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No Money, No Problems

By Duane D. Freese - May 3, 2006 12:00 AM

Everyone is looking for a solution to illegal immigration.

Big Labor fears immigrants will take away jobs from union workers. Big Environmentalism fears immigrants as they grow wealthier will increase their fossil fuel use, heating the globe. Big Nutrition fears immigrants will simply fuel themselves more, feeding the obesity epidemic

Many simply fear immigrants are undermining American values. After all, look what the great waves of European immigration did to Native American culture.

And worst of all, Republicans fear immigrants will vote for Democrats, while Democrats fear immigrants will become capitalists, get rich, and support Republicans.

It has become obvious to all these fearful folk that current protections against immigration don't work. When millions of illegal immigrants join rallies, smile for the cameras and declare "we've decided not to be invisible anymore," you begin to suspect that Homeland Security is oxymoronic.

So what to do? Grant those here five years amnesty! What a great ad for document forgers. Wall off our borders! How far out to sea? Provide a guest worker program! Look out for gate crashers. Punish employers who hire them! Right. The French have accomplished wonders by discouraging employers to hire new workers of any kind.

So, what really can be done about illegal immigration? Well, maybe we need to do what Time magazine said we should do about another problem -- global warming. The writers and editors there suggested at the end of their Global Warming Report: "Maybe we can begin by living a bit more like the average Chinese or Indian -- before they start living like us."

There you have it: The only way to turn the corner on energy use, and thus greenhouse gas emissions, at least in the short run, is to make us all poorer - a lot poorer.

Currently, after all, per capita income in the United States is $41,400. To live more like China and India, we will need to lower our energy usage, and thus incomes, down to their levels -- $1,300 and $650 per capita. Take it from Time - Poverty is the answer.

And as it turns out, it is the perfect answer to the problem of illegal immigration... and much, much more.

Think about it. Why have Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Colombians, Vietnamese, Thai, Sudanese, Ethiopians and others decided to break our laws by breaching our borders? Opportunity, of course. What does opportunity represent? The chance to make a better living for yourself -- to make more money; to trade muscle power for horsepower.

If we impoverish ourselves as a nation and individually, why would they want to come here? No money? No immigration problem.

The job security issues labor is concerned about? No one wants a job that doesn't pay. So, no one will want to take anyone's job. No money, no job security problem.

Our obesity problem would fade away as well. It takes money to buy food, or else you have to grow it and breed it yourself. Doing that burns calories. No money, no obesity problem.

What about gasoline price-gouging. You only need gasoline to drive cars, right? No money, no cars, no gasoline price-gouging.

The same goes for the housing bubble. No money, puff, the housing bubble disappears.

As for the rancorous relations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. No money, no problems. No rich, no tax cuts for the rich; no rich, no taxes to spend. As a nation, we would all be in the same boat, so a lowering tide would sink all of us together. Hallelujah!

And as for our overseas relations? You don't see a lot of protestors in foreign lands burning the flags of Burundi and Bangladesh, do you? No money, no problem. Heck, we might even wangle some foreign aid -- as long as it left us poor.

Prescription drug benefits? Die young and you don't need it. Same for Social Security.

What all this will do for global warming, we don't know. If other countries don't join us in our race to the economic bottom, then they will produce the greenhouse gases Time claims are going to destroy the planet.

And, of course, they and no doubt tens of millions of other Americans might decide to leave here for greener economic fields abroad. But, hey, then we'd be other nations' illegal immigration problem. No money, their problem. Sweet revenge, eh?

Duane Freese is Deputy Editor of TCS Daily.

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16 Comments

Tough Love
Why aren't Canadians, Japanese or Austrailians trying to sneak across the border, or overstay their visas to work in the USA?
Guest worker programs will not raise the living standards in the 'guest's' home country to the point where they will find more opportunity at home.
The Philippines have been exporting thier workers to Europe, Middle East, Asia and curise ships for decades with little improvement at home.
The government has no incentive to enforce property rights, eliminate corruption, respect individual liberty and the rule of law because millions are sending home dollars, euros and yen.
A guest worker program in the USA for Mexican workers will not provide any incentive for Mexico to grow and create a place where their citizens want to stay home and earn a living.

1. Control the borders.
2. Arrest employers hiring illegal immigrants.
3. Increase the number of immigrant visas by at least a factor of 10.
4. NO guest workers and NO amnesty.

mallard filmore
This guy makes Mallard Filmore look funny.

LG demonstrates his warped perspective
yet again

age old wisdom, money root of all evil.
Well written, showing the obsurdity, and a lot of truthfullness. The distance between the have and have not, creates the tension one has to live with. ST. Francis, "I have little need, and of the little need, I have little need". He beleived that owning something gave someone else the opportunity to steal. Or in Mexico city they discourage wearing Jewelry, you might get attacked for it, like Don King years ago lost his 45,000 dollar watch and bodyguards lost all their jewlery in Mexico city. Life is simple if you don't have what someone else doesn't, Very sad development. I wish the Mexicans were as openly visible with their beleives in their own country. I live in Mexico, and all those people in the street should be here fixing demonstating their own Mexican gov't before they demonstrate elsewhere. Why aren't they demonstrating in Mexico for a better time, why not have some self respect and leave others like the USA to themselves.

Mexicans
Mexicans, don't have the courage to demonstrate, in their own country, so they take advantage of the kindness of the Americans, knowing that USA is too weak to do anything about it. Americans can be fat lazy people, easy to take advantage, easily to scare in the street, they are afraid of violence and won't defend thewmselves, this is what the gangs that control the illegal immigration, old gangsters like Ceasar Chavez, left overs from the early 70's. Just as the Arabs thought that Jews were fat, fearful people, 49 and 67 war embarrassed the Arabs, horrible, and now they look at Israel as the aggressor. Independance day for Israel, today. THe americans will have to show strength, stand their ground and get back to work. To be threatened by putting people in the street. 1995, million man march, blacks converging peacefully on Washington. Maybe they need to do this again, to show the Mexican that they are here too.

Hmmm???
I thought the solution was simply to nuke Mexico. Ya never know!!

conspiracists claim this is the goal
Conspiracists claim that this is the intent of of our owners who intend to reduce world population by 80% and divide the world into estates for themselves. See links on www.coasttocoastam.com

Nothing in the last 100 years has slowed the transfer of assets from the working class to our owners.

Nuke's
Who else is on your list and how does one get on your list, thankyou.

no cars...a boon to job creation!
"What about gasoline price-gouging. You only need gasoline to drive cars, right? No money, no cars, no gasoline price-gouging."

Yes! Just think, with bicycles and horses and buggies replacing cars more jobs for bike mechanics and sh*t shovelers! This should also be good for the whip making guilds too--they can expand beyond the adult sex toy market. The only bummer: we will have to worry about "Big Horse Feed" gouging us. Knowing those evil oil guys, they are probably already hedging their futures and buying up horse feed and bicycle parts as we speak. Oh yeah, and leather too.

Yours
What list?

Yeah...and pencils are the root of all misspelling and bad grammar!
I do agree with your take on the demonstrators though. You are also correct, in my opinion, that Mexicans need to understand why their people are flocking to the US and do something to create the same opportunities in Mexico as in the US. After all, as things stand now,for the average person the dream of owning a $45,000 watch can be realized only in the US and not in Mexico.

Love of money, not money
If money is so evil, why do all the poor people want some?
No, it is the love of money, meaning it is your god and you will do anything for it, that is the root of evil.
Wanting and earning money to feed your family and improve the lives of your family is not evil.

Good Grief!
Get a life and don't take everything so seriously.

When I read what you wrote, the word "*******" comes to mind.

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