Heads up on the contrived (fake) nature of the alleged "labor shortage"
When I was a kid I used to spend my summer with relatives who were quite wealthy. (and progressives, but they lived in very wealthy communities. Because they were busy they used to just set me freeso I was on my own. I made lots of friends there and spent lots of time with friends families. Even as a child I was a bit of a futurist and one of the subjects that fascinated me was "the future" so I had lots of discussions about this subject including with friends parents. This would have been in Newport Beach or Marina Del Rey. (If you know LA) (or possibly Topanga Canyon (but thats much less likely- but I did spend a lot of time there.) This was in the 60s and early 70s.
Two subjects of relevance that I remember coming up were the future arrival of the Baby Boom and its need for "entitlements" (and their determination to get out of paying them) if availability of jobs was slim. They were in control. Basically my friends parents all expected a huge windfall for them (as the employers and business owners) when wages plummeted (they saw this as inevitable due to the labor saving technology and the demographics of the Baby Boom, due to alleged "oversupply" of labor (the so called "reserve army of labor"). "Because people have to eat, right" (I heard that so many times!)
A few years later (I think from Chinese students demonstrating in support of the students in Beijing) and also from a Canadian trade negotiator who carried such a heavy weight from knowing about it all.. I learned about the GATS trade deal where peoples lives were all poker chips being traded..the (GATS and TISA) trade in services deals were set up to import labor and in return get intellectual property protections. (make drugs and patents of all kinds more profitable for big corporations) In exchange we trade away our peoples jobs. The PR spin now is that bour people dont want their jobs at the ever lower wages being offered in the ftermath of COVID, whose timing was suspicious given the two huge trade deals coming due now. . We were supposed to give eqivalent market access to our market for "services" of other countries. Often ultra cheap labor is the only real export they have that we want. In exchange public services like healthcare and education will be outsourced. They will be under the WTO's jurisdiction if tax money is involved (subsidies) We'll have to deregulate everything public to make it easy. ( if subsidies are involved.) Public services are only defined as ones that are completely noncommercial showing how this has been awell coordinated war on services like Medicare and Social Security which are in great danger (offshoring so much work will pull the economic rug out from underneath Social Security because a huge slice of jobs that currently pay into it will be lost to overseas temp firms and their allegedly "high skilled" workers.
You can bet that the wealthy really want that labor which is as little as a tenth or a twentieth of what is paid now for jobs located in the US. Given the assiduous care that has been shown to concealing what amounts to a new global Constitution for everything involving money and trade I think the chance is zero that the restrictions oin foreign workers working here (requirement that they bet work visas in addition to jobs- the L1 visa work is officially defined as intra -company-transfer) "movement of natural persons" under the GATS fourth mode of suppply. This is defined in the first Article of the GATS agreement. So we cannot say we did not see it. They have been planning for this conflict to steal the jobs legally, for a very long time. Obviously we cannot tell foreign firms that pay their employees overseas into their overseas bank accounts, what to pay them if its been oput into a treaty and is payment of a debt we incurred in the 90s by creating IP and making drugs and vaccines so profitable. Americans have been getting rich. They say or workers are spoiled and don't want those millions of good jobs. Indian staffing firms do, but dispute our right to reguklate work because its a trade deal and is permanent. As USTR admits "there is no expiration date" We make foreign companies pay "high" US-legal wages if workers are located here. But they figure out ways to get that money back. They will pay what they want because jobs are so scarce in India and the US being what it is. People would even work for free for the entry in their resume of having worked in the USA, I was told.. . Some have insisted to me when asked about paying to work here, - They defend paying what are essentially bribes to be placed here in the US. The bribery is common in much of the world, its seen as natural. They claim the money paid by parents to employers for US placement is a good investment and is made back and even totally nullified by having a lower dowry (bride price) if the groom in an arranged marriage has a US job nailed down. Then they get to pay the wife's family much less because its understood that the job may lead to us citizenship. Their workers basically have to take it or leave it and remain at home if they cant compete with the other would be US workers. (its only because they have these corporate jobs that the skilled workers get top work in the US for five or six years) Women are also vulnerable to sexual harassment if they have invested so much in one job, and the reference they may get from it.
Therefore I think people should recognize that whats being woven is a trap we cant escape from that no politician or our votes could save us friom also that promises it might improve are empty because we've incurred ths debt and this treaty makes our escape virtually impossible as far as finacial services like Medicare and Social Security's loss. Its been planned out meticulously over a 30
web of deceit that comes at the expense of the whole US middle class. The world's oligarchs are launching a sort of surprise attack or Pearl Harbor on the very existence of a middle class. . The politicians are setting up a scam which replaces the US workforce and saves trillions in what they all claim are over high wages,compared to the M-economies (where the rich and poor are numerous but there is no real middle class due to concentration of wealth in a small elite. Isnt the US becoming more and more like that rapidly. Its a neoliberal takeover, and neoliberalism is all about locking in corporate rule..At least it seems to me that is what neoloiberals want and that it is is inconsistent with democracy.. Dani Rodrik's Trilemma of global capital shows that. Mainstream economics..The next few years will see wages for American workers plunge towards global norms in the labor-supplying countries. Considering who rules our country, the major corporations and what we stand for overseas, as far as trade policy (its not for what they say we do, ) If people examine our position on trade in services it will become obvious that were being cheated out of democracy in what amounts to a huge theatrical performance.
There is a huge PR campaign to manufacture fake consent for this theft which nobody would ever vote for. The neoliberals consider the only way wages can go is down because jobs as we know them are rapidly vanishing because of new labor saving technology. This is just what happens when machines do the labor. The next few years will see a huge explosion in labor saving technologhy. This will radically change the world of business and people would be best positined as innovators, not as wage earners. This country is optimized to maximize profits for thye entrepreneurs and monopoly owers. Especially financial services, which produces no actual wealth it is parasitic. Read up on the GATS agreement which makes public services illegal, unless a service sector is completely noncommercial.
Healthcare in Canada can continue public but in the UK it cant, because it has never been completely public, they sell health insurance. It wont be FTA-legal for the UK government to provide healthcare to all without restricting it to the destitute only, after they have spent down their assets. The same here. Because since the US committed healthcare thats been prohibited. For them to help people with incomes would be framed (its been this way since the 90s) as a theft from corporations of their property.
So as you see our DNC and GOP oligarchy's leaders are so very dishonest to the people of this country. They should come clean on this surprise attach, under the radar stealth privatization war by trade treaty they are waging on us and how they created global non-democratic economic governance to protect the investments of monopolists.. We have no standing in this setup, no votes matter.