Does Trump Miss The Point
On Tech Visas?
There are apparently many jobs Americans won’t do. One is obviously the very high paying job of CEO of IT companies which seem to be headed by Hindus. While Americans were quite capable of inventing computers, the internet and all the IT accoutrements they are incapable of managing that which they have invented. At least until recently. The personnel of talent now come from outside the US which is incapable of producing anything other than dummies, at least of the male variety. Sometime in the recent past White males lost the ability to function but fortunately women and people of color are here to pick up the slack.
The country of choice for choosing the CEOs seems to be India. The Hindu mind that produced virtually nothing for the last three thousand years or so seems to be ideally suited to the computer sciences. So much so that Americans adequately performing tech jobs are now being fired, one presumes for incompetence to be replaced by Hindus or others who have surpassed White people in intelligence while in many cases according to Jason Riley are even paid more than the American morons they replace thus actually raising costs to their companies. One marvels that such super intellects have been hiding in India unused lo these many millennia. It took American genius to discover them in their lairs, give them a shave and new suit of clothes and get them on the job.
Mr. Riley writing in the venerable Wall Street Journal (8/17/16) gives us his thoughts in a piece he titles: Trump Misses the Point on Tech Visas. Obviously the President of the United States may be one of those jobs Americans won’t do along with picking grapes and basic construction. Indeed, our current Negro president was chosen because his skin isn’t White. While most Americans believe he has done a poor job, his signature legislation Obamacare is heading toward bankruptcy, the people in charge are convinced he has been the greatest president ever. Perspective is obviously involved.
Mr. Riley who is a senior fellow at something called Manhattan Institute is also a WSJ contributor. Those should be stellar credentials but Mr. Riley, perhaps a little too senior, is difficult to follow.
In yesterday’s times these H1B immigrants would have been called wage busters or scabs. While there are several instances of importing these workers to displace an already existing work force Mr. Riley chose for his illustration the Disney Co. of Orlando. Disney World is appropriately a fantasy world.
Choosing his words carefully Mr. Riley says that 250 American Disney tech workers were ‘furloughed’ to be replaced by 250 H1B workers while Mr. Riley doesn’t say from where a good guess would be that they are Hindus from India. Now, the word furlough means a leave of absence, applied especially to the military. Those 250 American workers were not furloughed, they were fired. They aren’t coming back while they were compelled to train their replacements. Mr. Riley glosses over this truth to avoid the obvious. The ability to do this is why he works for a ‘think tank.’
He explains further making even less sense: Something called the National Foundation for American Policy released a study, by whom and of what quality isn’t mentioned, but according to the study “Companies are not replacing long time employees with new workers doing the exact same jobs but rather replacing the employees with new systems in an attempt to perform the function in a more efficient way.’ In other words, these Hindus are far superior workers than the Americans.
Let us hope for Disney’s sake the attempt is successful. We are not informed who devised the new more efficient systems, one would be surprised they could have been inefficient Americans, whether from domestic or ‘outsourced’ sources but what is clear is that 250 Hindus replaced 250 American workers who apparently were too stupid to be retrained to the new more efficient system.
What is interesting here is that Disney accepted 250 employees sight unseen. They did not vett them themselves. Mr. Riley explains:
In reality [interesting word to use in the Disney fantasyland] hiring a contractor is often done through a competitive bidding process and the company doesn’t know beforehand whether or to what extent the winning bid will use H1B visa holders.
Competitive bidding? Mr. Riley doesn’t say on what basis the competition was defined but in business it is usually for the lowest possible price. The only reasonable conclusion is that in the bidding by various agencies it is to provide 250 qualified workers who will accept the lowest possible wage. But no, Mr. Riley say this is an unreasonable assumption.
US employers turn to high-skill immigrants for the same reason they turn to low skill immigrants… [that is the lowest possible wage] out of necessity. Foreign nationals who tend [they tend?] to be either more skilled or less skilled than the typical US worker.
So essentially Disney is getting a pig in a poke; 250 workers who may be more skilled or less skilled than the workers they are replacing, hence no gain in efficiency under any system, new or old. But they are replacing ‘typical’ American workers. (Perhaps at this point one can see Donald Trump scratching his head because he probably doesn’t understand.) ‘Typical’ seems confusing in any case. Obviously American universities have found Americans too stupid to teach because more than 70% of full time graduate students in electrical engineering and computer sciences of American universities are international students says Mr. Riley. Over the past three decades, college-degree holders outside the US have more than doubled while the US share of those with college degrees has declined by 30%. Has anyone asked why American college degree holders have declined? It would seem something to look into, don’t you think? It would seem that something is going on. Discrimination?
I have trouble making any sense of Mr. Riley’s article and I’m not sure Mr. Riley is able to either. Certainly while Mr. Riley claims that Trump misses the point on tech visas nowhere in his article does he show reasons of Trump’s ignorance. After reading this article I doubt if Mr. Trump is any more enlightened.
The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed to print such incompetent articles as Mr. Riley’s. Of course Mr. Riley is an inefficient American brain worker who should, perhaps be replaced by a foreign worker using a new more efficient system.
I’m still voting Trump who, by my standards, has a better grasp on the nature of the problem’s facing us.