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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Who's Hurting in the Job Market

It's obvious that jobs are a topic of major interest to most Americans. Almost every family is touched by the present high unemployment.

There is one industry where there is no recession: the government. Despite talk in the press about government budget problems, government salaries plus benefits are, on average, twice as high as in the private sector. One of the reasons why government employees are so well paid is that they enjoy the advocacy of the most powerful unions, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Government employee unions now have more members than private sector unions, and this year will spend $100 million on the upcoming elections to help the Democrats keep control of Congress and to implement Barack Obama's agenda.

The Obama Administration still refuses to take meaningful action to stop the flow into our country of illegal aliens who promptly take low-wage jobs from Americans who need them. We are told that they work only jobs that Americans won't do, but that is a big lie.

It's not only low-paid jobs that aliens take from Americans. The Census Bureau found that 34% of all software engineers are immigrants, despite the fact that 48,000 U.S. software engineers are unemployed. This is the 20th year of the H-1B program, which was supposed to admit only foreigners who can work jobs that require special expertise for which no U.S. employee can be found. From the start, this program has been a racket to allow big corporations to bring in cheap workers with limited skills to work ordinary jobs. The Times Square would-be bomber, who was only "B" student, came into the United States on an H-1B visa. We haven't heard about any bureaucrat being fired for that mistake.

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