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Immigration and Jobs

Let’s not kid ourselves that the push by Der Fuhrer Trump has anything to do with the safety of Americans, or even that his bigotry extends for religious reasons as well.  No he hated immigration and competition long before that.

The repeated line from the populist candidates like Trump and Cruz is that immigration (legal and illegal) is working to steal American jobs.  And they’re backed up by their socialist allies that free trade is costing Americans jobs (it doesn’t set off any red flags with these people that the only economists who agree with them are ideological hacks who believe in the biggest of big governments).

And they keep repeating it.  From Trump’s typically shallow statements like “They’re taking your jobs” to Cruz’s more artful BS of

But I can tell you, for millions of Americans at home, watching this, it is a very personal economic issue, and I will say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande, or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.

There seems to be strong push from the socialist, the leftists and the populists to tell you that immigrants are stealing your jobs.

Luckily we have this thing called economics.  And what does economics tell us?  It tells us that competition and free trade ALWAYS CREATES JOBS.

But don’t believe me…please take a look at what the experts have to say:

 

Madeline Zavodny: Immigration Has No Effect on Jobs for U.S. Natives

The Impact of Immigration on Jobs and Income

H-1B workers generally fill jobs that complement native workers rather than compete against them. As a result, H-1B workers boost job growth for US native workers by enabling companies to grow more quickly. In her 2011 report, “Immigration and American Jobs,” AEI visiting scholar Madeline Zavodny shows that 100 additional H-1Bs are associated with 183 more jobs among US natives, and that a 10 percent increase in H-1B workers increased native employment by .11 percent.–High-skill immigration spurs US job growth–AEI


“Immigration Myths Debunked”

2. Low-skilled immigrants and low-skilled Americans work in different occupations that play to their different comparative advantages.–7 arguments for more low-skill immigration–AEI


Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy

When natives gain, immigrants gain.  When natives lose, immigrants lose.  If immigrant gains to employment meant a loss for natives, then immigrant net employment and native net employment would move in opposite directions.  Natives and immigrants work in the same labor market.–Immigrants Did Not Take Your Job –Cato

 

Higher immigration brings big benefits to immigrants and modest benefits to the economy as a whole.–Immigrants aren’t stifling the middle class–Cato

 

Why? The law of comparative advantage says we get more productive when we have more trading partners, and the arrival of undocumented workers with limited English skills frees up low-skill American workers who can then specialize in tasks that require better English.–Illegal Immigrants Don’t Lower Our Wages Or Take Our Jobs–Forbes

Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy – Learn Liberty

But the economic answer is that immigration is good for both the immigrants and the destination economy. Therefore immigration is a good thing.–Of Course Immigrants Take Jobs From People; But They Also Create Them For Others–Forbes

Do Immigrants Steal Jobs From Americans?

An innovative temporary worker program is a helpful tool for improving the legal means by which foreigners can fill important niches in the national workforce.–Real Immigration Reform Needs Real Temporary Worker Program–Heritage

 

 

There are problems with immigration.  The problem Cruz and Trump don’t want to deal with is what is the level illegal immigrants drain on entitlements and education spending, and the crime rate increases that some of them cause.  NOT JOBS.  Jobs is not the issue. Ever.  So the only reason they can be doing this is either because they are actually ignorant of the facts (which would mean they’re unqualified for any public office) or they are intentionally pandering even though they know better (which is worse than ignorance).

If you don’t even understand the problem you can’t solve it.  And if you focus on lies you certainly can’t fix the problem. And they don’t want to fix the problem, they just want power.

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The Best Films of Christmas #16 The Holiday

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The Holiday (not to be confused with the great Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn film Holiday) the 2006 film about the characters portrayed by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet switching houses in Surrey and L.A. for two weeks around the Christmas season is newest addition to the cannon of great Christmas films.   It’s a wonderful love story.

Just as a film it’s a good one.  The first few scenes where we see Diaz try to cry is hilarious, but that it’s followed by Winslet on a crying jag is just sadly delightful. The fact that Diaz, a person who cuts movie trailers, is followed by the disembodied deep voice from movie trailers that narrates portions of her life is a great addition.

These two women and their romantic partners (Jude Law and Jack Black) provide a wonderful story of love and moving forward in life.  Hell, this is pretty much the only movie I can think of where I don’t just not feel like punching Jack Black in the face (there are movies Jack Black isn’t even in, where I feel like punching him)– I actually like him in this film.   All four main characters are not perfect but we love them all and none of them have unforgivable traits so we are utterly relieved that all of them get the love they have been seeking.  Oh, and the actresses playing Jude Law’s daughters are unspeakably adorable in this movie, as all children in film tend to be (yeah try subbing for a day in kindergarten and see if you find them as adorable, is all I have to say).  So all in all this is a wonderful romantic comedy…but why is it a holiday film?

Well first, and I had forgotten this fact when I was first setting up this list, there is a Chanukah party in this film! I forgot about this!  I am declaring this the best Chanukah film by default since there were no other good ones to speak of!  And before you complain that it is only a short period of time in the film, consider how tenuous the connection to Christmas some of the films on this list have.  This is being declared as the best Chanukah movie yet made by Hollywood.

Well, first there is the issue of giving gifts.  Winslet’s character, who came to L.A. to just escape her life, ends up helping an aging screenwriter (played by Eli Wallach) regain a passion for life.  The Diaz-Law and Winslet-Black of course are based on the non-selfish love that seeks to make the object of their love happy.

Next there is the issue that Christmas (the whole season when you count Solstice and New Years) is a time of new beginnings and starting afresh.  In the stories of all of the central characters in this movie, they are able to put their past behind them and leave it in the past and move onto a real life that will actually bring them happiness.  In fact this movie makes it quite clear that living in the past is always a bad thing—respecting and learning from the past, good, fondly remembering the past, good…but living there isn’t living.

On multiple levels it’s just a fun romantic comedy, but it does match up to several of the themes of the holiday, even if it doesn’t explicitly try to be a Christmas movie.

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