Oh wait, it is Sunday! A few random thoughts to catch up on:
What happens if you insert a politician name into a Christmas Carol?
(Little Drummer Boy)
Come they told me Barack Obama A new born king to see, Barack Obama Our finest gifts we bring Barack Obama To lay before the king Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Obama So to honor Him Barack Obama When we come.
Little Baby Barack Obama I am a poor boy too, Barack Obama I have no gift to bring Barack Obama That's fit to give our king Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Obama Shall I play for you! Barack Obama On my drum.
Day Labor. Out of work Americans stand at street corners holding cardboard signs with "Hungry, Need food, God Bless You." Latinos works their tails off with eagerness and no complaints. I hired some guys off of the street to help me move and their work ethic is amazing. Most of us Americans are soft and spoiled. Latinos are ambitious and hungry for success.
My view on immigration - let em all in. Make acquiring work papers easy, and make the fine for *employing* someone without papers very stiff, to completely remove incentive to hire undocumented.
This would raise wages and make some of those "jobs lost to illegal immigrants" more attractive to the entire population. Costs would be passed onto the consumer, but hey that's the free market. As it is, the market is not free because undocumenteds can be paid less because of their status, and nobody wins except the employer.
I feel more adamant about this in the high tech arena. The visa rules for bringing in high tech workers are byzantine. India will become a troublesome competitor for US High Tech industries unless we continue to rob that country blind of their best and brightest. Additionally, the outsourcing of more skilled positions will become worse the more high skiled workers we refuse entry to. We hire them, train them, then they leave their US company and start a competitor locally, instead of starting a new company in the US and producing more jobs.