Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Immigration, Law, Liberalism, Politics, Regulation | Tags: Hiring Decisions, STEM jobs, White House Decisions
When a business wants to hire someone, they would prefer someone who has done the same job previously and successfully. Someone who wants to step up to your company. They would be charming, have an excellent resume, excellent academic record with good grades in an applicable field, and a stunning list of notable accomplishments. Good luck with that.
There is a cost to a bad hiring decision. According to a study by the Society for Human Resources Management, it could cost up to five times a bad hire’s annual salary. The higher the person’s position and the longer they remain in that position, the more it will cost to replace him or her. Recruiters say that if you make a mistake in hiring and recognize the mistake within six months, the cost of replacing that employee is still going to cost two and one-half times the person’s salary.
For every two students that U.S. colleges graduate with STEM degrees (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) only one is hired into a STEM job. Half of all graduates are not hired into STEM positions. Thirty-two percent say it is because IT jobs are unavailable, 53 percent say they found better job opportunities outside of IT occupations. These responses suggest that the supply is larger than the demand for them in industry. The annual inflow of guestworkers amounts to one-third to one-half the number of all new IT job holders, in spite of stagnant or declining wages.
The immigration debate is complicated and polarizing, but the implications of the data for enacting high-skill guestworker policy are clear: Immigration policies that facilitate large flows of guestworkers will supply labor at wages that are too low to induce significant increases in supply from the domestic workforce.
Only about of a third of the IT workforce has an IT-related degree. 36 percent of IT workers do not hold a college degree at all. Only 24 percent of IT workers have a four-year computer science or math degree. But then, Bill Gates was famously a college dropout. I searched for “hiring tests for high tech jobs,” and the variety of tests — aptitude, skill, social, drugs, personality — and some companies have devised their own tests of intelligence and thinking to weed out the unsuitable.
Meantime, the government is stepping in to promote “fairness.” The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said it will crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally. The EEOC’s new guidance requires companies to establish procedures to show they are not using criminal records to discriminate by race or national origin. There’s some leeway for criminal convictions that are “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.”
President Obama on Friday formally announced a deal with some of the nation’s largest companies to institute new hiring practices that do not “disadvantage” those who have been jobless for several months or longer.
Companies such as AT&T, Apple, Wal-Mart, Ford and others have agreed to the president’s initiative which will also extend to the federal government and its interview process.
They just need that chance, somebody who will look past that stretch of unemployment, put in context of the fact that we went through the worst financial and economic crisis in our lifetime which created a group of folks who were unemployed longer than normal,” Mr. Obama. “All they need is a fair shot … giving up on the unemployed will create a drag on our economy we cannot tolerate.
The agreement means that companies will not favor one prospective employee over another based solely on the length of time each has been unemployed. On Tuesday Mr. Obama used executive power to hike the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for all federal contractors.
President Obama’s closest adviser and liaison with corporate America is Valerie Jarrett, although she has no knowledge or experience to help her understand the concerns of those with whom she is dealing. Financial sector insiders and corporate executives reportedly stopped having meetings with the White House because any such meetings were pointless. They found that Ms. Jarrett was interested only in pushing the administration’s agenda, rather than engaging in any kind of dialogue about how to foster better economic growth. But the White House does not want input, nor do they want to work with business. They want obedience.
If you want to know why the recession has dragged on so long, why the economy has not come roaring back, the answers are all to be found here. Everything is best fixed by a government policy emanating from the White House. They know better, and don’t have to listen to the people.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Immigration, Law, National Security, Politics | Tags: "Illegal" Means Breaking the Law, "It's For the Children", Tired Democrat Theme
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke to the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday. He told his audience that the approximately eleven million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.” This was one of his first public speeches since being confirmed as the chief of the Department of Homeland Security in December.
“It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans,” he said to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in this country — many of whom came here as children — to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”
They have not “earned” any such right. They are illegal. The rule of law means something in this country, and if you break it you have to face the consequences. Children of parents who break the law usually have consequences — depending on their crime. They are taken away from their parents and dumped in foster care, suffer the shame of the parent’s crime. Why are illegals who were brought here as children any different? And just how did they earn any such right?
If Mr. Johnson cannot uphold the laws of the country, then he needs to resign. We have no obligation to those who are here illegally — even though the Democrats badly want their votes. Our obligation is to those who are legal immigrants who wait their turn and come to this country according to the rules. Those people we welcome with open arms.
It’s lawlessness all the way down.
Filed under: Politics, Foreign Policy, The Constitution, Economy, Health Care, Terrorism, Energy, Democrat Corruption, Law, National Security, Immigration | Tags: Great Expectations, Shattered Dreams, Squandered Opportunity
February 14, 2008: “The choice in this election is not between regions or religions or gender” he says in that beautiful baritone of his. “It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old. And it’s not about black versus white.” What voters are really choosing he says is between the past and the future. The future to which he refers, of course, is him. He will take Americans to a color-blind, rational, humanist place where a common good will overpower narrow self-interest. This moves Obama’s fans close to rapture. CNS News
“President Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.” Dennis Praeger
February 5, 2008: “We are the hope of the future; the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided; that we cannot come together; that we cannot remake this world as it should be.
Because we know what we have seen and what we believe— that what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus that cannot be ignored; that will not be deterred; that will reign out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest— Yes. We. Can.”
What does it take to warn Americans about unchecked pension growth,
socialized medicine, vast increases in entitlements, higher taxes and
steady expansion of of government? In other words, what is it about
Detroit, Italy or Greece that we do not understand?
Victor Davis Hanson
January 28, 2008: “If you know who you are, who you’re fighting for, what your values are, you can afford to reach out to people across the aisle. If you start off with an agreeable manner, you might be able to pick off a few folks, recruit some independents into the fold, recruit even some Republicans into the fold. If you’ve got the votes, you will beat them and do it with a smile on your face.” It was a summons to reasonableness, yet Obama made it sound thrilling. “False hopes? There’s no such thing. This country was built on hope,” he cried. “We don’t need leaders to tell us what we can’t do—we need leaders to inspire us. Some are thinking about our constraints, and others are thinking about limitless possibility.
Obama spoke for only twenty-five minutes and took no questions; he had figured out how to leave an audience at the peak of its emotion, craving more. As he was ending, I walked outside and found five hundred people standing on the sidewalk and the front steps of the opera house, listening to his last words in silence, as if news of victory in the Pacific were coming over the loudspeakers. I couldn’t recall a single thing that he had said, and the speech dissolved into pure feeling , which stayed with me for days.” George Packer, New Yorker
June 8, 2008: “Obama is a LightWorker — an Attuned Being with Powerful Luminosity and High-Vibration Integrity who will actually help usher in a New Way of Being. …The appeal, the pull, the ethereal and magical thing that seems to enthrall millions of people from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of the culture normally completely unaffected by politics?
No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton with all his effortless winking charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high vibration integrity.” Mark Mortford, San Francisco Chronicle
Unprecedented levels of debt —$6.5 trillion in 5 years.
More citizens receive aid— means-tested— than work full time.
Saddling the next generation with enormous debt.
Stymied medical innovation.
IRS used to stymie political opponents and sway election.
Made U.S, weak. Drop to 17th in economic freedom.
Escalated racial tensions. Divided Americans by class.
Allies do not trust Obama administration.
Ignores Constitution. Takes law into own hands.
Ordering Dream Act that Congress rejected.
Impeding economy with red tape and uncertainty.
Keystone XL Pipeline jobs ignored.
Benghazi. Libya. Syria. Ignores separation of powers. Lack of leadership.
Evicting World War II vets from their monument.
Rules of engagement killing our troops in Afghanistan.
“Discretionary” attacks on other countries on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.
Stimulus. Auto bailout. Solyndra. Green jobs.
Weakest economic recovery in history.
Most partisan administration ever. The ObamaCare rollout.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Foreign Policy, Immigration, Middle East, National Security, Politics, Progressivism, Terrorism | Tags: "Not My Fault", Don't Blame Me!, Leave It to Beaver
Is he always the last to know? Or is it more the Eddie Haskell syndrome? Kathleen Sebelius has confirmed that President Obama was totally unaware that the initial rollout of ObamaCare was a major catastrophe until it happened. This was the president’s signature project, and clearly no one with the right technology experience was in charge. The company hired to do the work was the only bid, and Canada had fired them earlier for incompetence.
And he didn’t know anything about the NSA tapping the phones and email of German Chancellor Angela Merkel until after an internal review he ordered earlier this year, even though a German weekly reported that Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA chief, briefed Obama on the Merkel wiretaps back in 2010.
Officials said that the president was briefed on and approved of broad intelligence gathering priorities, but those below him made the decisions about specific targets
He is remarkably ignorant of all the scandals that have cropped up in his administration, at least until they make the papers. Then he is just as angry as the rest of us about the slip-up. Remember how angry he said he was about the IRS’ efforts to hold up tax exemption applications from Tea Party groups in the period before the 2012 election, an effort that coincidentally changed the outcome of the election. And nevermind that the IRS inspector general issued a report that documented IRS abuse. Obama said “I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this, I think it was on Friday.”
Obama also didn’t know anything about his administration releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants — blaming the sequester cuts. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary at the time, said even she was surprised to learn about the action.
The ongoing crisis in the Middle East, and now tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have grown sharply in recent months. The president authorized the CIA to provide limited arms to carefully vetted Syrian rebels, but it took months for the program to even begin.
Even as the debate about arming the rebels took on a new urgency, Mr. Obama rarely voiced strong opinions during senior staff meetings. But current and former officials said his body language was telling: he often appeared impatient and disengaged while listening to the debate, sometimes scrolling through messages on his BlackBerry or slouching and chewing gum.
The Government Accountability Institute examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Briefing, which seems to be about 43.8 percent of the time. President Bush held meetings six days a week with the Vice President, the Chief of Staff, Homeland Security, the FBI director and other Homeland Security officials.
Now NBC News is reporting that the Obama administration knew in advance that their catastrophic takeover of the health care industry would throw millions of their existing plans. Millions of Americans are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under ObamaCare, say experts, and the Obama administration has know that for at least three years.
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act told NB that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year, and that number could reach as high as 80 percent.
I think it’s Eddie Haskell all the way down. But we never saw Eddie Haskell all grown-up. I wold assume that he always has an excuse, nothing is ever his fault, and he’s really irritated about it now that he found out with the rest of us.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Immigration, Law, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Big Debt-Big Government, Can't Stop Spending, Increasing Debt
President Obama made some formal remarks in the State Dining Room on the reopening of the government. It was an amazing speech, perhaps the most self-serving speech ever given, by anyone ever. He continued to blame Republicans for threatening default, although no Republican threatened default at any time. All the default talk came from President Obama himself. It was President Obama who claimed that if we defaulted — old folks on Social Security wouldn’t get their checks. It was President Obama who claimed that — we would not be able to pay our bills. It was President Obama who tried — to talk the Dow Jones Industrial average down with talk of default. And now he’s trying to emphasize, once again, that it’s all the Republicans’ fault.
So the key now is a budget that cuts out the things that we don’t need, closes corporate tax loopholes that don’t help create jobs, and frees up resources for the things that do help us grow — like education and infrastructure and research. And these things historically have not been partisan. And this shouldn’t be as difficult as it’s been in past years because we already spend less than we did a few years ago. Our deficits are half of what they were a few years ago. The debt problems we have now are long term, and we can address them without shortchanging our kids, or shortchanging our grandkids, or weakening the security that current generations have earned from their hard work.
So that’s number one. Number two, we should finish fixing the job of — let me say that again. Number two, we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system.
There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform — from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement. In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support that would make the biggest commitment to border security in our history; would modernize our legal immigration system; make sure everyone plays by the same rules, makes sure that folks who came here illegally have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, meet their responsibilities. That bill has already passed the Senate. And economists estimate that if that bill becomes law, our economy would be 5 percent larger two decades from now. That’s $1.4 trillion in new economic growth.
So now the Republicans cut the deficit with their wretched sequester, and I’ll take credit for that. But now that’s enough deficit cutting, and I need more money to spend on — wait for it — education and infrastructure and research. How money spent here creates jobs has not yet been explained. Would any big infrastructure project be ready to go before Obama has left office?
There may be a broad coalition behind comprehensive immigration reform, but you will notice that it does not include the American people. Our immigration system is broken because the President of the United States refuses to enforce the immigration laws, and the people oppose any amnesty for the same reason. Corporate America in general, and Silicon Valley in particular, want greatly increased immigration so they can get cheaper IT workers. America has no shortage of qualified STEM graduates. Corporations do not want to hire those who have been laid off during the recession. They assume, I guess, that anyone unemployed was laid off for reason. Unfair? Absolutely.
Mr. Obama assumes that jobs are created by government by spending money on education, infrastructure and research. They are not. Anxious businessmen have tried and tried to explain to this president that high corporate taxes, excessive regulation and absolute uncertainty about what this government will do next are killing their ability to hire, to expand and to take risks. President Obama will not listen, and has not been listening for over four years.
Education? Recent college graduates cannot find the jobs they prepared for and are working part-time in fast food. Or is it the free kindergarten for four-year-olds that you expect to transform the job market? It takes years for most infrastructure projects to get off the ground, often because of excessive regulation. Your administration has sponsored all sorts of new products and new research to develop alternative energy that no one needs or wants, and most of the grants have come to nothing except bankruptcy.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Immigration, Law, Liberalism | Tags: Creating Jobs, No help - no hope, The Ongoing Recession
Since the Great Depression in the 1930s and ’40s, there have been eleven other recessions in America before this last one. In all those recessions, the economy recovered all the jobs that had been lost during the recession by an average of 25 months after the recession began. So the unemployment effects of those recessions lasted an average of about two years.
Today we are 5½ years after the recession began and we still have not come near to recovering the jobs lost during the recession. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment amounted to 138 million workers. Today we have fewer than 136 million, and the number of working age Americans has grown by 12.8 million.
Note that last number. President Obama is out on the budget campaign trail, bragging about his recovery. “[W]e are in a much stronger position now than when we were then. And we’ve created 7.5 million new jobs in the private sector.” But the number of working age Americans has grown by 12.8 million.
The good news is that every one of the challenges that we confront, every one of the barriers — whether it’s education, immigration, infrastructure —that prevent us from being as competitive as we could be, they’re all solvable. …
Mr. Obama always goes back to the same themes, so it’s apparently the only idea he has. We will create a better economy by improving education with Common Core. And if that were to work, (though I reject indoctrinating children), how many years would it take for a better-educated workforce to appear and start inventing new things?
Democrats are counting on increased immigration to swell the ranks of Democrat voters. Big business is lobbying for increased immigration to give them cheaper workers skilled in science, technology. math and engineering. Big business does not want to hire the unemployed, nor do they admit that we have more STEM graduates in this country than there are STEM jobs. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, is heading to Washington to lobby for more immigrant workers. The Center for Immigration Studies shows clearly that while Americans were getting laid off during the recession, immigrants were getting hired. But if they vote Democrat, what’s the difference?
Obama has been relying on “infrastructure” to revive the economy for 5 years, unaware of the lengthy process involved in building anything. Financing, permits, environmental impact, design approvals and so on and on. On major public projects it can take years.
He had big hopes for “green jobs” but when it turned out that there was never any significant number unless you included bus drivers, and janitors and accountants as “green jobs.” Obama has no idea how jobs are created, won’t listen to those who try to tell him, and keeps destroying jobs daily in major numbers. Home Depot is putting 20,000 workers on part-time because of ObamaCare. Walgreen’s is putting 160,000 workers on part-time. The Cleveland Clinic, celebrated by Mr. Obama in countless speeches as one of the best medical facilities in the country, has laid off 3,000 workers. And that’s just this week.
Obama said, in his speech to the Business Roundtable that in order to continue to bring down the deficit:
Now, in order for us to do that we’ve got to do a couple of things. Number one, we’ve got to continue to be tightfisted when it comes to spending on things we don’t need. We’ve got to continue to streamline government. We’ve got to continue to cut out waste. And there’s waste to be had, and there are programs that don’t work or used to work and are now obsolete and we should eliminate. And we’ve identified a whole range of programs that we want to eliminate and programs that we’d like to consolidate.
This is demagoguery at its best. “Continue to be tightfisted when it comes to spending on things we don’t need” — like basic military readiness. “Continue to streamline government.” Bwa ha ha ha. “Cut out waste” — see military readiness. “and there are programs that don’t work or used to work and are now obsolete and we should eliminate” — he has spoken about that at great length in many speeches, there was a policy that required spilled milk on a dairy farm to be treated as a hazardous oil spill, and they eliminated that. Or perhaps he has in mind the coal-fired power plants that the EPA is shutting down , so your power bills will go up and your chance of blackouts or brownouts will increase, in a potentially cooling climate.
The White House website has a new big graphic called “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class,” an exercise in demagoguery. Celebrating things that are not accomplishments, phony claims, appealing to emotions. One statement that particularly caught my eye was “No one who works full-time in America should have to live in poverty”— President Obama.
This, as Mr. Obama’s celebrated “law of the land” is causing all sorts of businesses all over the country to drop their employees from full-time to part-time — 27-27½ hours. To escape poverty those workers will have to find a second part-time job to combine with their shortened hours. ObamaCare is raising costs for most businesses. Obama listens to favorable statistics and drops the rest. He doesn’t know how jobs are created. ObamaCare is creating a disaster in the country, it is unready for prime time. It is clumsy law, poorly devised, and poorly thought out, and may collapse of its own weight, leaving disaster in its wake. And it only involves health insurance. There is no promise of actual care. There are not enough doctors to go around.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Immigration, Law, Politics | Tags: An Attack On The Unemployed, More Immigrants Please, Out of Work-Out of Luck
Last Tuesday the chief human resource officers of more than 100 of America’s largest companies sent a group letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging swift passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
We have General Electric, Walt Disney, Marriott, Hilton Hyatt, McDonald’s Wendy’s, Coca-Cola, the Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard and many more familiar names. They want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill and high-skill workers, and a path to citizenship for the millions currently illegally in the U.S. The officials cite a trade group publication the HR Policy Association which calls for immigration reform to address the reality that there is a global war for talent. They need more immigration. Well, not so fast.
The problem is that they don’t want to hire anyone who has been laid-off, for they assume the reason they were laid off is because they were lousy employees. Fresh Blood, please. Because we don’t really know how to sort out the potentially good workers out of the applications we get, and some of our picks have turned out really badly. So give us a clean slate of new people and nevermind the 9 million people currently out of work.
You have heard, I am sure, that there are just not enough STEM graduates (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and American companies need more talent. This is NOT true. There are far more STEM graduates than there are available jobs, and 10 years after receiving a STEM degree, 58 percent of STEM grads had left the field. Many stem jobs are linked to a particular project, and when the project is completed, the jobs are over.
The claim is that there are just not enough workers in the economy, but the data do not support that claim. Over the last 13 years, nearly 16 million new immigrants arrived, 5.4 million since 2008. The last 13 years make it clear that large-scale immigration can go hand-in-hand with weak job growth and persistently high rates of joblessness among the native-born. Between the first quarter of 2000, and the first quarter of 2013, the native-born population accounted for two-thirds of overall growth in the working-age population (16-65), but none of the net growth in employment among the working-age people has gone to natives.
Since recovery in employment began in 2010, about half the new employment has gone to immigrants. There has been a decline in jobs for all educational categories. The fall in the share of working-age natives holding a job has been most pronounced for men, blacks and Hispanics.
It would seem that the chief human resource officers want a bigger pool of potential workers to draw from, and plenty of downward pressure on wage costs, hence the push for more immigration. I am not impressed with the corporate whining. They have deep pockets, and lots of lobbying power with Congress. If they want an immigration bill passed, they are likely to get it.
Retired border control people say that there are probably 20 million illegals in the country, not the 11 million usually cited. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said we need immigration reform and more immigration so we have more people enrolled in ObamaCare. What?
And as for those major companies looking for more immigrants— Hewlett Packard laid off 29,000 employees, their VP of Human Resources signed the letter. Cisco, announced plans to lay off 4,000 in addition to the 8,000 cut in the last two years. Signed. United Technologies, layoffs of 3,000 this year. Signed. American Express, Signed, cut 5.400 jobs this year. Procter & Gamble, signed, cut 5,700. According to a recent Reuters report, U.S. employers announced 50,462 layoffs in August, up by 57 percent from 2012. The Center for Immigration Studies says the immigration bill is “more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.”
The major problem with our current immigration laws is that they are not being enforced. Anything interfering with immigrants flowing freely over the borders, and most regulations governing visas are being ignored. Congress refused to pass the “Dream Act” legalizing in short order those who were brought here as young children and know no other home. (They always have a sad story “for the children.)” Obama just effectively passed it with executive orders.” If Congress refuses to do what I want, I’ll do it on my own.” ICE agents have sued the Department of Homeland Security, and Janet Napolitano for preventing them from doing their jobs.
Chalk this one up under “Major Obama Scandals,” but you might want to discuss it with your congressman.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Immigration, Politics | Tags: 11.3% of Private Sector Workforce, Declining Union Membership, ObamaCare Taxes on Benefits
Forty thousand members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, The ILWU President cited a long list of grievances as the reason for the end of their association, but most prominent among them was the AFL-CIO support for ObamaCare.
“President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans, and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits. “But Obama pushed for just such a tax, and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure, and lined up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.”
Private sector unions have fallen to an all time low participation rate in the U.S. workforce. Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the U.S. workforce. In states that have enacted right to work legislation, membership is declining significantly. You mean people don’t want to belong to a union when they aren’t forced to?
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Education, Immigration, National Security, Politics, Science/Technology, The United States | Tags: A Shortage of STEM Graduates?, Governmental Myths, Not Enough Jobs
You know the litany. There aren’t enough young people studying scientific or technical subjects. America’s technical edge is threatened. The shortfall of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is so important that i has received its very own acronym — STEM graduates. And it is not only the United States, but Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, and many more countries. The predicted shortfall us supposed to number in the hundreds of thousands.
President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported in 2012 that over the next decade we would need one million additional STEM graduates. Governments are pouring billions of dollars into programs to train 10,000 new U.S. engineers every year as well as new STEM teachers. Until those new graduates arrive, big tech companies like Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are lobbying to raise the number of H-1B visas — temporary immigration permits for skilled workers —from 65,000 per year to as man as 180,000. The EU is similarly attempting to bring in skilled workers from outside the EU. India’s government says it needs to add 800 new Universities to avoid a shortfall of 1.6 million university-educated engineers by the end of the decade.
Yet the IEEE Spectrum magazine from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers says firmly that there are more STEM workers than there are suitable jobs. Wages have largely stagnated since 2000, and STEM workers at every career state struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM and Symantec, continue to lay off thousands of STEM workers.
Every year U.S. schools grant more STEM degrees than there are available jobs. When you add in the H-!B visa holders, existing STEM degree holders it is hard to make a case for the fabled shortage. In trying to understand the disparity, the author of the article says that there is indeed a STEM crisis, but it is one of literacy. Today’s students are not receiving a solid grounding in science, math and engineering. Counts of the numbers of STEM jobs depend on different metrics. The Department of Commerce says 7.6 million individuals worked in STEM jobs in 2010. The National Science Foundation (NSF) counts 12.4 million science and engineering jobs in the U.S. but includes health care workers, psychologists and social scientists.
Of the 7.6 million STEM workers counted by Commerce, only 3.3 million possess a STEM degree. New grads surveyed in 2006 and 2007 found that 2 out of 10 were working in non-STEM fields. And 10 years after receiving a STEM degree 58 percent of STEM graduates had left the field. So you don’t necessarily need a STEM degree to get a STEM job.
More than 370,000 science and engineering jobs in the United States were lost in 2011, according to the BLS. Many jobs are targets for outsourcing or replacement by automation. In many cases a job is not linked to a company, but to a funded project, which can end quickly when a project ends.
The alarm over graduates seems to be a phenomenon that started in World War II, and runs in cycles of “alarm, boom, and bust.” Governments push the STEM myth because an abundance of scientists and engineers is perceived as an important engine for innovation and for national defense. STEM skills seem more important in the decline of the humanities, but conversely many STEM graduates are lacking in the ability to think broadly and read and write clearly.
Well, yes. Our education system has become much more concerned with political correctness, diversity, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference and leftist politics while disparaging the Humanities and the Great Books which endeavored to teach that which was best and true in all that man had thought and done — and how that informed the present. And governments always seem to be operating on the wrong information — that’s just what bureaucracies do.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Immigration, Latin America, Law, National Security | Tags: DHS Coyotes, DHS Offers Instructions, How to Ask for Asylum
The trip for an illegal immigrant crossing the Mexican border is often grueling, dangerous an even deadly. Ruthless “coyotes” who escort illegals across the desert or through wilderness routes profit from the trip and care little about those whom they are herding north. Our immigration laws the object of passionate battles in Congress. We have, it is often asserted, perfectly good immigration laws — the problem is that they are not being enforced. We theoretically have somewhere around 11,000,000 illegal immigrants currently in the country. Democrats want to give them amnesty, for they expect future Democrat voters.
Our laws are not being enforced and not being obeyed. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement service is suing the Homeland Security Department and officials because they are not allowed to do their jobs. Ranchers on our southern border are under siege. We have something like 20 million unemployed and Democrats believe that giving work permits and amnesty to the eleven million currently here is a good idea, and now we learn that Homeland Security has posted clear guidelines on the Internet for an easier way to gain entrance to the United States. You simply step right up to a border crossing and tell official there that you have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture from drug gangs, and you may get to enter the country while you await a hearing before an immigration judge, a process that could take years. Works for about 200 people a week at the Otay crossing near San Diego.
Add this to the Lawless File. Our system of government is under attack from the Obama administration. They will obey the laws they like, and make very sure that you do, Enforce the laws that are help them to get what they want, sometimes ruthlessly, and simply ignore the laws they do not like, or waive them, delay implementation, issue an executive order to trump the law, or issue regulations that make the law impossible to enforce.
Filed under: Afghanistan, Capitalism, Economy, Health Care, Immigration | Tags: A Question of Leadership, Barely Functioning, Government Foul-Ups
Did we slip into some parallel universe when I wasn’t looking? In today’s news: Homeland Security loses track of one million foreigners. Homeland Security knows that they arrived in the United States, but they cannot prove that they left the country.An internal audit found that the department won’t meet its own goals for deploying an entry-exit system — a 2004 statutory requirement. So Janet Napolitano, basking in such successes has moved on to run the California University system, at an enormous jump in remuneration.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said that the Obama administration is not ready to handle such an influx of applications. Even limited legalization such as just granting citizenship rights to so-called Dream Act immigrants could lead to problems. “I cannot stress enough how ill-equipped USCIS is to engage in the sort of far-reaching plans before Congress right now— including both the enormous legalization programs proposed as well as the historic increases in both immigrant and non-immigrant visas: said Kenneth Palinkas, president of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Council.
Without much publicity or official announcements the United States has released five top Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a goodwill gesture to the Taliban. There are no reports of the Taliban releasing captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official said that the prisoners were released under the condition that they will not engage in any violent activity.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in pursuing Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination “on the basis of race, color, religion, sex , or national origin has alleged that retailers Dollar General and a US subsidiary of auto maker BMW have broken federal law by using criminal background checks in employment decisions. State Attorneys Generals are pushing back: “An employer may have any number of business-driven reasons for not wanting to hire individuals who have been convicted of rape, assault, child abuse, weapons violations or murder — all crimes specifically mentioned in the complaints. No matter how unfair a bright-line criminal background check might seem to some, it i s not your agency’s role to expand the protections of Title VII under the pretext of preventing racial discrimination.”
Contra Costa County, CA, won the right to run a health care call center where workers will answer questions to help implement ObamaCare, and the over 200 jobs it will provide. Half the jobs will be part-time, so the call center does not have to provide health care benefits. The County had about 7,000 applicants for jobs with good working wages and benefits — Supervisors had no idea the jobs would be part-time.
Could be a parallel universe, just a bad dream, or — your government at work.
* A line from William Voegeli’s Never Enough