Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quotable Quotes

"How often have we heard that illegal immigrants "take jobs that Americans will not do"? What is missing in this argument is what is crucial in any economic argument: price.

"Americans will not take many jobs at their current pay levels -- and those pay levels will not rise so long as poverty-stricken immigrants are willing to take those jobs." -- Thomas Sowell

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"The willingness of Americans to do a job depends on how much that job pays - and the reason some jobs pay too little to attract native-born Americans is competition from poorly paid immigrants." -- Paul Krugman

(There's something you don't see every day: A conservative and a Lefty Loon agreeing.)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

Well, perhaps we will all happily pay the same for a package of grapes as we do for a tank of gas, but somehow I don't think so! And all those richmoms having to take care of their own babies? Yikes.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Another factor is the increasing willingness of Americans to settle for second best when it cvomes to products and services. Huge problem in the construction industry where peeps don't want to pay for highly skilled labor to do what we do best. They will hire others at less per hour and settle for shoddy work. It's the "Walmart" attitude that is increasingly pervasive in American industry.
So there are a number of factors at play.

8:47 AM  
Blogger doyle said...

Mark: [P]eeps don't want to pay for highly skilled labor to do what we do best. They will hire others at less per hour and settle for shoddy work.

Hubby (he's recently retired) started out as a ditch-digging "grunt" and moving through the ranks, finished as a senior pipe fitter. As the city's utilities department took over more and more private companies the work, obviously, expanded. But to keep costs down they not only began reducing personnel, they began contracting out a good portion of the work.

So Hubby's about to get off and a call comes in from the dispatcher. A contractor's site manager explained his crew had run into a problem flushing a 32-inch water main and asked that someone be sent out. Hubby called me to say he was going to be a little late getting home, maybe an hour.

He finally got in 11 hours later.

When he pulled up in his MUNICIPAL truck, everyone except the site manager took off screaming, "La Migra! La Migra!" and disappeared.

The problem the site manager called about was that his crew had somehow ruptured the main.

(The instant they did, a couple thousand people lost water service.)

7:12 PM  

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