9 Jan 2017
Trump and Sessions plan to restrict highly skilled foreign workers. Hyderabad says to bring it on.
The visas bring nearly 100,000 “highly skilled” contract workers, mostly in tech and mostly from India, to the United States every year. Most stay for multiple years, and some eventually get green cards. According to federal guidelines, H-1Bs are intended to fill positions for which American workers with the requisite skills can’t be found. Whether the program always does that is intensely debated by industry lobbyists and politicians, and companies are not legally required to ensure that result.
Trump has described H-1Bs as a “cheap labor program” subject to “widespread, rampant” abuse. Sessions co-sponsored legislation last year with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to effectively gut the program; Issa, a congressman with Trump’s ear, released a statement Wednesday saying he was reintroducing similar legislation called the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act.
Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for the people who possess visas and expedited offer of citizenship.
India says it’s an opportunity to keep their good people home. Understandable.
29 Dec 2016
Manhattan judge reaps benefits of unlimited sick time policy for three years, collects $193G salary
No-show Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel McCullough disappeared with an unspecified illness in April 2014.
“Don’t tell them anything!” McCullough snapped at a friend who tried to put him on the phone this week with a Daily News reporter.
McCullough, 65, has instead reaped the benefits of New York’s unlimited sick time policy for its judges across the last 32 months to the lucrative tune of $482,500.
McCullough’s appointment runs for nine years. He was appointed to the bench by ex-Gov. David Paterson in 2010.
His colleagues are now left to pick up the judicial slack as McCullough collects his full compensation — roughly $50,000-a-year over what he would receive if he retired now.
This is the kind of behavior that puts municipalities in deep debt.
29 Dec 2016
Belgium terror fears: Boy, 14, found with rucksack full of bombs marked ‘Allah Akbar’
Four teenagers were discovered inside, one of whom was allegedly carrying a deadly cargo of homemade bombs in his back pack.
The 14-year-old was also in possession of a bottle with the words “Allah Akbar” engraved into it, according to police.
He allegedly told police that he wanted to make a bomb because he is interested in video games and chemistry.
Does anyone think the games and chemistry line will work?
29 Dec 2016
SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to cut 30 percent of its budget by Jan. 1, 2018, the end of President-elect Donald Trump’s first year in office.
“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek.
The SEIU will begin with a 10 percent budget cut immediately at the start of 2017. The union’s current annual budget is $300 million.
It is simply amazing the shock waves resulting from the election.
27 Dec 2016
US Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Tops Global Arms Market
With decades of imperialist meddling around the world and a culture defined by hyper-militarism, it’s no surprise the United States yet again topped the list of global weapons sales last year, signing deals worth about US$40 billion, according to a new congressional study.
The largest buyers of arms in 2015, the report found, were largely U.S. allies in the Gulf region, with Qatar buying more than US$17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which bought almost US$12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over US$8 billion in weapons purchases.
Nothing like war and conflict to prop up the economy.
Here’s the moral dilemma – Is it OK to feed ourselves through the sales of weapons, assuming that some of these weapons could be used in random acts of terror or war against ourselves?
The Congressional report is here.
Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015
27 Dec 2016
One of my all time favorite column writers is setting down the pen… or the keyboard… whatever.
A Farewell Note
During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful. With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.
This made me decide to spend less time following politics and more time on my photography, adding more pictures to my website (www.tsowell.com).
This is what life should be about. People following their interests without worrying about what government is doing… and government operating in the best interest of the citizens so we don’t have to pay attention to what they are doing.
As a fellow black American male and conservative realist – well done, sir.