Flash back three years to the 2012 presidential campaign. Barack Obama and Joe Biden sounded like a broken record when they continually accused Mitt Romney of shipping American jobs overseas. They painted Romney as some cruel tyrant who spent his entire life trying to put Americans out of work.
Sadly, Romney and other Republican candidates running for office in 2012 failed to point out Obama’s hypocrisy. They should have told the American people how Obama’s administration awarded a military contract worth $345 million to a Brazilian company when Kansas based Beechcraft Corp was blocked from entering a bid for the contract. Had an American company been awarded the contract it would have created about 1,400 new jobs.
GOP candidates should have told the American people how $20 million of the infamous Stimulus money went to a friend of Biden’s so he could open a luxury car dealership in the Ukraine. US taxpayers were on the hook for $750 billion to help spur the US economy and create jobs for Americans not Ukrainians or others overseas.
So rather than being accused of shipping jobs overseas, Obama has taken a different approach to put more Americans out of work. He is pushing hard to raise the number of H1-B work visas from 65,000 a year to 195,000. An H1-B is supposed to be awarded only to foreign nationals who have special skills that cannot be readily found in the American workforce.
However a growing number of companies have been using H1-B visa workers to replace American workers already doing the job. The H1-B visa workers generally will work for less pay, hence undercutting Americans for the very same jobs. One example was Southern California Edison who have been laying off hundreds of American workers and replacing them with H1-B visa workers. A number of companies in Silicon Valley are also being accused of the same thing.
Amidst reports that Walt Disney was also using H1-B visa workers to replace American workers, the Department of Labor is investigating Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for abusing H1-B visas. If you hadn’t heard, Disney was reported to have laid off 250 employees last year and then told them they had to train their replacements that were being brought in from India.
The list of companies replacing American workers with cheaper H1-B visa workers is growing, but isn’t this exactly what Barack Obama has been pushing for? If so many companies are misusing the existing H1-B visa program to put Americans out of work, then what real justification does Obama have to increase the annual allotment from 65,000 to 195,000?
Obama’s not shipping jobs overseas, he’s actively pushing to bring foreign nationals here to take the jobs of American workers. And let’s not forget the 5 million to 20 million illegals he wants to grant work permits to with his illegal delayed deportation programs.
Barack Obama is the enemy of American workers.