Friday, June 8, 2012

Was Ted Cruz another tea party mistake?

By The InkDemon

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas belongs to a law firm that is representing the People’s Republic of China.

This story is about an American inventor Jordan Fishman who patented a new kind of tire to be used in mining. The San Antonio Express-News reported:

In the late 90s, Fishman created a new kind of tire that contains a three- inch layer of rubber on the outside, enabling it to withstand the punishment that comes from working in confined spaces.” (Gilbert Garcia, “Patent Lawsuit Haunts Senate Candidate,” Plaza de Armas Blog,, 9/28/11)

After Discovering His Tire Blueprints Had Been Stolen, Fishman Filed A Lawsuit Against The Chinese Company In 2010, & The U.S. District Court Ultimately Sided With Fishman & Awarded Him $26 Million In Damages.

A jury in Virginia sided with Fishman and awarded him $26 million, the E-N article said.

The E-N article continued:

In An Interview, Jordan Fishman Said Cruz “Had A Choice” Over Whether To Take The Case. “Whether Cruz was hired directly, or his firm was hired and asked him to take the case, Fishman said Cruz had a choice of whether to work for the company. ‘He is the lead attorney. And he accepted, and he had a choice,’ Fishman said.” (Peggy Fikac, “Star Of Anti-Cruz Ads: It’s Personal,” Houston Chronicle’s “Texas Politics” Blog, 4/24/12)

As A Result Of The Theft By The Chinese Company, Fishman Was Forced To Lay Off More Than 90 Percent Of His Employees In The U.S. “But Fishman said his company had 45 people in the United States, and now has only one and half employees – including himself.” (Peggy Fikac, “U.S. Senate Ads: Fact-Checking Fighting Words,” Houston Chronicle’s “Texas Politics” Blog, 5/15/12)

The question is whether this is a David Dewhurst attack advertisement or a legitimate news story that has caught Cruz red-handed. This blogger thinks it is the latter. The inventor had to lay off 90 percent of his employees.

This is not the first time a Texas elected official has represented foreign interest over American workers. This blogger worked for 27 years in information technology. This was a career field that was critically short of qualified people. As a result wages were astronomically high. American employers — one of them was Ross Perot — devised a scheme to bring in qualified workers from India to fill the gap.

Soon these companies went further. The started replacing their American workers with Indian contractors who would work for half the wages. The Indians flooded into the country in the late 1990′s. Then the companies like J.P.Morgan & Co. started to move their operations to places like Mumbai, India, where their hiring practices were less visible. Many American high-tech jobs dried up.

This blogger called Rep. Sam Johnson’s office many times. Rep. Johnson’s office defended the program. Meanwhile, Americans with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science are working at curio shops or as Wal-Mart greeters. Rep. Johnson likely will be re-elected. So who is he representing? Is he representing Perot and people like him or the voters … the workers?

Rep. Johnson’s web site says he is a Vietnam war “hero”. The blogger asks: If sitting in a Hanoi Hilton for four years makes one a hero, then what is three-time Ace Robin Olds? In this blogger’s opinion, when one calls oneself a “hero” it leaves a foul odor in the air.

So will Cruz defend American jobs if he is elected? His record says otherwise.

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