2013 September 26 Thursday
Illegal Alien Shortage Raising Farm Laborer Wages
Bad news for billionaires: There aren't enough illegal aliens to prevent farm workers from making $10 and even $11 dollars per hour. This is an outrage. If all the illegal aliens are deported we might even witness farm workers getting paid enough to afford health care and decent housing.
But farmworkers, whose incomes are some of the lowest in the nation, have benefited, their wages jumping in California to $2 to $3 over the $8 hourly minimum wage and even more for those working piece rate.
Why isn't the Democratic Party trying harder to help the struggling rich people? Think about what this says about the future costs of mansion remodeling, large scale landscaping projects, or the price of nannies. Obama you are letting down the upper class. Don't you care? You need to try harder to get a big immigration bill thru Congress.
By Randall Parker at 2013 September 26 08:26 PM
The horror! It's truly the end.
the gop helps the rich in certain ways (regressive taxation, fewer workers rights etc) and the Dems help the rich in certain other ways (more cheap foreign labor, civil rights laws and enforcement that help the rich shoehorn cheap nonwhite labor into the workplace etc).
Most importantly the Dems help the rich by conflating wealth with income.
FDR adopted all of Norm Thomas's platform except for his "Wealth Tax" but FDR retained the name of that plank and passed a "Wealth Tax" bill that taxed income.
The wealthy are deeply fearful that they will have to:
1) Pay for the primary service of government: protection of property rights by law, and
2) Deal with competition resulting from others becoming rich because they have untaxed income.
The whole system, including the "economists" who service this deceit, is rotten to the core.
There's a shortage of migrant farm workers willing to work for chump change? That's a shame. The politicians will have to let in more 3rd world illiterates. I hear there's also a shortage of sunlight in Alaska. It's really sad because there's not enough sunlight for the grapefruit orchards. I guess the politicians will have to let in more sunlight, too.
I just had a crazy thought. Instead of trying to prop up farmers by increasing migrant workers to drive down wages, maybe they should let the market decide which businesses should exist. But I still think politicians should do something about the sunlight in Alaska. Otherwise, they'd have to get their grapefruit from somewhere that can grow them more efficiently like Florida. How preposterous!
Randall wrote: "If all the illegal aliens are deported we might even witness farm workers getting paid enough to afford health care and decent housing."
Do you really believe that, Randall? Do you think that if there really would be some kind of nationwide extra saving or surplus due to massive deportation farm workers are really going to get paid more?
If all the illegal aliens are deported the frail economy of the U.S. would collapse at once, at this point. You know, I sometimes wish that the U.S. government really deported all the illegal aliens, so you could finally see what would really happen to the U.S. The lower clases you've called "unskilled" are the ones who sustain the upper, political and ministerial clases.
No Randall, even if they deport all illegal aliens, the farm workers are not going to get paid better, simply because the wages issue and the fair trade issue and the labor equality issue are very complex issues, not an oversimplification resulting of not knowing who to blame for the declining economy and way of life in America.
"Why isn't the Democratic Party trying harder to help the struggling rich people?"
I'm assuming this is only sarcasm. Sarcasm, however is very risky when it is written and has no intonation. Irony would be better.
"I hear there's also a shortage of sunlight in Alaska"
Yes, but only in the winter. During the summer you have what you might call a surplus of sunlight, but I still wouldn't plant grapefruit orchards in Alaska even if they gave me the land and the grapefruit trees, simply because that surplus of summer sunlight.
We have to understand that some places are just not right for producing grapefruits just as some people are just not right for farming. Let them fish, drill for oil and cut pine trees in Alaska and let the illegal aliens do the farming. You'll get better results, not working against nature, and believe me, illegal immigration is also a natural anthropological process in our world. Don't mess with it. I don't think anybody can mess with it, really.
Capitalism: "A business has the right to *try* to earn a profit."
Crony Capitalism: "A business has the right to earn a profit."
Grasp the distinction? The government has no greater obligation to validate someone's business plan than they have to validate my vacation plan, in which I budget $10 a night for a hotel room and $0.75/gallon for gas. The goal of economic policy is to enrich Americans, ensure as many of us are employed as possible, and to protect strategic industries necessary for our defense. The American people don't profit from protecting businesses built on exploiting dirt cheap labor only available from abroad.