It's a conspiracy! A conspiracy I tell you! This has never happened before!
Well, of course. Every foreign worker hired is a job that doesn't go to an American worker.
Claiming that hiring foreign workers doesn't take jobs away from American workers is bizzaro logic at its best. Its the same bizzaro logic that said shutting down factories and sending millions of jobs to Mexico and China creates job for American workers.
More importantly, the claim that these are "highly skilled workers" is a lie that insults our intelligence.
Why is it that all of these "highly skilled workers" come from the same place - a country where a huge percentage of the population is illiterate and lives in poverty far beyond anything that exists in the U.S. A country where 350 million people, more than the entire population of the U.S., shit in public because they don't have access to a toilet. How is it possible that such a country is producing such huge numbers of "highly skilled workers"?
Besides the rural population you already mentioned, there are another 350M middle class there, and yet another 350M there that are quite well off, have access to excellent schools thus becoming as "highly skilled" as a westerner.
That's right, it isn't possible. The only "skill" they possess is a willingness to work for low wages. And since the H1-B program is nothing more than legalized indentured servitude, companies can do anything they want without feat of being reported by the workers.
It is certainly possible, it's a fact. It's happening. There are over 4000 engineering colleges in India. There are way, way more comp-sci/engineering grads coming out of India than the USA. There are also over 100,000 Indian students (15,000 undergrad, 85 000 post grad) studying at US Schools - many of those will wind up using an H1B to stay in USA. And the few I have hired have been brilliant, talented, hard working people....
Uber rates are of course cheaper because the drivers don't pay outrageous fees for a special 'medallion' from a non-driving monopoly/corporate entity
These rules solve a problem for the taxi industry, not the taxi industry customers. There is a difference.
Why was it made illegal again? To protect the taxi industry. That's it. Safety, insurance, etc were tacked on later, but the scarcity was created solely to protect the taxi industry - not the drivers, the plate holders
Do you see any other path to breaking the taxi industry monopoly other than disobedience? How?
The law is a living thing and constantly subject to interpretation and modification. Laws come and go, what is illegal comes and goes. Often, very often, the ONLY way to change the law is to break it first, making breaking it popular, and the lawmakers will come around.
Is it still illegal for woman to vote? Smoke a joint?
When hydraulic brakes were introduced there was concern that if they failed, the driver would have no way to stop the vehicle. So, regulations were added to require every car with hyrdaulic (or electric) brakes to also have an Emergency brake that was totally manual and not connected to the hydraulic system. This was to satisfy FMVSS 105 (now replaced with FMVSS 135):
" Vehicles shall be capable of stopping under partial failure of the service brake system, inoperative brake power assist unit or brake power unit, antilock failure, variable proportioning valve failure, and with the engine off"
There is a maximum distance and pedal pressure specified.
FMVSS 135 also states:
"Each vehicle shall be manufactured with a parking brake system which, when engaged, shall be capable of holding the vehicle stationary on a specified grade for a specified time. "
I have never seen a passenger vehicle with two separate systems, so the Emergency Brake is also the Parking Brake. Or handbrake if you prefer as it is manual brake.
Why would you NOT use the e-brake in an Emergency? You are barrelling down the highway at 70mph when your oil filter lets go. Your engine overheats and fails within seconds. Do you a) do nothing or b) use the ebrake to slow down and pull over? why would you not want to save your own life?
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