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Response to twins.fan (Reply #43)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:29 AM

46. You'll have to help me here. Where did I "mock, taunt, and smear US STEM workers"?

I agreed with you that we have major problems - and not just in the STEM industry.

I support immigration because I think it is (and always has been) good for the country; not because US STEM workers (or US farm workers, construction workers, etc.) are not qualified. I pointed out that progressive countries do not restrict immigration to solve their employment problems. They provide cheap college educations without massive student loans. They orient their industries to using the STEM workers that their colleges produce. They have strong unions so that companies do not pit one group of workers against another.

You seem to reject all of that and insist that THE ONLY way to deal with the decimation of US STEM workers is to take it out on immigrants. If you have other policy recommendations, I have missed them and I apologize.

The strategy that you employ is typical of the strategy of those who benefit from these work visas. - And the strategy you employ is typical of those who oppose all immigration for all the wrong reasons. At least neither of us is questioning the motivation of the other - just pointing out the 'strange bedfellows' aspect of a liberal immigration policy.

Everyone who opposes immigration is not a racist teabagger but the latter certainly do oppose it. Everyone who supports immigration is not a corporatist though the most of the latter certainly do support it.

The country's most restrictive immigration laws were enacted in 1921 and 1924 by conservative republican congresses and signed by republican presidents (Harding in 1921 and Coolidge in 1924). They, of course, accomplished nothing for the American worker and our income inequality had set new records by 1929 (since surpassed).

The country's most liberal immigration law as enacted by a Democratic congress in 1965 (with "most of the no votes were from the southern belt") and signed by LBJ.

You may, of course, focus on restricting immigration to solve the problems of the US STEM worker, but don't adopt the attitude that no good Democrat could possibly disagree with you.

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