As many of you know, prominent journalist Michelle Malkin and long-time H-1B activist John Miano have a new book out, Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best and Brightest Workers. I highly recommend it.
Some may object to the book’s title as being too in-your-face, and not sufficiently staid. “Is ‘crapweasel’ even a slang word,” I asked myself (the answer is yes).
Malkin just rubs some people the wrong way. Yesterday a reader on my e-mail list (where I announce blog postings) angrily demanded that I remove his name from the list, due to my having spoken positively of Malkin. I remember vividly a friend telling me, circa 1999, “She’s drop-dead gorgeous — but her views are laughable.” I’m a liberal, and I strongly disagree with a lot of what she has said over the years, but she’s very smart, takes no guff from the vested interests, and has collaborated with John to produce an outstanding book.
This morning I was shocked and saddened to receive another angry e-mail request to remove the e-mail writer’s name from my mailing list. The writer is a Hill staffer, whom I’ve known and admired for a number of years, but who took great offense at one recent blog post of mine, and presumably at another as well. I must reluctantly take this as possible confirmation of my recent speculation that both major parties are worried that the H-1B issue could mushroom in next year’s election campaign, with the Malkin/Miano book playing a part. Passage of the Durbin/Grassley bill would solve that “problem,” and we’d never hear about H-1B from Trump, Rubio, Cruz and Huckabee again. Yet, the hiring of foreign workers would continue unabated, and likely increased in the coming year or so.
If the book’s strident, muckraking style bothers you, then you really don’t get it about H-1B. People are getting hurt and the national interest is being harmed, so you shouldn’t let the book’s very personal ravaging of specific “crapweasels” worry you.
The material in pp.66-72 alone would make the book well worth reading. Some of it appears on Malkin’s Web page, concerning the oft-cited finding by economist Madeleine Zavodny that each H-1B hired creates 2.62 new jobs for the nation. I’ll close with an excerpt:
NFAP’s Zavodny study was published by the American Enterprise Institute, sponsored by open-borders billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy…
Zavodny’s study initially examined data from the years 2000 to 2010. She hypothesized that states with more foreign-born workers would have higher rates of employment among native-born Americans. Initially, she was unable to find a significant effect of foreign-born workers on U.S. jobs.
So what changed? In correspondence with John Miano, co-author of our new book “Sold Out” on the foreign guest-worker racket, and I, Zavodny revealed that when she showed her initial results to the study sponsor, the backers came up with the idea of discarding the last three years of data — ostensibly to eliminate the effects of the economic recession — and trying again…
Voila! After re-crunching the numbers at the sponsor’s request, Zavodny found the effect the study sponsor was hoping to find.
To her credit, Zavodny provided her data to a curious software developer in Silicon Valley who was interested in immigration policy. The blogger, R. Davis, discovered a number of serious methodological deficiencies in Zavodny’s work.
Most importantly, he documented that Zavodny’s results are highly sensitive to the date range selected. When she studied the years 2000-2007, she found 100 foreign-born workers in STEM fields with advanced degrees from U.S. universities were associated with 262 additional jobs for native-born Americans. But change the date range a little bit to 2002-2008, and the exact same regression model shows the destruction of 110 jobs for natives, according to the independent researcher.