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Archive for February 4th, 2009

U.S. Government bringing in 1.5 million foreign workers to replace Americans.

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

This new ad from AmericanWorker.org is right on the money. The government is actively bringing in foreign workers to replace Americans in information technology  jobs, construction jobs and other industry.

More than 11 million Americans are looking for work. Yet our government allows more than 1.5 million foreign workers a year to legally enter the U.S. for jobs. That doesn’t include millions of illegal foreign workers.

They are right. Now there are consulting firms who teach companies how to skirt the law and hire foreign workers on H1B Visa’s to avoid hiring Americans. Senator Dick Lugar has been one of the worst on this issue. Several years ago when I contacted him on this issue when I saw Americans replaced by workers from India who were brought here to replace them he made it crystal clear that he could care less.

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Palin’s Budget Proposal Reduces Alaska Budget by $268 Million

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

This shows some real fiscal responsibility. Fortunately Alaska built up a nice savings nest egg when times were better.

Governor Reduces Current Year Spending
$268.6 million in budget reductions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-17

Governor Palin Reduces Current Year Spending
$268.6 million in budget reductions

February 3, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin submitted a supplemental budget to legislators today that reduces general funds by $268.6 million and seeks authorization to access savings to balance the budget at the end of the fiscal year.

“With changing market conditions and declining oil prices, our state agencies have been working hard to find savings and still provide needed public services,” Governor Palin said. “Through savings targets we implemented at the beginning of the fiscal year and by efficiently managing our programs, we have been able to reduce the current budget and minimize supplemental funding. The more we reduce now, the less we will have to draw from savings at the end of the year.”

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1621

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Israel Vows “Disproportionate Response” to Rocket Attacks

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

Good, tit for tat warfare never works, limited warfare almost never works. It is time that this conflict be brought to an end through victory. Note to anti-semites everywhere, and especially to certain professors at IUSB who know who you are: If Palestinians stop launching rockets and mortars at Israel tomarrow they will have nothing to fear from Israel.

JERUSALEM, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened on Sunday a “disproportionate response” to the continued firing of rockets into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

There have been sporadic rocket attacks by militants on southern Israeli communities and several Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip since a truce came into effect on Jan. 18 following a 22-day Israeli offensive in the territory.

At least two rockets struck southern Israel on Sunday, causing no damage or casualties. A wing of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, claimed responsibility.

“The government’s position was from the outset that if there is shooting at the residents of the south, there will be a harsh Israeli response that will be disproportionate,” Olmert said at the weekly cabinet meeting after the latest rocket salvo.

“We will act according to new rules which will ensure that we will not be drawn into a war of incessant shooting on the southern border, which would deprive the residents of the south of a normal life,” he said, without elaborating.

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL1451625

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UCLA “Study” Claims Conservative Talk Radio is Hate Speech – But Wow Look at the Real Hate Speech They Ignored

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

UCLA put out a ridiculously partisan study claiming that conservative talk radio is “hate speech”, but they ignored repeated calls for violence by left wing talkers.

So much so called “scholarship” today is nothing but propaganda with a predetermined outcome. This is not just in the social sciences, but in the biological and geological sciences as well.

 To quote Ben Stien, “I want all scientific inquiry to happen — not just what the ruling clique calls science.”

(Hat Tip Radio Equalizer)

Dana PerinoIn November 2007, NovaM syndicated libtalker Mike Malloy called for violence against White House spokesperson Dana Perino, as well as the Bush family. Removing any doubt about his wishes, he spoke of “violence fantasies” toward Perino.

In December of that year, Malloy was at it again, this time calling for the hanging death of Internet star Matt Drudge.

During a Randi Rhodes Show broadcast in February 2008, the host aired a prerecorded skit which claimed Mitt Romney supporters would go on a “killing rampage” if John McCain emerged as the GOP’s presidential nominee.

In 2005, Rhodes aired another bit that suggested the Bush family be taken out Sopranos-style.

Heading into the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Southern Californian libtalker Roseanne Barr called for violent riots during the Denver-based event.

And in November, Barr went on a verbal rampage against African-Americans for overwhelmingly supporting California’s Proposition 8 at the ballot box.

Finally, in a story just reported today by Tim Graham at NewsBusters, Malloy has called for the execution of Republicans (in addition to any Democrats who voted with President Bush).

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How the UAW Brought GM to it’s Knees

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

UAW’s ‘legacy’ at GM

By Ralph R. Reiland

General Motors lost $10.6 billion in 2006. GM lost another $38.7 billion in 2007, the largest annual loss in automotive history. Through the third quarter of 2008, GM lost another $21.2 billion.

On Sept. 24, 2007, a year during which GM lost an average of $3.2 billion per month, the United Auto Workers launched a national strike against the company, ordering the shutdown of 80 GM plants in the United States. More than 73,000 UAW-represented factory workers walked off the job and hit the picket lines.

The UAW said that GM had failed to address job security issues during negotiations.

“No one wants to see GM go down the tubes,” said picketing Jim Brown. “But we have to keep our standard of living, and GM is going to have to cooperate.”

GM’s labor cost for a factory worker at the time was $71 per hour, with $27 per hour going to current workers and the remainder made up of costs for pensions and health care for retirees. If archaic work rules and other contract mandates reduced productivity at GM’s plants by half, the company’s real labor costs were $142 per hour of work counting retiree costs and $54 per hour for current labor.

On Feb. 26, 2008, a UAW strike at five American Axle plants, a key GM supplier and the sole axle supplier for the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, stopped or slowed production at 30 of GM’s North American factories and crippled GM’s pickup truck and SUV production throughout the United States.

“The American Axle strike cost GM $800 million in the first three months of the year and 100,000 vehicles of lost production, which GM said was mostly felt in fleet sales to commercial customers,” reported the Detroit News on May 12, 2008. “The automaker on Thursday pledged up to $200 million to American Axle to help end the dispute. The money would be used to pay for buyouts, early retirement and cash incentives to get workers who stay to accept lower wages.”

That’s a billion dollars, extracted out of GM to buy labor peace at a plant they didn’t own.

Seven weeks later, on April 17, a UAW-ordered work stoppage over a work rule dispute at GM’s Lansing Delta plant in Michigan halted production of the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.

Less than three weeks later, on May 5, 2008, workers walked off the job at GM’s Kansas City plant over work rules and seniority disputes. “The United Auto Workers union struck — literally — General Motors where it hurt the most, at the automaker’s Kansas City factory that builds the fast-selling Chevrolet Malibu, already in tight supply,” reported Edmunds AutoObserver.

With the Kansas City plant handling the bulk of Malibu production, the UAW strike was called four months after Malibu won the North American Car of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show.

As one of GM’s few success stories in recent decades, the 2008 sales of Malibu in January, February and March were 110 percent greater than in the same quarter in 2007, with Malibu cutting into the market shares of Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

General Motors, in short, had finally produced a car that the public really wanted and the guys walked out.

Stopping production of a hot-selling, profitable model at a time of declining auto sales and rising levels of red ink is “stupidity of the highest order” on the part of the UAW, said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research.

On July 16, 2008, the UAW called a strike against a Johnson Controls plant in Tennessee that supplies GM with consoles and seats for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover vehicle. “The strike has the potential to disrupt production of the Traverse, one of the new vehicles GM is counting on to offset declining sales of its full-size trucks and SUVs,” explained Reuters reporter Kevin Krolicki.

“We want a flawless launch for this vehicle,” UAW Local 1853 President Mike O’Rourke told Reuters, “but it’s going to be with union seats and union consoles.”

And so, at last count, GM has lost $70 billion since 2004, the number of UAW members has been cut in half since 2004 at GM, Chrysler and Ford, from 300,000 to 150,000, and the rest of us are now stuck with the tab for the rescue.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_606661.html

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UK: Obama Backing Down on “Buy American Policy” in Stimulus Bill

Posted by iusbvision on February 4, 2009

This is an outrage.

This is supposed to be a bill to help Americans who are suffering right? Ok we know it does very little of that but that is at least how they are marketing it. So why not take a bunch of our tax dollars from the stimulus and send it right overseas. Sound like a good idea? I didn’t think so either….

UK Times:

The European Union warned the US yesterday against plunging the world into depression by adopting a planned “Buy American” policy, intensifying fears of a trade war.

The EU threatened to retaliate if the US Congress went ahead with sweeping measures in its $800 billion (£554 billion) stimulus plan to restrict spending to American goods and services.

Gordon Brown was caught in the crossfire as John Bruton, the EU Ambassador to Washington, said that “history has shown us” where the closing of markets leads — a clear reference to the Depression of the 1930s, triggered by US protectionist laws.

Last night Mr Obama gave a strong signal that he would remove the most provocative passages from the Bill.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5655115.ece

What pure, unadulterated B.S.

America investing in itself and our own infrastructure is not a protectionist law and is not anything even remotely similar to the disasterous trade laws that were enacted at the start of the great depression to keep products from coming in the country our to keep ours from being sold overseas. There is absolutely no comparison at all and to even make one is ridiculously disingenuous.  The Obama Administration should have said so on the spot and chastised the EU for daring to draw such a clearly bogus equivalency.

The EU is acting like we are locking out foriegn bids on all national infrustructure products and so are some bloggers. The truth is that it is not even that, the rule would just lock them out for the purposes of this one bill and this one sum of money. Comparisons with Smoot-Hawley in the press is unrealistic to put it mildly.

This is about greed, the EU wants a piece of the trillion dollar crap sandwich that Congress is likely to pass. If the Obama administration can’t stand up to the EU on something as clearly wrong at what the EU is trying to do I dare say I fear what will happen with Obama negotiating with Iran.

Any part of a so called American domestic infrastructure and stimulus bill paid for buy our tax payers should not involve giving away the store to the EU. Every dollar given away is one dollar taken out of our hands. This bill has nothing to do with trade at all and Obama should tell the EU that directly.

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