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  • #16
    I got into a heated argument with my sister last night... unemployed unmarried welfare mom wrecking her life and taking her kids down the drain with her. And she had the nerve to tell me that I'm a fool to work for less money than I'm worth.

    And today, it hit me.

    That's the deal. That's the heart of this battle between yen and yang.

    You have a market that's not willing to pay people enough to sustain the American Dream. And you have a potential labor pool that refuses to work for less than they think they are worth.

    One could argue that the vast majority of workers aren't worth quite what they think they are, and I could agree with that. From the 60's on, we've combated teen suicide by overdosing them on self esteem to the point that they all have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. These little self-lovers have come of age and they make up a good deal of the potential labor pool now.

    That's what this nation has become. A nation of narcissists. Those in high places do everything they can to spite those below them. Such as selling this huge job to the Italians.

    And those in low places do everything they can to spite the ones that do things like that. And so the vicious cycle spins and it gets thicker and thicker.

    If you believe Adam Smith and David Ricardo, this situation doesn't exist and everything is peachy.

    If you believe John Maynard Keynes, John Nash, and Karl Marx, then a socioeconomic catastrophe 50 years in the making is about to come to a head.

    80% of failures are from 20% of causes
    Never compromise your principles today in the name of furthering them in the future.
    "All I ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work." -Sgt. Bilko
    "We are generally better persuaded by reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others." -Pascal
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    • #17

      The answer:

      Thank you for taking the time to contact TxDOT with your comments and concerns.

      It is important to note the following facts regarding this issue. TxDOT's
      mission and statutory authority is in the realm of building and maintaining
      state roads and the federal interstate system. TxDOT has not been given the
      authority to enforce immigration laws.

      The prime contractor is responsible for ensuring compliance with immigration

      We are responsible to ensure workers are paid properly and we have conducted
      interviews to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act.

      A concern was raised, so we contacted the contractor. The contractor informed
      us that Cimolai hired a Dallas area immigration attorney prior to coming to
      America to ensure compliance with all applicable immigration laws. The attorney
      verified that all Williams Bro. Construction agreements regarding the B-1 visas
      issued to the iron welders and installers was in full accordance with the
      federal regulations and the Foreign Affairs Manuel.

      Cimolai sold a complete product which includes the welding and piecing together
      of steel pieces. Their workers are highly specialized to complete this work to
      deliver the finished product. Logistics necessitated the completion of assembly
      of the product to occur on site.

      Buy America laws allow for the purchase of foreign products if it is 25% cheaper
      than what is available in the United States and the Italian steel met this
      exception and included the labor to deliver a completed product.


      Cynthia Northrop White
      Public Information Office Supervisor
      office: 214.320.4482