It is clear to me that the root cause of many of the economic ills of 2008 was the "government subsidy" of immigration levels about ten times greater than our nation's immigration tradition. See Roy Beck's short YouTube video here: Our Immigration Tradition
When labor markets are glutted by an alphabet soup of work visa programs and the costs of the necessaries of life are bid upwards by the tidal wave of immigration, the "banker class" are the most significant beneficiaries. The U.S. middle class and lower class are the losers in this zero-sum game
Here is a collection of some of my published writings on these topics. I'm anticipating that there will be a big push for increased immigration in 2009, since both McCain and Obama's campaigns called for increased H-1B visas, for example. I wonder out loud if the voice of the middle class will be heard over the "soft rustle of lobbying dollars."
Here are links to nine articles and LTEs that I have written regarding highly-skilled labor markets and the controversial H1-B visa program.
Corpus Christi TX Caller - Times Letters to the Editor: 09.14.08 (Lawyer - and Microsoft Lobbyist - Jack A. Abramoff's role in H-1B Visa program expansion.)
Foreign workers take jobs away from skilled Americans
Washington, DC Examiner Op-Ed 21 August 2008, page 22
Immigrants don’t "make it all work," they take work
6 August 2008 Letter to the Editor, Schenectady, NY Daily Gazette
Whose University is it Anyway?
8 February 2008 University of Buffalo Spectrum (I earned my Ph.D. there in 1984)
The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit The Social Contract
Fall 2007 (Published in January 2008)
Career Destruction Sites - What American colleges have become The Social Contract
How Not to "Solve" the Social Security Problem - Mass immigration is the wrong answer The Social Contract
I was able to get "on the record" in the case USA v Jack A. Abramoff. I attended Jack Abramoff's sentencing hearing on 4 September 2008 at the DC District Courthouse. My 110 page "Victim Impact Statement" is document #40 in the Court docket in PDF format. It was filed with the Court on 3 September 2008. A searchable PDF copy here . It is also available including Judge Huvelle's handwritten approval comment via the DC District Court's PACER website.
Please tell me what you think about these articles, particularly the newest Social Contract article, which is about the "Abramoff Visa." Thanks!
There is also a relevant Daily Kos blog posting further up the 01 January 2009 page:
Criticism of Offshoring and Outsourcing