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WOULD A NEW TAX HELP TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK?
October 15, 2010
I am a United States citizen, and I have an idea about how American jobs could be created to reduce the 9.5% unemployment rate.
I am concerned about something that is happening and seems to be getting out of control.
During the past few years I’ve seen lots of people losing their jobs to other countries. These workers in other countries do not re-invest in our country, the USA. My idea is to regulate this out-of-control outsourcing of labor.
Congress could implement a “Cyber” H1B visa where all companies using resources outside the US would be required to apply for a visa to work remotely for a US company. That way, the number of people companies are recruiting overseas could be controlled, and taxes could be levied upon those companies based on the resources they are using outside the USA.
For example, every morning when an offshore resource logs in to work with a U.S. company, he will need to clear “cyber” customs to get to his job, just like any other immigrant who crosses a bridge to come to work in the United States. This cyber visa would not allow the resources to come to work physically in the United States; it would give them access only to work remotely for a USA-based company. That is the only privilege they would receive with this kind of visa. Only a certain number of visas would be allowed per year, just as it is now with H1B visas.
If the cyber visa were put into place, our country could collect funds which could be used to improve our homeland security system, or the tax revenue generated could be distributed to USA consumers. This project would give the USA another tool by which to trace who has access to the USA, even through cyber space.
The cyber visa would also enable the government to keep track of the number of employees/resources which every company is outsourcing to another country. Companies employing people outside of the United States rather than employing local resources could be taxed, similar to what happens when a company hires a resource using an H1B visa but who is physically present in the USA. Also, when outsourcing a job, they should go through the same process that is required for an H1B visa. Companies would be required to prove they could not find a local resource in the USA who has the same skills in order to obtain a cyber visa issued for the resource they are hiring.
This project could also create a lot of jobs in the IT industry because we would need an application to control the access, to issue the visas, to track the visas by company, etc. So in my opinion, a project like this is a win-win option for all Americans.
I’m sure members of Congress currently running for office or re-election would get a lot of support and votes from the American people if they promoted a change like this to help our current economy and reduce the high unemployment rate (9.5%) we are experiencing now.
Which congressman or candidate would like to place this on his or her agenda?