Bernie Sanders: His Continual Rejection of The Political Establishment | The Coming End to The Two Party System & His History of Opposing Job Killing Guest-Worker Programs
Bernie Sanders: His Continual Rejection of The Political Establishment | The Coming End of The Two Party System & His History of Opposing Job Killing Guest-Worker Programs
Six months ago, no one thought Bernie Sanders stood a chance against the unstoppable Clinton Machine. No one thought that a 74 year old
socialist from the small state of Vermont with little to no name recognition had any serious chance at winning the Democratic nomination. Yet here we sit, on the eve of two major primary contests and Hilary is in serious trouble. After essentially tying Clinton in Iowa , and then crushing her in New Hampshire, Sanders has a real chance at winning Nevada and then gaining some serious momentum as national polls now show him neck and neck with Hilary.
With every passing day, and with Bernie's chances only growing stronger, the possibility of a Bernie Sanders Presidency looms large. So the question becomes, who is Bernie? Where did he come from?
What does he really want to do to America? And finally, is a so called Democratic-Socialist really what the country wants?
Bernie Sanders is a so called Democratic-Socialist, running as a a Democrat. His views on a multiplicity of things have remained consistent over the last 2 decades, which in comparison to Clinton, is admirable.
Some of his long-held beliefs include:
- Fears that immigration reform is used by mulinational companies to import cheap labor
- Supports citizenship for illegal immigrants
- Universal healthcare for all (governmental takeover)
- Raising the federal min. wage to $15
- Free or low cost college education
- Higher taxes on the wealthy
- Taxing all financial transactions in the stock market
- Raising capital gains taxes
- Expanding all entitlement programs
- Expanding parental leave
- Opposes NAFTA, TPP.
- Breaking up too big to fail banks.
- Auditing the Federal Reserve
- Believes climate change is a serious threat
The Coming Death of the two Party System
Many of the beliefs of Sanders are indeed respectable, and appealing. His beliefs on trade and the Federal Reserve
are notable in the fact that they stray far from the typical political establishment that is seen in both parties.
Corporate America is completely behind the NAFTA and TPP agreements, as well as retaining the Federal Reserve's sovereignty.
So in those respects, it is clear that Sanders is his own man.
Sander's appeal to blue collar and younger democratic voters, is as much of a vote for Sanders as it is a vote against the political establishment.
This is being seen on the GOP side as well, where Jeb Bush simply cannot bolster any support outside of those who are ideologically driven by party lines.
The Clinton's are quite literally a representation of the "Democratic Establishment" , while the Bush's are the equivalent to the "GOP Establishment".
Many Americans are simply sick and tired of the two party system, and are all but ignoring its historical positions. Conservative media outlets like the
National Review and The Blaze have been screaming for months now that Trump is not a "True Conservative" , yet their cries go unheard.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 18th, at a Town Hall in Nevada, Hilary found herself the victim of a chorus of loud boos from her own supporters after making
the statement that "Bernie is not a democrat".
It is clear that many younger and middle aged voters have simply given up on the two party system, and are now looking for something different. The attacks on Bernie for his own admittance as a socialist, and the hits on Trump for his questionable conservative principles, are being largely ignored in this election cycle.
With that being said, I think it is worth a moment to delve deeper into Bernie's positions on two particular issues. That being wages, and immigration. Right now the economy, and jobs are the most critical factors in the minds of working Americans. Solid paying jobs are indeed hard to come by, as middle income wages have not risen in more than 30 years, while things like college tuition, housing, and rent have soared in cost. 
Bernie's primary answer to this dilemma is to simply tax the rich, hand out free education, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While all of those things sound nice in theory, in reality they fail to actually address the wage crisis in America. It is simply a band-aid affixed to a gaping hole, a temporary drug that creates a short-lived euphoria for democratic voters. So what is the problem?
Immigration & Temporary Workers
Ever since work visa programs were expanded, starting back in the 80's, wages have been either falling or flat ever since.  Multiple instances of this have been covered in The NY Times, The Washington Post, and other media outlets. Take for instance the Disney story, where Disney hired an international contractor, who then flew in multiple H1B visa workers to be trained by American workers, who would soon be fired and replaced with the much, much cheaper foreign replacements from places like India, Pakistan, and Morocco. Other similar instances of this can be found all over the United States, notable companies to do this have included Sprint, Toys R Us, Black & Veach in Kansas City, Edison IT in California, and many many others. Larger organizations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have entire campuses in India, all due to the cheaper labor, and the so called "free trade" umbrella that literally incentivizes outsourcing.   
Immigration quite literally is the most destructive force hitting the job market as we speak. The US dollar is for the most part, the strongest currency in the world, and because of that, many foreign workers are willing to work for much, much less that of an American. We see it all the time, Latino's living in a small home, with 12 or 15 people. Pakistani's and African's often doing similar things. Taken a taxi lately? Ever had your roof replaced? Once good paying jobs, have now become terrible paying jobs, because corporate America is in business to do one thing, and one thing only. Make a profit. Therefore if the government continues to allow massive numbers of immigrants into the country on student visa's, guest worker programs, H1B's, L1B's, and so on, wages will continue stagnating.
But hold on! Bernie is going to raise the minimum wage for all, so the companies won't be able to pay such minute salaries, right? Well, not really. Those who are on L1B's which are essentially the visa that all temporary guest workers are on, are not subject to American wage laws. They are contracted out by an American company, and flown in to work on behalf of an international company. So in many cases, these foreign workers, such as those you find at Toys R Us and Disney, are not even being paid in US dollars. They are being paid in the currency of their home country. And in India's case, with their currency being valued at 1/66th that of the US Dollar, you can imagine what they are typically being paid. Almost nothing. And these are good jobs. Jobs Americans go to college for. Network analysts, IT specialists, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, aircraft engineers, programmers, IT administrators, and so on. I spoke with one Indian man who worked at Sprint as a database administrator in Kansas City, who was here on an L1B visa, which allows him to stay for up to 3 years who told me that his annual salary was approximately equivalent to US $5,000 per year. Here is the undercover audio where this Netcracker employee from India details the entire scam:
So Where does Bernie Stand in relation to Visa Programs & illegal immigration?
Here in this C-Span clip from 2007, Bernie offers an amendment to the H1B program to curb layoffs of American workers who
are being replaced in large numbers by foreign counterparts on work visas. Bernie cites several examples of major tech firms
laying off large numbers of Americans, only to quickly re-hire a multitude of foreign workers on guest worker programs. Bernie ultimatley voted against
the bill. This bill eventually died in the senate, but if passed, it would have expanded the guest worker programs across the board, and created a new visa category, deemed
the "Y" visa which would have allowed an additional 400,000 guest workers into the country annually. The bill was sponsored by Harry Reid, and heavily endorsed
by President George W. Bush. 
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007
Here in this clip from 2013, Bernie speaks on his continued fears that multinational companies will continue to use immigration
reform to save money through the use of cheap foreign workers.
Bernie Sanders on Illegal Immigration
Here in 2015, Bernie speaks with Javier Palomarez on his position regarding comprehensive immigration reform, as it pertains to
illegal immigration. Bernie believes all immigrants here illegally should be given a pathway to citizenship. He also speaks on his
opposition to increase the annual number of H1B visa workers.
His views on the H1B Visas can be heard at the 4.3 minute mark. He speaks on the fact that "their is indeed a reason why Wall Street is
in favor of visa programs".
According to this article from
Bernie supported the 2013 Bill that increased the H1B program from 65,000 to upwards of 180,000.
In 2013 Bernie Sanders voted for the
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. A bill which increased the overall annual cap on H1B visas from 65,000 to upwards of
180,000 annually. Bernie although not a big fan of the bill, did so in exchange for $1.5 billion in pork funding for a pet program
of his deemed the "Youth jobs program". Sanders claimed that the increased funds were needed to help offset the job losses that were
undoubtedly going to occur as a result of the increase in H1B's. Sanders believed that this program would help approximately 400,000
young people gain employment.
Sanders was quoted as stating the following as it pertained to his support for the 2013 Immigration bill.
"At a time when the middle class is shrinking, poverty is increasing and millions of Americans are working longer
hours for lower wages it makes no sense to me to have an immigration bill which, over a period of years, would bring millions of
'guest workers' into this country who are prepared to work for lower wages than American workers," Sanders said after that year's bill died.
"We need to increase wages in this country, not lower them."
The new program, Sanders argued, would "allow large corporations to import hundreds of thousands of blue-collar and white-collar workers from
overseas." And for good measure, Sanders also ripped a section in the sweeping bill that would have bolstered the number of high-skilled immigrant
workers into the country - a less contentious provision. 
The Bottom Line
Bernie Sander's record on immigration and the guest worker programs is yet again in contrast to the typical party establishment position of open borders
and ever expanding visa programs that are known job killers. While he did vote to increase the caps on visas (s.744) in 2013, he clearly did so grudgingly.
One particluar Visa that Bernie has not discussed in much detail is the L1B, which in many cases is as damaging or more damaging to the economy than the H1B.
Those on H1B's are usually paid in US dollars, while those on L1B's are paid in terms of their home country's currency, and can remain in the country for up to 3 years!
Several major international contractual firms use the H1B & L1B in coordinated efforts to continue replacing one cheap foreign worker, with the next, once their
visa expires. Companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Microsoft, Deloitt, and IBM are some of the biggest offenders. 
These visa programs are not benefiting Americans. Period. In fact they are killing American jobs and wages. So while talks of minimum wage hikes are nice, the real issue is immigration. Bernie needs to be more vocal about this particular issue,
as it is a critical component to bringing good paying jobs back into the country.
By: Wes Hopkins
 Pew Research On Wage Stagnation
 Comp World: Workers at Edison IT Furious.
 NY Times: Toy R Us brings in temporary workers
 NY Times: Disney colluded to replace US workers
 Politico: Bernie Sanders on Immigration
Wikipedia: The 2007 Immigration Reform Act
ABC News: Top Ten Offenders H1B & L1B Visas
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