Friday, April 02, 2004

How many people are unemployed in this country?

I heard this yesterday and thought it was an April Fools joke. So I did a search using keywords Kennedy Visas and look what I found:

Bill offers new hope for foreign summer workers
[B]usinesses that rely on foreign workers during the busy summer season are heartened that the state’s two U.S. senators have co-sponsored a measure to temporarily increase the number of H-2B visas issued this year by the Department of Homeland Security.

"We really hope that this will pass. A loss of foreign workers will have a dramatic impact on our businesses," said Amy Landers, executive director of the Lakes Region Association.
Further down is the kicker:
Landers said Bay State Sen. Edward Kennedy has also announced his support for the measure. Businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries, she said, are especially dependent on temporary, seasonal workers.
So let me get this straight: Sen. Kennedy goes around complaining (in part, on Sen. Kerry's behalf) that President Bush is allegedly responsible for this hypothetical '3 million jobs lost since he took office', but the Senator will endorse a measure to OUTSOURCE our tourism jobs, instead of finding unemployed people in his own state??

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

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