Why does Lou Dobbs crusade against open immigration?
First, I agree with him. It is the only position he has that I agree with completely, because I know you can't improve the situation for the poor who currently live here, until you can stabilize wages and provide job security. But that's going on a tangent.
The purpose of this thread is to determine WHY Dobbs became such a major proponent of closing up the borders when he is a Libertarian who believes in the free market? Wouldn't someone like that agree with Bush's position?
I believe Bush's economic policies are so rightwing that the only prominent person I can think of who was even further to the right than he is Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the ultimate free-marketeer.
He's a conservative Republican who believes that corporate America is ruining the nation and one must have a balance between labor and corporate power.
He believes both parties are purchased by multinational corporations and are corrupt as hell. A pox on both parties is his position.
He also has a Harvard degree in economics and he is very aware that without a middle class, the entire nation will eventually collapse economically.
Immigration policy is part of labor economics. One cannot just allow a nations labor laws to be ignored, minimum wage laws ignored, health costs ignored, unions busted by use of illegal labor and not expect servere economic consequences.
Also, there are many credible studies by world leading labor economists which show that illegal (not legal) aliens are costing the nation financially. The US taxpayer is basically supplementing this labor through social services for businesses. The unemployment rate is very high for legal residences in the types of jobs that illegal labor is typically used.
Bottom line is he is coming from economics and these various policies are massively lowering the middle class in the US, ballooning trade deficits, budget deficits ...as well as border security.
17. Selatius, I had passionate discussions with free marketers about
this years ago, and I told them that economic regulation would eventually be the product of free market because people would willingly subject themselves to labor controls to ward off human misery. THEY DIDN'T BUY MY ARGUMENT! Lous Dobbs was one of those smug pricks who helped defeat the Democrats because people like Dobbs promised that free market would cure all our economic ills. Well, they were wrong. I just wanted just one of them to say it out loud.
isn't what the current trade policies are in any way. They are promoted as that, but if you read them they are extremely biased towards multinational corporations having all of the power and do quite a bit to limit labor power.
They also are just plain nuts. The China PNTR for example gives away US manufacturing expertise, intellectual property, demands that US multinationals employ Chinese labor, partner with state owned Chinese corporations and so forth.
Not exactly following free trade theory. Also, international trade theory is much more complex and must be strategic trade...which is not at all what is happening.
5. he is taking the case of the American worker. He is not against trade -
but wants it done in a way that helps the worker. That would be my guess. And the American worker would be in for an employees market come 2014. Sometimes the market favors the employers, sometimes the workers. With guest workers - that will not be allowed to happen. Don't know why Lou would be against an Amnesty - cause that would help create more middle class workers who benefit from the sudden retirement of the boomers in 2014. US will need all the workers it can get.
He's not a freemarketeer. If he were, he would not be objecting to the outsourcing of American jobs, nor would he even bother listing all the major fortune 500 companies that routinely outsource jobs, and he has as much scorn for companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens as he does for those that outsource.
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