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« on: July 16, 2013, 09:50:21 PM »

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During a June appearance on Ingraham’s show, Ryan had said the U.S. might face labor shortages unless immigration policy is overhauled.

“That’s incredible,” Sowell said. “I mean —first of all to an economist, it is incredible to speak about shortages without talking about prices, in this case wages…You know there, there have been so many predictions of shortages of so many occupations and the shortages don’t materialize. And why not? Because if there is a shortage, the wage rate goes up. That attracts in more people and lo and behold, the jobs are filled.”

Under Obamanomics, we have the 'living wage'.  Does it encourage job creation?  Or, does it drive jobs and businesses away? 

How many business start ups under Obama?  New jobs?  New jobs not the result of reduced hours and benefits?

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“In agriculture, the farmers would obviously prefer to get workers who get low pay rather than workers they have to pay a higher wage,” he continued. “And as long as there are an unlimited supply of farm workers coming in from Mexico, they will never have to raise the wages very much. They say Americans won’t do these jobs. These are jobs Americans have done for generations, if not centuries. And it’s a time when millions of Americans are out of work, and are looking for any kind of work. And so this is utter nonsense.”

Why are we paying welfare to people for decades?  Why aren't welfare recipients taking these jobs?

Another interesting point -

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“They constantly talk about immigrants in the abstract,” he said. “You know, there are no such thing as abstract immigrants. There are immigrants from country a, b, c, d. They are radically different. People coming in from some countries almost never go on welfare. Immigrants coming in from other countries go on welfare to a great extent. If we’re going to have a rational immigration policy, then we have to be able to decide what people, what countries, what occupations — things like that, instead of rushing everything through.

Why not be selective?  Why keep everyone who comes here and lives on welfare? 

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/16/thomas-sowell-paul-ryans-argument-for-immigration-reform-utter-nonsense/#ixzz2ZGOmKNXr
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