Huckster Defends

16 06 2012

Boy, we dodged this bullet.

Mediaite:

Huckabee Defends Obama’s Immigration Policy: ‘It’s An Admirable Thing’

(snip)

Mike Huckabee told the crew at Fox & Friends this morning that he understood his stance on immigration was not particularly popular among Republicans, and he didn’t support and executive order for it, but the policy President Obama tried to implement for young undocumented people was something he had also attempted to pass in Arkansas. “You don’t punish a kid for what his or her parents did,” he argued, saying the policy was not a “job-killer.”

You rob a bank of a thousand bucks.  You give the loot to your kids.  The cops catch up to you and found out that you gave the money to your kid.  What will the cops do next?  At the very least confiscate the dough, and maybe even pop him or her for receiving stolen property, if there’s probable cause that s/he knew it was stolen money.  “But you can’t punish a kid for what his or her parents did!”

Technically, Huckster is right in that this isn’t a “job killer.”  The jobs will still be there, and in fact, mass non-white immigration means there are more jobs here than there otherwise would be, as it has precluded the mechanization of a lot of work.  It’s just that native born white Americans won’t get to do those jobs, and it alters the economics of the labor market in the direction of decreasing wages and salaries.  It’s like RJP said at DSL, cross-posted here today, the high rise window washer jobs in Chicago are still there, but they’re paying $28 an hour instead of $50 an hour because mass Hispanic immigration has driven the wage scale down.

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17 06 2012
rjp

….. the high rise window washer jobs in Chicago are still there, but they’re paying $28 an hour instead of $50 an hour because mass Hispanic immigration has driven the wage scale down.

I work in a 40 story high rise and I know three full floors are empty even though any of the large commercial brokerages will tell you it is 97% occupied when they quote a price three times what we are paying for our space, which is a sublet from a clearing firm.

One day I wondered just how many floors are really empty …. how much empty space there really is, so I tried to ask the widow washers. Not a single one could speak English. Their manager happened to drive up, so I asked him after he told me they did not speak English. Unfortunately he didn’t have the ability to ask that as he had a limited knowledge of Spanish.

The only reason I know how much they make now is I walk past the office of the company they work for daily and it had a poster in their window that some category of their window washers averaged $56,000 last year, 2000 hours at $28.00 per hour – I assume that is the guys hanging on a rope 40 stories in the air are the top catagory.




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