Simple Economics Lesson since this thread was supposedly made on Economics grounds.
If you decrease the supply of something (i.e Labor) the cost of it goes UP. Ok fine, everyone wants to make more right?
Ok, so the cost of goods is based on the cost of inputs (raw materials, equipment, labor, govt regulation and taxes etc).
So, if the cost of labor goes up, the cost to buy the product of that labor also has to go up so the price to the consumer rises.
NOW, the argument waging back and forth is the cost of Illegal Aliens to the Public Sector vrs the gain to the economy from an expanded labor and consumer base. Illegals buy and sell thus generating economic activity which is then taxed. Do Illegals consume more then they produce?
Maybe, maybe not. It is a completely unquantifiable factor. The Strict Enforcement people set the costs high and the benefits low. They are guessing. The Guest Worker advocates do the exact opposite guessing.
The reasonable solution, which NO one in Washington will grasp, is that this should be done in bites. For once lets try REALLY enforcing our laws. Let's build the wall. Let's punish the criminal employers of Illegals. Let's get serious about the Border Patrol and use our technology to make it as leak proof as possible. Israel does it against Terrorism, there is NO reason the USA cannot do it against Illegals.
IF we end up seeing this has a negative effect on our Economy, THEN we can talk Guest Worker.
But both sides have GOT to stop kidding themselves that everything is wonderful about their ideas and everything is evil about the other sides. There are costs and benefits involved here on both sides here. Anyone who tells you different is advocating something, NOT seriously considering the issue.
posted on 04/10/2006 7:18:16 PM PDT
(In the end it does not matter if you win. All men die. What matters is how you lived. No surrender)
"Let's punish the criminal employers of Illegals."
It is more efficient to have the feds stop the illegal at the border than to ask every employer to stop every illegal at the workplace.
posted on 04/10/2006 7:23:57 PM PDT
good comments...that was a well thought out post.
posted on 04/10/2006 9:00:32 PM PDT
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