The K Street Conservative Guest Worker Plan
One of many chapters of the Jack Abramoff/Tom DeLay scandal is the story about the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. Commonwealth in the eastern Pacific Ocean. As a quick review, over the last twenty years the CNMI has built a huge garment industry, almost entirely owned by big business tycoons from Asia, and staffed not by island natives, but by Filipinos, Chinese and Malaysians recruited under a “guest worker” program. These workers are paid $2-$3 per hour, under living and working conditions that are sub-par to U.S. standards. Even better for the Asian tycoons, the clothing made there and sold by major retailers is allowed to bear the “MADE IN USA” label.
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Steve Olsen plans to post once a week on his offical blog. If his first post is an indicator of what is to come, all I can say is that I can hardly wait!