Posted by Tina
Another potential slap at the American worker, and the American notion of free and open competition for jobs, is embedded in the thousands of pages that make up Obamacare. If we get an immigration bill the fines kick in…The Washington Examiner explains:
An unnamed staffer for Sen. Marco Rubio has caused the latest stir over the immigration bill by telling the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that, “There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it…There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer.” Rubio himself was quick to explain that the quote did not represent his own views. But in reality, the immigration bill Rubio is pushing, when combined with President Obama’s health care law, would actually do something much worse than make it easier for employers to hire immigrant workers over American citizens – it would provide a massive financial incentive to do so.
As I’ve outlined previously, under Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them qualifying health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker. But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens – at least 13 years under the Senate bill – businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead.
Let’s be clear about something. In a free market, if a new immigrant worker can do a job better than an American worker for a cheaper price, there shouldn’t be a problem with a business hiring the immigrant. But when the immigration bill interacts with Obamacare’s employer mandate, it functions as a reverse tariff against hiring American citizens. It would be like subjecting Americans to a $3,000 tax on purchasing American cars, while allowing them to avoid that tax by purchasing cars from Germany, Japan, or any other country other than America. That’s not free trade. That’s government rigging the game against American citizens.
Unemployment for Americans has been over 7.6 percent for nearly five years while the economy bumps along at a dismal 1% to 2% growth. Inflation is now rearing its ugly head with interest rates on the rise and student loan rates nearly doubling to over 6%. There are more people in poverty today than ever before and the Democrats continue to blunt and discourage business at every turn while wasting tax dollars and increasing our debt.
OUR LEADERS NEED TO PAY FOR THE MESS THEY ARE MAKING OF AMERICA…
…only you can deliver the blow to remove the guilty from power.