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  • Virus fight at risk as world's medical glove capital struggles with lockdown

    03/25/2020 3:25:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2020 | by Liz Lee, Krishna N. Das
    KUALA LUMPUR - Disposable rubber gloves are indispensable in the global fight against the new coronavirus, yet a month’s lockdown in stricken Malaysia where three of every five gloves are made has upended the supply chain and threatens to hamstring hospitals worldwide. The world’s biggest maker of medical gloves by volume, Top Glove Corp Bhd, has the capacity to make 200 million gloves a day, but a supplier shutdown has left it with only two weeks’ worth of boxes to ship them in. “We can’t get our gloves to hospitals without cartons,” Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai said in an...
  • WSJ: Wages Are Rising, so Government Must Quickly Expand Immigration

    02/21/2020 7:30:30 PM PST · by NobleFree · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2020 | NEIL MUNRO
    President Donald Trump’s “Hire American,” low-immigration policy is giving American employees a larger share of company profits, so the federal government should raise the supply of foreign workers, according to a mournful editorial column in the Wall Street Journal. “Corporate profits have been declining as employers increase wages to hire scarce blue-collar workers … corporate profits could soon drop to historic lows, which could reduce business investment and GDP growth,” says the editorial board’s complaint, titled “America’s Disappearing Workers.” “Maybe the only short-term fix is to increase legal immigration—unless Americans want to see their living standards decline and more jobs...
  • Trump seeks deal on foreign workers that could anger base

    02/20/2020 11:40:00 AM PST · by Mariner · 96 replies
    Politico ^ | February 20th, 2020 | By ANITA KUMAR
    The White House can't get its broad immigration proposal moving, so officials are pursuing a narrow deal that would please the business community but might go against the president's campaign promise to reduce overall immigration. In recent months, the administration has been in talks with senators about legislation that would create new categories of temporary worker visas or lengthen the allotted stays for those workers, among other possible changes, according to four people familiar with the discussions. A White House official confirmed the ongoing negotiations on the guest worker proposal and said the effort is an attempt to generate action...
  • India raises import taxes in move set to spook some foreign firms

    02/01/2020 1:36:43 PM PST · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | February 1, 2020, 8:03 AM EST | Aditya Kalra and Chandini Monnappa
    NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - India on Saturday raised taxes on imports of goods such as electronic items, toys and furniture, aiming to give impetus to domestic manufacturing in a move that will hit Sweden's IKEA and other foreign firms. The measures, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her 2020-21 budget, come amid criticism from some companies that India has increasingly resorted to protectionist rules that discriminate against foreign companies. Listing the new taxes, the government said they were in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" programme aimed at promoting domestic industry. Taxes on imports of items...
  • Over 40 skulls found at altar in den of Mexico cartel suspects

    10/28/2019 9:55:23 AM PDT · by MNDude · 27 replies
    MEXICO CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Police found more than 40 skulls, dozens of bones and a fetus in a glass jar next to an altar in the den of suspected drug traffickers in Mexico City during a raid this week, authorities said on Sunday. Four of the skulls were built into the altar in the central Tepito neighborhood, where police arrested 31 people on Tuesday on suspicion of drug cartel activity, the city government said in a statement. A judge ordered 27 of the suspects released. A photo distributed by the Mexico City attorney general's office showed skulls clustered...
  • Texas May Cost Trump 2020 (Texas turning purple?)

    07/04/2019 8:40:33 PM PDT · by nwrep · 190 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 4, 2019 | Kristin Tate, opinion contributor
    Texas demographics today are strikingly similar to those of California in 1990, before Democrats began their seven to nothing streak of Golden State victories in presidential races. Like California in 1990, the Texas population currently hovers around 29 million and is changing rapidly in light of heavy immigration from Mexico. The second generation children of Mexican immigrants have played a major role in keeping California out of Republican reach. This same transformation is taking root in Texas. Young Texas voters overwhelmingly turned out for Beto O’Rourke over incumbent Ted Cruz in the Senate race last year. O’Rourke beat Cruz with...
  • How Not to Score a Goal in the Global Trade War

    07/04/2019 12:42:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | July 4, 2019 | Veronique de Rugy
    President Donald Trump likes to keep score. Well, here's a score for him: America, zero; while the rest of the world keeps tallying up free trade points. That's right; while American consumers have been waiting for well over a year to see some resolution to the various trade disputes started by Trump, other countries have agreed to lower their tariffs against each other and signed free trade agreements with one another. Meanwhile, American consumers and exporters are drowning in a sea of high tariffs. Let's recap. For the last year and a half, the president has unilaterally imposed tariffs...
  • President Trump’s Isolationist Economic Fence Threatens Our Economic Future

    06/22/2019 5:42:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | June 22, 2019 | Gary Shapiro
    President Trump’s barrage of tariffs could blow up our economy in a way not seen since Congress passed the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. We know how that ended. It took World War II to get us out of the worst depression our nation ever faced.The analogies between then and now are striking. Overwhelmingly, economists opposed the tariffs in 1930. Today, Peter Navarro, who serves in the White House, is the only economist I know of who thinks tariffs are a good idea. And last week he suggested we pull out of the World Trade Organization (WTO), despite the fact the...
  • Billionaire Kochs to Financially Back Democrats Pushing Amnesty, Free Trade

    06/09/2019 8:41:02 PM PDT · by bitt · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/9/2019 | John Binder
    The pro-mass immigration Koch brothers’ network of billionaire, donor-class organizations is readying to financially back Democrats, so long as they promise to support amnesty for illegal aliens and vote to advance free trade at all costs. In a memo to its staff, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) organization announced that the economic libertarian group is set to back any elected official in Washington, DC, — including Democrats — who support their agenda of amnesty for illegal aliens and endless free trade, and oppose the GOP voter-preferred economic nationalist agenda of less immigration and tariffs to protect American jobs. The...
  • Mitt Romney warns of harmful consequences for American consumers if Trump imposes tariffs on Mexico

    06/02/2019 12:04:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 159 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 1, 2019 | Thomas Burr
    Sen. Mitt Romney warned Friday that President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs against Mexico were the wrong approach and could harm Americans more than they help curtail illegal immigration. “A tariff targeting Mexico that negatively impacts our own interests will only end in a waiting game of increasingly harmful consequence to the American people,” Romney said.
  • Why the tariffs are bad news for America and for Donald Trump

    06/02/2019 11:27:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/02/19 10:00 AM EDT | Douglas Schoen
    President Trump has announced that the United States will impose new tariffs of 5 percent on all Mexican imports starting this month. The White House said the tariffs will gradually increase to 25 percent by October if Mexico does not take action to “reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens” crossing into the United States. Put simply, these tariffs are bad for the country, bad for the markets, and bad for Trump. The impact of these tariffs will be felt nationally and will have painful consequences for the economies of more than two dozen states, ranging from California to...
  • Trade War with China: Is balance of trade a real problem?

    05/31/2019 7:15:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/31/2019 | Richard Jack Rail
    I keep reading where the Chinese are flaying us in trade. Balance of trade deficits keep going up, and the Chicken Littles scream that the sky is falling. Seems to me balance-of-trade worries are misplaced. Supposedly, we got equal value for what we spent; it's just easier to quantify the dollars we put up than the goods they put up. Example: Who got more out of the deal when you bought your car? All you got was a car, but the dealer got, say, $40K. Is your balance of trade with the dealer out of whack? Not at all. He...
  • Indian techie denied H-1B visa; Silicon Valley firm sues government

    05/26/2019 3:02:42 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 129 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2019 | Siddhant Pandey
    An IT company based in Silicon Valley has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for denying an H-1B visa to an Indian techie. [….] The company asserts USCIS acted capriciously when they denied Anisetty the visa stating his position did not meet the criterion that "a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for entry into the particular position." According to Xterra, they had submitted all evidentiary documents as requested which proved that Anisetty's appointment as Business Systems Analyst qualified all four criteria for an H-1B specialty occupation, yet, the USCIS gave no...
  • New Data Show H-1B Denial Rates Reaching Highest Levels

    04/30/2019 2:03:16 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 20 replies
    When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced its H-1B Employer Data Hub skeptics assumed the agency hoped to generate negative attention toward companies and H-1B visa holders. However, it turns out analyzing the data in the hub reveals something USCIS might not have anticipated – evidence the agency is denying H-1B petitions at such a high level compared to previous years that it is clear to attorneys USCIS has acted without proper legal authority in restricting H-1B visas. “Denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 32% in the first quarter of...
  • On Stephen Moore’s ‘Brainiac’ Immigrants [H1-B]

    04/26/2019 6:27:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | April 25, 2019 | Jason Richwine
    n praising the “brainiacs” who hold H-1B visas, Stephen Moore writes that “the firms that use these visas must affirm that they were not able to find comparably skilled American workers to do the jobs.” That claim is generally false. Most firms are not even required to advertise the position before applying for an H-1B worker. (Recruiting Americans prior to applying for an H-1B is required only for employers deemed “H-1B dependent” or “willful violators.”) Moore’s piece has remained uncorrected on the Dallas News site for six days and counting. The error is important because it touches on a key...
  • The Insidious Tax Many Americans Have No Idea They’ve Been Paying

    04/15/2019 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | April 15, 2019 | Ross Marchant
    For American families, Tax Day is more than just a paperwork nightmare, it’s also a day when they look back to consider how their budget has been stretched by taxes and to consider where all that money has gone. This year, there is an insidious tax that many Americans have no idea they’ve been paying. That’s mostly because instead of being referred to as a tax, it’s been cloaked in the jargon of international trade. This tax is a tariff, and over the last 10 months Americans have been paying tariffs in record numbers as a part of a multi-front trade...
  • About 40% of H-1B Jobs Give Employers a Tidy $40,000/Year Discount

    01/21/2019 2:54:01 PM PST · by zeestephen · 124 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 18 January 2019 | David North
    A recently released report on the H-1B program (for skilled nonimmigrant workers) indicates that in at least 40 percent of the jobs the employer gets a full-time (alien) worker for a $40,000 a year discount from actual prevailing wages.
  • Donald Trump: NYT Story on North Korea Missile Bases ‘More Fake News’

    11/13/2018 6:09:38 PM PST · by familyop · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 13, 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    “We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal,” he wrote. “Just more Fake News.” He assured Americans that he would respond accordingly if North Korea’s actions posed a threat. “I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!” he wrote.
  • Fox News and NBC Cave, Pull Trump Caravan Ad After Major Backlash

    11/05/2018 11:59:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | November 5, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Fox News and Fox Business pulled Trump’s caravan ad after a huge backlash from critics who decried the 30-second video as “racist.” First CNN refused to air the caravan ad and lectured Donald Trump Jr. after he took a swipe at CNN for refusing to show the real threats to the US. Fox News has now joined CNN after it caved to pressure. In a statement to Mediaite, Fox News ad sales president Marianne Gambelli said, “Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network.” The...
  • Insects invading Virginia and Pennsylvania could be 'most destructive species in 150 years'...

    10/20/2018 8:20:18 AM PDT · by caww · 84 replies
    .foxnews ^ | 10/20/2108 | Madeline Farber
    An invasive insect species native to China, India and Vietnam is posing a problem in at least two states.... 'The Spotted Lanternfly' is harming crops in Winchester, Virginia, WDVM reported. The Pennsylvania-based Churchville Nature Center said the creatures were also spotted for the first time on its property Thursday. "If it is new to you, this invasive plant hopper is threatening the forests of the northeast as well as the lumber and agricultural industries. Please keep an eye out for the insect." The species poses a threat to agriculture and “has the ability to greatly impact the grape, hops and...