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2009-06-07 00:09:00
The main site, has a complete new design. Here is the overview from the main page: Welcome to the new I hope this site will be used by all U.S. techies, labor groups, Professionals and any other American who wants policy change and support for the high skilled American workforce. Please consider creating an account, reading the About section, user guide and try posting a comment or create a forum topic to start a discussion. We need Americans to come together and fight for our right to have job security and a decent livelihood. This site is a CMS, or content management system and has advanced web 2.0 technologies to help U.S. workers speak out and fight for their livelihood and careers. It's here for U.S. workers to help them speak up in a very loud voice that enough is enough! Our time has come! Please join us. This is the BETA version of NoSlaves. Give it a Whirl! Site features include your own blog, the ability to create your own forum topics, ...
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Is Wipro Engaging in Discrimination In the United States?
2009-05-21 10:48:00
This article really caught my eye. Indian IT service provider Wipro is increasing the number of US and European workers it employs so its customers in the regions will not stop buying from it if protectionism increases. At the launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)in February, designed to improve trade between the UK and India, IT suppliers spoke about the dangers of protectionist economic policies. Wipro, which employs 97,000, people, said it wanted to increase the number of employees outside India, and it is easier now because there are more available. Currently, about 8% of its workers are from outside India. Andy Gallagher, consultant at Compass Management Consulting, said Wipro is not alone in increasing the number of staff it has outside India. He said certain roles are traditionally provided by staff local to the customer or by people from India. "The offshore/onshore model, where you fly Indian staff over for a few months at a time,is losing its attractivene...
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When Up Against the Wall on Facts?.Play the Race Card
2009-03-09 23:07:00
Why does CNBC allow someone to come on and spewnonsense? That is the case of the below video clip. [flash n/player/id/1056896654/code/cnbcplayersha re] What is the issue? Stopping the corporate practice of firing Americans and replacing those U.S. workers with cheaper foreign guest workers. There is a fundamental divide where the issue is not immigration but simply a global cheap labor supply. That divide in immigration of any kind is when new workers are not in addition to but in place of. It's clear from this rant Wadhwa doesn't want that differentiation to be even realized. Vivek Wadhwa literally comes on this segment, with incredible fear mongering, mis-categorizes temporary foreign guest worker Visas as immigrants and also implies all of America are a bunch of xenophobes. Literally! This is the most idiotic rhetoric we've heard to date. Fortunately Dr. Ron Hira was the other guest. Hira patiently tries to present the facts o...
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Vivek Wadhwa Promotes Age Discrimination Against U.S. Workers
2009-03-05 00:07:00
Once again, we get the idiotorials and biased research trying to claim immigrants are critical to the U.S. economy. Every single time, U.S. workers are ignored, the underemployment of U.S. citizens is discounted, and most of all, the wholesale, institutionalized age discrimination that fires workers over the age of 35 and replaces them with a steady stream of cheap young labor from other countries is endorsed. In Vivek Wadhwa's constant promotion of workers who are not U.S. citizens, once again the prejudice against Americans shows: the vast majority of these returnees were relatively young. The average age was 30 for Indian returnees, and 33 for Chinese... Wadhwa is referring to the workers leaving the United States and returning to their home countries. Note the focus on the keyword young. The implication is if one is experienced, older, magically their talents are no longer worthwhile. This is age discrimination at it's best and interwoven through the United States tech...
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It Should Be U.S. Citizens Preferred on H-1B, not temporary guest workers
2009-02-20 19:03:00
Today there are a flurry of stories in the press on American workers being outraged because corporations are firing U.S. workers and keeping their temporary foreign guest workers. Guess what. Corporations have been replacing U.S. citizens, U.S. workers with temporary guest workers for quite some time now. This is not the best and the brightest or worker shortage or skills we cannot find, it is outright labor arbitrage. Corporations fire U.S. workers and replace them with guest workers because it's cheaper and also for their offshore outsourcing agendas. The scenario goes like this. A U.S. worker who is highly skilled, exceptional job performance hits say age 35. Magically a younger worker on a guest Visa needs to be trained by that experienced worker. Then, magically that U.S. worker is fired. Bloomberg and Reuters while acknowledging these corporations are keeping H-1B and L-1 foreign guest workers and firing Americans, go on and on about the plight of being unemployed for a...
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Microsoft Axes Americans - Senator Chuck Grassley Asks Why Not Temporary Gu
2009-01-26 01:26:00
Guest workers are supposed to be temporary. To fill a temporary labor shortage when there are not enough U.S. workers. Or at least that's the rhetoric. Of course the law is quite different. So, one would think that first to go in layoffs would be the temporary guest workers. Not so! Microsoft is laying off 5,000 workers and additionally none in India. Of course Microsoft lobbies for more cheap labor which displaces U.S. workers so these massive layoffs are the height of hypocrisy. [flash 8] Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter: January 22, 2009 Mr. Steve Ballmer Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond , WA 98052-6399 Dear Mr. Ballmer: I am writing to inquire about press reports that Microsoft will be cutting approximately 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months. I understand that the layoffs will affect workers in research and development, marketing, sales, finance, legal and corporate affairs, human resources, and inform...
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New DOL Secretary Solis Giving a Sign of Hope For U.S. Professional Workers
2009-01-17 02:48:00
Considering how badly corporate lobbyists have sew up the Democratic party when it comes to global labor arbitrage against working professionals, well pardon me for my skepticism. Still during the confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary Solis, this question was asked: In terms of H-1B Visas, what is your position on that? The below video clip in her answer. [flash ringH1b.flv] Folks, keep writing, speaking out and demanding your legislators pass S.1035 intact.
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Cheap Science?Scientists That Is
2009-01-09 03:41:00
Lou Dobb's Bill Tucker gives a blockbuster report on how PhDs, Post Doctoratesarebeing paid peanuts.There is also an active agenda to wage repress the nations Engineers and Scientists in research through use of the H-1B Visa program. [flash pscience.flv] The article mentioned in this report is Taken for Granted: Brother, Can You Spare a Temporary Worker Visa?
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Sponsors of More H-1B Guest Worker Visa Bills Who Lost Their Seats
2008-11-06 03:54:00
While Obama positions a notorious Corporate lobbyists' wet dream as his chief of staff, how exactly did those who sponsored H-1B or other guest worker Visa s devised to labor arbitrage U.S. citizens fare in this election? Gordon Smith [R-OR] - Sponsored S.1029 a major H-1B increase plus promoted more guest worker Visas in his campaign Lost to Jeff Merkley - Numbers to be updated John Sununu [R-NH] - Sponsored S.2839, a major H-1B and F-4 bill Lost to Shaheen, 52% to 45% Elizabeth Dole [R-NC]- Co-Sponsored S. 2868, which gave anyone a green card or Visa who simply obtained an advanced degree, a true disaster for US workers Lost to Hagan, 53% to 44% Tom Feeney [R-FL 24] - Co Sponsored H.R. 1930, yet another massive H-1B and F-4 increase against United States Professionals Lost to Kosmas, 57% to 41% Thelma Drake [R-VA-10] - Co-sponsored H.R. 1930 Lost to Nye, 52% to 48% Could there be a mandate, completely unnoticed by the Press that Americans want our representatives to ...
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Obama & McCain on Professional Workers - Bottom Line American Workers, YOU?
2008-11-02 02:06:00
There have been many misinformation posts on Barack Obama and John McCain on H-1B and F-4 Visas. Bottom line American workers, you are royally screwed by both candidates. John McCain wants to increase H-1B Visas. So does Barack Obama. Think either of them are putting U.S. workers first? Think again! Neither of them will even co-sponsor S.1035, the reforms for H-1B. L-1. Never even crosses their lips! Both McCain and Obama issue corporate lobbyist talking points that have no basis in economic reality, completely ignoring the brain drain for the United States. When U.S. workers. U.S. professionals become underemployed, labor arbitraged with all of that skill and talent sitting idle, America further inches towards third world status by refusing to invest in it's people and build up expertise from it's own citizenry. Even worse, the F-4 Visa, is a dangerous agenda for it tries to turn our entire educational system into a glorified green card machine. Imagine what will hap...
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US Workers - The Nuts and Bolts, or Screws if you will
2008-06-02 18:56:00
A just released animation video shows how US workers are displaced with guest worker Visas. Consider it a tutorial, or a validation if you will. [flash Q] From Vince Wade, Wade Multimedia
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Law Firm Sues DHS Over Illegal Expansion of Guest Worker Program
2008-06-02 06:52:00
Remember when I wrote that the DHS rule change on the OPT program was illegal? Well apparently a powerful group of attorneys thought so too and decided to take legal action. From ComputerWorld, , H-1B opponents challenge Bush administration in court: The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., by the Immigration Reform Law Institute and joined by The Program mers Guild and other groups, charges that the administration's decision in April to extend the work period for students under the Optional Practical Training provision is little more than an effort to get around the H-1B cap limit They did this with absolutely no legal basis," said John Miano, founder of The Programmers Guild in Summit, N.J. He said the federal extension will hurt U.S. workers who are seeking job training because it will divert training resources to foreign workers. "We hear over and over again that U.S. workers do not have the skills to do the job," he said. Some of the occupational areas covered...
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McCain Touts Fictional Employment Theory
2008-05-27 20:29:00
My, my, the economic theory hits just keep rolling from John McCain. First he said that Americans couldn't pick lettuce for $50/hr. Of course he thinks more bad trade deals are great for the nation. That's right, damn the evidence and the statistics as our US dollar tanks and the nation is hollowed out of manufacturing and service jobs. Now he believes by denying US citizens jobs and opportunity, displacing them with foreign guest workers, one creates jobs! Must one wonder if McCain is living in some sort of economic fantasy world! Or could it be he will only listen to corporate lobbyists and present their public relations teams talking points? Ars Technica reports Chuck Fish, former conglomerate Time-Warner executive and lawyer, representing McCain, claims: For each H1-B visa hire, 20 domestic jobs are created Ars Technica notes there is only one study that claims firing Americans and denying opportunity to Americans creates jobs. When Ars Technica requested the sour...
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Jeff Merkley and Steve Novick on Immigration
2008-05-07 00:38:00
Immigration is the 3rd rail of politics, especially for Democrats. One is guaranteed to be name called and attacked if any attempts to have a controlled immigration policy are made. In the Oregon Senate Democratic Primary, not surprisingly, finding out where the candidates stand is a hard, long dig.Like stepping through a mine field, one false move is guaranteed to be targeted by some special interest group. Let's go past the name calling hype and try to find out where they really stand and why these positions are vital to US workers. Steve Novick on Immigration: [flash g] First, Novick talks about the small business owner getting wiped out by the competition through use of cheap illegal labor. Yet in the very next sentence, he endorses the failed Comprehensive Immigration Bills! The comprehensive immigration bills were opposed by the AFL-CIO because they were loaded with guest worker Visas and were anti-labor. Jeff Merkl...
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Straight From the Horse?s Mouth - It?s about Cheap Labor
2008-04-25 06:59:00
If you can find high-quality talent at a third of the price, it's not too hard to see why you'd do this says EDS chairman Ron Rittenmeyer. So much for the talk of domestic shortages of engineers. EDS has shifted literally tens of thousands of jobs overseas. EDS owns the India-based offshore outsourcing firm, MPhasis, which uses the H-1B & L-1 visa programs to facilitate this transfer. WashTech, a local of the CWA (AFL-CIO) has an action item to demand the extension of student worker Visas be set back to it's original. If you are a Professional worker and have your own personal horror story on wage arbitrage, displacement through insourcing and/or offshore outsourcing, may we request you join Hire Americans First and add your story so the facts of how guest worker Visas are used to displace US Professionals cannot be dismissed. For your viewing pleasure, another group has made a series of you tube videos worth watching: [flash s] ...
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DHS Illegally Changes Rule to Increase Foreign Guest Workers
2008-04-08 22:51:00
Michael Chertoff, per Bill Gates and George Bush's demands, bypassed Congress and increased foreign guest workers through a ruling and executive order. No input from US workers, no votes, nothing. Even worse, Bill Gatesclaims a weakened America is a good thing! DHS Changes Rule The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released today an interim final rule extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students. The extension will be available to F-1 students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who are employed by businesses enrolled in the E-Verify program One small problem. Students graduating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors are about three times the total number of new jobs created in the United States for these majors. So now, to make matters worse, DHS increases the ability to hire foreigners, insuring more Americans cannot get a job! UI PAUL ALAMEDA,...
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Senators Grassley & Durbin Confront Firms, Stand Up for American Profession
2008-04-03 00:09:00
DURBIN AND GRASSLEY ZERO IN ON H-1B VISA DATA God bless Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley. They are asking some tough questions on H-1B and L-1 Guest worker Visas and how they are being used. For some background, H-1B guest worker Visasare atemporary, corporate sponsored method to bring in foreign labor. The program is supposed to be about supplementing the US labor force with specialty skilled professionals who cannot be found domestically. But instead, the programoften bypasses American professionals capable of performing the work desired. In other words, the H-1B guest worker visa is often used as a labor arbitrage vehicle. Labor arbitrage is a method to increase profits by squeezing wages of workers. Business Week has published a handy table showing how the biggest users of these insourcing methods (bringing in cheaper labor via guest worker Visas) are Indian firms which specialize in providing technical services at lower costs. From his press release Durbin ...
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The Bill Gates Show
2008-03-13 05:41:00
Once again, it's the Bill Gates propaganda show on Capital Hill.  This time Gates got his own personal hearing in front of the House Science Committee.  Of course our representatives fawned and flattered, despite the fact Gates was spewing lies of astounding proportions.  Like a fountain of fictional statements,  Bill Gates spouted his global labor arbitrage agenda.  Spread like rancid butter across our Unrepresentative of America Congress, most just licked their lips in Bill Gates adulation.    Let's go through some of the spin. The threat from Bill Gates:  Microsoft will offshore outsource jobs because Congress won't let us bring in unlimited cheap labor. This is an obvious lie for H-1Bs have been shown to enable offshore outsourcing and are referred to as the outsourcing Visa.   Microsoft has been moving R&D offshore for years even when they had in essence unlimited guest worker Visas.    Gates claim that 1/4ths of startups are started by immigrants...
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Oh Canada, Catching Obama on NAFTA DoubleSpeak?
2008-02-28 20:52:00
Hope, change, or is it false hope? This is must see TV, straight from CTV, a major Canadian network, who checks their sources and it's damning. They catch Obama in a bold faced lie on NAFTA. From CTV: Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada 's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources. The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value [flash ] There are two must see video reports. The first is the original story, the second is the Clinton campaign not only denying they did anything similar but encouraging CTV to investigate and out anyone even remotely affiliated with them who could be found to make such promises to not renegotiate NAFTA. [flash ] So far, it sure appears that CTV is dead on, whi...
Obama Insults A Constituent - India, H-1B and Labor Arbitrage
2008-02-25 10:43:00
Obama Pledges Partnership with India In an article he has written for India Abroad, the Illinois senator has also committed that he will encourage the active engagement and partnership of the Indian American community in "making the change we seek" in US If anyone is not aware, India is intent onobtaining more offshore outsourcing "business" and guest worker Visas to take US jobs. This isas one of their main agenda items. They claim it's simply trade. Offshore outsourcing is now ~7.5% of their GDP. Obama goes on to claim: Together, we can restore and revitalize America's innovation-based economy so that we can create jobs and meet our most pressing domestic challenges," he said. Acknowledging the prowess in IT and high technology fields of Indian Americans who have powered Silicon Valley, he said: "To succeed, we need to make use of technology, a sector where so many Indian Americans have thrived. Realize he is not talking to US workers, he is telling India they can have o...
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Hillary and Obama on Higher Education
2008-02-13 09:00:00
Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of man, - the balance-wheel of the social machinery -- Horace Mann   Unfortunately many people believe Hillary and Obama have the same policy positions. They do not actually. Here's a comparison contrast of Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's higher education policies. Higher Education policy is important not only if you are ever thinking of affording college for your self or your children, but also directly affects our economy, innovation, social justice and mobility in the United States. The plans are long and I suggest you click on the links to read the details. Highlighted below are the differences and when the policies were identical it was not included. Obama Tax Credit: $4,000, fully refundable, universal Community College Partnership Program to strengthen community colleges by providing grants to: skill analysis for jobs new trade degrees for jobs rewar...
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Hillary and Obama on Trade
2008-02-10 05:33:00
While the choices for President slim down to next to none, one might evaluate positions instead of joining the various cheer leading camps. Who, overall has the best trade, economic positions to stop this global train wreck? Firstly any groupname callingsomeone protectionist because they acknowledge the obviously massive ~5.6% GDP trade deficit, is obviously not basing their economics on anything remotely resembling reality. The reason I link to this Pro Obama groupis because they want more bad trade agreements. They assessed Obama as more of a corporate free trader than Hillary . Below are some statements from the two for easy comparison contrast. Obama Fight for Fair Trade : Obama will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs. He will use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world and stand firm against agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement that fail to live up t...
John McCain Insults Michigan with Offshore Outsourcing Ousted CEO Carly Fio
2008-01-14 08:38:00
There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore - Carly Fiorina, Jan. 7, 2004, CEO Hewlett-Packard John McCain has one hell of a rude attitude toward Michigan . McCain is campaigning with Ms. No American has a God given right to a Job ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard Carly Fiorina. Fiorina promoted offshore outsourcing, fired people right and left,turned Hewlett Packard into a shadow of it's former glory right in the middle of the last economic recession. Turn to today, Michigan has beendecimated by offshore outsourcing, insourcing, insane trade agreements and CEOs who obtain obscene amounts of money for running their companies into the ground, making bad mergers and laying off their workers. So, what does McCain do? Try to sell them on the corporate agenda claiming it's tough talk. No McCain, it's the corporate agenda and not policies for the interests of workers, Michigan or the United States of America. If it isn't insulting enough to see a Politician campaign w...
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John McCain Is Not Your Friend
2008-01-06 11:45:00
John McCain is not your friend. He's not anyone's friend when itcomes to the Corporate global agenda. From this interview, McCain proclaims: Look, globalization is the answer.... Below is a MTV interview where McCain answers questions on outsourcing and immigration - my apologies for the length and ad, MTV controls their clips; after the ad, go at least to the midway point of the video Look at this answer from McCain: I'm not going to bring jobs back to United States So, people with top tier Masters degrees, PhDs and Bachelors degrees should be retrained? Isn't that the ultimate insult? It is jobs which require high skills, advanced college degrees, which are going offshore or being insourced through guest worker Visas. So, McCain is advocating sendingthe most educated people in the world tocommunity college instead of dealing with the realities of differing wages between nations? Even more showing on how out of touch he is, McCain claims: 50k people make a living from...
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The Great Lobbyists? Propaganda Machine
2008-01-03 01:08:00
Intel corporation is laying people off. That's right, while Craig Barrett, Intel CEO, writes in the Washington Post yet anotherpropaganda piece trying to scare Americans by claiming if the United States does not import massive cheap labor, we will fail economically,Intel isbusy thrashing their workforce. No one pointed out that Intel has been in the midst of some major downsizing. From Intel's Form 10-K annual report, at the end of Dec 31, 2005 they had 99,900 employees. By Dec 2006 they had 94,100 and now according to Barrett it has 86,000. The downsizing was announced sometime last year and the plan is to cut 10,000 workers. Barrett has some chutzpah talking about shortages, but then the global wage arbitrage agenda to ultimatelyrepress wages soworkers are glorified consumer slaves knows no bounds. The Washington Post, where the wife of Bill Gates sits on the board,buried a factual retort from John Miano via a Letter to the editor: The Blue Card that Mr. Barrett sai...
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What We Didn?t Get for Christmas
2007-12-26 06:02:00
One could say all they want for Christmas is their two front teeth. But we want much more than that. We want Congress to do the right thing and pass these bills: S.1035 : H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007 (Durbin-Grassley) H.R.2538 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide greater protections to domestic and foreign workers under the H-1B nonimmigrant worker program. (Pascrell) H.R.2504 : To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the admission of L-1 intra-company transferee nonimmigrants. (DeLauro) H.R.548 : To establish a Congressional Trade Office (DeFazio) Right now any meaningful reforms on H-1B guest worker Visas cannot get any traction in Congress because Corporate lobbyists simply do not want these reforms. Why you might ask? Because it will cut into their global labor arbitrage cost cutting agenda that's why.All of these bills are both Pro US worker and help protect a H-1B visa holder from exploitation a...
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The Forgotten Ones - Stories for the rest of U.S.
2007-12-24 01:51:00
While we are barraged with consumerism, warm family reunions, red and green displays of devotion, one might ponder how the holidays are for those most affected by our ever despairing economic conditions. A tent city East of Los Angeles is springing up for those who have lost their homes in foreclosure and cannot afford to pay ...
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Dot Con Bubble, v.1.1
2007-12-20 22:21:00
(Either JavaScript is not active or you are using an old version of Adobe Flash Player. Please install the newest Flash Player.) There isn’t much to say after watching this video. Your jaw is just too lowon thefloor to speak. Bear Stearns writes down $1.9B. Morgan Stanley writes down $9.4B and sells a stake to China. Citigroup writes down $17.8B ...
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The Mitt Romney Immigration Double Speak
2007-12-18 10:28:00
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 ...
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Is Obama for Change or Just More of the Same?
2007-12-15 04:59:00
We hear much about change these days with Oprah buzzing around Barak Obama casting the magic star power spell. But my question is do you really want star power Oprah Winfrey endorsedwith slick campaign adsor do you want policy that is truly going to change America and finally stand up for our real interests? Could ...
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