Another 100 Jobs Lost in Bristol Virginia with College Closure

May 8, 2014 Bristol, Virginia: Virginia Intermont College fired its last 100 employees and shuts the doors. They received over $2 million in Tobacco Commission funding under the guise of creating a tourism degree program to boost tourism. (Yeah, right.) There is no evidence they even tried to do this and refused my requests for three years to provide proof. The program was never listed in their catalog.

This was about an attempt to bailout a poorly run institution whose former president left without notice and there was a problem with embezzlement charges a few years ago. It was a political favor.

Two million in economic development dollars equals -100 jobs. They also owed $13,000 in back property taxes. See $2 Million TOC Funding Virginia Intermont College

The defunct college watched as enrollment dropped from over 1100 in 2004 to 378 in 2013.

More problems have arisen for Virginia Intermont College. This failed liberal arts college has been hit with stiff liens by the IRS. The liens total a whopping $830,000.

This was after the Virginia Tobacco Commission illegally gave the institution almost $2 million in economic development grants in an attempted bailout. Under the Virginia Constitution it's illegal to give state tax dollars to charities and nonprofits - a law that is routinely ignored by corrupt Virginia politicians. Ref. BHC July 26, 2014.

Mass Immigration Killing the Working Poor Here Too

Immigration reform will cause even more misery for the working poor as an additional 22 million more guest workers over the next decade will further displace native born low-wage workers and already have in East Tennessee and Tri-Cities. Low-wage black workers have been driven out of the labor force across the nation by immigration and the same thing is happening to poor whites in our region as employers hunt for more cheap-exploitable labor.

In fact this has been recommended to business as a way to lower labor costs in the tourist-retirement related industries this region is promoting. Simply put they want to bring in even cheaper labor to displace the working poor that already dominates our private sector labor market. The working poor are ignored and marginalized already and so the system of social apartheid will continue to flourish.