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    Having worked as the secretary arranging hires of these post-docs, I can verify everything in that article.  The base wage, without medical insurance of any kind, for Ph.D. scientists was 20% less than my wage as a secretary and 50% less than that of the bachelor's-degree laboratory specialists.   No American could afford to work for that, so we had no Americans in those positions.  Our foreign post-docs were rarely literate in English and their educations were severely sub-standard by American standards.  No one would have hired them if qualified Americans could be had to work FOR THE SAME LOUSY WAGES.  Their salaries were equivalent to that of the high-school-educated laboratory dishwasher, only they didn't get benefits.

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