More immigrants, that is.
If you're the parent of a native-born Wisconsin kid who thinks the collegendegree you paid for will result in a good-paying job in America's Dairy Land, be advised that the competition he or she faces in a very tight market will include even more of the foreign-born if Ryan and Walker get their way.
And it won't just be in those so-called STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - that get all the attention from the national media every year when it comes time to doling out the much talked about H-1B visas that many in Congress say we just don't have enough of.
Last year Wisconsin employers also were looking across our borders when seeking to fill these non-STEM jobs:
- 24 teaching jobs for math and science teachers, plus a bilingual substitute kindergarten teacher,
- 268 managers
- 28 pharmacists
- 28 graphics experts, including graphics designers and an asst. professor of graphic designers
- 400 university or college jobs, including assistant professors, instructors and bio statisticians, and 20 science jobs, titled postdoctoral researchers or fellows.
Pharmacists? Graphic arts?
If you want to see all of what's going on in this state re: hiring, check out this site. It's more than just a real eye-opener.
And then ask yourself whether that aide to Sen. Marco Rubio's was talking about your child when he recently observed that American workers "just can't cut it."
Why haven't the media looked more closely at those companies that regularly whine about "labor shortages" despite the 20 million Americans who can't find full-time work, including Wisconsin's 217,000 jobless residents, you ask?
It's because the ability to think in critical terms and formulate tough questions long ago disappeared from the nation's newsrooms when it comes to covering the immigration issue.
Here's an example of what I mean: Last week I sent an e-mail to a Wisconsin reporter who covered Rep. Ryan's July 26 immigration town hall meeting in Racine where the unemployment rate is 12.2 percent. Although I already knew the answer, I asked whether Ryan explained how giving work permits to illegal aliens would help any of Wisconsin's unemployed. The reporter responded this way:
"As to your questions, I believe they would be better addressed to the congressman’s office. Although he gave a very long and detailed presentation, I had neither the time or space to include every detail in a short newspaper article highlighting his visit."
See? Now it's my responsibility alone to hold accountable members of Congress!
This reporter certainly must know about the nation's abysmal unemployment environment, and she was unable to make the connection between joblessness among our citizens and Ryan's absurd call for more foreign workers?