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February 27, 2008

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kim

The market rules. Encourage your children to find an avocation useful locally.
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kim

Like taking in laundry.
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kim

So what am I? Shopped schmata?
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MayBee

Does Canada need the US to prod it to improve worker's rights?

MayBee

I also find it commendable that in the last debate Obama was going to improve Mexico's economy, and in this debate he threatened to cut them off from NAFTA.

Pofarmer

Wasn't one of the arguments for NAFTA that it was gonna help the illegal immigration problem?

Pofarmer

Oh, and speaking of illegal immigration. My nearest sleepy little town, population 12,000, just had a CARJACKING. Yep, two Mexican illegals carjacked a cab driver.

Rick Ballard

Kim,

I've been mulling over "Encourage your children to find an avocation useful locally."

It's not necessarily good advice if you live in a Blue Hell from which the population is escaping via U-Haul and United Van Lines.

I've had some fun with the grandkids by preparing a list of occupations derived from these BLS stats and talking to them about the ed requirements necessary in order to get a job which appeals to them. It's been interesting to watch the light come on regarding the importance of math and science in reaching the top quintile - the greedy little materialists.

ATM

NAFTA would have helped the Mexican economy if China's devaluation of its currency in 1994 hadn't made Chinese labor ultracheap. Mexico runs an $8 billion dollar trade deficit with China.

We should have raised tariffs on China in response to their currency devaluation back in 94. That would have prevented so many problems, including the Asian financial crisis which was caused in part by the loss of competitiveness other Asian countries experienced when the reniminbi to dollar exchange rate was increased.

Nessus

The pursuit of cheaper and cheaper labor plays a big role in it, just like with the lack of immigration enforcement. It's the desire of business to have access to cheap labor, here and abroad.

The only solutions are to limit legal immigration, fight hard against illegal immigration, encourage big tax incentives for domestic firms to invest thereby creating a need for more employees - domestically. Again, at the same time, restrict foreign worker visas (H-1B first among these), which give domestic jobs to half of India and China and not to American young people.

Will these things happen? Not likely. The global elite have already decided on the doing away with nation-states. World government, here we come!

sbw

Doesn't it seem the least bit strange that workers pay so much for everything else that we are going to make them pay more for their own sake.

Adam Smith: "To lay a new tax on them... and because they already pay too dear for the necessaries of life, to make them likewise pay too dear for the greater part of other commodities, is certainly a most absurd way of making amends."

People are not entitled to the work they want to do. Nor are they entitled to work where they want to work.

They have the opportunity to do the jobs available, for a mutually agreeable price, where those jobs exist.

I like Adam Smith, who, reported by P.J. O'Rourke, saw writing laws as a way of furthering "that natural liberty which is the proper business of law, not to infringe, but to support."

and

"The statesman, who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would... assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had the folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it."

timstevens

Americans have become such a bunch of sissyboy cowards. As a nation we refuse acknowledge that sometimes life is hard and we might get a rotten deal. Or maybe the guy down the street is just plain better than we are and that is why he has more and better stuff.

Today, we whine and bellyache to the nearest Congressman, shyster lawyer, media blow hard or activist trouble maker, to "make the pain go away mommy."

Case in point, NAFTA. I don't feel sorry for the fact I can get stuff cheaper from Juan in Colombia or Wu Fong in China. It's my money and I see no reason to give it to the overpriced union thug from Ohio or Michigan.

If they want to earn my money by delivering a better product, then I might buy. Otherwise, too bad, 'cuz I'm 'gonna buy the foreign stuff from non-union WalMart.

Besty

I like breakfast for lunch.

Tittly Bunt

Fing Besty!!

sophy

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sophy

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