May 122008

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“At all levels, the hunt is on for the supernational worker. Those with ‘highly global, mobile skills’ will be in demand…Some will be highly specialized technicians, and those with language skills (India) will get moved around, while those without may work from afar.” (But they work cheaper.) The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2007

When George Bush tells you that NAFTA is good for American workers, he’s lying. Three million good paying manufacturing jobs were lost to NAFTA and the trade agreement with China. Many more will be lost as corporations chase cheap labor and large profits around the world. And the American middle class will no longer exist if America’s  corporate CEOs carry out their plan to be “competitive” in a global market.

Before NAFTA, we had a constant surplus with Mexico. After NAFTA, “we have run a trade deficit with Mexico every year…” with a total of nearly a half trillion dollars by 2006.

“In Bush’s six years, America has run a total trade deficit of $2.6 trillion in manufactured goods, as 3 million manufacturing jobs have disappeared and wages in that sector have fallen 3 percent in three years.”

And, “Mexico now exports more than 900,000 vehicles to the United States every year, while the United States exports fewer than 600,000 cars and trucks to the entire world.”

American car makers have moved a significant part of their operations to Mexico where auto workers make a maximum of $3.50 per hour. In the U.S., auto workers have signed new contracts which give them much lower starting wages in some areas and an end to pension plans.  (See ‘Mexico: Helping Corporate America cut Workers’ Wages’- in this blog, archives, November 9, 2007)

To the worker, especially the American middle class worker (those of you still left), Bush, McCain, corporate CEOs and compliant members of Congress are your enemies. They want to replace you with a large pool of  non-union, global labor in order to to be “competitive” with the world. (Photo: American auto makers are moving operations to Mexico to be “competitive.”)

Bush mentions that NAFTA brings good jobs but continues policies designed to export American jobs with free trade agreements and also pushes for worker visa programs (which will import millions more foreign workers) found in so-called comprehensive immigration bills.  The result will be lower wages for all Americans.

Immigration bills over the past two years (none passed) are consistent in that they would legalize 20 million illegal immigrants (more cheap labor). The illegals would also be included in a totalization of social security agreement with Mexico, which is still waiting George Bush’s signature.

It would combine the two social security systems for workers who have earned  income in both nations. Mexican dependents of workers in the U.S. are eligible for benefits, even if living in Mexico. (And you think our social security system is in trouble now).

The goal of reducing American wages is stated clearly in the Council on Foreign Relations plan for Building a North American Community, which can be found on a U.S. Department of State website with a link (below) to the plan. According to this CFR blueprint for a merged North America:

“What we should do by 2010. To make companies based in North America as competitive as possible in the global economy, Canada and the United States should consider eliminating all remaining barriers to the ability of their citizens to live and work in the other country. This free flow of people would offer an important advantage to employers in both countries by giving them access to a larger pool of skilled labor (a larger labor pool means lower wages), and would enhance the well-being of individuals in both countries by enabling them to move quickly to where their skills are needed.”

In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to MEXICO as well, though doing so will not be practical until the wage differentials between MEXICO and its two NORTH AMERICAN NEIGHBORS have DIMINISHED CONSIDERABLY.” (CFR plan. Click here, read article, click on link at bottom, then click English version, 295k PDF, go to pp.27, 28. This plan, based on the Plan for the European Union, is still in play by the rulers of North America, including Obama. This paragraph updated Nov. 22, 2009)

That’s why Bill Gates of Microsoft lobbied Congress (successfully) to increase the number of H-1B visas for hi-tech workers from India. This is a workforce designed to replace  American workers at a lower salary. (Photo: Bill Gates and corporate America would rather not hire Americans.)

Gates wants an unlimited number of foreign workers, primarily from India. “Employees of Indian descent…make up about 15 percent of Microsoft’s 35,000 workers in the greater Seattle area” and he has made a number of changes to make them feel at home (as-in at home in India):

“Microsoft celebrated major Indian holidays this year(2007) like Republic Day in January and Independence Day (theirs) in August with on-campus events…”

The company “also opened two Indian foods stalls that operate inside the company’s cafeterias…and increased vegetarian options to suit Indian dietary needs.

And, “during the Cricket World Cup in March and April, Microsoft broadcast matches from the Caribbean via closed cicuit, available “from any television on campus.”

Indian women employees of Microsoft have even started a womens’ cricket league. One employee, Sangita Jayaraman, said that, “There are probably more women playing cricket here than in all of India.” (Photo: Two Microsoft workers in Bellevue, Washington also own an Indian grocery store.)

Singh Gulati, another employee: “Today there are  thousands and thousands of Indians working at Microsoft…Now people can feel at home at work.” (Does this give you a clear glimpse of what the future job market is for American citizens?)

Any “comprehensive immigration” bill that appears before Congress will be loaded with legislation to lower wages with foreign labor and provide amnesty for 20 million illegals now in our nation. It will consist of the same wording found in previous failed legislation, just a new name and number. The Hispanic Caucus is attempting to attach such a bill to H.R. 4088, a border security bill which is a modified version of past efforts (S. 2611 and H.R. 1645).

It may not pass this Congress. If so, they will try again next year, with help from the congressional leaders.  And the person elected president; McCain, Obama or Clinton ,will sign it without delay. A section above was updated to include Barack Obama’s administration.

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