to defend attorneys, but they are only able to get out of case what a jury says is reasonable. The problem is that we have a society that believes that it is reasonable for someone who has wealth (whether through insurance or deep pockets) to pay to a sob story person who does not have wealth regardless of whether there is any negligence. It's the "take from the wealthy whether warranted or not" mentality that is the real problem. The PI attorneys are taking advantage of the problem, and encouraging it, but I would still blame society. If the jurors said "sorry, but you were an idiot" instead of "the poor guy" then we wouldn't be talking about the need for tort reform.

  • Opinion: Obama tells a big whopper about his economic record

    06/21/2016 8:17:31 AM PDT · 10 of 11
    Armando Guerra to expat_panama

    Gee, I wonder what Politifact will rate this one, “mostly true?”

  • Republicans for Hillary?

    06/01/2016 1:32:44 PM PDT · 32 of 55
    Armando Guerra to Innovative

    I have personally heard someone say that Hillary wouldn’t be so bad because Bill was kind of moderate. “After all, he went along with a balanced budget and welfare reform” is what they said. The problem with that logic is that Bill isn’t Hillary. He initially opposed the budget deals and welfare reform but went along with it for political expedience. Bill is only about Bill and as long as he gets power, money and women then he could agree to it. Yes, Hillary wants power, money and women too, but I see her as much more of a leftist ideologue than Bill.

  • Wikileaks Asks If This Is The "Smoking Gun" Email That Will Bring Down Hillary

    06/01/2016 7:39:12 AM PDT · 52 of 65
    Armando Guerra to Nachum
    I won't hold my breath waiting for a prosecution. After they steal the election for Hillary, Obama will effectively own her. (500 FBI files? I've got 30,000 emails.) If she follows orders she can continue to get rich and enjoy the trappings of power as long as she doesn't try to actually exercise any real authority. My guess is that Obama isn't moving out of DC because he expects to still be running the place. He'll have control and she gets the blame for the failures but, as the first woman President, historians will absolve her of any wrongs.

    Trump needs to win beyond the margins of stealability and then not go McConnell and fall in line with the establishment.

  • There's something wrong with the US labor market

    05/10/2016 3:51:54 PM PDT · 54 of 64
    Armando Guerra to SeekAndFind

    Easy answer: why work when government pays you not to work? Even if you want to work the government strongly discourages it. Get a job and you lose Medicaid, food stamps, housing allowance, cell phone allowance, etc. Even the unemployed aren’t stupid and know that unless the job opening is really a high paying job they cannot afford it. Making do with whatever work you can get is contrary to the way government programs work. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but it was something like a person with $7,000/yr income has as much “take home” pay as a person with $22,000/yr in income when you factor in the loss of means-tested benefits. Let’s see, work for $24,000/yr or not work and make $22,000/yr? And they wonder why there is a gap between openings and hires?

  • Will Donald Trump drive Miami Cuban Americans from GOP? New poll says yes

    05/03/2016 7:09:18 AM PDT · 24 of 41
    Armando Guerra to Brilliant

    I ain’t buying what they are selling. Nor are the Cubans in Miami. The Herald is on life support because they are so far left (typical newspaper) that they are out of touch with their paying readers. This is garbage polling. The new Latinos from other countries that are now in Miami are much more liberal, and many of the younger generations descended from the Cuban Americans are also more liberal. But, the Cuban Americans that were conservative have remained conservative. That will not change. They have not “warmed” to the softening of relations with the Castro government.

  • Here's my opus since it is demanded of me.

    05/03/2016 6:41:11 AM PDT · 232 of 268
    Armando Guerra to Pollster1
    Trump and Cruz are more like each other than either is like Kasich/Jeb/Christie/Rubio.

    A point many need to keep in mind. I have taken a bit of a break myself from what this board has devolved to. I still think that the majority of Freepers would have been happy with either candidate but the die-hards on both sides have forgotten who the real opponent is: the big government statists in both parties and not each other. I have mostly liked what Trump and Cruz have both said on policy matters and agree that there is not much difference; but, I leaned Cruz mainly because Boehner and McConnell hated him so he had all the right enemies. Now, it appears that both are behind Cruz but I know that is just a sham to get to a contested convention. They have no intention of supporting either Cruz or Trump. At this point, however, I think that the writing is on the wall for Cruz and I hope that he realizes it before the convention and throws his support and delegates to Trump to coalesce the anti-establishment vote.

  • Ted Cruz must recuse himself on Scalia replacement (Guess why?)

    02/15/2016 3:54:46 PM PST · 41 of 49
    Armando Guerra to 2ndDivisionVet

    The Republicans need to get their talking points straight and just say that they are invoking the “Schumer rule:” No lame duck Supreme Court appointments unless it is a national emergency.

  • Vanity: Trump Must Take a Strong Stand On No Obama Appointee & No Senate Vote If He Does

    02/13/2016 4:15:21 PM PST · 6 of 87
    Armando Guerra to Stayfree
    Time for a secret meeting between Donald and Ted. Ted slow-walks his campaign, throws his delegates to Donald at the convention to avoid a GOPe brokered convention, Donald nominates Ted to the Supreme Court. Game, set, match.
  • There's More to Being President Than Deal-Making

    01/25/2016 6:27:07 AM PST · 19 of 48
    Armando Guerra to Kaslin
    the reason to be in office is not to pass legislation, but to pass what they consider good legislation

    The problem is that the vast majority of politicians are in office for themselves. They want to accomplish something, anything really, so they can point to it for re-election and perpetuate their source of power, prestige and wealth.

    Frankly, I would prefer a do-nothing Congress. No laws are better than more bad laws. My record of posts show that while I support Cruz I have been complimentary of Trump and very glad that between the two of them they have taken out the establishment Republicans. However, my biggest complaint with McConnell and Boehner/Ryan has been their willingness to accept a bad deal as opposed to no deal. Cruz is being criticized for being the one saying to just walk away from the table until you get a better deal. I hope that Trump criticizing Cruz for not being willing to strike a deal is just politics and not indicative of a proclivity to take a bad deal instead of walking away from it.

  • What the Stupid, Awful Spat Between Trump and Cruz Says About the Sad State of the GOP Primary

    01/15/2016 10:14:28 AM PST · 27 of 36
    Armando Guerra to SeekAndFind
    The real headline should be: "Trump and Cruz trade blows, Bush KO'd."

    I am disappointed at some of the hate here among Freepers between the Trumpsters and the Cruzers. I'm in the Cruz corner but am just happy to see that between Trump and Cruz the establishment candidates can't gain traction. It wasn't too long ago that Bush was the heir apparent to the RINO loser crown and he is dead in the polls. Can't we all just get along by agreeing to continue hating Bush and the rest of the GOPe?

  • Where is Ted Cruz CRBA? Shows you were ZOTTED ...

    01/12/2016 6:43:20 AM PST · 45 of 177
    Armando Guerra to Curmie
    Seriously, what is your point? You want him to prove he was born in Canada? You are asking for factual evidence of facts that are uncontroverted. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Registration of birth is not required. He is not an "illegal alien" because he is a US citizen by operation of law whether he was registered or not. That is uncontroverted. You are muddling the issues involved.

    The legal issue involved is not whether he is a citizen or an illegal alien, but rather whether he is a "natural born citizen" so as to qualify for the office of President. To that point, a good argument can be made that it requires US birth to two US citizen parents. The other side of the argument is that it means that you were a citizen at birth without having to be naturalized. The latter is the argument that has prevailed by way of precedence. For the Supreme Court to now say otherwise would be to invalidate the presidencies of Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Chester Arthur, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover and Barack Obama who all lacked two US citizen parents. Ted Cruz was a citizen at birth. He did not have to be naturalized. You may not like that interpretation of "natural born citizen" but that is what it has become. I don't agree that should be the interpretation either but I accept that is how it has been interpreted. That is the end of it. Accept it. Ted Cruz is qualified for the office and Trump is going to have to beat him on ideas and not by having him disqualified.

  • Germany on the Brink

    01/11/2016 5:49:12 AM PST · 11 of 34
    Armando Guerra to Petrosius

    There will be a push back. The question is how hard of a push back. I think Germany needs to find a bit of their nationalistic spirit but I am a bit torn because they don’t have a good track record with that.

  • Ryan Scores Dual Wins With Obamacare Repeal Vote

    01/07/2016 7:10:07 PM PST · 41 of 55
    Armando Guerra to Libloather

    Cruz’s epic speech on the Senate floor stated what this was: a show vote with no intention of really accomplishing anything conservative.

  • Doh! VIDEO OF TRUMP SAYING IN SEPTEMBER TED CRUZ WAS PERFECTLY ELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

    01/05/2016 5:34:22 PM PST · 27 of 110
    Armando Guerra to so_real
    The media is trying to pit these two against each other. Trump's statement was reasonable. Cruz's response was humorous. They are good with each other. Let's not fan the fires. (And I say that as a proud birther who does question Cruz's "pure allegiance" at birth, but will happily vote for him regardless since the democrats don't care anyway --- Obama --- and we genuine conservatives are in full revolution mode.)

    That's how I have been seeing it. They finally started to go after each other with gentle taps. Neither has hurt the other or said anything new that the media hadn't already said. In the meantime, it is all that is being hyped in the news and the other candidates are nowhere to be seen. Rather than inflicting damage to each other as the media hoped in pitting them against one another, the rest of the candidates are languishing further. Whichever candidate wins (and I am hoping for Cruz but do enjoy Trump's candidacy) I expect to see them up on the stage together congratulating the other with a smile.

  • Ted Cruz Would be a Better President than Marco Rubio

    12/17/2015 6:50:52 PM PST · 18 of 20
    Armando Guerra to 2ndDivisionVet

    Rubio took out Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meeks to become Senator. He was the best candidate running in that election. He is definitely not the best candidate here. Go home Marco.

  • RNC officials meet team Trump to discuss general election

    12/11/2015 9:01:41 AM PST · 11 of 37
    Armando Guerra to GonzoII

    Hmmm. I wonder if they told Trump they would only back him if he picks Rubio (or some other GOPe candidate) as his VP the way they foisted Bush on Reagan. Trump and Cruz are both nightmare scenarios for them. The combination would be unbearable to the establishment and they may be trying to soften the blow by getting one of their own on a potential ticket.

  • Ted Cruz's Campaign Is Using Psychological Data About You

    12/11/2015 8:54:40 AM PST · 25 of 45
    Armando Guerra to HapaxLegamenon

    My advice to my kids is that if you are not paying for it, you are not a customer. You are the product.

  • This University Already Knows Our Next President

    12/10/2015 9:20:51 AM PST · 31 of 51
    Armando Guerra to Dallas59

    They may be right. I could see a scenario where the Democrats run Sanders/O’Malley (after the Hillary indictment); the GOPe ignores the primary preferences and runs Bush/Rubio as the Republican ticket; and, Trump/Cruz bolt and go third party. The votes being 39% for the Democrats, 38.5% third party, and 22.5% for the GOPe. Then we can hear Rove and all the GOPe consultants on Fox blaming the across the board loss to the Democrats on Trump and Cruz. The college may have it right, just having left the third party out of the equation.

  • Finland’s residents may be given a monthly income of $868 – for doing nothing

    12/07/2015 1:11:53 PM PST · 41 of 57
    Armando Guerra to Teacher317

    No dispute with your point that lower taxes and much fewer bureaucrats would be better. I was just making the point that if Finland did this it would be better than what we currently have in this country with a hundred different assistance programs administered by a million bureaucrats and a strong disincentive to not work. The problem is that the progressives in power want people thinking that they can’t afford medicine, food, housing, heating, communication, transportation or education unless they vote the right party into power. Get the sheeple wholly dependent on the handouts and not realizing that if government got out of the way they actually could afford it.

  • Finland’s residents may be given a monthly income of $868 – for doing nothing

    12/07/2015 12:43:20 PM PST · 26 of 57
    Armando Guerra to markomalley

    Honestly, compared to our current system this is better. If it replaces all other benefits and there isn’t a disincentive to work it is a step in the right direction. With the system we have here, you get money for nothing but you lose it if you actually work. Why do we have so many people not working in this country (besides the Obama’s war on business)? A single parent earning $4,800 has about the same take home income as one making $21,000 because of the loss of benefits. I would rather see “here’s $1,000/mo, now go get a job” where they keep the $1,000/mo no matter what they make than “here’s a $1,000/mo, but you’ll lose it if you shovel someone’s sidewalk or try to do something productive to make any more than that.”

  • Can a man who specializes in making enemies be elected president?

    12/02/2015 8:28:22 AM PST · 27 of 170
    Armando Guerra to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
    Cruz has created the impression that he places his own ambition ahead of the interests of his country

    Funny, I got the impression that he was putting his principles and the interest of the country ahead of his own personal gain.

  • Ted Cruz is the sleeping giant in the Republican race

    12/02/2015 8:24:30 AM PST · 8 of 18
    Armando Guerra to aquila48

    My preference is Cruz, but I think your assessment is accurate.

  • CRUZ VIDEO: "Attacking Hillary on "Condom Police"

    12/01/2015 6:35:38 AM PST · 8 of 10
    Armando Guerra to VinL
    Was this the awkward part?

    "Just imagine you're Hillary Clinton...It does kind of look like Leavenworth here."

    Yeah, I guess that could be considered awkward for Hillary.

  • H-1B reform right on time

    11/24/2015 6:47:03 AM PST · 21 of 23
    Armando Guerra to central_va
    Then we will have to respectfully disagree. I do see a need, although rare, for H-1B visas to be used to meet domestic market imbalance. I gave a very real world example where, via government professional licensing issues conflicting with government requirements for providers, demand could not be met no matter what salary was being paid. The total number of licensed professionals in the US was less than the total number of openings in the US.

    Even where professional licensing is not an issue, there have been times where industry growth created a number of openings that could not be met by the domestic labor market. Hampering industry would be detrimental to the US being competitive in the world market. It is not a common situation, and the current H-1B system is too broad and open and does not adjust to true need. H-1B visas should be used to keep the US competitive by meeting shortages of high demand professionals, not to depress wages where there is already a sufficient supply.

  • H-1B reform right on time

    11/23/2015 10:57:07 AM PST · 19 of 23
    Armando Guerra to central_va

    I do think the current H-1B system is being abused. However, an H-1B is, by definition, for a professional requiring at least a 4 year degree. Do businesses have to wait 4 years for more people to get training to catch up to the demand? The smaller business will be closed by then. Your point is that there should never be an H-1B visa category. My point is that there may be a need for it, but only in very limited circumstances where the market clearly shows that there is a imbalance between the supply and the demand in that profession. I gave a real world example of that happening. My point is trying to balance the needs of business with protecting labor. Your point is just pro-labor. Bernie will appreciate your vote.

  • H-1B reform right on time

    11/20/2015 11:19:19 AM PST · 13 of 23
    Armando Guerra to ConservingFreedom
    Real H-1B reform should use the laws of supply and demand to dictate the need for additional workers. If wages for a particular profession are stagnant or falling, new workers are obviously not needed. However, if wages are rapidly rising then it shows that the supply is inadequate for the need. Lack of sufficient skilled workers could impair employers here in the US. For instance, years ago the government changed regulations requiring nursing homes to provide physical and occupational therapy. All of the sudden, it would not have mattered what you were paying there were just not enough therapists to meet the demand. The growth in wages was so rapid that only the bigger assisted living facilities could compete and the smaller ones were being squeezed out. The therapist market at that time was a heavy H-1B user. Without access to these additional workers, many smaller assisted living facilities would have closed.

    To petition for an H-1B professional visa would require that the need for foreign workers be demonstrated with rapid wage growth that considerably exceeds the overall market growth level. I haven't really thought it through fully, but I could envision a system were the Department of Labor certifies that a certain profession had an annual salary growth in excess of whatever the threshold is set at. The Immigration Service could then issue a number of visas linked to that level of growth for the profession. As an example, let's say that overall wage growth for the economy was 1% and the wage growth for "widget maker" was 3% (or 3 times the overall rate, the trigger in this example). Then and only then could visas be issued in this profession. A formula could also be set to determine the number of visas to be issued. For example, 0.1 of the growth rate times the number in the profession. If there were 1,000,000 "widget makers" then (0.1 x .03 x 1,000,000) would allow 3,000 visas for "widget makers" in this example. If the threshold wage growth level continued to be met or exceeded, additional visas as per the formula could be issued. If the wages had leveled off, then visas could no longer be issued in that profession. In this way, industries that truly face a worker shortage and have been paying wages growing at rate considerably faster than normal can continue to do business until domestic supply has caught up. However, workers in a profession where there is no great shortage and wages are not exceeding the threshold growth levels would not have additional workers brought in to depress their wages or take their jobs.

  • How Blue Zone GOP Could Veto Conservative Candidates

    11/18/2015 3:11:04 PM PST · 7 of 28
    Armando Guerra to ek_hornbeck

    Sorry for the system hiccup.