Saturday, January 20, 2007

An Acorn is a Nut

I find ignorance frightening. Especially in people who make it their goal to help set the rules for the rest of us. I figure people have a right to be ignorant, as long as they take the blows that reality will deal them for it manfully. Unfortunately, when such people start influencing the rules for the rest of us, we ALL take the punishment that reality so plentifully dishes out to the stiff-necked, and unaware.

That is why I was distressed to hear the ACORN spokespeople calling for "immigration reform" that would reward lawbreaking, among other things. I was even more distressed to read this snippet...

"Asked about a bill by Rep. Rick Green, R-Van Buren, that would prohibit state contracts from being awarded to companies that employ illegal immigrants, Sealy said he did not believe it would be the best way to ensure that state tax dollars are used to fund good jobs in Arkansas.

"I think a better way to do that would be requiring contractors to pay a living wage, to provide benefits to all employees and to have a union neutrality clause," he said.

Sure. Just let in millions of illegal workers so that the laws of economics dictate that non-skilled wages will drop to the floor. But hey, pass a man-made law that says wages and benefits have to be high, that will fix everything, right?

Some people seem to think that prices exist merely to keep us from having things. There is no recognition that they reflect an underlying reality that trumps even government intervention. You can't let in more workers and expect wages to stay high. If you set the wage too high by "law", employers will quit buying (hiring) and the person will be worse off than they were before when they at least had some wage. The other thing that will happen is that employers will be more tempted to cheat and hire workers off the books for below-law wages or demand kick-backs. In other words, the same people that are driving our illegal alien cheater-economy will be at it again- and the same illegal aliens we "legalized" will be playing along with them.

Illegal aliens lower wages and benefits for law abiding citizens.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how people want to throw low non skill labor under the bus. Illegal aliens are no "problem" to them. But if you turn to something like foreign doctors coming to America the gnashing of teeth is deafening.

6:33 PM, January 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is right. This issue gives the upper class a chance to feel morally superior to the working class at no cost to them- in fact, they get their lawns done cheaper so it is actually in their economic self-interest, and they get to feel more "tolerant" too.

6:41 AM, January 21, 2007  

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