12 March 2013

The Audacity of Bush

It is essential that we have an ample supply of workers both for labor-intensive jobs that few Americans want and for highly skilled jobs for which there are inadequate numbers of Americans with the skills to fit them.

This is propagandistic nonsense.  I have no idea where Bush gets the idea that few Americans want labor intensive jobs.  It is true that Americans don’t want labor-intensive jobs at illegal immigrant prices, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t ever take any sort of labor-intensive job.  The problem is that there are a lot of corporate bosses who want to pad their bottom line a little bit more, and are willing to sell out their fellow citizens so that they can have 10% profit margin instead of an 8% profit margin.

Then, to cap it off, the government, with the encouragement of major corporations, legally prevents American laborers from competing on price thanks to minimum wage laws, income tax laws (like employer “contributions” for SSN), and other labor laws that make hiring more time-consuming, legally risky, and thus expensive.  And ObamaCare doesn’t help either.  Then the government goes out of its way to make entrepreneurship and small business ownership damn near impossible, thanks to the world’s most difficult tax code* and onerous regulatory regime.  To make matters worse, official bribery is discouraged,** and so entrepreneurs can’t grease the wheels of the government to get them moving again.

When all is said and done, big business demands cheap labor, and then imports a bunch of illegal immigrants who work illegally for wages that American citizens can’t legally compete with on price.  And then the government makes it exceedingly difficult for Americans to circumvent big business by starting their own business.  And then Jeb Bush says that the problem facing America is that the American worker just hasn’t been raped enough, and thus needs to face an ever-increasing supply of cheap labor so as to bring down the price of lazy, entitled American labor.

* Ever notice how the case for micromanaging people’s diet is predicated on the assumption that they aren’t smart enough to figure out how to eat properly?  And yet, the same people that aren’t smart to figure out that soda is bad for them are supposed to smart enough to navigate the federal tax code on their own.

** Though you can always start a lobbying and consultancy firm, or offer regulators a high-paying job at your multi-billion dollar firm.  Of course, this is all above board, and could not be construed as bribery in any way.