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Comment Re:Conversations before Appointment (Score 1) 895

I don't see that happening in the Senate long-term.

IMO, Democrats will be running the House sooner rather than latter, for the simple reason that it's where seats are allocated proportionally to the populace - so large Democratic majorities in dense areas like the coasts do translate directly into seats there. But for Dems to take the Senate, in the age where party affiliation is the single most important question deciding whether the politician gets a vote or not, would require there to be more blue states than red states. Which, right now, means more urbanized states than rural states. And I don't think that's happening anytime soon.

Comment Re:What field are these abused H1B visa workers in (Score 1) 271

You have described everything precisely. The only thing that I would add is that for the two different "castes" within the H1B system that you have identified, there's one other difference.

People who are working for Apple, Microsoft, Intel etc are using H1B as a gateway to a green card, and ultimately to citizenship - which they can do, because H1B is explicitly "dual intent", so you can apply for a green card without getting kicked out of the country; and because there's a specific process whereby employer sponsors the employee for a green card. This isn't to say that every single H1B working for these companies will do that - but the majority will. The companies in question are generally interested in retaining employees long-term, so they do sponsor any employee who asks for green card (in fact, they will proactively push you to apply if you don't do so yourself), and will provide lawyers to handle the application for you, pay various fees etc.

People who are working for Tata, Infosys etc are not there for citizenship. It's not that they wouldn't want to - it's that those companies will generally not sponsor them. So it's really just a gig to come work in US and earn a lot of money (comparatively to what they could earn at home), and then come back rich, and with a US job on your resume.

Comment Re:Fix the abuse, keep the program (Score 1) 271

Kill H-1B, and replace it with a proper skilled immigration track. Look at Canada for inspiration:

http://www.canadavisa.com/cana...

https://www.canadavisa.com/com...

I am a former H-1B (now with a green card), who previously acquired Canadian permanent residency via skilled immigration program, so I had a chance to compare both. Canadian system wins hands down, and not just because it was easier for me personally. It just makes more sense in general, especially the overall points system, where the immigrants know what kinds of skills and traits maximize their chances, and citizens know that those getting visas and citizenship are actually screened to maximize benefits for their country.

Comment Re:"equalize the marketplace" (Score 1) 271

H1Bs create both supply and demand. They create supply in the industry in which they work, but they create demand in numerous other industries - services, housing etc. For that matter, they also create demand in their own industry - they're still using those products (and higher wages mean that they can use more of them, being able to afford better devices, faster Internet connectivity etc).

Comment Re:A very good more basic question (Score 1) 723

I've calculated what kind of taxation it would take to provide UBI to the same amount as current federal minimum wage - $30,160 per household - to all adults in the USA, assuming the existing income distribution. If we're talking about a flat tax, with the UBI part of the income not taxed (which translates to an effective progressive tax on total income including UBI), we'd be talking about a 55% tax rate on non-UBI portion.

The effective total rate would range from 0% at the very bottom to 48% for people earning $200k, with a linear increase in between (my model assumes that there's no incomes above $200k, because I didn't find readily accessible information on income distribution above that number). All people getting ~$50k or less would receive more from the system than they'd be paying into it. Those earning $75k would see ~$12k of that taken by the system.

Comment Re:Trump seems to think Executive Orders... (Score 1) 952

The courts can only say that something is illegal. But it's up to the executive to actually stop doing the thing that is illegal.

What happens if it doesn't?

Normally, courts enforce their orders via the court marshals. But marshals are mostly intended to deal with individuals, they certainly can't take on the federal government.

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