Now I am neither a Trump fan or hater. But give credit where credit is due.
He’s correct about a lot of things. And the media’s 20% approval rating is in
part a direct result of their inability to admit it.
It seems to me that Trump is nuts but, again, still right about many things.
The first is the way the H-1b guest worker program harms American
workers. I read an article that left me fuming, written by some seemingly
anti-American young woman named Maya Kosoff.
ley-brain-drain Could Trump Trigger a Silicon Valley Brain Drain?
accessed February 11, 2017) The premise of her “Vanity Fair Hive” article
is that Trump will cause a tech industry brain drain, that “China and Canada
are already making a play for the high-skilled foreign workers that Donald
Trump wants to keep out.”
Excuse me? The implication is that American engineers and IT techies are
too stupid to keep Silicon Valley businesses competitive, that somehow the
foreigners who have been given preference over our own countrymen would
cripple our tech industry if they left. I say, ta ta, buh ‘bye, don’t let the
door hit you in the ass on the way out. Get lost, you’re putting my
countrymen out of jobs. Go work in your own country. Oh, that’s right,
you don’t want to live in your own country.
What might really happen is that there’d be a cheapo-brain drain and I’m
good with that. Our engineers and IT people are as good as any on the
planet. Better, in fact. They (plus, to be fair, foreign-born capitalists living
in America) are the ones who created Microsoft and Apple and any number
of other tech companies. There wouldn’t be a Silicon Valley tech industry
without American ingenuity, expertise and entrepreneurship. Our workers are
just not as cheap as foreign guest workers. The big multi-national
corporations in Silicon Valley only hire these foreigners because they’re
cheaper than Americans, not better.
I have a truly brilliant friend, a disabled army vet, no less, who had a good
job designing communications software–really cutting edge stuff. He loved
his job and was good at it. His job was “eliminated” and then re-created so a foreign guest worker could take it. It ruined his family and made him almost unemployable, unless he wants to move his whole family somewhere else from Atlanta where he was married, his children were born, where he and my oldest friend, his wife, have lived for 40 years or so. To paraphrase Trump, our country has been robbed of this native son’s productivity and the future fruits of his brilliant and creative mind. All so some faceless corporation can make a few
extra pennies by hiring a cheap foreigner with no ties whatsoever to America.
Do I hate foreigners? Of course not. But they wouldn’t give me
preferential treatment in their countries and I don’t see why our country
should do so for them. It’s foolish. I say, send Ms. Kosoff to China,
Canada or any of those countries she fears might take away our foreign
workers. Drain her brain right the hell out of here. We’ve got plenty of
writers who are unemployed. They could have her job.
Another thing Trump has right is that the European Union (EU) is not a true
democracy. Did any European country’s voters cast a single vote for the
president of the European Commission (EC)–the executive branch of the
EU–Jean-Claude Juncker? No. Because there was no such vote. He was
elected to rule 500 million plus people in a landslide–26 to 2–by his fellow
EC commissioners. Which commissioners are pledged to represent the
collective interests of all 28 EU countries over their own homeland. No
Juncker’s reportedly a drunk, and his highest office prior to being given the
job as the head of 28 countries, was as prime minister of friggin’
Luxembourg, a tiny country of fewer than six hundred thousand people.
‘Ol Jean-Claude starts his day pelting down malt whiskey. Nobody elected
him, and I don’t recall seeing any vote by those 500 million people Juncker
now rules approving Brussels as the capital of Europe either. There’s no
democracy, there was a bloodless coup of a bunch of countries by a handful
of faceless, un-elected bureaucrats. And nobody noticed that ain’t democracy.
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, when Trump was blasted by the “we hate
America and you should too” liberal media for saying that there were a lot
of criminals coming across the border from Mexico, he was only repeating
what that very same media had been saying for years. Illegal immigration is
fraught with peril and there are a lot of dangerous criminals involved in that
traffic. According to media, terrible things happen to those folks trying to
get into America. When the media says it, it’s okay, but when Trump says
it, well, they go all chicken little on us. Trembling with fear they scream
that the sky is falling. I say take some vitamins, eat a few burgers and maybe
your blood will turn red again instead of its current anemic “I surrender”
Trump is really, really, really right about the disastrous trade deals America
has agreed to, starting with the horrible deal George H.W. Bush’s trade
representative, Carla Hills negotiated–the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA pretty much killed Florida’s tomato
growing agricultural sector. The Mexican peso was manipulated to fall,
which made American products more expensive as a result. Tomato imports
to the USA increased 60% in one year, (from “The North American Free
Trade Agreement and U.S. Agriculture”;
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/agecon/trade/nine.html accessed February
When Bill Clinton signed the General Agreement on Trade and
Tariffs (GATT) in 1993, he bitch slapped American workers and damaged
the U.S. economy terribly. How? Well, we, as a country, have enacted all sorts of worker and environmental protections–because we value those people and things–and that makes American labor and products expensive. These trade agreements made American workers have to compete against places where workers are virtual slaves or at least seriously mistreated and grossly underpaid. The agreements totally f–ked our workers. You know, the ones who made our
economy the greatest in the world in the first place, who built us up from a
backwater to a powerhouse. Thanks, Bill Clinton, you perv. I wish you’d spent
more time chasing interns and left our worker and product protections in
But of course media-istas today are so busy thinking with their
emotions that they can’t spare the time, energy and mental discipline it
would take to understand basic economics or any other technically complex
issues. When Trump said once, (I forget the venue) to a journalist that
China manipulates its currency which makes our products less competitive
that bimbo looked like a deer in the headlights. She had no idea what
manipulating currency was or how it relates to the economies of other
countries which don’t do that.
Oh yeah, and screw you Ms. Kosoff. To reiterate, go grace China, or
Canada–or whatever foreign country you think we might bleed foreign
workers to–with your presence. Please. Your job is one I’d love to see go
offshore, right along with you.