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Sessions: The GOP Needs To Do Some Soul Searching
National Review Online ^ | July 18, 2013 | Jeff Sessions

Posted on 07/18/2013 3:09:40 PM PDT by neverdem

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, one of the chief promoters of the Senate’s Gang of Eight plan, recently took to the Corner to dispute my concerns over how the Senate bill would negatively impact Americans’ wages. Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s argument is contrary to both common sense and the best available academic evidence.

Politico reported this week that “Big Business, Senate Republicans and Democrats backing immigration reform have a target in their crosshairs: House Republicans.”

Why is the business lobby so eager to pass the Senate bill? Is it because they believe its large influx of low-skill workers will increase wages or reduce them? The question answers itself.

But let’s look at the CBO report. CBO concluded that average wages would decline for the next dozen years, while unemployment would increase. This is not in dispute. But Mr. Holtz-Eakin says not to worry, the decline, he alleges, will only be “20 cents a day.” First of all, it’s a bad sign when even the supporters of the bill have been reduced to arguing about the degree to which it will reduce wages. Wages today are lower than they were in 1999 and Americans have been through a prolonged recession — we need wages to go up, not to flatten or fall even further.

As to how much they will go down, Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s figure of 20 cents a day represents a drastic misrepresentation of the CBO report (which itself substantially understates the harmful impact that the Senate bill will have on workers). To arrive at his 20-cents figure, he assumes an equivalent wage reduction across the board. In his own words, Holtz-Eakin explains that his calculation “includes the salaries of the future Lloyd Blankfiens, Lebron Jameses, and Justin Biebers, as well as middle-class workers. . . .That means wage and salary earnings per worker will be $74,556 on average. These are the earnings that will be reduced 0.1 percent. . . . About 20 cents a day.”

Averaging all of these salaries together is of course very misleading. The typical salary for a U.S. worker is nowhere close to $74,556. And the wage effects of the immigration bill will be highly varied — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfien is likely to see his take-home pay increased while a low-income U.S. citizen will experience a much, much steeper reduction than 0.1 percent. Under the bizarre methodology that Holtz-Eakin employs, Mark Zuckerberg could increase his earnings by $1 million and 1,000 workers could see their wages fall by $1,000 in a year — and the average overall wage would be unchanged.

But this is not just a theoretical exercise: Dr. George Borjas of Harvard has found that high levels of immigration are already hurting workers. The average yearly income decrease over the past five decades has been 3.2 percent, with native workers losing $402 billion in income annually to immigrant workers. At the same time, businesses who employ immigrant labor see their profits increase by $437 billion per year. In a separate study, Dr. Borjas showed that the average native-born worker has his or her wages reduced by $140 per month as a result of high levels of immigrant labor.

Holtz-Eakin also avoids the question of unemployment. A recent Center for Immigration Studies report observed that 1.3 million fewer native-born Americans have jobs today than in 2000, even though the native-born working-age population has increased by more than 16 million. Meanwhile, 5.3 million more immigrants found jobs over that time, with the size of the working-age immigrant population growing by around 9 million. The immigration bill will dramatically worsen, not improve, this trend. There is a reason why people earning under $30,000 prefer, by a 3-to-1 margin, a reduction in total immigration to an increase.

Polls show the GOP lost the last election because we failed to connect with lower-income Americans. Republicans lost this vote by a record margin. So the GOP needs to do some soul-searching. We can either follow the Norquist and Holtz-Eakin example and try to lecture struggling Americans that we’re only going to marginally reduce their wages and only slightly increase their unemployment, or we can give voice to these struggling Americans of all backgrounds and articulate a rational immigration policy that promotes upward mobility, economic assimilation, and rising wages.”

— Jeff Sessions represents Alabama in the United States Senate.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
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The GOPe is too stupid to read the writing on the Wall Street party.

They must be physically removed, preferably by primary.

The new GOP needs to be the party of Main St.

1 posted on 07/18/2013 3:09:40 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Don’t they need a soul first?


2 posted on 07/18/2013 3:12:12 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Lakeshark; onyx

PING


3 posted on 07/18/2013 3:13:26 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Yep.

Soul searching first assumes that the subject of the search actually has a soul.

The GOP has no such thing.


4 posted on 07/18/2013 3:14:43 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: sickoflibs; DoughtyOne

Sessions gets it.


5 posted on 07/18/2013 3:15:47 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; Lakeshark

Thanks very much.

KILL the SENATE’S BILL and NO NEW BILLS!

How stupid can the GOP be?

Answer: Totally stupid.


6 posted on 07/18/2013 3:16:08 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Souls are worn out and linoleum carpet pieces have covered the holes in the shoe.


7 posted on 07/18/2013 3:18:37 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

PING


8 posted on 07/18/2013 3:18:53 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: MichaelCorleone

I’d say they need to do some searching for a spine first.


9 posted on 07/18/2013 3:19:46 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: MichaelCorleone

Do spineless jelly fish have a soul?


10 posted on 07/18/2013 3:30:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: MichaelCorleone
"Don’t they need a soul first?"

Some where along the line Americans are going to realize America can't continue to subsidize her citizens when they are able bodied but lazy. Honest work is never menial no matter what it is....gaming the system is encouraged by people like Obama...promising you welfare...many take the bate and wind up with nothing. Having a soul means taking responsibility for yourself; being dependent on the government is a dead end. Churches and other charitable organizations have been replaced by a soul-less power mad government.

11 posted on 07/18/2013 3:31:01 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: neverdem

The GOPe has gone corporate. They couldn’t care less about the average taxpayer in the middle class.

The Open Border Lobby is flooding Congress through K-Street with a ton of money.

With this the GOPe shows absolute contempt for the average taxpayer.


12 posted on 07/18/2013 3:32:12 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: neverdem

The GOPe is too stupid to read the writing on the Wall Street party.

I’m sorry, I only read cursive.


13 posted on 07/18/2013 3:33:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: neverdem

LOL.... see what they did there? Soul & GOP in the same sentence! Too funny!


14 posted on 07/18/2013 3:33:36 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: neverdem
The last time the GOP called me for money, I gave the poor guy on the other end a full dose. I told him (ahead of my tirade) that it wasn't personal and I'm sure he was a nice fellow. I asked him if he reports feedback to the GOP. He said yes. I then told him to pass along my 2 cents and that no one was getting a single penny from me unless they stopped this tripe and BS. I'm a very generous person, but only if I'm not paying for Stupid.

He remarked that he was hearing the same type of feedback all day. LOL.

15 posted on 07/18/2013 3:42:29 PM PDT by grimalkin (The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: yoe

I agree with you, yoe. Yet, soul-less Churches and non- well spring charity, has deeply contributed to this nanny-state Gov’t. As always, there is a solution. Do the next right thing, no matter what.


16 posted on 07/18/2013 3:42:33 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: neverdem

The GOP are finished - and at minimum, Conservatives need to be finished with the GOP.

They are nothing more than the political Judenrat for the Democrat MarxoFascists.

Elections are not going to fix this mess. Especially when the entire electoral process has gone Soviet and the Chicago machine now owns the whole national process.

Conservatives are hated by BOTH the Democrats/Marxists and the GOP Ruling Class and their sycophants.

They now rule over us, together - expanding their power and insanity upon us all.


17 posted on 07/18/2013 3:51:04 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: RedHeeler

Doing the next right thing, no matter what is helping those who need help for the moment...not for a life time. I was raised in the Great Smoky Mountains where I was told that even during the Depression, excepting welfare for more that a month was not an option if you could walk. Disability cheats and food stamp cheats are breaking the camels back...don’t you think?


18 posted on 07/18/2013 4:34:09 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: onyx
How stupid can the GOP be?

No one can be that stupid, they are serving a master and doing his bidding whether they know it or not. We can never defeat them if we keep blaming stupidity for their actions.

19 posted on 07/18/2013 4:52:04 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: neverdem

The GOP has always been the “me too!” party.

Reagan was an aberration that the establishment hated, tried to destroy, and then successfully cashed in on for 20 years by paying lip service to.

This is the norm for them, and too many people are content being runner-up so long as they get their money and token positions.


20 posted on 07/18/2013 5:17:03 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Yes he does get it. He seems to be THE voice of reason on this issue. Good to see him calling out Norquist. Norquist is not to be trusted.


21 posted on 07/18/2013 5:30:43 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: neverdem

The new GOP needs to be the party of Main St.

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The GOP is done. I’ll take the Liberty Party, thank you.


22 posted on 07/18/2013 5:45:03 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: neverdem
Forget searching their souls. They need to search for their ba!!s.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

23 posted on 07/18/2013 5:46:52 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: INVAR

The GOP are finished - and at minimum, Conservatives need to be finished with the GOP.

&&&
Exactly. Count me in. I want the Liberty Party.


24 posted on 07/18/2013 5:47:30 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: neverdem

They have a soul?


25 posted on 07/18/2013 5:52:07 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: neverdem

Mr. Sessions, it’s worst than that. IMO, there is something fundamentally wrong with our fed govt when they think it’s okay to lay off workers so that they can continue to spend and tax us.


26 posted on 07/18/2013 6:19:10 PM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: beachn4fun

The fed gov needs to shed about half its workers IMO


27 posted on 07/18/2013 6:22:11 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Maybe so, but then you’d have more unemployed. And those on the Hill make twice as much as many fed workers.

How about cutting out some of their employees, you know assistants to assistants? Force some older employees to retire, many are still there after 40 years. How about stop paying Secret Service to shadow retired Presidents and their families? And sending billions of our much needed money overseas? I think those would make a bigger impact on saving money than laying off fed workers.

My point is there are better ways to do it. But they don’t want to stop spending our hard earned money but they’re going to short employees a day of pay.


28 posted on 07/18/2013 6:31:59 PM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: yoe

Doing the next right thing, is a state of being, by good action. It’s the rite/right of passage. Doing the next right thing, has nothing to do, with what you described. On what you said, I agree.


29 posted on 07/18/2013 6:39:06 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: neverdem

Jeff Sessions would make a good president.


30 posted on 07/18/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Girlene

” Good to see him calling out Norquist. Norquist is not to be trusted.”

Norquist is a traitorous PO.....well, you know : )


31 posted on 07/19/2013 9:25:33 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.; All

” Jeff Sessions would make a good president.”

Rove: “ Well, we’ll soon put an end to THAT !”


32 posted on 07/19/2013 9:26:48 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: beachn4fun
Actually, it can be done with minimal pain, albeit over an extended amount of time. As federal emplyees retire, you simply close off those positions and don't fill them. Over a 10-15 year period, you should be able to cut the federal workforce by a pretty fair percentage, with no uptick in unemployment (related to the fed workforce, at least). Of course, you have the other problem of government pensions, which are unsustainable as currently setup, but that is a discussion for another thread, I guess.
33 posted on 07/19/2013 9:53:28 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: grimalkin
An RNC slickster called me about ten days before the 2012 election.

When asked, he said the RNC was helping conservatives, like Michele Bachmann.

Well, Michele had been on Mark Levin's show the night before. No help from RNC.

For some reason, I calmly, rather than loudly called him out as a liar.

No contribution. Ever.

34 posted on 07/20/2013 11:37:43 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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