Today I have an eye appointment and yes will report the results to those of you who are bugging me about it (sheesh) and I’m probably going to put up a BPF later, but I’ve seen such rending of garments and beating of chests over Obama’s amnesty order that I thought I’d dash off a post to level set things.
First, yes, it is bad. And a sign democrats either can’t learn or don’t have our best interests at heart. I hear them brandish “Reagan did it” as an excuse. But Reagan doing it is the reason we don’t want it. Because we saw it did nothing, but encourage a flood over the border.
I didn’t have much time last night — family issues kept me out till ten and then there were things to do (a reason a post wasn’t written) — but checking face book I saw people accused of being haters and racist for being anti-executive-amnesty. Let’s dispose of that nonsense right now, shall we?
It is not hate to wish your countries borders to be secure. I’ve said before I come from a country of emigrants, many of them illegal to other countries in Europe. I saw what drove people from their home, often leaving children behind, to rush to other countries to work for ridiculously low wages and send every penny home.
You can’t hate people like that — they’re simply trying to survive.
But then there’s the other side of it. Those Portuguese immigrants were helping war-devasted European (and other) countries rebuild. Their labor was desperately needed. Also, those countries economies were hiring all comers, because they had to.
Our work force is neither deficient in labor nor is our economy overheated. What is worse, this is arguably caused by our minimum wage laws and by many people (not all of them left) refusing to understand the economy is not a wishing well. You can’t say “I want everyone to have — what is it now? — $15 minimum wage” and magically have it happen. If it were like that, why not give everyone one million dollars?
The minimum wage is felt to be needed mostly by people who have no understanding of business or of balancing the books. They imagine all business men to be villains, twirling their mustaches while plotting how little to pay factory workers. This is mostly because the history books have lied to them about the Industrial Revolution and they’re too stupid to see similar things happening now in other countries and realize the history books lied. Or sorry, perhaps not stupid, comfortable and full of their own opinions so they never consider what they were taught was wrong. Let’s call it establishment privilege.
These people full of establishment privilege look at the appalling conditions at the start of the industrial revolution (and they were appalling, though would be reformers also exaggerated them) and think “Aah without minimum wage, we’ll have China where employees get paid a penny a day and allowed to sleep under their machines.”
Sigh. This is not true, of course. You see back then employees were treated like that because it was — wait for it — a vast improvement on their living conditions back in the home farm.
idiots establishment privileged people don’t see that. They’ve made up all these cute stories about how the enclosure of the commons drove the poor to the cities to be exploited. (Did they? Well, from the enclosures in Shakespeare’s time, no. Yes, there were injustices, but it wasn’t that black and white.) But if you look at India and China, and other places where industrialization is happening now, you discover the rural poor flock to the city, because despite the idealized view of agriculture of the EPP, it is still more brutal and less rewarding than their miserable factory jobs.
In the US too, during industrialization, another layer was added. A lot of the people coming here to work for miserable wages couldn’t speak the language and left kith and kin and everyone who could help them, (if they said bugger off and walked out) thousands of miles and months of travel away. So you saw some horrible stuff. More on this later, because it’s pertinent.
But these days none of that applies — except for the more on that later — and keeping raising the minimum wage with no reference to the economy or the need for workers (or indeed at all) by fiat only drives illegal immigration. I know the people who hiss and boo at “crooked employers” hiring illegals imagine the monopoly figure with the top hat. Reality is not like that. The economy is bad (whatever the cooked books say) and all of the hospitality businesses run on a very thin margin, as do small farms and a dozen other small to medium concerns.
Faced with going under or hiring illegals, they hire illegals. It’s the same as the immigrants coming here illegally.
The minimum wage (and regulation of labor) laws are driving illegal immigration. Stop that motor (and there are ways of doing it that are politically feasible and don’t involve distorting the market, like income assist. Note I’m not for them and think the Federal government has no constitutional authority to do any of it but they are preferable to what we have) and illegal immigration stops cold.
Continue in the path we’ve been, and — for those of us accusing us of not being compassionate — the vulnerable and less employable Americans suffer, while this nation of laws and beliefs imports a larger and larger majority of people who not only do not believe in our laws and beliefs (trust me. As someone who comes from a Latin country, the indoctrination to respecting your betters runs very deep and makes it hard to acquire the American “I have no betters” attitude. Impossible, no. but difficult. Which means the majority will never get it) but who don’t really want to be American. The majority of them, like my neighbors in Portugal in the sixties and seventies, want to make money and go home. And while the Italians and Poles and Germans of the past might have intended the same, they had more incentive to adapt in that they couldn’t just DRIVE home. Or visit often enough to stay attached to the homeland. (Trust me, even now, it’s not easy for an immigrant of middle income from Europe to visit often enough. We simply can’t afford to go more than once every three to five years, which in turn means that you have more time to adapt to your adopted culture, and you do whether you wish to or not (I wish Kate Paulk who is more recent to this process would write me a post about this process. Maybe I’ll bug her.))
Worse, and far more damning to the
compassionate souls Establishment Privilege People who scream that we should let them all in, we create a vast class of native unemployables, to which the children of these compassionately let in immigrants will belong if they stay in country. Because they will be American citizens and subjected to minimum wage laws, instead of whatever pittance their parents are paid under the table, but they won’t have markedly more skills (for the vast majority) or be educated to integrate and speak the language (must respect multiculti donchaknow?) The end game of this is a small English speaking upper class and a vast Spanish speaking, unemployable government dependent under class. Which I think is what people like Nancy Pelosi envision. Madame Pelosi LIKES her privilege and she means to keep her privilege. (Sometime look up how much the woman drinks on the public dime. A lot of her utterances will make a lot more sense.)
But the end game can’t be reached, because the state can’t expand forever. Again, if you’re an EPP you might not realize this, but money’s value refers to value in society that might be purchased with that money. I.e. the idea Obama believed at least briefly, that we can print a trillion dollar bill and pay all our debts is about as sane as thinking you can levitate by pulling your feet up with your hands. Like gravity, economy is a force to be reckoned with and you can’t wish it away. So long before we reach that end game, the economy collapses, the immigrants rush back home (they’ve been doing it anyway and more on that later too) and the natives who are near-unemployable because minimum wage has kept them from developing skills to be employed, starve.
That is the end game of your “compassionate” and “let them all in” hearts. A particularly funny critter was advocating for “Children growing up in horrible conditions. How can you say no.” I’d like to point out to Mr. Bleeding Heart that a) we’re not the orphanage of the world, nor is America’s wealth somehow baked in the cake. We do (I don’t think my family is alone in this) support any number of children around the world as we can, but bringing them all here is insane. For one most of them would prefer to stay home with their family/tribe/culture. b)There are children not only in appalling conditions here but in conditions that doom them to generational poverty. By pricing their parents out of employment you’re dooming these children to growing up with no structure, no skills and probably, if statistics can be trusted, drug addicted and likely to embark upon a life of crime. c) why would you deny other countries their chance to have their youth grow and improve them? It’s bad enough for a country like Japan to be senescent (from an economic stand point.) In a country like Kenya it would be fatal to have fewer young people than elderly. d) again wealth is not a finite pie. We didn’t steal it. We (and previous Americans) created it. Bringing in a vast wave of children who cannot be integrated into the culture (because multiculti and our horrible schools) does nothing but bringing third world conditions here in one generation. (One is tempted to think that’s what the president wants, but one MUST remember he’s economically maleducated which is worse than being ignorant.)
Anyway, having disposed of all that — This morning I’ve already seen the rending of garments, mourning at the invasion, throwing fits, giving up…
Yesterday before going to bed I read what Mister Obama actually said. Now granted this might change in application because the way you know he’s lying is that his lips are moving, but what he actually said is neither alarming nor nearly as “good” as all those celebrating on the other side think.
Correct me if I’m wrong, since I skimmed the stuff last night, as I was falling asleep:
-This amnesty is not an amnesty as it provides no “path to citizenship” but merely allows for TEMPORARY visas.
– It only allows temporary visas to people who have children (or presumably parents) who have visas or are citizens.
– You have to have been crime free while in the US, except for the crime of entering illegally.
-You have to have been employed
– You have to pay a substantial fine.
Look, the number of people this provides for, particularly considering #2 is not nearly “all of those who are celebrating” because they just heard “amnesty.” It certainly isn’t the invasion of welfare recipients that Mister Obama has been inviting.
On top of that, these people HAVE to ask themselves: come out of the shadows and be “registered’ which suddenly does make their deportation and tracking possible when the political tides change as they seem to be in the process of changing (and when most people in this country are against their staying) or stay in the shadows and ignore President false promises? I’m going to guess the sensible ones will opt for “stay in shadows” and I knew a lot of Portuguese who emigrated illegally to other countries, and heard them discuss this sort of thing.
Another reason not to panic is that our economy still sucks. No, seriously. Yes, I know the cooked numbers. But all of you who are in business for yourselves know I’m speaking the truth. We’re getting pravda from our media, but the truth is the economy sucks and will only get worse when the full obamacare goes into action.
I don’t see how this would do any less than any other contraction (or is it a depression now, beneath the cooked numbers?) in history. Which means all the stores in my neighborhood who in anticipation of the proclamation of amnesty stocked Spanish magazines are going to be heart broken again.
There aren’t that many minimum age jobs around or even jobs for people willing to work under the table. And there are fewer and fewer people legitimately employed and paying benefits. The economy is a zombie boosted by false Wall Street crony capitalism returns.
That is a problem, but not one immigration does much to. Except for one thing, and the real reason Mister Obama did this and put the conditions he did (except maybe, who knows, this is also his plan to provide for the vast number of children his father sired, and whom he won’t help from his own purse.)
You see, the people who fit this and qualify for a “temporary visa” are, I would bet, overwhelmingly, employed in the computer industry.
These are the new immigrants, many of them from India and China, who are being exploited by employees who cow them with threats of deportation which is what firing essentially means. I can’t find the article, but I’m sure one of you can post it in comments, explaining how recently several silicon valley firms were found to be paying such workers less than a dollar an hour.
This is what the president hoped to enable, because these people can rush to have a child who will be a citizen/be promised the company will pay their fine if they work another year/ etc. etc.
Mister Obama is not a good politician, in the sense that he doesn’t stay bought, as the Unions and other working class lobbies are finding out. BUT he has a sort of decadent upper class loyalty to his own: the people who went to the right colleges, make the right noises and whom he’d like to invite to his parties. Those are the people he is favoring with this “proclamation” just like he favored all his cronies with money for “green energy” (Solyndra) and government contracts (Obamacare website) and other such boondoogles. He’s really a French Aristo, out of time, and trying to be good to the people like him, who know what fork to use to spear the middle class with.
So, I’m not saying you shouldn’t be mad. There’s tons of reason to be mad. There’s even some reason to panic, as I think IT jobs are going to be hit and hit hard by this, and they haven’t been doing well for fifteen years now.
But the vast number of central and South (and North — Mexico) Americans who are now celebrating and the number of Americans mourning the invasion are both being fooled by the man who never tells a truth if he can tell a lie. When they wake up and read the fine print, they’ll find none of this is was they think. It’s just President Goldman Sachs favoring his cronies again.
There will be a clean up. There has to be a clean up because economics is a harsh and unforgiving mistress. Our job is to stay focused on what is real, not on the aristos’ sleight of hand. Because we’re going to have a heck of time preventing our government defaulting to historically probably “strong man” when the crash comes. Until then, keep your mind sharp, stop panicking and remember: In the end we win, they lose. It must be so for the sake of our children.
Be not afraid.
PS -And lest you think I’m unwarrantably rosy in this, Jerry Pournelle agrees with me (save that he seems to believe the amnesty far more general and likely to be taken. And he might be right, but I think not. As I said, I’ve seen this from the other side. Leaving the shadows at this time is going to scare them, once they see the fine print.) And then there’s this.
Be not afraid. There’s a massive amount of work to be done (isn’t there always) to restore our republic, which has been slipping away from us for a hundred years or so, but this is not the final blow. Nowhere near. Take heart. The government as always speaks with a forked tongue. The other side doesn’t have much reason to rejoice and we don’t have much reason to lament. Let them play their empty piping and keep your eye on what’s real.