Misfits, Misfires, and MayhemPosted: September 19, 2013
We find that it is the huge scheming going on in every aspect of American business that is affecting us most. We see/or experience BIG industry try and lead us to believe one thing, whilst they may have a claim for believing what they are seeing the simple fact remains – scheming and moving numbers to solidify profit.
Furthermore we anticipate nothing but sobering news from Facebook, primarily because the mortal truths have come to fruition with Mark Zuckerberg lately. The expression goes something along the lines of give the boy some money and with that he will try and become a man establishing his rights to mingle in everything.
Zuckerberg, a relative newbie to political lobbying, said the aversion to crossing party lines even on issues both sides support “shocked” him.
“We’ve tried to get senior folks from both parties to come together and there have been interesting realities of that I was kind of shocked about,” he said. “A senior Democrat would never want to associate with something funding Republicans.” (Commonly referred to as Party Line or Partisan Politics; a subsequent notion to believing in one’s party before the nation.)
Maybe it is good for the commoner, public/political policy, and homeland awareness; albeit, the strategy was panned as “counterproductive” by liberal groups like Moveon.org and Progressives United, which participated in a boycott of ads on Facebook.
On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
The officials represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, The Wendy’s Company, Coca-Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Communications, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more.
All want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers, in addition to a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally.
A new immigration law, the corporate officers say, “would be a long overdue step toward aligning our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.”
The officials cite a publication of their trade group, the HR Policy Association, which calls for immigration reform to “address the reality that there is a global war for talent.” The way for the United States to win that war for talent, they say, is more immigration. (This notion is preposterous! “War for talent,”?)
Of course, the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.3 percent, with millions of American workers at all skill levels out of work, and millions more so discouraged that they have left the work force altogether. In addition, at the same time the corporate officers seek higher numbers of immigrants, both low-skill and high-skill, many of their companies are laying off thousands of workers.
For example, Hewlett-Packard, signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012. In August of this year, Cisco Systems, signed the letter, announced plans to lay off 4,000 — in addition to 8,000 cut in the last two years.
Please believe us that these as well as even larger numbers of lay-offs are being planned primarily based on how the vote regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform pans out.
This is a leveraged affront in relationship to BIG business versus government. How many of us are keeping our ears alert for more minimum wage increases? In the realm of BIG business they are guided by profits; whilst at the same time special interest groups are lobbying for their share.
However and please anyone…it seems what we are witnessing is BIG businesses call for much cheaper labor – regardless of the skill level of the prospective lower paid worker.
According to a recent Reuters report, U.S. employers announced 50,462 layoffs in August, up 34 percent from the previous month and up 57 percent from August 2012.