Archive for September 28th, 2010

September 28, 2010

Ezra’s Immigration Proposition

by Vince

Ezra Klein has an idea:

With more labor – particularly more labor of different kinds – the economy grows larger. It produces more stuff. There are more workers buying things, creating demand. That increases the total number of jobs. We understand perfectly well that Europe is in trouble because its low birth rates mean fewer workers – and that means less economic growth. We ourselves worry that we’re not graduating enough scientists and engineers. But the economy doesn’t care if it gets workers through birth rates or green cards.

In fact, there’s a sense in which green cards are superior. Economists separate new workers into two categories: Those who “substitute” for existing labor – we’re both construction workers, and the boss can easily swap you out for me – and those who “complement” existing labor – you’re a construction engineer, and I’m a construction worker. Immigrants, more so than U.S.-born workers, tend to be in the second category, as the jobs you want to give to someone who doesn’t speak English very well and doesn’t have many skills are different from the jobs you give to people who are fluent and have more skills.

That means firms can expand more rapidly because they have more labor of different types and that native workers can do jobs where they’re more productive. If you have lots of immigrant laborers willing to build roads, a firm can build more roads and has more need for native workers who can supervise the crews or do the technical work. The effect of all this – which has been demonstrated in multiple studies – is that immigrants raise wages for the average American.

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September 28, 2010

Marco Rubio on the Tea Party

by Vince

Rubio had me with the Tea Party blaming both parties – which he elaborates on decently – but lost me when he dropped the word exceptional and America in the same sentence. Look for my piece on Sarah Palin and her dominion theology for more elaboration on this topic. But Rubio’s views on Social Security and Post-Arizona Immigration laws are intriguing to me. I may not totally oppose Rubio as a candidate after all.

September 28, 2010

The GOP’s “Pledge to America” Cont.

by Vince

Above is some decent commentary on the Pledge to America with Rep. Boehner and McCarthy. It seems that if you want to go unscathed in an interview on Fox, go on Hannity. Boehner, from the party that loathes earmarks, couldn’t give a clear answer as to if they would cease under GOP control of the House. Also, why Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will go unreformed is still unanswered as well as no clear and concise answers when probed for what the reforms would look like beyond merely stating “take it back to pre-stimulus and bailouts.”

I wonder if they would comply to an accountable government if its security state, torture record, and ballooning defense budget were kept in check for the public to see.

September 28, 2010

“It’s About The Children”

by Vince

So says Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Mayor of Newark Cory Booker and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. This is an alliance, funded by a $100 million start up grant from Zuck, to tackle Jersey’s education woes (1 in 2 students in Newark do not graduate from high school) and should be a lodestar for “this generations civil rights issue”: education.

H/T: The Corner

September 28, 2010

Song of the Day

by Vince

Sorry for lacking in this category the last few days. Enjoy this joint!

September 28, 2010

Violence Stemming From The 1st Amendment

by Vince

I am not fully in tune with the rules, especially when it comes to being on church property. Watch here.

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September 28, 2010

Flashback Memories: 1960 Presidential Debate

by Vince

John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon

September 28, 2010

Hard Journalism

by Vince

Anderson Cooper is the man in the above interview with Renee Ellmers. He follows up with each assertion and gives the Ground Zero mosque debate proper and mature treatment.

September 28, 2010

Look Out For

by Vince

Some good political material this afternoon as well as a piece reflecting on how strange faith can be in our world today.

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September 28, 2010

“Procrastination”

by Vince