Such is this week's White House jobs agenda.
You're not going to believe this. Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness want to make it easier to let people enter the nation as a jobs program. This time the agenda is masked as tourism.
Somehow that will create jobs, especially those career building maids and taxi drivers tourism jobs. If our immigration system was more open, clearly tourists would flock to the U.S. with such great adventures like taking a tour of America's abandoned factories and homes.
This latest claim that somehow our immigration system is reducing tourism dollars is a sham. This is all about revising the U.S. Visa system. This is yet more spin,labor economic fiction to get more foreign guest workers into the country. Foreign guest workers are used to displace U.S. workers.
Even worse, while these same cats offshore outsource your job, they are promoting retraining, trying to claim Americans just don't have the skills. Gee wiz, they had the skills just a few years ago, before you fired them and shipped their job to China!
That's our jobs program. People who already have the skills, can pay for a certificate to say they can work in manufacturing now. What a joke! We have lost millions of jobs due to bad trade deals, and this is the response, to train Americans in some community college when those very Americans already have the skills.
Here is a quote from Obama's weekly address:
The good news is, when it comes to job-creation and economic growth, there are certain things we know we can do. Now, government is not – and should not be – the main engine of job-creation in this country. That’s the role of the private sector. But one thing government can do is partner with the private sector to make sure that every worker has the necessary skills for the jobs they’re applying for.
On Wednesday, I announced commitments by the private sector, colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers that will make it possible for 500,000 community college students to get a manufacturing credential that has the industry’s stamp of approval. If you’re a company that’s hiring, you’ll know that anyone who has this degree has the skills you’re looking for. If you’re a student considering community college, you’ll know that your diploma will give you a leg up in the job market.
Ok, so you're going to have to pay for the skills you already have to apply for a non-existent job that you do not have....because they moved manufacturing....to China. Folks, there used to be something called on the job training and place your bets people in China are not having to pay to learn a skill on the promise of a potential job.
Even worse, it is well documented that immigration is used to displace U.S. workers, in particular high technology workers. So, what does Obama want to do? Why flood the market with more immigration, more H-1B Visas, more L-1 Visas and even turn our higher educational system into a glorified green card ATM. This will guarantee more worker displacement, especially in jobs which can support a family. We already have massive age and sex discrimination in these fields.
By year-end we also will have looked at and made recommendations on building and improving systems for national competitiveness, including R&D investment, tax policy, visa reform and high-skilled immigration, as well as applying business concepts (like the Lean Six Sigma approach) to regulatory processes. Some of these ideas, by their nature, require bipartisan legislation and therefore may take longer to move forward, but they are all critical.
This is what happens when one puts G.E. in charge of jobs. G.E. has been a notorious offshore outsourcer of U.S. jobs. You even get brazen lies like this:
Train workers for today's open jobs. There are more than two million open jobs in the U.S., in part because employers can't find workers with the advanced manufacturing skills they need.
Just unbelievable, they are pushing the very agenda items which has lost Americans not only millions of jobs, but their income, and sent more and more into poverty.
Next time you hear America needs to be competitive, realize this is a corporate public relations buzz phrase to mean more labor arbitrage, more outsourcing, more wage repression and more bad trade agreements. In other words, competitive just means these multinationals want to run amok around the globe, squeezing workers and destroying middle classes like a vacuum hose in your pocket.
Jobs? Nah, they ain't interested in those, at least not in the United States.
The only people who do not realize there is a jobs crisis are those who need to join a 12-step program. Yet the denial and refusal to implement policies that would actually create jobs is ongoing.
If you wish to be ill, watch this video of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. I kid you not. Literally they are presenting lobbyist spin as fact and not blinking an eye....to the President of the United States.
As these corporations spin, they have doubled their investments overseas:
Seven publicly traded U.S. corporations represented on President Barack Obama’s advisory council for jobs and competitiveness -- including General Electric Co. (GE) and Intel Corp. (INTC) -- have devoted a growing pool of their non-U.S. earnings to investments in other countries.
As a group, multinational companies with current or former chief executive officers on Obama’s jobs council have, over the past four years, almost doubled the cumulative amounts they’ve reinvested overseas, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
By doing so, companies may be able to take advantage of faster-growing markets or lower production costs, and they can defer U.S. income taxes on profits from overseas sales. Underscoring the difference between corporate interests and the national interest, they’re also investing money elsewhere that could be helping the U.S. economy, said former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
As noted by Virginia representative Wolf:
GE created a lot of jobs last year. They were not in America. Those jobs need to come home to America.
In fact Wolf and Senator Warner are trying to offer a real job creation incentive in the United States, a loan to hire Americans:
The loan program would offer up to $5,000 for each new manufacturing or technology job created in targeted areas. The loan would have to be repaid if that job is not maintained for at least five years.
That is the way to create jobs. One must tie everything, tax incentives, profits, costs, even being able to operate in the United States at all...to a job, for citizens of this nation. There are many other policies one could do to create jobs. They could ban the offshore outsourcing of federal and state contracts. Ban the use of guest workers by the federal and state government. They could confront China on currency manipulation, stop intellectual property theft.
Fundamentally they must put Americans first for jobs and yes through legislation. Our government could create a WPA program. This is a direct jobs program, no middle man, where U.S. workers build public works, for the United States. America's infrastructure is crumbling and these are investments. The economic return of infrastructure, (new roads, bridges, rail, water, sewer, electrical grid, damns and so on), can be seen in the United States from 1933 to 1980. Yet now our system is falling apart. China, on the other hand, set to be the globe's largest economy, is investing billions in their own infrastructure. We need a targeted direct jobs program, executing on public works projects known to give the most bang for the buck economic return, with strong Buy American and Hire America stipulations. We must invest in the American people and rebuild the United States.
What is the world coming to when the President of the United States insults the American people with some snow job they do not have the skills. We've always had the skills. What we do not have is a government by and for the American people.