Thursday, March 25, 2004

The jobs, apparently, are out there 

Is it just me, or does this article suggest a large disconnect between the rhetoric of job creation and the economic reality?

An emergency bipartisan bill is expected to be introduced in Congress this week to temporarily lift a federal cap on the number of foreign workers U.S. businesses can recruit for the summer tourism season, officials said Wednesday.Maine and other Northeastern tourism officials fear an economic disaster if seasonal businesses can't import foreign workers in time for the Memorial Day start of the season...

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine will join a bipartisan group headed by Democratic U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts - home to the tourism mecca of Cape Cod - to sponsor the legislation.

The Kennedy-Collins bill would allow U.S. businesses to hire an additional 40,000 summer workers under the federal H-2B visa program, Collins said in a prepared statement late Tuesday.
"Emergency?" An "economic disaster" if we can't import enough foreign workers? Huh? I thought we had millions of Americans who wanted jobs. Well, here you go folks... Jobs for the taking. But we can't get some of those millions of Americans to fill these jobs, so we have to bring in foreigners?

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