Today’s Washington Post carries an interesting editorial urging an increase in the number of H-1B visas, arguing that too low a cap is an act of “economic self-sabotage.” We should certainly want to encourage the best and the brightest to come to the United States, even if the Post vastly oversimplifies the domestic IT labor market and overstates the skill levels of some H-1B visa recipients. This is an aspect of the immigration debate that is often neglected due to a disproportionate focus on unskilled labor.
But the Post is overpromising when it suggests that H-1B visa expansion will reduce the offshore outsourcing of American jobs. In fact, the main public policy goal of many anti-outsourcing activists is the reduction or elimination of H-1B and L-1 visas. Why? Because these non-immigrant visa programs are seen as facilitating the knowledge transfers necessary to make outsourcing feasible in the first place. Companies can have their visas and engage in outsourcing too.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?