Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What is “Feminist Biology”?

The University of Wisconsin at Madison has decided to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in something called “feminist biology.” It’s not clear what feminist biology involves. The university says that the program “aims to develop new theory and methods in biology that reflect feminist approaches.” It will focus on gender-related research and educate young scientists about gender bias.

No evidence of engineering labor shortage

Several professors write a USA Today op-ed:
Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage.

Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a "shortage" of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. This claim is echoed by everyone from President Obama and Rupert Murdoch to Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

Yet within the past month, two odd things occurred: Census reported that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job, and Microsoft announced plans to downsize its workforce by 18,000 jobs. Even so, the House is considering legislation that, like the Senate immigration bill before it, would increase to unprecedented levels the supply of high-skill guest workers and automatic green cards to foreign STEM students.

As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.

Stagnant wages

If a shortage did exist, wages would be rising as companies tried to attract scarce workers. Instead, legislation that expanded visas for IT personnel during the 1990s has kept average wages flat over the past 16 years. Indeed, guest workers have become the predominant source of new hires in these fields.

Those supporting even greater expansion seem to have forgotten about the hundreds of thousands of American high-tech workers who are being shortchanged — by wages stuck at 1998 levels, by diminished career prospects and by repeated rounds of layoffs.

The facts are that, excluding advocacy studies by those with industry funding, there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Maybe It’s a War on Boys

There’s been a lot of talk about the War on Women, but when it comes to school, women are doing just fine. It’s our boys we should worry about. The New York Times recently reported on a study that highlights the struggles boys face in school. According to the study, girls enter kindergarten with better social and behavioral skills, and they maintain this advantage throughout elementary school. By eighth grade, 48% of girls receive A’s and B’s, while only 31% of boys reach that standard. This trend continues into college, where women outnumber men and often outperform them.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Not like Goldwater

George F. Will writes:
Today, in this state where one in eight Americans lives, and where Democratic presidential candidates can reap 55 electoral votes without spending a dime or a day campaigning, the Republicans’ gubernatorial candidate has an agenda and spirit similar to Goldwater’s. Neel Kashkari is not, as some careless commentary suggests, an anti-Goldwater, diluting the state party’s conservatism. He is Goldwater 2.0, defining conservatism a half-century on.
I looked at Neel Kashkari's web site, and I had a hard time finding anything conservative. He voted for Barack Obama in 2008. His biggest claim to fame is that he was an advocate of huge banking bailouts at the Treasury Dept. in 2008. His support seems to come mainly from anti-Tea-Party factions who like him because he is a symbol of excessive and irresponsible government spending programs and favors to private business interests.

Gov. Jerry Brown is a leftist Democrat, but at least he believes in only spending money that the government has.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rick Santorum — Blue Collar Conservatives: An America That Works

Millions of blue-collar voters stayed home last election day. Why? Don't miss this conversation about elections and America's future with former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

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