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  • The New Vikings Stadium Is a Broken Window Metaphor Come to Life

    07/26/2016 2:15:46 PM PDT · by Sopater · 49 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/26/16 | Eric Boehm
    Friday's grand opening of U.S. Bank Stadium, the $1.1 billion new home of the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, was marred by a bit of vandalism. The façade of the new stadium was damaged last week when a vandal tossed a rock through one of the hundreds of glass panels that cover every inch of the stadium's exterior. The result: a hole big enough for a small human to crawl through, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The 10-foot-by-five-foot exterior glass panel was smashed, though an interior panel did not break.The newspaper said stadium security suspect the rock responsible for the...
  • Trump gives displaced IT workers attention, and he's not alone

    03/25/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 67 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Mar 24, 2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    [...] It's not just senators and presidential candidates who are speaking out. Displaced IT professionals are telling about their experiences of having to train their visa-holding replacements. They are raising questions, and, increasingly, they are doing so in public. The latest to do so is Craig Diangelo, a longtime employee at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) until he trained his visa-holding replacement. He was laid off two years ago and has not spoken out about the incident because of a non-disparagement clause in his severance agreement. The use of the visa at U.S. companies is an "epidemic" that has affected thousands,...
  • Confusion follows Trump flip-flop on key immigration issue

    03/10/2016 9:46:06 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 146 replies
    Mt. Vernon Register-News ^ | March 10, 2016 | Byron York
    Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary across the board, but he did particularly well with the 10 percent of voters who named immigration as the nation's top issue. In addition, some who named other issues -- the economy, national security -- were undoubtedly also concerned about immigration, and Trump's hard line likely helped him with them, too. Which is why people who follow immigration closely were stunned Thursday night when Trump, at the Fox News debate here in Detroit, announced that he has changed his position on one key element of the immigration debate -- the use of H-1B...
  • Republicans Debate Guest Workers

    03/08/2016 10:29:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | March 8, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Why do so many Republicans want to bring foreign guest workers into our country? Even when candidates say they want to "secure the borders" or crack down on illegal immigration, some Republicans just can't let go of the notion that our economy can't grow without foreign workers who supposedly do "jobs that Americans won't do." The subject exploded in the last two presidential debates, where all five candidates (Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson) made statements or have supported proposals to increase the number of guest workers. Trump and Cruz, at least, are trying to disavow their earlier positions, but...
  • Sen. Durbin calls Abbott Labs' IT layoffs 'harsh and insensitive’

    03/07/2016 6:04:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    Computer World ^ | February 29, 2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Abbott Labs, a global healthcare company, is laying off about 180 IT employees after signing an agreement with Wipro, a major India-based IT services firm, to take over some IT services. The employees were told about the planned cuts on Feb. 22; their last day will be April 22.
  • His talk of worker shortages undermines Trump's generally strong immigration stances

    03/05/2016 6:01:11 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 60 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Mar 5th 2016 | Roy Beck
    NumbersUSA has announced to the media that we have downgraded Donald Trump on our Worker-Protection Immigration Grade Cards based on his statements in the last two debates that suggest the country has a labor shortage in a couple of categories that he indicates need foreign workers.Since we began issuing the grades last spring, we have encouraged all of you to use them to push your favorite candidate(s) to improve their immigration positions.For those of you who are Trump supporters, I urge you to use the information provided in this newsletter to push Trump to improve and to stop slipping on...
  • Trump: "I’m changing it, and I’m softening the position" - what is he changing and softening?

    03/04/2016 6:45:43 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 113 replies
    March 4, 2016 | self
    He stated this morning that he wasn't talking about H-1B:"Megyn Kelly asked about highly-skilled immigration. The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration". So what WAS he talking about? What's his new position and how was his old position different? Will he ever tell us?
  • Donald Trump can’t keep his H-1B/H-2B immigration lies straight any more

    03/04/2016 8:32:02 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 69 replies
    RedState ^ | March 4th, 2016 | Moe Lane
    Short version: at last night’s debate the topic of H-1B visas* came up.  Last night Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump at the debate how he felt about temporary work visas now.  Trump said that he loved them to death, and was softening the position found on his website.  Somewhere out in the political wilderness, Senator Jeff Sessions (an H-1B visa restrictionist who is endorsing Trump solely because of Trump’s position on immigration, supposedly) immediately suffered a nosebleed from the psychic shock of this sudden, yet inevitable betrayal**.  The Trump campaign had to go out and send around an email saying, No, really, forget...
  • Trump softens H1B-visa policy during GOP debate

    03/04/2016 7:15:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/04/2016
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday he is softening his stance on visas for highly-skilled workers. “I’m changing. We need highly-skilled people in this country,” Trump said during the Fox News Republican debate in Detroit. “If we can’t do it, we will get them in.” Trump’s stance toward awarding H1-B visas is different from the one he takes on his campaign website, which argues that more visas for highly-skilled foreigners would “decimate American workers.” “One of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges … as soon as they’re finished, they get shoved out. They want...
  • TRUMP: "Outsourcing Creates Jobs in the Long Run"

    03/02/2016 5:39:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 142 replies
    The Trump Blog ^ | August 29, 2005 | Donald J. Trump
    The Trump Blog Ideas & opinions from Donald Trump and the TrumpU faculty The Real Estate Investor Training Program Outsourcing Creates Jobs in the Long Run by Donald J. Trump Chairman, Trump University We hear terrible things about outsourcing jobs--how sending work outside of our companies is contributing to the demise of American businesses. But in this instance I have to take the unpopular stance that it is not always a terrible thing. I understand that outsourcing means that employees lose jobs. Because work is often outsourced to other countries, it means Americans lose jobs. In other cases, nonunion employees...
  • Trump: I Hired Foreigners to Do Jobs Americans Wouldn't Do

    02/26/2016 6:43:32 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 26, 2016 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    Following Thursday's Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump discussed an instance in which he had to hire foreign workers. "It's almost impossible to get help. And part of the reason that you can't get American people—you know, they want full-time jobs. This is a 4-month 5-month job." Watch the full clip here: ...
  • Laid Off Disney Worker Breaks Down in Tears Before Senate Panel

    02/25/2016 2:08:43 PM PST · by Wilderness Conservative · 67 replies ^ | 2/25/16 | Caroline May
    A Disney IT worker who was laid off and replaced by foreign workers along with hundreds of his colleagues broke down in tears before a Senate panel Thursday while telling his story. “During the holiday season of 2014, I was sent a meeting invitation by a prominent Disney executive. With an excellent review in hand along with company announcements of record profits my mind buzzed with thoughts of a promotion or a bonus,” Leo Perrero, the former Disney worker testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. “I walked into a small conference room with about two...
  • Bill Coleman, CEO of Veritas, you are a traitor to the beliefs that America was founded on…

    02/23/2016 2:04:52 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 30 replies
    Keep America At Work ^ | February 19, 2016 | Virgil Bierschwale
    Have you forgotten this belief that allowed you to get to the level that you are at? life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Why are you doing your best to destroy this by denying your own countrymen the opportunity to be all that they can be? "The entire Silicon Valley believes that the H-1B visa policy needs to be dramatically expanded," Bill Coleman CEO of Veritas told in an interview."We can't hire enough good people. They are just not...
  • Paul Ryan Shows Startling Ignorance Of Disney [H-1B] Layoffs Story

    02/17/2016 12:00:34 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/2016 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated Wednesday he thinks Disney's decision to fire American workers last year and force them to train their foreign replacements is about offshoring.The story of the layoffs grabbed national attention and resulted in a federal investigation into businesses accused of using the H-1b visa program to import foreign workers at the expense of equally qualified American workers. But Ryan indicated he thinks the story is about offshoring American jobs in an interview with talk radio host Laura Ingraham Wednesday. "Let's clean up our tax laws so Disney doesn't make moves like that," Ryan said when Ingraham brought up the...
  • Dem. Senator Calls for Investigation into Alleged H-1B Visa Abuse at Eversource Energy

    02/10/2016 9:36:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Feb 2016 | Caroline May
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is calling for a Justice Department investigation into allegations that a northeastern utility company fired hundreds of workers and forced them to train their less expensive foreign replacements. In a story that has become more common, Eversource Energy has been accused of contracting with outsourcing firms to import lower-paid, foreign workers on H-1B visas to replace their American information technology staff. In the process, the 200 workers who lost their jobs were allegedly made to train their replacements and remain silent about the matter."I am greatly concerned about whether Eversource has violated current law," Blumenthal wrote...
  • Rubio's [H-1B] Immigration Plan Will Only Cause Suffering For Americans

    02/09/2016 2:07:28 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Overpasses For America ^ | February 8th, 2016 | Mark Thies
    I first met Sen. Marco Rubio at a Republican fundraiser in 2014 where he was the featured speaker."Hi, my name is Mark Thies", I said. "I'm an Engineering Professor at Clemson.""Engineers!", he said. "Boy, we sure need a lot more of them, don't we!"I shook my head in wonder at his comment. Indeed, if you get your news from the mainstream media you might think there's a big shortage of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The truth, however, is quite different. For example, Clemson's engineering enrollment has reached almost 5,300 students - an 80 percent increase since 2008! In my...
  • Americans are losing jobs to a visa program [H-1B]. Can it be fixed?

    02/04/2016 8:26:52 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 52 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 3, 2016 | Schuyler Velasco
    [...] Its supporters, including the Obama administration, have touted the H-1B as a way to inject highly sought-after skills into the US talent pool. But more often, critics say, big companies exploit it to reduce labor costs, leaving more and more skilled American tech workers out of a job. "There are literally tens of thousands of American workers who have trained their foreign replacements," says Ronil Hira, a public policy professor at Howard University and a leading authority on H-1Bs. "And the workers being imported have no more than ordinary skills that are abundantly available in the US." [...] it...
  • Chinese national pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets [got in with H-1B visa]

    01/28/2016 8:06:34 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 15 replies
    KWQC-TV ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jeff Whitten
    A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal trade secrets after investigators say he stole valuable intellectual property from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto. On January 27, 2016, 46-year-old Mo Hailong, also known as Robert Mo, admitted to participating in a long term conspiracy to steal trade secrets from the U.S. agricultural companies. Court records say Hailong participated in the theft of inbred corn seeds from fields in the Southern District of Iowa for the purpose of transporting the seeds to China. The stolen inbred, or parent, seeds were the valuable intellectual property of DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto. During...
  • Tech workers file lawsuits against Disney over H-1B visas

    01/26/2016 12:14:25 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/25/16 | Sandra Pedicini
    <p>The lawsuits were filed in federal court, in the Middle District of Florida, by Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, who were among 250 Disney tech workers laid off about a year ago. The lawsuits seek class-action status.</p> <p>Defendants include HCL Inc. and Cognizant Technologies.</p>
  • Group Releases Ad Slamming Replacement of U.S. Workers with Foreign Labor

    01/20/2016 9:47:51 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 20, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    A native-born employee at Disney who was fired spoke out against abuse in the H-1B visa program, explaining how he was replaced by cheap foreign labor, in a new ad campaign produced by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.Last year, Disney World fired 250 American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign workers, through the H-1B visa program.One of those displaced American workers was Leo Perrero who said he and his co-workers were shocked and surprised when they heard the news that they were being fired."We thought we were being brought in to be delivered news of accolades, bonuses, and...
  • Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate

    01/19/2016 12:47:48 PM PST · by Nervous Tick · 359 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2016 | Timothy Kama
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ought to follow the ethanol volumes Congress set in 2007. “The EPA should ensure that biofuel ... blend levels match the statutory level set by Congress under the [renewable fuel standard],” Trump said. The mandate is popular in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses.
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad: Cruz must be defeated

    01/19/2016 11:03:16 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 150 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/19/2016 | Eliza Collins
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad would like to see Ted Cruz defeated, he said on Tuesday. The Iowa governor, whose powerful network of supporters is a prized political commodity, was speaking to reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Branstad's son Eric is leading efforts to portray the Texas senator as hostile to ethanol, a narrative Cruz has been trying to stifle in recent weeks. Asked if he'd like the Texas senator to lose, Governor Branstad said, "Yes." "I think it would be very damaging to our state," he continued, according to Iowa's Channel 13 news. "I believe it would be...
  • Wipro to hire more workers in US to offset hike in H-1B visa fees

    01/19/2016 10:22:42 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    The American Bazaar ^ | January 18, 2016
    India's top software services firm Wipro said the recent H1B visa fee hike by the US will have a "large impact running into multi-million dollars", on Monday. The company will try to hire more locals in the US to offset the impact. "It is a large impact running into multi-million dollars for Wipro and also I'm sure for similar such organizations, and it will have meaningful impact on our operating margins. Once we start applying for that, we will disclose those numbers," Wipro chief financial officer Jatin Dalal told reporters in Bengaluru, reported the Press Trust of India. "...this is...
  • Why Good Jobs Are Too Few, Wages So Poor

    01/08/2016 8:58:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 8, 2016 | By Peter Morici
    The future lies in educating Americans, not to be angry about false injustice or an omnipresent state, but rather to build and teach the machines that will do the work that has burdened humanity since the first branch was shaped into a hunting implement. Without young people trained and encouraged to do that sophisticated work, the locus of prosperity will permanently shift from America to Asia, where pragmatic leaders urge children to study engineering, not the superstitions peddled by pious academics and deceitful politicians.
  • Convicted Baby/Grandma Killer [in U.S. on H-1B visa] Loses Bid to Charge Detective With Fraud

    01/08/2016 7:46:03 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 8 replies
    India West ^ | January 7, 2016 | SUNITA SOHRABJI
    Raghunandan Yandamuri, who killed an Indian American 10-month-old baby and her grandmother in 2012 in Pennsylvania during a botched kidnapping attempt, lost his bid Jan. 6 to charge a detective involved in his case with fraud. On Oct. 10, 2014, before being sentenced to death for the gruesome killings, Yandamuri told Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill: "I don't want this hearing. I would rather take the death penalty." O'Neill sentenced Yandamuri to die by lethal injection. A day earlier, jurors convicted the 27-year-old of two counts of first degree murder for killing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and...
  • Industry, Universities, Hide Workforce of 100,000 Extra Foreign White-Collar H-1B Employees

    01/05/2016 11:27:15 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Jan 2016 | Neil Munro
    Industry executives and university advocates have successfully duped nearly every reporter, editor and anchor nationwide about the scale and purpose of the H-1B professional outsourcing program. The journalists–and Americans-have been kept in the dark while universities and many allied name-brand companies have quietly imported an extra workforce of at least 100,000 lower-wage foreign professionals in place of higher-wage American graduates, above the supposed annual cap of 85,000 new H-1Bs. Less than one-sixth of these extra 100,000 outsourced hires are the so-called "high-tech" computer experts that dominate media coverage of the contentious H-1B private-sector outsourcing debate. [...] The American professionals who...
  • How Cruz Wins New Hampshire, and the Nomination

    01/04/2016 8:27:35 PM PST · by Isara · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2016 | Fritz Pettyjohn
    It’s the ethanol, Sherlock....For if he wins Iowa, he will have defeated the ethanol lobby. And beating Big Corn on its home turf is what can propel him to a win in New Hampshire.People in New Hampshire hate ethanol. Ethanol is corrosive, it destroys engines. If ethanol-laced gasoline is more than a couple months old, it can't be used in high performance small engines. It is hydroscopic, attracting water, another problem with performance.A lot of guys have a personal problem with ethanol. Go to any tavern in New Hampshire and you'll hear an earful. There's nothing worse than getting all rigged out with your chain saw, ready to...
  • Cruz/Sessions bill would stop sneaky Obama sabotage of skilled U.S. workers

    12/31/2015 8:29:03 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 56 replies ^ | December 31, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Heads-up, America.President Obama is dropping a New Year's Eve bomb on the nation's best and brightest workers.It was top-headlined on the Drudge Report late Wednesday night with a link to Neil Munro's report at New Year's Surprise: Obama Regulation To Give Work-Permits To Foreign College-Graduates As the nation prepares to ring in the New Year, President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress.This executive action, which directly bypasses Congressional lawmakers, is likely to reverberate...
  • New Year’s Surprise: Obama Regulation To Give Work-Permits To Foreign College-Graduates

    12/30/2015 6:45:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30th, 2015 | by Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security wants to give white-collar work-permits to a huge new group of foreign college-graduates, despite the large number of American graduates now stuck in lower-wage jobs, and struggling to pay off college debts. The proposed new regulation, due to be published Dec. 31, will dramatically up the annual inflow of foreign college-grads allowed to take jobs in the United States — and will also make each foreign graduate much more valuable to U.S. employers than many U.S.-born college grads. “Obama has gone the Full Monty to bust the immigration system,” says immigration lawyer John...
  • This Is a Real Reason Why Middle-Class Incomes Remain Stagnant

    12/30/2015 9:11:27 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 54 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/30/2015 | Phyllis Schlafly/The Eagle Forum
    H-1B visas are used by large corporations to bring into the United States cheap foreign workers who typically have college degrees. Corporations like this because they can control these foreign workers, and keep wages low for Americans by hiring foreigners. H-1B visas are a big reason why real wages in our country have not increased for the average worker. Each year, companies are allowed to import 65,000 new hires from foreign countries, plus another 20,000 who have received a degree from an American university. The result over the past decade has been to staff corporations with hundreds of thousands of...
  • Cruz Says He'd Tap Jeff Sessions for His Cabinet

    12/28/2015 8:19:45 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 72 replies
    WwntRadio ^ | December 28, 2015 | Carrie Doyle
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is lending his significant credibility to Senator Ted Cruz in a spat with Senator Marco Rubio, after the two presidential candidates tangled over their respective records on the issue of immigration. Cruz opposed a path to citizenship, a position remarkably close to Jeb Bush's 2013 in a book Bush co-authored, "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution". RUBIO: Does Ted Cruz rule out ever legalizing people that are in this country now? Rubio has also hit Cruz over an amendment that would have massively increased the number of H-1B guest worker visas - a proposal that could...
  • Malkin: Open-borders money backs Rubio

    12/27/2015 12:57:15 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Political analysis of the Las Vegas debate immigration dust-up between Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio is missing a key ingredient: the money factor. You can read the lips of the candidates till the cows come home. But you'll get to the truth much faster when you learn where pro-amnesty power brokers have placed their bets and hitched their wagons. Rubio's brazenly fraudulent campaign to paint Cruz as soft on illegal immigration is a flabbergasting attempt to distract from the Florida junior senator's faithful allegiance to the open-borders donor class. Here's what you need to know: Facebook, Microsoft and Silicon...
  • Paul Ryan’s Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign Workers

    12/24/2015 10:13:32 AM PST · by Rockitz · 96 replies ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | Julia Hahn
    In a Tuesday morning interview with radio host Bill Bennett, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended his omnibus bill’s controversial expansion in the H-2B visa program, which would allow foreign workers to fill blue-collar American jobs, by arguing that if the provision were not included, American companies would be forced to shut their doors. Bennett pressed Ryan on the details of the H-2B visa expansion, slipped 700-pages into Ryan’s 2,009-page omnibus spending bill—asking Ryan directly, “Do you believe there are not enough Americans to fill these jobs?” In response, Ryan described the H-2B visa expansion as “a very small, discrete provision.”...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Why His Position on H1-B Visas Has Changed (VIDEO)

    12/23/2015 7:45:48 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 34 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/23/2015 | Leon Wolf
    I had the opportunity to sit down yesterday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% at a campaign event in Nashville and ask him several questions. One of the questions I asked was whether Senator Cruz still supported expanding the H-1B visa program, as he has in the past. Senator Cruz indicated that he no longer does, and you can see his explanation here: Transcript: RedState: Senator, I think the path to legalization issue has been beaten to death and I won't go over it again. One of the things you have supported in the past is raising the ceiling on...
  • U.S. expects drop in programming jobs, but gains in IT jobs overall

    12/22/2015 8:23:35 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 26 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says IT jobs will grow 12% over the next decade, except for programmers. That occupation will shrink as more work is shifted to lower wage countries, according to the government. [...] Software developers, the largest occupational group in IT, which employs 1.11 million, will increase by 17% or 186,600, over this period. Programmers are focused on coding and implementing requirements, and that's why they may be more susceptible to offshoring, in contrast to software developers who may be more engaged with the business, analyzing needs and collaborating with multiple parties. In IT occupations...
  • Limbaugh, Levin Weigh In On Trump's Flawed Ethanol Stance

    12/19/2015 7:49:48 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last week I brought up the sticky question of how King Corn was investing big dollars in going after Ted Cruz over his rejection of government subsidies for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard and the fact that Donald Trump had taken a very different position on the subject. In fact, he not only seemed to come out in favor of ethanol subsidies, but used that as a line of attack against Ted Cruz. (One of the only candidates to consistently be on the right, conservative side of this question.) Well, I wasn't the only one to notice this. Two...
  • Iowa voters have given up on ethanol; presidential candidates are following suit

    12/17/2015 11:43:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2015 | Evan Halper
    The fortunes of the wonder fuel that promised to help clean the environment, secure America and save small family farms have steadily dwindled as environmentalists, food advocates and auto enthusiasts sour on its promise. Now that fuel, corn-based ethanol, finds itself threatened with a defection that was once unthinkable: Iowa voters. The electorate here in the early voting state often defined by its vast expanses of corn has long demanded that candidates pledge allegiance to government production mandates for millions of gallons of ethanol, the homegrown product. But as the 2016 White House hopefuls traverse the state, they are seeing...
  • Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions Roll Out Antidote To Broken H-1B Program: American Jobs First Act

    12/11/2015 7:32:15 AM PST · by VinL · 112 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 12/11/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)82%together are promoting new legislation to reform the H-1B visa program, after scores of abuses by companies including Disney, Southern California Edison and more. The bill, the American Jobs First Act of 2015, is essentially an antidote to the woes of the H-1B program. The bill, which represents a crackdown on immigration program abuses by special interests, has several components. First, it requires companies that use H-1B workers to pay such visa holders “either what an American worker who did identical or similar work made two years prior to the...
  • Another US bill to tighten H-1B issue [cut by 15,000 - prefer higher wages]

    12/09/2015 10:23:36 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 23 replies
    Business Standard ^ | December 9, 2015
    Within a month, another bill has been introduced in the US Senate to cut the number of business (H-1B) visas. Co-sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (Democrat) and Jeff Sessions (Republican), it proposes cutting the number of such visas by 15,000, giving priority to the highest wage earners during the selection. The H-1B visa programme was created by the US legislature in 1990, to allow specialised workers to enter for taking up jobs in segments where there is a shortage of people. It is a non-immigrant category, meant to allow employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in speciality occupations. At present,...
  • Different Guest Worker Programs, Same Outcome for American Workers: No Jobs

    12/07/2015 12:30:48 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Dec 4th 2015 | Jeremy Beck
    An investigative report on H-2 visa programs shows that the displacement of U.S. workers isn't limited to the tech industry but is a feature of guest worker programs for both high and low-wage workers.In "All You Americans Are Fired," the investigative reporting team of Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger, and Jeremy Singer-Vine at BuzzFeed News tell the stories of Americans on the lower-rungs of the economic ladder who are losing job opportunities as employers avoid them in favor of guest workers.Although their socio-economic backgrounds are different, these workers share strikingly similar experiences with American tech workers also displaced as a result of guest worker programs.The Goal Is...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Highway Bill Is Irresponsible (with Ex-Im Bank)

    12/05/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies ^ | December 4, 2015
    Ex-Im Bank board still lacks a quorum to approve multimillion dollar, taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for big business WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday voted against the $281 billion, five-year highway bill that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, a quintessential example of cronyism and corporate welfare. Using various budget gimmicks and one-time revenue raisers, this bill guarantees an even larger shortfall in 2020 when the next highway bill comes up. Sen. Cruz issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage in the Senate:“Last night, sadly, the Washington Cartel reversed one of the few fiscal conservative victories achieved with this...
  • Book Review: ‘Sold Out’, by Michelle Malkin and John Miano

    12/03/2015 8:11:34 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Dec 2015 | John Hayward
    [...] Malkin, who has the authorial voice throughout most of the book, describes the vaunted H-1B visa program as "the grandfather of all American worker sellouts," implemented by "political tricks, Beltway influence peddlers, and legislative corruption behind the program." Open-borders ideologues and special interests desperate for cheap labor have so thoroughly obscured the issue that even many immigration skeptics don't realize there are many other programs for VIP immigrants... and, as Malkin shows, all of them are outrageously abused. The easiest immigration myth to destroy is the absurd contention that America lacks enough native STEM graduates and computer experts to...
  • Ted Cruz Is Anti-Ethanol-Mandate, but Iowans Like Him Anyway

    12/01/2015 7:10:28 PM PST · by Isara · 48 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | December 1, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    Ted Cruz's need to keep women barefoot and pregnant -- among other of his draconian politicies -- turned me off his presidential campaign long ago. But whatever you say about the Texas senator, the man has a king-size backbone. Ted Cruz in Iowa Cruz, fearless attack dog for ending the ethanol mandate in the U.S. gasoline supply, stayed true to his principles -- yes, even while campaigning in the belly of beast, in the middle of the Hawkeye State, corn-based ethanol capitol of the world.And there it was, just hours after the Obama administration released its (failed) plans to boost...
  • Iowa Ethanol Backers Take Direct Aim at Cruz

    12/01/2015 3:36:47 PM PST · by Isara · 54 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen Ted Cruz gives a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Miller) As Ted Cruz's stock rises in Iowa, he is increasingly finding himself in the crosshairs of one of the corn-growing state's most powerful lobbies: the ethanol industry. The latest sign of that arrived Tuesday, when ethanol supporters announced an ad campaign against the Republican presidential candidate accusing him of favoring the oil industry — a major part of the economy in his home state of Texas — over farmers in the first-in-the-country caucus state. The offensive,...
  • Cruz denounces boost in ethanol during Q-C stop (Quad City, IA)

    12/01/2015 11:19:30 AM PST · by Isara · 37 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | December 1, 2015 | Jack Cullen
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks to a wall-to-wall audience at a town hall meeting Monday at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion in Bettendorf. (Louis Brems, QUAD-CITY TIMES) Hours after the Obama administration on Monday announced plans to boost the amount of corn-based ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz denounced the move during a stop in eastern Iowa."God has blessed America with abundant natural resources and we ought to be producing everything ... but it shouldn't be Washington picking winners and losers," Cruz told reporters following a town hall stop in Bettendorf.In the past, Cruz has...
  • Trump VS the "Establishment"-He's Got'em Right Where He Wants'em-Stammering, Stuttering and Lost

    11/27/2015 7:09:12 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 11-26-2015 | sundancem
    Trump VS the "Establishment" - He's Got 'em Right Where He Want's 'em - Stammering, Stuttering and Lost Posted on November 26, 2015 by sundance The Washington Post writes about how the traditional influenciers of all things republican are choosing to back away from prior plans to attack Donald Trump. … […] The political network backed by the billionaire Koch brothers has no plans to take on Trump. American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by strategist Karl Rove, is steering clear and fixated on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton instead. Right to Rise, the super PAC backing Jeb Bush, is not...
  • Washington Post: How anti-immigrant attitudes are fueling support for Donald Trump

    11/25/2015 5:16:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/2015 | By Michael Tesler
    Political commentators have asserted for months that Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican presidential field is fueled by his anti-immigrant rhetoric. As Thomas Edsall put it: Donald Trump's success is no surprise. The public and the press have focused on his defiant rejection of mannerly rhetoric, his putting into words of what others think privately. But the more important truth is that a half-century of Republican policies on race and immigration have made the party the home of an often angry and resentful white constituency -- a constituency that is now politically mobilized in the face of demographic upheaval. This...
  • Secure the Border to Protect American Interests (Ted Cruz's OpEd)

    11/20/2015 5:36:05 PM PST · by Isara · 21 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 20th, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    Last week I introduced a bold immigration plan to secure the border, restore the rule of law, and reform legal immigration in a way that protects Americans. My plan safeguards Americans’ jobs and fortifies our national security. Just hours after I announced the plan, the need to secure the border became all the more evident as ISIS coordinated multiple, gruesome attacks on Paris and Beirut.I have stood with millions of Americans who understand the dangers of a porous national border, the foolhardiness of President Obama’s amnesty, and the lunacy of accepting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. Americans see the...
  • H-1B reform right on time

    11/20/2015 9:30:32 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2015 | Ian M. Smith
    Last week, a bipartisan pair of senators, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), introduced a pro-American H-1B reform bill aimed at ending the chronic abuses of the long-compromised guest-worker program. The timing could not have been better. Not only has the New York Times just begun a new series of reports on H-1B abuse, but also just released is Michelle Malkin's latest tour de force Sold Out which skewers the program and looks to be one of the more important books this presidential cycle. Even traders on Wall Street think the Grassley-Durbin bill's serious. H-1B outsourcer Tata Consulting declined...
  • How Ted Cruz Became a Jeff Sessions Republican

    11/18/2015 6:41:14 AM PST · by Isara · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | November 18, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Cruz has long supported higher levels of legal immigration. When he cited concerns over wages and subsequently backtracked on increasing the levels of guest workers and legal immigrants, many saw a new policy intended to appeal to Republican grass roots, but also the influence of the Senate's foremost immigration hawk. The controversial argument that immigrants, both legal and illegal, are depressing the wages of the lower and middle class has become something of a calling card for Alabama senator Jeff Sessions. Over the past decade, his office has essentially served as ground zero for the war against comprehensive immigration reform...