12 March 2013

Another Immigration Canard

It turns out that we don’t even really need the best and brightest from foreign countries:

The technology industry, in lobbying Congress for expansion of programs to attract skilled foreign workers, has long claimed that foreign students graduating from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are typically “the best and the brightest,” i.e., exceptionally talented innovators in their fields. However, the industry and its supporters have offered little or no evidence to back up their assertion. The claim is investigated in this report, with a focus on former foreign students now working in the United States, the group viewed by the industry as key to innovation.
The assertion that the foreign graduates offer superior skills or ability relative to U.S. graduates is found not to be supported by the data…

File this under news that isn’t really news.  The US, in spite of its attempts to utterly destroy the brains of the current generation of students, has a long history of educational excellence.  The US university system is, if not the best in the world, definitely in the top five.  The US was country founded on the principle of freedom, and this enabled and fostered the development of industry simply by enabling creators, entrepreneurs, and businessmen the freedom to create and innovate marketable goods.  The US was never a perfectly free market system, and there has always been plenty of crony capitalism, not only today, but even in the nineteenth century, especially after the civil war.  In spite of this, the relative freedom of the US coupled with its relatively large population of people of Western Europe descent is what enabled the US to become the economically dominant force that it remains today (and this in spite of the federal government’s concerted effort over the last fifty years to absolutely hamstring domestic business).

As such, the assertion that America just needed to attract skilled foreign workers to make up for some sort of supposed brain gap is simply fiction. This may end up being the case later on, once the federal government completely destroys the brain of this and the coming generation, but for now America simply does not need the best that foreign countries have to offer because America produces the best and brightest the world has to offer, and has done so for quite some time.

On the other hand, multinational corporations that wish to afford the bribes they’re currently paying federal politicians to legalize the rape of the American middle class do need cheap skilled foreign labor.  They have to suppress the wages of productive American workers somehow, so they can strip them of that much more of their wealth.  And, to that end the current immigration policy makes sense.