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Costs, Not Skills Major Driver in Guest Worker Program

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 6:08 PM

This is the fourth is a series of articles co-authored by James Otto, an attorney representing displaced American workers, that examines abuse of the H-1B guest worker visa program that is being used by many American companies to replace American workers with less skilled, less qualified and less expensive foreign...

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Chaos in Congress

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:18 PM

There are so few times the older you get where you can honestly say you have never seen anything like this, but in my 40 years of politics I do not believe I have ever seen anything like the current chaos in Congress. There are so many dimensions from which...

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Carly Fiorina's War on American Workers

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 2:15 PM

This post represents the third in a series of articles examining the displacement of American workers by foreign workers. It is co-authored by James Otto, an attorney representing displaced American workers.

Carly Fiorina conducted a war against American workers while commander-in-chief at Hewlett-Packard (HP) just as a military commander would...

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Unsolicited Advice for the Pope

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 12:11 PM

To: His Holiness, Pope Francis
From: Lance Simmens, Chief Executive Officer, Unsolicited Political Advice Consultants, Inc.
Date: October 4, 2015
RE: Preservation of Your Mantle of Leadership as Head of the Catholic Church

First of all, I am a Catholic, and during the 1960s was...

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Are Foreign Workers and Foreign Students Stealing American Jobs?

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 6:33 PM

This article is co-authored by James Otto, an attorney representing displaced American workers.

This is the second in a series of articles highlighting corporate practices of displacing American workers with cheaper and less skilled foreign workers and foreign students.

Now that the issue of unskilled foreign workers replacing skilled American...

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The Pope Is Dope! Long Live the Pope

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:46 PM

The disdain that conservative politicians exhibit towards the public good, common sense, intellectualism, scientific inquiry, complexity, and leadership is an abominable insult to both the democratic process and the solemn duty to uphold the Constitution on behalf of the constituents they represent. My aim here is to level a broadside...

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GOP - The Party's Over

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 8:54 PM

What a difference a week makes. Trump is losing his luster and I would offer losing his cool, except you can't spend what you ain't got, and can't lose what you never had (as the old song goes). Carson is sleepwalking through misinterpretations of historical proportions and history itself as...

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Beginning of the End for Trump?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:38 PM

After watching last night's Republican presidential debate, I could not help but feel the tide shifting away from the avowed front runner and feel a collective sigh of boredom from what once were a rabid core of enthusiastic supporters as the repetition of non-sequiturs, meaningless boasts, and vague to nonexistent...

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Does the Government Sanction the Displacement of American Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:09 PM

What if I told you that not only should American workers be worried about a proliferation of government incentives and subsidies that encourage employers to relocate factories and jobs overseas in order to widen their profit margins but that they must also worry about government programs designed to bring foreign...

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The Donald: Pimp, Plutocrat or Populist

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:55 PM

I keep wondering just what it is that so bothers me about Donald Trump and try as I might I simply cannot help but be puzzled by his resilience and his growing appeal within a substrata of the human condition known as conservative Republicans. Even when discounting the deep-seated anger...

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The Black Rebel

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Bucks County is a long way from Georgia, but in what can only be described as the beauty of life mobility and fate oftentimes conspire to make the world a much smaller place. I found this to be true early in life as I began an odyssey that would serendipitously...

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The Two Faces of Frustration

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 3:13 PM

We are witnessing an extraordinary set of not unrelated developments in our political system as both of the major political parties are struggling to redefine themselves after an extended period of dysfunction that can be traced back to the 2000 election. The great heist perpetrated by an overtly political Supreme...

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White on Black Crime and Structural Racism

(66) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:26 AM

I have watched the official dash cam video of the Sandra Bland incident and can only say that it makes me physically ill to reflect upon the circumstances that so tragically conspired to spiral out of control and end up with the loss of a black woman who was in...

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Turn Up the Heat on Climate Change

(293) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Well there you go again you wacky scientists spinning their wild tales of impending disaster and doom all to advance their ultra-liberal social agenda which includes abolition of capitalism as we know it, forcing people to actually interact with one another by living close to one another, and instituting mass...

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That Giant Sucking Sound Is Bipartisanship

(11) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 2:32 AM

If the current debate on global trade is bipartisanship, maybe paralysis is preferable after all. As votes on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Trade Promotion Authority (better known as Fast Track), and Trade Adjustment Assistance looms in the House of Representatives there is little doubt that the average American voter is...

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When Being Smart Is Not Smart

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Once upon a time being smart was considered a good thing. It may not have been considered cool or hip to use the parlance of my generation but still there was a degree of respect and even jealousy for those smarter than us. Today, at least in the political salons...

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TPP Ought to Stand for Transparent Public Policy

(7) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:12 PM

The only thing transparent about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the extent to which its proponents will go to ensure that few know what is contained within it. There is no greater proof of this than the current battle over an unbelievably undemocratic process known as Trade Promotion Authority...

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Four Dead in Ohio, Give Peace a Chance

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:08 AM

Forty-five years ago today, the front lines of the war against the war in Vietnam, and in this case more pointedly in Cambodia, formed at the base of Blanket Hill on the campus of Kent State University. Four students were killed by National Guard troops that day on the rolling...

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We Need Another Kerner Commission Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:55 PM

In November of last year I penned an op-ed calling on the president to appoint a modern-day equivalent of the Kerner Commission, a national panel to investigate the breadth and depth of the undercurrent of anger and mistrust in the poorer and mostly black communities that is erupting...

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When War Is the Only Option We All Lose

(75) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 5:01 PM

It is very rare where I get angry from the outbursts that emanate from my television screen but yesterday was an exception. That it would come from a protégé of Dick Cheney is neither surprising nor excusable. On Hardball with Chris Matthews Ron Christie uttered some of the most nonsensical,...

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