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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

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Worst reason ever for immigration reform

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Well, there it is: The essential reason the United States needs to put its immigration house in order through comprehensive reform, laid out with precision, high-minded condescension and the incinerating of strawmen by Alex Sink (video here), the former Bank of America executive and Thonotosassa resident and current Democratic candidate for Pinellas-based U.S. House District 13.

“Immigration reform is important in our country,” Sink told the audience gathered for the debate sponsored by various Pinellas chambers of commerce Tuesday night. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotels rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

So, that’s Sink’s solution to America’s grinding unemployment problem, one that’s historically high at 6.6 percent, and would reach double-digits if we included her countrymen who have abandoned the workforce entirely? Increase the number available to flood the limited job pool?

No wonder the left is so enamored of hiking the minimum wage. They pretend the laws of economics simply don’t exist, as if you can increase demand on an overabundant supply (in the case Sink proposes) simply by imposing increased unit prices. This, of course, is exactly backwards.

First of all, in an economically rational world, things would sort themselves out faster if there were no minimum wage at all (a more compassionate philosophy than the grievance lobby would ever concede).

Moreover, if not for wishy-washy enforcement of laws against hiring illegal residents, wages paid reliable mowers of lawns and changers of sheets would almost certainly rise to levels attractive to legal workers. But as long as authorities are encouraged to look the other way, our undocumented population will continue to occupy those jobs, depress the authentic market wage, and, fearing deportation, keep their mouths shut, to the delight of opportunistic employers.

Enforcement and naturally rising wages are the two lanes of the road to solving what ails employment along the Gulf beaches, not a false choice between patently awful options. But we thank the candidate for providing the timely opportunity to make that important point.


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