On April 14th, a manufacturing forum was held with both Presidential candidates for the Democratic primary.
What is amazing is this seemingly was not broadcast on CNN, or on CSPAN. Trade and manufacturing policy area is critical to the US economy, so not covering such a forum is ....well, par for the course? Anything important is obscured, anything divisive is sure to be played over and over.
Guess who didn't even bother to show up? John McCain.
by Robert Oak, Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 04:25:14 PM EST
You are probably aware of David Sirota writing piece after piece smearing Hillary on trade. He is posting these articles everywhere on the blogs and in the main stream media. Sirota happens to be a Progressive ally so this new smear campaign is a sad, sad day for Progressives.
So, let's get to the truth shall we on Hillary's trade policy positions.
Hillary's website is god awful. There it is, I said it. So, it's harder to refute these claims because the position statements are not all in one place. I dig out many for you on the flip.
by Robert Oak, Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 09:49:41 AM EST
Now, I am no fan of either Hillary or Obama for this reason, they are both going to enable global labor arbitrage on steroids. That said, I have to point out a very sexist assumption that is truly offensive against Hillary Clinton.
What is that sexist assumption?
Hillary IS Bill
I've seen policy enacted in the Bill Clinton administration as being assigned to Hillary. Articles and articles written which assume whatever Bill Clinton wants, is endorsing, is pushing as policy agenda, then Hillary must also agree with it.
That is sexism.
Hillary is not Bill
You might be so oblivious to sexism you may not understand why assigning Bill's administration and policy positions to Hillary is an issue.
by Robert Oak, Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:56:50 AM EST
I'm no fan of Hillary. That said, I'm no fan of any candidate who presents corporate lobbyist policy on trade, economics, budget, tax policy, insourcing, labor. I'm personally desperate for someone to push hard for economic sanity that is really based on statistics, theory with the national interest, working America's interests as the beneficiaries.
I never write blog posts on anything but economics, trade and labor.
But, that said, I find something going on here in this campaign, so disgusting, so outrageous I have to say something.
Mitt Romney wants to send your job to China and if he can't do that, he wants to bring in cheaper foreign labor to displace you anyway.
While Mitt Romney trudges across Iowa blasting his opponents on illegal immigration, look at how willing he is to labor arbitrage other Americans and increase guest worker Visas! While wages and costs are some of the legitimate concerns on illegal immigration, magically, middle class professionals are perfectly acceptable for displacement!
Earlier I wrote a piece exposing Edwards history for promoting more labor arbitraging guest worker Visas, yet in a recent NPR debate he sounds like he might be realizing Americans are being displaced, or at least is feeling the heat.
This is a good thing, certainly most of Edwards positions are more in line with working America (see Clinton on H-1B and yes Obama is about as bad).
Before you go to sleep, some fairly shocking testimony proving there is no worker shortage and some additional shocking facts on how the US debt is affecting job creation as well as how current research grant awards are inversely affecting R&D!
by Robert Oak, Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 10:32:22 AM EST
Yesterday, a very popular amendment that would have funded programs for super smart kids and created college scholarships for Americans was gutted by the Conferees, yes that's our House representatives and Senators, to the H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. The amendment would increase fees on H-1B employers by $3,500. About $3,000 of this fee increase would be targeted to $15,000 scholarships in math, science, engineering, and healthcare. About $500 of the fee increase would be dedicated to the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Program.
Like swarms of locusts, Corporate lobbyists have surrounded the hill and taken legislative staffers hostage. As I type, various amendments are being renegotiated, gutted, moved around, renamed, folded in... All, all of this hush, hush last minute activity is per the demands of the Corporate Cheap Labor Lobby.
Our goal is clearly NOT TO FIND a qualified and interested U.S. worker.
It's on video, believe it or not, and even presented as a selling point to peddle their services by Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm. That's right, this group of attorneys put an entire seminar on how to screw over the American worker on YouTube. Imagine that, a seminar from lawyers on how to make sure one doesn't have to hire an American worker!