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Lawmakers punish companies who hire overseas workers while the U.S. education system churns out unqualified workers at home

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: offshoring, public schools, education system

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U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill (the "Defending American Jobs Act of 2004") to punish U.S. companies that engage in offshoring -- outsourcing work to lower wage workers in other countries. The intention may be noble -- save U.S. jobs -- but the law is a disaster. It aims to destroy free trade principles and punish U.S. employers by forcing them to hire U.S. workers regardless of their merit. In other words, this law is effectively saying to U.S. companies: "You can't hire the best person for the job. You have to hire who we tell you to hire, and that person has to be a U.S. citizen."

It's a political sham, of course, and it would only hurt the competitiveness of U.S. companies. The real problem here isn't that companies are trying to save a buck by moving jobs overseas, the real problem is that U.S. workers simply aren't competitive these days thanks to a failing national education system that churns out dopey students who can't do math except when it comes to figuring out how high their salary should be. They think they should be paid top dollar, but they perform at the bottom of the rung.

Just ask any employer: it's hard to find intelligent workers in the U.S. these days. Our education system is broken, and the schools in India, for example, are apparently far more effective at teaching job skills to their students. Subjects that U.S. students learn in college, students in other countries have mastered in high school. The fact is, we have an education problem in this country, not an offshoring problem.

Want to solve our job skills problem? You can't do it by punishing companies who shift jobs overseas. You have to make U.S. workers more competitive, and that starts in the schools. What we need is serious education reform. It's time we faced up to the fact that you can't run U.S. schools on pennies. You have to make a real investment in education if you want your country to be anything more than a patchwork of trailer parks and fast food restaurants. Today, our public schools are "idiot factories," and the employers know it. I once encountered a cashier at Office Depot who couldn't calculate a 10% discount... with a calculator!

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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