- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 18, 2003

Jobs for home-grown workers

In regard to the article “High-tech firms importing cheap labor” (Nation, Sept. 5): We constantly have young people leaving school with new job skills who cannot find the work they were trained to do because the jobs have been outsourced.

Corporation executives increasingly claim that “you must meet cost challenges or you won’t survive … and you won’t provide shareholder returns.” Nothing is said about the survival or returns of the dismissed employees. The corporate execs will receive their generous compensations, plus their bonuses, without interruption — until the only corporate executive left on this side of the ocean is the company president. They fail to realize that when they dismiss America’s employees, they also are dismissing America’s customers.

While skilled and experienced Americans walk the streets, Congress is contemplating tripling the allowed number of H-1B and L-1 visas for (mostly Indian high-tech) temporary workers from 65,000 to 195,000 annually. Not improbably, these people will return to India to perform the outsourced jobs, while a few remain to supervise operations. If one is sitting next to one of the guest workers, one could well be sitting next to one’s replacement without knowing it.

Our Congress is like the house cat asleep in the kitchen while the mice carry out the refrigerator; one often wonders whom they think they represent — their constituents or strangers on the other side of the pond. Don’t think it’s only the high techs who have to worry, either; accountants, engineers and architects are already feeling the pinch. Many industrialists are willing to relegate America’s genius to a seat on the bench, and the U.S. government seems to be too willing to accommodate them. The president recently signed a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore to allow workers from Singapore to work in the United States without salary restrictions or limitations on the length of time they can remain here.

It seems that many corporate executives believe that for the sake of the bottom line, America must accept a downgraded status in the world. Don’t believe it. A Japanese writer once said that Americans are the most creative people in the world and that their uniqueness is that “they do things.”

It would be hard to think of any science or technology America hasn’t created or developed to its most sophisticated level — and generously shared with all mankind: transmitting sight and sound over distance, illuminating the dark, revealing the atom and universe, developing expeditious air and ground transportation, bringing about the miracles of modern medicine and sanitation. It is not over yet.

Corporations claim that they can’t do without the special skills of imported workers and that they worry about a potential shortage. What skills do these special workers have that they have not learned, directly or indirectly, from American universities? What about Americans with the same special skills who are sitting at home, sending out their resumes — and twiddling their thumbs?

This writer has been in the stock market for more than 40 years, but it has never been his desire to get rich at the expense of fellow Americans. When American workers prosper, the whole country prospers. Outsourcing is a dilemma that must be solved and cannot be allowed to continue. The obvious solution is to abolish capital gains taxes and give American workers a level playing field with the rest of the world. Then watch the outsourcers scramble to get back on this side of the ocean.

THOMAS J. MCLOUGHLIN

Chicago

Taking a spin

The Washington Times has reported the shocking recent opinion by Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. that the Motor Vehicle Administration may not deny driver’s licenses to illegal aliens (“Curran opinion permits licenses,” Metropolitan, Wednesday) and comments by MVA Administrator Anne S. Ferro that illegal aliens are being assisted by MVA branch managers if they lack the documents required from U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens.

This dubious opinion is based on false and misleading arguments. Mr. Curran says that because immigration status is not mentioned in the MarylandTransportation Code, the state is not precluded from issuing licenses to illegal aliens. He then baldly concludes it is discriminatory for the MVA to do so. Mr. Curran’s second argument is that because a federal law prohibiting state grants of public benefits to illegal aliens does not include the magic words “driver’s license,” illegal aliens may drive in Maryland.

As Delegate Ana S. Gutierrez helpfully points out, these licenses assist alien lawbreakers to work and reside illegally in the United States, actions that are felonious.

The Maryland Constitution expressly recognizes the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution and federal law. Every time Miss Ferro issues a license to an illegal alien, she denies U.S. citizens the equal protection of the law, unconstitutionally regulates immigration and usurps the federal power to regulate interstate commerce and conduct foreign affairs.

This shameless attempt to protect the exploitation of cheap labor and promote ethnic special interests at the cost of the rule of law and national security underscores the need for Maryland to work with, not defy and resist, the federal government.

DAN STEIN

Executive director

Federation for American Immigration Reform

Washington

Enforcing the law in the sniper case

At this tragic anniversary of the sniper episode in Virginia, the District and Maryland, our twoMontgomeryCounty Dougs, Douglas M. Duncan and Douglas F. Gansler, have taken to the radio and television to solemnly assure us county residents of their support of the security provided by their administration of our criminal justice system.

However, the media have mostly missed the real point of trying the accused today in Virginia (“Sniper jury almost set,” Metropolitan, Friday), notwithstanding Mr. Gansler’s comments expressing his desire to try them in Montgomery County. The apparent reason for this assignment of prosecution may be related to the issue of the attempted repeal of the death penalty in Montgomery County by Mr. Duncan, the county executive, and Mr. Gansler, the state’s attorney.

One recalls when, in 1995, Mr. Gansler would not ask for the death penalty in a case in which five people were murdered in Potomac by a “home-repair rapist”; he got life. Thus, we are on notice by Mr. Gansler: Not only does he apparently not believe in the Maryland law of capital punishment, but he further wants to deny residents the right of self-defense. (He is personally prosecuting a case against a resident accused of transporting a firearm in his automobile — a gun-prohibition priority for Mr. Gansler.)

Accordingly, the sniper cases were assigned to Virginia, where capital punishment is still enforced. While Mr. Duncan and Mr. Gansler make speeches about the tragedies of these homicides, Virginia is taking the responsibility of enforcing the law, including the option of capital punishment.

Moreover, in the course of the sniper cases, we lost our effective chief of police, Charles Moose. This on account of a book he chose to write, which has just been published. Through mismanagement by Mr. Duncan, Chief Moose was prohibited from writing about his experience and chose to resign under such conditions. It was a great loss for our county, but not for the Dougs, who apparently ignored Chief Moose’s contributions to county law enforcement.

Montgomery voters like myself need to pay closer attention to enforcement of our criminal justice system. If we choose not to do so, officials such as the Dougs will continue to undermine law enforcement in our county and disarm residents of their right to home- and self-defense. Save us from a Maryland with Mr. Duncan as governor (and Mr. Gansler as county manager).

C. STUART BROAD

Chevy Chase

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