Thursday, September 1, 2011


The J1 visa program was started in the 1960s as a cultural exchange program that allowed foreign students to enter the United States. It also allowed those students to accept jobs. Since their stays were supposed to be of a limited duration those jobs were exempt from social security and medicare payroll taxes and not subject to prevailing wage requirements of other guest worker programs. It seems that Hershey, America's favorite chocolate manufacturer, has been sponsoring J1 visas, paying low wages, and no payroll taxes as a cost cutting measure. So much cheaper than hiring American workers. I promised myself that I'd keep my socialistic politics out of the photo blog, but I did own this old postcard and I needed some text to go with it. Oh well. At least the cows seem to be well paid.

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