Isn't It Better To Keep Smart Foreign Workers In The US Than Sending Them Home To Compete?

from the just-wondering dept

It's amazing how short-sighted some people can be on the immigration question. Rep. Zoe Lofgren has a wonderful idea, suggesting that we make it much easier for skilled foreign workers to establish residency if they get a job in the US. It's difficult to see why anyone would oppose this. Keeping those workers in the US, working for US companies, means that they're contributing to the American economy. Sending them home only lets them compete against us, potentially harming the American economy. The argument most often brought up against such proposals, that it hurts American jobs, is easily shown to be false. It's based on the incorrect assumption that jobs are a zero-sum game, and if a foreign-born worker takes a job, it means one fewer job for an American-born worker. Yet, if that foreign worker goes back to his home country and works for a company that takes down an American company, then we have a lot fewer jobs in the US, due to that worker going home. At the same time, if that foreign-born worker stays here, and while working for an American company, helps build up an industry, it will create many new jobs for both foreign and American-born workers.
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  1. identicon
    kamm, 2 Mar 2008 @ 10:16am

    Re: Re: I am...

    Most of the EU countries/cities (except London, of course), Jman594 and here's your link for today: http://europa.eu.int/eures/main.jsp?acro=job&lang=en&catId=482&parentCategory=482
    For more specific offerings the big guns (e.g. Monsters) also have contry or city-based filtering. Ah and there's no extra hours in most places, you only work 8 hours and no more.

    I agree with International Man of Leisure and after a decade here I am also planning to move back to Europe in a year or two. It makes no sense to stay here anymore where you might pay lower sales tax but fairly similar income tax but associated living costs are simply ridiculous while the service you get is mediocre at best (healthcare, telecommunication etc) plus there's the obvious sour mood in everyday life, thanks to 8 years rule of a former alcoholist slacker and his corporate buddies.
    Did I mention what a pain in the butt to get a GC?
    Ahh and did I mention I can make actually MORE MONEY IN EUROPE? Yes, more and enjoy the world's first 10 best healthcare services instead of the 19th one and it'll be covered by my taxes...?
    Ahh and ELEMENTARY and HIGH SCHOOL education will be FAR SUPERIOR FOR MY KIDS over there. For free, mind you.

    The other day I was having a drink with someone who recently moved here from a European capital and he said his taxes are the same except he has to spend more to maintain his living standards - he's region vp of a giant multi - and while he likes NYC he ends up with less money after all and he won't stay for long if it remains like this (he;s still adjusting.)

    Seriously, this country looked a lot better when I came here a decade ago. Now it's more pigheaded than ever, corporate policies took over every segment of the American life, people groan and moan while their 'competetive, educated American students' are actually lazy, arrogant sucker losers who are completely useless when they fall out of some never-heard "college" with some grossly overpaid worthless paper in their pocket. Paying so much for these BS schools is not their fault, it's the corporate America's setup but not utilizing their brain is their fault, yes.
    This myth of 'Americans are the best' is a killer one: not only rural rednecks believe in this BS but also urban kids and the end result is all around us: most people around me - media company - are shockingly uneducated about anything outside of their daily scope. They are CLUELESS, have no chance against a well-educated European competitor if he comes here with decent level of spoken English. It's funny because I can remember when it was vica versa: Europeans were more rigid and Americans were considered as much more flexible and creative workforce - not anymore. It's not that Americans became fat and lazy - it's that now they are stupid. They've been force-fed with this image of American superiority

    I liked it here but something has changed. I've changed too, of course but USA did a lot too and not for the better, that's for sure. It's just opinion, one experience but I know at least 4-5 other couples - half of them are already GC holders - who will be moving to Europe within next 2-3 years.
    Face it: America needs a major overhaul. Not because Europe is so much better - it is not - but to get back on track, to revive the creative spirit and most importantly to attrack educated people, not only potato-pickers. Uneducated population is good for Corporate America but eventually kills a country - hey, have you ever wondered how is it that wealth has doubled in America but it somehow stucked in the pocket of the super-rich, the highest 2% of America, that first time in your modern history it did not get redistributed...?
    If so then get ready, it gets worse - if not, time to think about it, I think.

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