Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Immigration. Show all posts

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ignorance of economics pollutes everything.

A couple of simple points.

Throughout the last decade we have heard about the relative decrease in buying power for those further down on the economic ladder, i.e. "Poor getting poorer" specifically, and families in general. Also "... decreased standard of living..." starts to make an appearance. In the end, much of it is really just simple supply and demand.

- If you have (X) jobs that need to be filled at (a) price and you have (X+Y) people wanting that job, then you can probably offer a lower (a-b) or conduct a selective hire at the Y pay scale. This is what happens in good times with high immigration. With both skilled and unskilled workers. Wages are depressed, efficiencies are avoided, and profits are increased to owners/stockholders. The theory also holds that it keeps inflation in check - but if wage growth is kept below inflation - then wages are not the inflationary trigger, and real purchasing power is lost. Often in such situations, workers will incur additional dept than see their purchasing power and standard of living decrease. Sound familiar?

- If however there are only (X-Y) people who want that job, you have to offer a higher (a+b) pay scale in order to attract more interest in that job. That is what happens in a healthy system. Wages tend to keep pace with inflation, and businesses invest in efficiency generating mechanisms via labor substitution technology and processes. Labor efficiencies (AKA productivity) are then spread to the workers through higher wages, and owners through increased share price and/or dividends.

- In a business market in decline, you have negative job creation and wage suppression. Too many people chasing too few if any jobs. Higher trained people take lower paying jobs from lower trained/skilled people. That generates resentment from all. Standards of living fall. The lower skill sets, where most immigrants come into the labor market, are squeezed worse. The expected results take place.
Foreign workers are taking a greater share of British jobs than ever, it emerged last night.
They now hold more than 3.8million jobs - 13 per cent of the total. In 1997, when Labour came to power, people born outside the UK held only two million jobs, 7.5 per cent of the workforce.

The figures are an acute embarrassment for Gordon Brown, who was under renewed attack last night over his promise to deliver 'British jobs for British workers'. Tories said there 'cannot be anyone left in Britain' who believes the 2007 pledge.

Most damagingly, two-thirds of the foreign workers were born outside the EU - in countries whose citizens need permits to work here.

The figures were compiled in the wake of angry wildcat strikes across the UK over the number of jobs going to people from overseas.

They were sparked by protests at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire, where Italian and Portuguese workers took all the jobs on a lucrative new contract.
Of course, the anointed will blame the workers calling them all sorts of names and such - doesn't matter if it is accurate or not. Easy for them, as they have nice gov'munt paychecks or are of the higher skill sets that are not impacted by labor surplus and/or layoffs. It isn't easy for some to accept - but it is what it is.

Things look different when you have no job and have to face your wife every morning asking for money for food - and kids who want new shoes - and you feel like someone castrated you over every breakfast. The gov'munt that you voted for to represent you defends others who are not citizens. It gets ugly fast. Always has. The larger the problem - the harder it is to fix. In good times, it isn't that painful to do - if you can avoid the charms of political donors and the fear of being called a racist.

Nativism and attacks against foreigners in times of economic trouble have plauged all cultures throughout history. This should not be a shock to anyone. One would hope that governments would take steps in good times and bad to make sure that the facts on the ground - i.e. uncontrolled immigration and policies that put non-citizens/protected-classes at a level above citizens - do not take root and fester. When you do that - and lie about it - you create situations where the worst tendencies of human nature are fed, find justification, and grow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What, and ruin more states ...

We have all seen it over the last 15 years. The privileged upper-middle calls self-hating Californians who through their Leftist politics have ruined their own state has moved into otherwise once solid states of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, and to an extent Arizona and other Western States and pulled their political center to the Left from where it was.

Now that California continues is slide into Mexifornia outside a few spots of sanity - it looks like another set of self-deporting Californians are moving out.
Mike Reilly spent his lifetime chasing the California dream. This year he's going to look for it in Colorado.

With a house purchase near Denver in the works, the 38-year-old engineering contractor plans to move his family 1,200 miles away from his home state's lemon groves, sunshine and beaches. For him, years of rising taxes, dead-end schools, unchecked illegal immigration and clogged traffic have robbed the Golden State of its allure.

Is there something left of the California dream?

"If you are a Hollywood actor," Reilly says, "but not for us."

Since the days of the Gold Rush, California has represented the Promised Land, an image celebrated in the songs of the Beach Boys and embodied by Silicon Valley's instant millionaires and the young men and women who achieve stardom in Hollywood.

But for many California families last year, tomorrow started somewhere else.

The number of people leaving California for another state outstripped the number moving in from another state during the year ending on July 1, 2008. California lost a net total of 144,000 people during that period — more than any other state, according to census estimates. That is about equal to the population of Syracuse, N.Y.

The state with the next-highest net loss through migration between states was New York, which lost just over 126,000 residents.
I would love to know this guy's voting record. The Democrats, their friends in the public service unions, and their moneybags in Hollywierd have owned the California Legislature for so long - there can be only one answer to where Democrat rule of the purse and functions of guv'munt can lead.
California's unemployment rate hit 8.4 percent in November, the third-highest in the nation, and it is expected to get worse. A record 236,000 foreclosures are projected for 2008, more than the prior nine years combined, according to research firm MDA DataQuick. Personal income was about flat last year.

With state government facing a $41.6 billion budget hole over 18 months, residents are bracing for higher taxes, cuts in education and postponed tax rebates. A multibillion-dollar plan to remake downtown Los Angeles has stalled, and office vacancy rates there and in San Diego and San Jose surpass the 10.2 percent national average.

Median housing prices have nose-dived one-third from a 2006 peak, but many homes are still out of reach for middle-class families. Some small towns are on the brink of bankruptcy. Normally recession-proof Hollywood has been hit by layoffs.

"You see wages go down and the cost of living go up," Reilly says. His property taxes will be $1,300 in Colorado, down from $4,300 on his three-bedroom house in Nipomo, about 80 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara.

California's obituary has been written before — "California: The Endangered Dream" was the title of a 1991 Time magazine cover story. The Golden State and its huge economy — by itself, the eighth-largest in the world — have shown resilience, weathering the aerospace bust, the dot-com crash and an energy crunch in recent years.

But this time, the news just keeps getting worse.

A state board halted lending for about 2,000 public works projects in California worth more than $16 billion because the state could not afford them. A report by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., last month said the state lost 100,000 jobs in the last year and the erosion of home prices eliminated over $1 trillion in wealth.

"I don't think the California dream, per se, is over. It has become and will continue to become grittier," says New America Foundation senior fellow Gregory Rodriguez. "Now, perhaps, we have to reassess the California of our imagination."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is among those who say the state needs to create itself anew, rebuilding roads, schools and transit.

"We've lived off the investments our parents made in the '50s and '60s for a long time," says Tim Hodson, director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. "We're somewhat in the position of a Rust Belt state in the 1970s."

Financial adviser Barry Hartz lived in California for 60 years and once ran for state Assembly before relocating with his wife last year to Colorado Springs, Colo., where his son's family had moved.
I wish they would stay and stew in it - same thing with the New Yorkers that are ruining Florida.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Republicans find water wet - sun hot

This is a reason why sitting Senators do not get elected to President (Dems note) very often. If you allow yourself to soak in the WaPo, NYT, the Beltway Media, and the D.C. Social Circus - after while you forget what the rest of the country really cares about.
“Immigration is probably a more powerful issue here than almost anyplace that I’ve been,” Mr. McCain said after a stop in Cedar Falls.

As he left Iowa, Mr. McCain said he was reconsidering his views on how the immigration law might be changed. He said he was open to legislation that would require people who came to the United States illegally to return home before applying for citizenship, a measure proposed by Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana. Mr. McCain has previously favored legislation that would allow most illegal immigrants to become citizens without leaving the country.
On Saturday morning in Des Moines, Mr. Brownback stood for 30 minutes at a breakfast with Republicans as question after question — without exception — was directed at an immigration system that Iowans denounced as failing. “These people are stealing from us,” said Larry Smith, a factory owner from Truro and a member of the central committee of the state Republican Party.

Finally, Mr. Brownback, with a slight smile, inquired, “Any other topics that people want to talk about?”

“What are you going to do with illegal immigrants who come here and become criminals?” demanded Jodi Wohlenhaus, a Republican homemaker who lives outside Des Moines.
This is a "Doh!" moment for a Republican who want the nom in '08.
Mr. McCain, for example, appeared to distance himself from Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat with whom he formed an alliance last year on an immigration bill that stalled in Congress.

“What I’ve tried to point out is we couldn’t pass the legislation,” Mr. McCain said. “So we have to change the legislation so it can pass. And I’ve been working with Senator Kennedy, but we’ve also been working with additional senators, additional House members.”

Mr. McCain focused instead on the proposal by Mr. Pence, a conservative. “Pence has this touchback proposal,” Mr. McCain said at a news conference. “I said hey, let’s consider that if that’s a way we can get some stuff.”

Mr. McCain’s aides said his identification with Mr. Kennedy accounted for much of his political problem on the issue with conservatives.
You think? Could it be that most of them remember that in '65 Kennedy was responsible for the bucket-of-FOD system we have now? Do you?