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Re: OT: sponge burning!

Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 04:11:40PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> You can be in favor of a higher minimum wage and still be against
>> increasing the number of H1B visas.
> Of course you can.  It just makes you a hypocrite.

How so?

>> Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing H1B and it's
>> equivalents abroad eliminated.  Why should governments have much of any
>> concern about allowing employment of foreign nationals if unemployment of
>> it's own work-capable citizens is greater than zero?
> Well, if there is above-zero unemployment (that is, there exists a
> surplus of labor supply), and there exists demand (that is, employers
> are hiring), then wages will increase until they get people to take the
> jobs.  No government intervention needed.

And no immigration from poorer countries required.

> Now, when our broken immigration policy allows criminals to come in with
> impunity, work off the books, receive the benefits of social services
> paid for by others' taxes yet not pay taxes themselves, we have a
> serious problem.  Since those criminals can work for less then a
> legitimate tax payer.
> The two ways to solve this are to stop the flow and/or implement the
> Fair Tax.

Enforcement is the key.  Nothing is stopping you from turning in a crooked
employer and refusing to work with illegal labor.

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