FWD doesn’t mean “Forward” to this group of richest elite

At first blush FWD.us sounded like a nice organization. Maybe I was prejudiced – my initials are FWD (middle name: William), and twitter handle is @fwdpost.

Was I wrong!

FWD.us is just another way to increase profits for the elite and eliminate jobs for the rest of us, especially our STEM grads.

This lobbying cabal was contrived in 2013 by big investors and leaders of the major tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The plan was to import more H-1B workers into the U.S., and replace native, highly paid professionals with often marginal-ability visa-holders, primarily from India and China. (See the list of founders and funders at the end of this blog)

Their efforts worked.

Last year, 60,300 Americans graduated with a computer science degree and 20,000 developers completed coding boot camps, a total of 80,300. Meanwhile 85,000 available H-1B visas were issued to foreigners to compete against those grads for the same tech jobs.

All of the visa holders were accepted to positions even before they arrived in this country.

About 25% of American tech grads had to settle for another, lower-paying field. In addition, thousands of U.S. tech workers were laid off in 2019 and replaced with foreigners.

FWD.us has convinced many politicians that more immigration, not higher pay, is necessary for hiring staff. The result – increasing numbers of H-1B visas for the tech industry..

To the dismay of workers President Donald “The Thumper” Trump, has embraced FWD.us during the past three years, spewing the “best and brightest” were needed from overseas, and ignoring the 330 million “pretty smart folks” who live here.

Trump’s allegiance to global corporations in general, versus his populist 2016 campaign stance, suggests he is spending too much time carousing in the swamp, making friends with the nation’s economic enemies.

The Trump doctrine before he took office: He was asked if he would end H-1B visas.

I will. First of all, I think and I know the H1B very well. And it’s something that I frankly use and I shouldn’t be allowed to use it. We shouldn’t have… Very, very bad for workers.

And second of all, I think it’s very important to say, well, I’m a businessman and I have to do what I have to do. When it’s sitting there waiting for you, but it’s very bad. It’s very bad for business in terms of…and it’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.

Trump’s promise was well said, then soon forgotten.

The stakes for workers and employers are very high.

Google alone employs more than 130,000 contractors and temp workers, plus 123,000 full-time employees.

Meanwhile, FWD.us has formed an alliance with hundreds of colleges and universities to promote fewer American and more international students – the so-called Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

FWD.us is also urging more foreign students in Optional Practical Training (OPT) for computer degree programs here, and wants the government to offer fast-track citizenship for their many DACA employees.

Investors are also trying to  expand OPT by passing GOP. Sen Mike Lee‘s S.386 bill, which lifts country caps on Indian graduates coming here.

There is a disturbing alliance between the right and left wings of politics to crush wages and hike profits. FWD.us immigration and prison “reform” views are shared by both the Koch Bros. network of think tanks and the George Soros organizations.

Just one example is left-wing Democrat Rep. Julian Castro, who has campaigned for more migration, while running in the 2020 Democratic primary. Calling himself a progressive, he was a founder of a billionaires’ lobbying group similar to FWD.us — the New American Economy. That group was created at the same time as FWD.us in 2013 by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer, and Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch to promote the “Gang of Eight” amnesty.

In an omen of things to come. FWD.us wants to allow many migrants to get occupational licenses for blue-collar jobs. These permits would allow FWD.us investors to hire cheap migrants in place of American electricians, plumbers, natural-gas technicians, and many other jobs.

Founders of FWD.US

Funders of FWD.US

Elitist Koch conservative groups pushing for more immigration – what easier way to lower Americans’ wages and benefits?

When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble!

Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable.

Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of how thoughtful Americans are hoodwinked by pundit propaganda, intense marketing campaigns, and phony front groups with fancy names, but sinister plans.

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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a leader in urging open borders and campaigns to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) viability. Funded by the Koch Brothers, this group opposes any minimum wage, wants Medicare privatized, unions busted, early retirement moved from 62 to 65, and a revamped Social Security system that brutally cuts middle class benefits and makes it a welfare program.

AFP is one of the many Koch open border crusades by dozens of front groups that all fixate on similar goals – in addition to unfettered immigration.

These groups advocate lower wages, lower taxes, privatization of all public entities, removing worker’s rights, and a general destruction of the universal safety net, first initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Uncontrolled immigration serves the Kochs’ goals well.

For example, a documented worker on an employment Visa is tied to the boss, who can fire them and force return to their home country if they don’t cooperate in even the most egregious labor law violations.

An undocumented (not legally here) employee has even fewer rights in America, and will do almost anything to escape exposure and deportation. These are the nannies who get paid nothing and sleep in cellars, the roofers who live in cardboard boxes on our big city streets, and the poor masses huddled in Winter in front of the Home Depot to beg for hard labor at pitiful wages.

Kochs despise middle class, use immigration as weapon to suppress wages

The Kochs and their Libertarian buddies have no problem cutting wages by ending unions, or sickening the poor by slicing Medicare, or terrorizing the elderly by raising the full retirement age to 69, and even totally eliminating earned benefits for some retirees.

It’s all about cheap labor for them, bigger parties with their friends, larger yachts, more mansions, and the self satisfaction of making their underlings subservient and crushed by their whims.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, opening floodgates of immigration from poor nations into the U.S. was done only for economic reasons – lowering wage rates and increasing profits.

Check the “overhead” expenses for some of the above groups!

Any effort to control immigration in recent years has been met with lobbying in Congress and tv ads in opposition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth (an elite group of CEOs).

Democrats mean well, but are confused by Koch smokescreen

Unfortunately, in the regulation of immigration the evil goals of the Koch Brothers align with the sympathies of the modern Democrat Party and its current utopian view.

Despite the Democrat tradition to protect middle class workers from greedy corporations and shareholders, progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seized on unfettered immigration as pure and perfect, while ignoring the real need to protect national borders.

Here is a link to the numerous border barriers around the world. Most are to prevent illegal immigration, terrorism or smuggling.

The extreme right, those corporate water carriers, are very adept at eliminating facts that don’t promote their anti-middle class goals. The left, unfortunately, relies too much on “research” often provided by the Kochs and their think tanks.

Politically, you can’t ignore the politics of immigration and its influence on our legislatures.

Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for the Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.

In 2016 among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling. With foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump with 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote, compared to Trump’s 31 percent.

Brownstein said that Republicans hold about 30 of the 100 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the smallest foreign-born populations. Meanwhile, Democrats control 32 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents.

Koch-backed art exhibit promotes corporate view

The corporate propaganda machine uses many methods to promote its efforts to prevent any immigration control.

Last week, the “Common Ground” exhibit, a joint effort of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, the Libre Institute and Stand Together, used ten videos behind ten doors to send messages about how immigrants supposedly always make America stronger.

“You can go to live in France but you can’t become a Frenchman,” President Ronald Reagan said in one video. “You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you can’t become a German, a Turk or Japanese.”

“But anyone from any corner of the Earth can come to live in America and become an American,” Reagan said.

Reagan gave amnesty to three million immigrants here illegally with the hope that effort would solve the problem of foreigners living and working in the shadows. Today, there are between 11 million and 21 million, depending on which survey you believe.

Congress was supposed to pass legislation and enforce laws, but did neither.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” President Barack Obama said in the video.

“We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws,” President Bill Clinton said.

“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” President George W. Bush explained.

The Koch Brothers are the sons of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Fred opposed all the initiatives of the New Deal, which introduced the 40-hour week, overtime, Social Security and a host of other programs to benefit the middle class. Fred’s boys have continued that tradition, founding and funding the Tea Party in Congress, and donating $800 million to elect strict conservatives in 2018 at all levels of government, even down to local school boards.

Trump keeps his enemies close, friends distant – the result confuses everyone, including his base voters

The average American could care less who is the President or which party has control of Congress, but everyone who watches the news is confused about what Donald Trump really believes.

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Trump should watch his back!

The only sure and consistent Trump initiative has been the 2018 Budget to cut taxes for big corporations – dropping their income tax support of public services from 35% to 21% of profits, and introducing a territorial system so that U.S. companies’ overseas earnings will be taxed at 0%. On the other hand, retirees will continue to pay income tax on their earned Social Security benefits.

Attribute that business subservience to the appointment of financiers Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and Gary Cohn, National Economics Council Director. How could either of these fat cats promote campaign promises to rid us of Wall Street influence? Continue reading “Trump keeps his enemies close, friends distant – the result confuses everyone, including his base voters”

Most Bachelor of Science jobs are held by foreigners in Silicon Valley and owners want it to stay that way

Some 57 out of every 100 jobs in Silicon Valley requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher are filled by someone who wasn’t born in the U.S., according to a boast by Carl Guardino, president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Guardino, who wants President Donald Trump to grant DACA (ages 16-34) amnesty, said that loss of illegal workers would be “particularly damaging in Silicon Valley”, where they are part of the region’s tech world labor pool. Of the nation’s 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), about 230,000 are in California.

This business leader seems oblivious to reality. Every job held by a non-citizen means one less job for an American, and leads to lower wages in that skill or profession.

Foreign workers don’t strike, complain about excessive hours, report pervert bosses or otherwise make waves – fearing reporting by employers to authorities. Their bargaining power in the marketplace rivals the 1800s’ cotton field slaves, but lacking even minimal guaranteed healthcare, food or shelter. Meanwhile, on a brighter note for Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, marked a milestone this week, when his personal wealth exceeded $100 billion. Continue reading “Most Bachelor of Science jobs are held by foreigners in Silicon Valley and owners want it to stay that way”