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How Mass Immigration Was Used to Kill the American Dream

This excellent article by Robert Reich is worth the read. Chocked full of facts detailing the demise of the American Worker. He appropriately ascribes responsibility for the American Worker’s/American Dream’s  demise  to corporations/the 1%.  Robert fails when he shamefully avoids the fact that the corporations use/have used mass immigration, as their main tool, to effectively lower wages/standard of living/influence of the American Worker.

There are some jobs that are just too costly to export no matter how many tax incentives the Federal Government is offering to send them out of the country. The best way for the Corporations to address the jobs they can’t export is to import as much labor as possible, mass immigration, to suppress the wages/the standard of living as much as possible.

If we, appropriately, address the effect that mass immigration would have on Mr. Reich’s assertions of what is the cause of the the American Workers/American Dreams demise, we are forced , by the facts, into the conclusion that Mr. Reich has engaged in some intentional, shameful  Intellectual Dishonesty by avoiding the Corporations main tool that was/is necessary to further the demise, mass immigration.

In 1983 Carpenters in the state I resided in made around $20 an hour plus a benefit package. In 2003, boom-time, corporations had enough mass immigration during that time to have lowered the wages for that job to $11 an hour with no benefits, each replacing a $20 an hour employee with benefits with an $11 an hour employee where the benefits are paid by the taxpayers. In my case the immigrant employees, who did not speak english, had mistakenly torn  down my fence releasing my best friends into harms way. I was able to reunite two of the family, one member of the family is still missing, likely forever. As I tried to find out which way my dogs had gone I quickly discovered that the not one of the workers spoke English, as such, I could not ascertain which which way they had gone.

That experience is indicative of the cause and effect of mass immigration on workers/ the community. The the demise, Robert laments, would not have been possible without it. He does not mention it, it is absent like his credibility on this issue.

In a capitalist/ corporat-ist economy workers are supposed to be able to obtain better wages-benefits/standard of living through having fewer available workers  for jobs requiring employers compete for the workers from the more limited pool of workers, offering increased wages/benefits for the best workers. Then you interject an unlimited amount of workers into this equation, through mass immigration, andyou can see why corporations support unlimited wage-suppressing worker importation, commonly known as immigration. Think Reich should have factored in mass immigration.

Here’s the funny part, Reich supports unlimited immigration. His hypocrisy laid bare by the fact he never advocates for the two at the same time, they are not mutually exclusive.

By Robert Reich( see the full article at Alternet)

Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell.

What’s going on? It used to be that as unemployment dropped, employers had to pay more to attract or keep the workers they needed. That’s what happened when I was labor secretary in the late 1990s.

It still could happen – but the unemployment rate would have to sink far lower than it is today, probably below 4 percent.Yet there’s reason to believe the link between falling unemployment and rising wages has been severed.

For one thing, it’s easier than ever for American employers to get the workers they need at low cost by outsourcing jobs abroad rather than hiking wages at home. Outsourcing can now be done at the click of a computer keyboard.

Besides, many workers in developing nations now have access to both the education and the advanced technologies to be as productive as American workers. So CEOs ask, why pay more?

Meanwhile here at home, a whole new generation of smart technologies is taking over jobs that used to be done only by people.  Rather than pay higher wages, it’s cheaper for employers to install more robots.

Not even professional work is safe. The combination of advanced sensors, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, big data, text-mining, and pattern-recognition algorithms is even generating smart robots capable of quickly learning human actions.

In addition, millions of Americans who dropped out of the labor market in the Great Recession are still jobless. They’re not even counted as unemployed because they’ve stopped looking for work.

But they haven’t disappeared entirely. Employers know they can fill whatever job openings emerge with this “reserve army” of the hidden unemployed – again, without raising wages.

Add to that, today’s workers are less economically secure than workers have been since World War II. Nearly one in five is in a part-time job.

Insecure workers don’t demand higher wages when unemployment drops. They’re grateful simply to have a job.

To make things worse, a majority of Americans have no savings to draw upon if they lose their job. Two-thirds of all workers are living paycheck to paycheck. They won’t risk losing a job by asking for higher pay.

Insecurity is now baked into every aspect of the employment relationship. Workers can be fired for any reason, or no reason. And benefits are disappearing. The portion of workers with any pension connected to their jobhas fallen from over half in 1979 to under 35 percent today.

Workers used to be represented by trade unions that used tight labor markets to bargain for higher pay. In the 1950s, more than a third of all private-sector workers belonged to a union. Today, though, fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.

None of these changes has been accidental. The growing use of outsourcing abroad and of labor-replacing technologies, the large reserve of hidden unemployed, the mounting economic insecurities, and the demise of labor unions have been actively pursued by corporations and encouraged by Wall Street. Payrolls are the single biggest cost of business. Lower payrolls mean higher profits.

The results have been touted as “efficient” because, at least in theory, they’ve allowed workers to be shifted to “higher and better uses.” But most haven’t been shifted. Instead, they’ve been shafted.

The human costs of this “efficiency” have been substantial. Ordinary workers have lost jobs and wages, and many communities have been abandoned.

Nor have the efficiency benefits been widely shared. As corporations have steadily weakened their workers’ bargaining power, the link between productivity and workers’ income has been severed.

Since 1979, the nation’s productivity has risen 65 percent, but workers’ median compensation has increased by just 8 percent. Almost all the gains from growth have gone to the top.

This is not a winning corporate strategy over the long term because higher returns ultimately depend on more sales, which requires a large and growing middle class with enough purchasing power to buy what can be produced.

But from the limited viewpoint of the CEO of a single large firm, or of an investment banker or fund manager on Wall Street, it’s worked out just fine – so far.

Low unemployment won’t lead to higher pay for most Americans because the key strategy of the nation’s large corporations and financial sector has been to prevent wages from rising.

continued at Alternet

Immigration should be referred to as excess worker importation, by those advocating for workers. People have the right to make decisions that adversely effect themselves. It is sad that the open-borders are able to adversely effect others/the next generation through their advocacy. That most have such cognitive dissonance that they dont address the adverse effects of their advocacy is pathetic at best. Kinda like Reich’s intentional avoidance of the proverbial elephant in the room. Such conduct should be called “pulling a Reich”.

Here is an example of “pulling a Reich”

Low unemployment won’t lead to higher pay for most Americans because the key strategy of the nation’s large corporations and financial sector has been to prevent wages from rising.

That if you have 1000 or 1 prospective employees does would not effect wages because   “the key strategy of the nation’s large corporations and financial sector has been to prevent wages from rising.” what a tool!  Hey Rob H-1 visas dont suppress wages -then what are they  for?

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