My dad sagely told me that you could turn a capitalist into a communist overnight, simply by taking away his/her money.
In the beginning, it was the Republicans who wanted open borders to provide their political base, the business owners, with cheap and compliant workers. As more foreign Third World workers entered the labor pool and brought with them Third World expectations of drastically substandard wages and working conditions, these wages and working conditions became the new standard. This forced American workers to settle for less money and fewer benefits if they wanted to keep their jobs.
For the greedy and immoral exploitative employers, the bottom line is the bottom line.
Decades ago the Democrats resisted this push for foreign workers because the Democrats understood that their base, Americans workers, wanted to be protected from the unbridled greed of their employers. Unions also promised to protect their members against unscrupulous employers.
Essentially the scales were balanced. The Republicans represented business owners and the Democrats represented the workers.
However, the labor unions began pushing for the rights of illegal alien workers as the number of Americans who joined unions dropped. The union leaders simply “did the math.” More members meant the union had more political leverage and more members paid more union dues. This was a “win/win” for the unions and a disaster for the American workers they purported to represent while encouraging ever more foreign workers to come to America.
When I was a new INS agent I was more than a bit surprised that when I participated in raiding garment factories, literal “sweat shops” and arrested many illegal aliens, often the labor unions would send bail bondsmen to our office who arrived nearly as soon as we arrived with our illegal aliens in custody. It was clear that the unions did not care whether their members were U.S. citizens, lawful immigrants or illegal aliens, only if they joined the unions and paid their dues.
In recent years the Democratic Party came to the same conclusion reached by the labor unions years earlier. Flooding America with alien workers, both legal and illegal, would ultimately increase the numbers of voters who would likely vote for the Democratic candidates, not unlike the unions, cynically claimed that they would protect their jobs and wages.
Commentators frequently opine that the Republicans want cheap labor while the Democrats want those new voters.
While that simplistic assessment has merit, what is being missed is that as more foreign workers enter the United States, either legally or illegally, the wages for American workers is suppressed. Labor is, after all, a commodity. When you flood the marketplace with any commodity, the value of that commodity is decreased.
This would negatively impact millions of Americans who would be forced to vote for the party of the hand-out, the Democrats.
A massive increase in H-1B visas for high-tech workers greatly lowers the wages for workers in those industries. Therefore the Republicans who are eager to placate their constituents have sought to greatly increase the numbers of those visas.
As noted above, the Democrats are also eager to increase the numbers of those visas as well.
My recent article, Open Borders Facilitate America’s Race to the Bottom included a quote from Alan Greenspan the former Fed Chairman when he testified at a hearing before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee on April 30, 2009 at the behest of Chuck Schumer, the then-chairman of that subcommittee on the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. He was referencing the need to drastically increase the number of H-1B visas to meet the demands of Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Greenspan’s prepared testimony included this outrageous assertion in which middle class workers were referred to as the “privileged elite!”
Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created a privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at noncompetitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.
In other words, the solution to “wage inequality” is to destroy middle class wages!
When huge numbers of Americans lose their jobs or face wage suppression they will invariably vote for the (Democrat) candidates who promise to provide financial assistance. After all, it is an established fact that voters vote their wallets.
In addition to flooding America with foreign workers, America’s non-secure borders also floods America with narcotics. Americans who are addicted to drugs frequently lose their jobs and their ability to be hired. This adds to the huge number of unemployed Americans.
Of course Americans who are convicted of crimes lose their right to vote. Is it any wonder that the Democrats are attempting to pass laws around the United States that would enable convicted felons to vote? Those felons, because of their economic hardships are virtually guaranteed to vote for Democratic candidates.
Do you still wonder why Democrats want to legalize marijuana, the gateway drug to heroin and cocaine, or not secure the borders to prevent the entry of drugs or illegal aliens?
If you doubt the impact all of this has on the United States, on March 11, 2019 CBS News’ 60 Minutes aired a wide-ranging interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
In addition to noting the impact of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and globalism Powell also turned to the current opioid crisis:
PELLEY: This builds on a conversation that we were having a short time ago. You mentioned the opioid crisis. It’s that big a problem in the labor force?
POWELL: Yes, it is. The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males.
PELLEY: I mean, you seem to be talking about part of this generation being lost, unattached from the rest of the economy.
POWELL: That is the issue. When you have people who are not taking part in the economic life of a country in a meaningful way, who don’t have the skills and aptitudes to play a role or who are not doing so because they’re addicted to drugs, or in jail, then in a sense they are being left behind. And there are too many of those people. And I think bringing them into the labor force would enormously benefit our country. We’d grow more strongly. And I think it would be good for the economy and good for the country.
These disenfranchised Americans are potential Democrat voters if only they were able to vote.
The Lunatic Left’s new darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned her audience when she said that we shouldn’t fear robots because people who have no jobs would be able to pursue their interests.
What has been missed by those who ridiculed her is the fact that the goal of the Democratic Party Socialists is to unemployed as many Americans as possible. Without paychecks they would be entirely dependent on the handouts offered by the Democrats.
The obvious long-term goal of Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts is a one-party government.
The Democratic Party.
EDITORS NOTE: This FrontPage Magazine column is republished with permission.