Samantha Lemon

February 8th, 2016 § 0 comments

Samantha Lemon said,

As Jeb would say, these foreign workers are coming here as an act of love. We should be welcoming them with open arms so that they can better themselves economically, even the National Review has come out and said how ridiculous it is to be so concerned about the American economy and job prospects when we should be looking at the world economy.

It’s because they want cheap labor.

Wages have stagnated or declined for over 30 years now even while profit and productivity grew. Do you not understand that labor abundance drives its price down? Why should anyone care if immigrant labor adds to GDP if the wealth it produces accrues to .01% of the population who then turns around and uses it to buy our legislature? Most Americans aren’t going to be padding their 401k’s with the profits that all that cheap immigrant labor produces; they’re going to be competing with it and losing ground, as they have done consistently for more than a generation now.

Also, did it ever occur to you that if you can simply import cheap immigrant labor, there is no real reason to invest in your native workforce or deal with the fact that it has become virtually impossible for them to start or support families? The wealthy in the United States can literally ignore the fact that our institutions have failed to such a degree that working people can no longer support themselves or start families. In case it hadn’t occurred to you, without family formation, there are no communities, no economies, no future.

Can you please explain to downwardly mobile people, 40 million of which now pay more than 30% of their income for housing, why they should welcome immigrant labor that they will have to compete with in a never ending race to the bottom and at a time when you’ve never had a labor participation rate that was lower?

You’re essentially advocating that plutocrats pursue a trade policy that favors investors over labor because virtue signaling on social media and politics-as-fashion-statements are more important to you than the plight of working people.

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