atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3970: The last hot Wednesday of the year?

Probably not. As I write this it's clobbering up outside and preparing to rain. They're predicting sixties on Friday. Whee!

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Steven Den Beste knocks one out of the park with a post titled "Unprecedented ineptitude" and is a worthy read.

In the same vein, Ace comments on Obama's speech, where he included a veiled insult to Republicans:
And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America's military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain....
See, conservatives are just interested in killing people and breaking things, while liberals believe in lofty, noble things. Quoth Ace:
Even when he's supposedly "reaching out to us," this Master Diplomat and Coolly Brilliant Poet-Warrior steadfastly refuses to pay the right the slightest degree of respect.

And this man represents us in our dealings with foreign actors. Imagine how his similar haughtiness plays overseas. Imagine how it's already played for five years, and how it will play for another three.

Smart diplomacy, huh?
Emphasis his, and it's not even close to "smart".

Read the whole thing, really.

Ace ain't the only one who noticed, either.

Borepatch theorizes this imbroglio portends the end of anyone taking Obama seriously. I'd like to think he's right.

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Corporate America wants cheap labor, which is why they support amnesty. ...I had an inordinate amount of trouble writing "amnesty" there. My fingers kept trying to write "cramnesty", which is pretty much what it amounts to when we get laws which benefit large corporations and administrators of government programs at the expense of just about everyone else.

Lax immigration enforcement works in business' favor, because it keeps wages low. If you can go hire a guy for a day and pay him $10 an hour, cash--why the hell would you ever want to hire him as a real full-time worker? When you had to pay him $7.25 an hour and put in FICA and SSI and so on and so on, and do all that paperwork, and provide him with medical insurance, and end up paying $15 an hour all told? Much easier just to call his Obamaphone and say, "Sí, Miguel! Tienes que trabajar para mí hoy," and be out a mere $80 at the end of the day including the phone call and the gas required to go pick him up. Miguel's happy because he lives in an apartment with nine other people and lives on beans and rice; you're happy becuse you got your job done on time and under budget, and without all the bullshit you have to deal with when hiring a full-time employee.

The problem is, of course, that paying Miguel $10 an hour means you're unwilling to hire anyone full time for more than you have to pay (which is not less than $7.25 an hour right now). The girl you're paying to be your office manager--why would you want to pay her $10 an hour to sit in your air-conditioned office, doing the mailing and answering phones, when you're paying that to guys who tape drywall and haul lumber all day? Especially when the costs of employing her are 150% of her wages anyway and she's not making you any money, unlike Miguel and Paco?

But day laborers are only part of the problem. The other problem comes from giving illegal immigrants amnesty, because once they have the papers that let them work legally, they willingly take jobs that ought to command higher wages and gleefully accept minimum wage for them. For ten guys living in an apartment, minimum wage is plenty of money; they can each chip in half their take-home pay for food and lodging, and send the rest back to Mexico or the Philippines or where-the-hell-ever where it's a small fortune.

This is not an argument that minimum wage should be higher. Making people pay more is not the answer and there's a decided correlation between increases in minimum wage and increases in unemployment. Besides, it's inflationary and a few years after each raise the new, higher, number is suddenly not enough money again.

The thing to do is simply to enforce the immigration laws that are currently on the books. We don't need new laws; we seldom do. But of course if we were to do that, the Government Party (both of them) would not be able to buy themselves a new constituency.

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Well, I just don't know what else to add to that.
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