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April 03, 2008

Economics California-Style

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards

Edwin Rubenstein thinks that, without illegal immigration to contend with, California would be able to balance its budget. Philip Romero writes that mass immigration is hurting California in other ways too. Key passage:

The dirty secret of too many of our industries is that they have been able to avoid modernizing -- finding ways to be more productive, usually by substituting machines for labor -- because they have been able to exploit cheap labor. In the short run, this keeps costs, and therefore prices, low. In the long run, their failure to update will cause them to lose the productivity race to foreign competitors. So turning a blind eye to illegal immigration is undermining the competitiveness of many American industries, and will cost Americans jobs in the future.

Link thanks to FvBlowhard.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at April 3, 2008




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