I Agreed, for One Paragraph


It was a Rorschach preview.  This appeared in my mail:

 by David Post

The saddest part of our current political climate, for me, is the realization that so many of my fellow citizens don’t share in the vision that I always thought was pretty central — along with a written constitution, an independent judiciary, the separation of powers and the First Amendment — to what made this country such a great one.

Sadly, I clicked on the link and learned that Post is talking about open borders. He thinks a cornerstone of America is that anyone can come here.

There are 7 billion people in the world.  Many of them poorer than our poor, and unskilled at that.  We can’t take them all.

This isn’t racism, or xenophobia or anything else other than a clear appreciation of our situation.  In North Carolina, every class in every elementary school has a few kids who don’t speak English. It will take time for our communities to absorb the immigrants we already have, much less add millions more.  And yet, like a fool, we add millions more.

I really don’t care what color my neighbors are, or which country their grandparents or parents came from.  A Martinez is just as welcome as a Jones or O’Malley.  I’m greatly impressed by the hard work of the construction crews in North Carolina working under hundred-degree sun. My house is bigger than my dad’s, in part because of the relatively low price of labor here.  Did I mention my brother is a carpenter in upstate New York?  He couldn’t survive here.

The America my great grandfathers came to was booming, spreading its wings and in need of hard-working immigrants.  Today we have less need for the hard muscles of Irish canal diggers, and more of a need for skilled information technology experts.  

Donald Trump said it crudely, as he sometimes does.  He called Mexican’s rapists. Murderers.  There’s no doubt he didn’t mean all, but he did mean some.  Sadly, his clumsiness hurt his presidential bid, and the cause of immigration reform.  

Building a wall,  enforcing immigration law, even talking about it makes you susceptible to charges of racism.  And apparently  also to charges of being un-American.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Dude. It’s not policy.  It’s a poem.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “I Agreed, for One Paragraph

      1. Gus Bailey

        GM, Your comment doesn’t mesh with basic economics, unless the implied lament is that we’re paying more than we used to for the same work; which would balance with a supply-demand relationship.

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      2. gmhowell

        Gus:

        It’s actually, exactly the opposite. Firms only claim that we need to bring in bucketloads of H1B IT workers because they refuse to pay domestic IT workers what they are worth. Yes, yes, I’ve read all of the information about how there isn’t a salary differential and all the other blah, blah, blah. Except it isn’t true. It took me quite a while to get going in IT, despite skills and education. I’ve met numerous other people who are sitting on a bench or on the dole at the same time that Zuckerburg and his cronies were boohooing about how there are no qualified Americans for the job. Except there are plenty, who want protections AND a salary that American companies are frequently unwilling to meet.

        If classical supply and demand weren’t stymied, prices (wages) for those workers would rise as their unemployment rates approached zero. We would also see more people teleworking from the midwest, Appalachia, and elsewhere. But H1Bs get imported, screwing up that analysis, driving down wages, and forcing people to work/live in awful areas.

        So, yeah, I agree with you, I believe.

        On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM, Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey – The Artisan Craft Blog wrote:

        > Gus Bailey commented: “GM, Your comment doesn’t mesh with basic economics, > unless the implied lament is that we’re paying more than we used to for the > same work; which would balance with a supply-demand relationship.” >

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  1. Gus Bailey

    Dave, In the interest of fairness, Trump didn’t call all Mexicans rapists and thugs; he did opine that a significant majority of illegal immigrants were undesirable and he did include rapists among those disqualifications.

    Additionally, there are too many of these illegal immigrants who do not want to assimilate, but rather take advantage of the opportunities provided (often through additional lawbreaking including tax evasion and flouting of labor standards) to send the money back across the border where it has roughly nine times the purchasing power.

    Like it or not, too many of the illegal population are nothing more than parasites.

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