Does STEM Matter Any More?

As our progressive government and it’s subservient public school system try to steer students towards college degrees in STEM subjects the Democrats are simultaneously devaluing those degrees.  Did you see the article about STEM graduates working in Wal-Mart to pay off their huge student loans?  Want to know how this administration is undermining US citizens?  The answer is H1B visas.  Conceptually companies can only request H1B workers to do jobs for which no citizen is qualified.  Some companies are using foreign contractors to bypass the intent of the visa program.  Most recently, April 24th was the last work day for IT workers at Abbott Labs as they were replaced by contract workers, some of whom are here on H1B visas.  In some cases US workers have had to agree to train their foreign replacements and not sue the company in order to get their severance packages.  Talk about adding insult to injury.  Some companies just go the direct route.  Tech giant Intel has announced a 12,000 person layoff at the same time it has requested over 14,000 H1B visas.  Could that be a coincidence?  The whole H1B visa scam began in Silicon Valley, where cheaper foreign workers replaced US workers who were conveniently labeled “obsolete”.

So why is this happening?  One is the progressives’ obsession with globalization.  US workers must compete, even if unfairly, for US jobs.  India has an education industry created solely to teach students computer programming and minimal English so they can come to the US.  This is what I described in “Undocumented Foreign Aid”, i.e., the money these high paid workers send overseas.  Another is simply the ignorance of the public that’s more concerned with the latest reality TV show than their children’s’ futures. There’s even a bit of UN Agenda 21 as this is de facto wealth redistribution.

To protect US workers I propose the following modifications to the H1B visa program:

  1. No employer shall terminate or coerce a US employee into leaving in order to replace that worker with a foreign worker, either directly or through the use of a contractor.  If an employee is terminated the position must be filled by a US worker or left open for one year.  The position cannot be eliminated and recreated with a different title to bypass this rule
  2. No employer can require a terminated employee to sign any agreement that would protect the employer from a lawsuit if the ex-employee learned that the position had been filled by a foreign worker within one year.
  3. No terminated employee (unless terminated for cause such as theft) shall be denied any promised severance package for any reason whatsoever.

I have also proposed inversely indexing the H1B visa quota to STEM unemployment and raising the cost of H1B visa holders to US employers.

Next time President Obama says “every child should learn to code” ask him “why?”.

Update:  Billionaire Zuckerberg wants even more H1B visas to replace US workers and foreign companies taking US jobs.  He’s starting with $24 million to help train Africans in computer programming.  Since he can thank the US for being so rich why doesn’t he fund retraining for US IT workers who have been displaced by foreign workers?  Since they already know computers they shouldn’t have any problem learning the latest coding techniques, and they actually speak English.

Update 2:  Hillary Clinton’s “Tech Agenda”, her plan for US technology should she win the 2016 election, would be to “staple” green cards (permanent residency) to diplomas of foreign STEM students.  More foreigners in Silicon Valley, more citizens flipping burgers.

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We are not the world’s sugar daddy either.

Foreign aid should be exactly that, aid for specific things that need fixing that countries can’t handle on their own.  It shouldn’t be a bribe for favors, routine payouts to countries that don’t need our money, or attempts to “convince” others to be like us.  We shouldn’t be running social programs in countries like China that can afford to do them on their own.  Except for humanitarian aid in the event of a natural disaster no US aid should go to nations that are openly hostile to us.

What about helping underdeveloped countries?  Help for those nations should be directed towards making the country self-sufficient, and that requires some political stability.  Countries that are locked in long term civil war or centuries-old tribal conflict must stabilize themselves before they can reach that goal.  What if most of the aid gets siphoned off by corrupt government officials or local warlords?  In some cases you may have to admit that external aid can’t help a nation until the people who live there stop killing each other.  Money cannot impose peace but it can buy more weapons of war.  Even our efforts to improve health in some nations are unwanted to the point that health care workers are murdered.  Let’s send those workers where they are wanted and bring them home alive.

2016 Update:  The president of “poor” South Africa acquired a new luxury plane for himself and up to 300 guests at a cost of around $200 million.  We gave SA $571 million last year.  We can cut $200 million from our aid next year.  Point made.

Undocumented Foreign Aid.

We’ve all heard complaints about how “undocumented workers” take US jobs and how technology companies are using H1B visas to depress wages and displace  US citizens.  Technology companies and IT departments are currently demanding an increase in H1B visa quotas even though there are US STEM graduates who are not working in their fields.  Did you ever wonder why governments of countries like India and Mexico want their citizens to come to the US so badly that they’ll even help their people to get here (other than to get rid of them)?  Do you wonder why our government goes along with it or why the socialist UN is so supportive of immigration into our nation?  It’s not just about “diversity”, it’s about dollars.

By sending billions of US dollars home these immigrants are providing their homelands with US foreign aid.

From our government’s viewpoint it is under-the-table foreign aid.  Those are billions of dollars flowing overseas that our elected officials in Congress don’t have to explain to the taxpayers.  Unfortunately those are also billions of dollars being drained from our economy that are not contributing to US growth.  Even the UN is happy because those billions of dollars represent wealth redistribution to underdeveloped nations, which is a stated objective of UN Agenda 21.

We can’t stop people from sending money overseas but we can manage immigration policies to put the US and it’s citizens first.  Start by denying the current demand for more H1B visas.  Then inversely index H1B visa quotas to STEM unemployment, i.e., as the number of unemployed STEM workers goes up the quota for foreign competitors goes down.  Secure the borders and stop all illegal immigration.  To discourage other nations from actively pursuing this under-the-table foreign aid Congress might even consider that money as part of the total foreign aid package, thus reducing the taxpayer funded portion.  The US is not the world’s sugar daddy.