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PRO-BUSINESS REPUBLICANS ABANDONING PARTY OVER IMMIGRATION ISSUE

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Businessweek reports that lifelong Republicans are upset that the GOP has taken anti-business positions in the immigration debate and are planning on voting for a Democrat in 2008.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "If you suddenly remove 12 million immigrants, the U.S. economy won't survive."

    Exaggerage much?

    I subscribe to that mag and their globalism/immigration stuff isn't completely one-sided like some business mags--here's an article I recommend:

    Labor Shortages: Myth and Reality
    With higher pay, there are plenty of U.S. workers to fill jobs, some economists say

    http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/aug2007/db20070821_451283.htm?chan=search

    P.S.

    Have you ever noticed that on left wing blogs, there are lots of comments from people who side with the blogger on practically everything, but aren't as liberal on immigration? Similarly, on economic/business posts, even people who kind of believe in globalism can't go 'all the way' to the borderless, unlimited immigration vision of, e.g., Philippe Legrain. It's dismissed as utopian. I think there's a silent majority on both sides that like being a country and don't want to become a mere trading zone with every domestic job up for grabs to anyone in the world.

  2. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    jack,

    an open border is not the only or the best solution.
    the status quo is terrible though
    everyone is being punished.
  3. Sid's Avatar
    Jack, if you think white collar Americans will move back to farming jobs if the hourly rate goes up, you are delusional.

    You can ask members of the PG if they would like to become janitors if the hourly rate offered is more than what they make as techies.
  4. EB's Avatar
    "With higher pay, there are plenty of U.S. workers to fill jobs, some economists say"

    What is the meaning/ implication of the above statement?
    Can you clarify?

    1. Are you saying there are many US workers who choose to be unemployed, refuse job offers , choose to idle away and will take these very same jobs if the salaries are boosted?

    2. How much higher should salaries go up? Please give examples of some occupations and how much higher the salaries should be?


  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "With higher pay, there are plenty of U.S. workers to fill jobs, some economists say"

    Unfortunately, to fill those jobs, they would have to quit threir current jobs. Who would fill those is a good question.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    "Unfortunately, to fill those jobs, they would have to quit threir current jobs. Who would fill those is a good question."

    Exactly, this is the question that the antis keep ignoring over and over in their arguments. The math just does not add up in this with uneployment rate in the US and baby boomer generation retiring. Just not enough bodies to fill the jobs immigrants will be needed high skilled and low skilled.
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