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Just moments after his election as the first African American Republican National Committee chairman, former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele and members of the local GOP react. (Video by Hamil Harris / The Washington Post)

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 30, 2009; 6:55 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , Video Report  
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Hey look! now we got one too!
See we're not racists because we put one up there!

I have one question though, is he a magic negro too?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Banks collecting billions of dollars in federal bailout money sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers to the U.S. for high-paying jobs, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.

The dozen banks receiving the biggest rescue packages, totaling more than $150 billion, requested visas for more than 21,800 foreign workers over the past six years for positions that included senior vice presidents, corporate lawyers, junior investment analysts and human resources specialists. The average annual salary for those jobs was $90,721, nearly twice the median income for all American households.

The figures are significant because they show that the bailed-out banks, being kept afloat with U.S. taxpayer money, actively sought to hire foreign workers instead of American workers. As the economic collapse worsened last year — with huge numbers of bank employees laid off — the numbers of visas sought by the dozen banks in AP's analysis increased by nearly one-third, from 3,258 in fiscal 2007 to 4,163 in fiscal 2008.

The AP reviewed visa applications the banks filed with the Labor Department under the H-1B visa program, which allows temporary employment of foreign workers in specialized-skill and advanced-degree positions.

It is unclear how many foreign workers the banks actually hired; the government does not release those details. The actual number is likely a fraction of the 21,800 foreign workers the banks sought to hire because the government limits the number of visas it grants to 85,000 each year among all U.S. employers.

During the last three months of 2008, the largest banks that received taxpayer loans announced more than 100,000 layoffs. The number of foreign workers included among those laid off is unknown.

Foreigners are attractive hires because companies have found ways to pay them less than American workers.

Posted by: lucygirl1 | February 1, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, You are a great guy. Congratulations.

Posted by: Texan2007 | January 31, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

This is another Palin Moment by the republican hypocrisy machine. Palin was the anti Hillary. This guy is the bizarro Obama.
Corporate marketing should have learned from their first mistake.

Posted by: seemstome | January 31, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

While I wish Michael Steele good luck in his new position, I see his selection as a ploy for the GOP to make Blacks and other minorities feel like the party is suddenly pro minorities and anti racists.

Please color me "UNIMPRESSED".

Until the party adopts SUBSTANTIVE steps rather SYMBOLIC ones to address its INHERENT problems, it might as well be whistling DIXIE! OsiSpeaks[dot]com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | January 31, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele I have no doubt that you are very smart, and crafty. Your party is racist. At the republican convention their were only 5 black people. You have an up hill battle on your hand when your opponent make fun of obama with a song puff the magic negro.

Posted by: r4147824 | January 31, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

MR. STEELE: Put your money where your mouth is... repudiate the Bush-Cheney KKK-like vigilante network that continues to terrorize "targeted" U.S. citizens:


Team Obama must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network -- authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert multi-agency actions.

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or reformed. They must be removed from power and brought to justice.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 30, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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