Looking at the content of Gates’ speech, it appears that his main motivation is that of entrepreneurial greed and control. With the baby-boomer generation heading into retirement, the American workforce actually faces a future in which there will not be enough sufficiently educated and skilled people available to fill positions in technological fields such as software development. Gates sees that problem on the horizon and realizes that he must compete in the international market for the skill-set and knowledge he needs. At the same time, he sees the American immigration process as an obstacle—a deterrent to attracting those people to the USA to work. This is the true heart of his concern with regard to immigration. With amnesty, Gates can avoid all those pesky annual and expensive visa fees for his foreign employees.
Gates points out that technology will eliminate jobs on the low-skill end, but obviously does not believe that to be the case with the higher skill level jobs. In other words, we can program a robot to run a lawnmower or a power saw safely and responsibly but we cannot give them enough reasoning ability to design software. Personally, I would rather see a robot working on software design as opposed to wielding a chainsaw around my neighborhood. I also think that adding that fine touch to the lawn by operating a trimmer just might approach the same level of difficulty as software programming for the robot—but that’s just me thinking out loud.
Gates readily admits in his speech that more and more low-skill workers will find themselves unemployed, yet he persists in pushing for immigration reform. In other words, he is okay with adding another eleven or so million low-skilled workers to the rolls of people who look to the government for their daily welfare as long as he gets the thing which he desires most in the end: more freedom to move non-citizens into the country to develop software for his enterprise. Never mind that The Heritage Foundation has determined that the estimated cost to American taxpayers for this influx of immigrants would be approximately $6.2 trillion dollars over the next two decades.
The immigration legislation proposed by the Senate would double the legal immigration limits over the next twenty years, pouring 46 million immigrants into the American population. In addition, “guest worker” status is projected to add another 20 million immigrants to the total. Consequently, those graduating from high school in the USA each year over the next two decades would compete with 66 million immigrants in an ever-shrinking job market. There are two ways to look at this proposal. One is that it is sheer insanity in action. The other is that the proposed immigration legislation will guarantee that this nation is inflicted with an ever-increasing population mired in poverty. This is the direction that the Obama Administration and the entrenched Congressional leaders of Washington believe is the best for our country’s future. On the contrary, from where I sit it appears we are being sold down the river by elected officials who claim to love America.
If you have not yet bought into this insanity--as Bill Gates clearly has--please stop and think about it all before you dive in head-first to embrace yet another facet of “fundamental transformation.” Lack of jobs in an artificially expanded population equates to one thing and one thing only—mass poverty. The impoverished do not pay taxes, thus increasing the population does nothing to offset the overhead incurred by the government—it only creates more bodies that are dependent on the government for their subsistence. Those who are working will have to be taxed at higher and higher rates to sustain the revenue stream to the government. Over time, more and more people will just give up because they are keeping less and less of what they earn. When they give up, they will join the ranks of the non-producers who are getting just as much or more of the pie than they are. This is what we call “socialism,” and we don’t want to go there unless we are stubbornly bent on taking the same route to failure already proven by those nations who prescribed to that ideology.
Gates has a second goal in his push for immigration reform. In his speech, he admits that revenue generation for the government will be reduced due to the lack of employment, thus he proposes that the tax system be modified to reduce the current FICA tax on employers and that a new “consumption tax” be imposed on the consumer—that would be you and me. Now I will give Gates his due for having an above average mind when it comes to software development, but he needs to get out of the governmental tax policy arena with his thinking. There is nothing wrong with a consumption tax in a nation where the unemployment rate is low, but in a nation where the unemployment is high, it simply becomes nothing more than a tax on the wealthy because they have the means to purchase goods regardless of employment. Such a tax then simply plays to a game of “redistribution of wealth”—one of President Obama’s favorite tactics. So, considering Gates’ position, I have to conclude that his focus on reducing his taxes as an employer by eliminating the FICA requirements is first and foremost an attempt to benefit his company, which seems to be uppermost in his mind.
A consumption tax placed on people without jobs yields very little in the form of revenue for the government, so here again we are faced with either taxing the wealthy or raising the tax burden on that wage earner who is still holding onto employment. Either way, we drive people away from the position of being a productive asset in the USA. The wealthy live here and buy things at their own whim. They have the financial luxury to remain in the labor force or not, and can change their situation very easily. For the rest of us that option is not viable, so more realistically our alternatives are to either continue working to pay higher and higher taxes or to join the government-dependent, unemployed masses. In the end, we are cooking up a recipe for the implosion of this nation economically—an agenda item for Obama and company, you can be sure.
Our future direction in USA is clear. Embracing the status-quo and making it worse as Bill Gates is willing to do is not an alternative. No! Instead, government must be pulled off the back of the private sector so that businesses can flourish and spawn jobs in the marketplace. Immigration, as it stands today, will work as it was designed, but first the borders must be secured and the laws must be enforced. That effort is the real immigration reform which is so badly needed today. Once those steps are taken and the private sector gets its neck out from under the jackbooted Obama Administration, then we will see the job market come back for more and more Americans who want to work and earn a living. In order for these things to happen, we most certainly do need some reforms and those reforms start by the voters ridding Washington of the idiots and riffraff that infest it before immigration reform dilutes the voter base to irreparable levels. Gates’ solution simply addresses his issues and mires the rest of us in the muck of socialism.
We have the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Rule of Law, and we have the power of our vote. We must elect responsible and accountable people to high office who will implement and protect that framework which sustains us as a free people. No fundamental transformation or promised transparency or obscure reference to hope and change will ever afford us what the Founding Fathers of this nation gave us: the foundation and building blocks for our future and freedom. It is time that we Americans got a bit greedy ourselves and started demanding that we come first, as opposed to tipping our hats to some treacherous reforms. Let the Will of the People be heard and their wrath be felt by all who would ignore those desires.
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