VOA, or Voice of America was originally conceived in 1939 by President Roosevelt’s chief speech writer, Robert Sherwood. Mr. Sherwood predicted the impact of international broadcasting when he said:
We are living in an age when communication has achieved fabulous importance. There is a new decisive force in the human race, more powerful than all the tyrants. It is the force of massed thought-thought which has been provoked by words, strongly spoken.
Seeing radio as an instrument of foreign policy, the Soviet Union built a radio center in Moscow and was broadcasting in fifty languages and dialects by the end of 1930. Italy and Great Britain started their respective “empire services” in 1932, followed by France the next year. Nazi Germany built a massive network of transmitters in 1933 and began to beam hostile propaganda into Austria. It took World War II to finally put VOA into action. In December, 1941, VOA made its first broadcast.
Since then VOA has been used as a tool to promote America’s foriegn policy positions around the world. Over the years, VOA has expanded into a more broad based news provider. Today, besides just broadcasting on radio, they have a high traffic website.
VOA has changed its philosophy over the years, from promoting freedom and democracy to a highly partisan, big business, anti-middle class point of view. In a section titled “Immigration – The changing face of America” VOA says:
Immigrants tend to go to segments of the labor market where there is the most demand and less supply. So that is on the high end and on the lower end. Lower-skilled immigrants who come into the United States are typically taking jobs that most Americans are not interested in: picking lettuce in the hot sun, scrubbing floors or toilets in a discount store in the middle of the night, gardening, construction, that sort of work.
Looks like VOA forgot one job on their list of jobs Americans just don’t want to do, reporter. It seems that VOA management is about to outsource to China a number of its reporter/writer positions to save money.
I just have one thing to say to those reporters:
How dare VOA say that Americans don’t want all these jobs? Americans are not turning down jobs. What they are turning down is $8/hour cash for a job that would normally pay $22/hour with benefits. There isn’t a job in America that an American won’t do for a fair wage. The truth is more like many unethical employers would rather break the law and hire illegal immigrants for third world wages than hire legal citizens.
Today on Labor Day, we need to recognize that middle-class Americans are what make this the greatest country in the world. Companies like Wal-Mart may like to play up the middle America feel of their stores, but at the same time they are destroying middle America with a vengeance.
The massive damage done by Hurricane Katrina will require rebuilding. This will present an opportunity of employment for the thousands of now out work victims. We must demand that President Bush and Congress ensure that those jobs only go to American citizens, and not illegal immigrants. Employer’s feet must be held to the fire, and burned right off if they are unwilling.