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How Can We Get American Jobs Back From Foreign Workers?: Left of Center View

We can get outsourced jobs back to American soil, but the real question should be: Do we want to? Of course we want to grow our economy, but is the way to do that really to focus on the past? We are at the dawn of a new century and witnessing the birth of the first true global economy. The U.S. is a traditional economic leader, and leaders don't follow trends, they set them.

Say hundreds of jobs did come flooding back into the U.S. is this necessarily a good thing? Companies outsourced jobs because labor was cheaper elsewhere. Chances are, to get the work back we are going to have to underbid the folks currently holding them. As a general rule of business if you want to charge more, you have to give more. Complacency is fatal.

The American automotive industry crumbled, partially from executive greed, but mainly because auto manufacturers in other countries were making a better product and selling it for less. The U.S. invented the auto industry, and now their only innovations are in accounting and executive payouts. Companies that actually re-invested in themselves, in research and development of new products, have surpassed those that just threw themselves lavish holiday parties. Why are we surprised?

So business as usual is bad for business, great for a few individuals maybe, but generally a cancer for the economy. If we stay focused on the jobs we have lost, we will fall further behind. To be a leader in the global economy the US must also be an innovator. Creating new industries or moving our established ones into their next phase will create jobs here at home that are more lucrative than those we've already sent abroad. The trick this time will be to keep them.

Now that the government is involved in financing the private sector, like any major shareholder, the public should now have a say in how things are run. Agreeing to keep executive payouts to a minimum and paying workers a fair share benefits all of us. People are more likely to buy products they are familiar with, even more so products they had a hand in producing. Pay your work force enough so that they can afford them and they will purchase your products.

In the long run it makes a lot more sense to create than to re-capture. However, in the midst of the current global crisis there certainly is an advantage to brining back any employment opportunities to our shores. But at the same time we need to remember that this is not a permanent solution. The global economy will continue to evolve and change, and by not changing with it there is a substantial risk of being left behind.


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How Can We Get American Jobs Back From Foreign Workers?: Right of Center View

Bringing jobs back to America is essential to any economic recovery plan if that plan is to succeed. We have lost millions of jobs to other nations because Washington made it more attractive to take jobs overseas than it was to keep them here. Agreements like NAFTA made with short term profits and not long term jobs growth in mind have allowed our jobs to be outsourced and gotten basically nothing in return for the American worker. If we want to bring jobs back to America we need to both scrap the current international trade agreements disadvantaging American workers and make it more profitable for companies to employ workers here in America.

The first thing Washington needs to do is to renegotiate our trade agreements with our international trading partners. The current agreements in place give every advantage to companies from overseas. Foreign goods are not held to the same standards as American goods for safety and quality yet they are treated as if they are made following the same guidelines and protocols as American goods. Companies that actually have to meet American quality and safety standards spend more to manufacture their goods because of it. When we enter into trade agreements we need to take the differences in manufacturing quality and safety regulations into account to level the playing field for all of the companies competing in the market. The agreements also need to include reciprocal trade requirements opening up foreign markets to American goods. Free trade is not free if we arenít selling over there too.

The next thing that Washington needs to do is to pass legislation reducing the cost of doing business in America. This has to be done on multiple fronts. Healthcare reform is needed now. Companies spend billions of dollars a year on healthcare that their competition does not have to spend. Other nations have nationalized medicine which eliminates that cost entirely from the cost of doing business. While government run healthcare is not the answer something does need to be done to lower the cost of healthcare for American businesses. In addition to healthcare Washington needs to address their addiction to spending tax money. Wasteful spending leads to over-taxation and if we can eliminate the wasteful spending we can lessen the need for businesses to be overly burdened with high taxes. Our current President promised a top to bottom audit of the federal budget to cut out waste. He needs to get on it and get it done.

Employing Americans needs to be a priority for the current administration and Congress. As long as it is cheaper to export labor and import goods from abroad business will have every incentive to do so. With a little common sense and vision Washington can help turn our bad economy around and bring jobs back to America.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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