Immigration/ Economic Analysis
It all began with globalization.
Communication and transportation innovations made the world economies small enough to start affecting each other. Economics happened. Manufacturing came into play and moved to other nations who could produce higher quality goods at a lower cost. Ex: what the Japanese and Korean cars did to the American car industry. The American car industry (i.e. Ford) paid the Japanese car industry (i.e. Toyota) to come over here and try to teach us how to build cars in 6 Sigma style. That was innovation. Labor entitlements and unions crushed the needed changes proposed by the Japanese model. Fast forward to now and The Great Recession welcomes us.
America did innovate and was able to innovate in other areas: internet and computer technology, energy, finance, healthcare, etc. When we jeopardize productivity to artificially inflate wages in a given industry or economic sector, it is a mathematical certainty that we will lose long term. Productivity in an industrialized global economy is born out of innovation ( not government, not labor, and not the dying industries of the past). Those old industries are now being fulfilled by emerging economies who understand that creating and capitalizing on opportunity is a better economic strategy than attempting to artificially manage outcomes.
Our economy is not growing near as rapidly as it used to and is responding quite differently to our current economic strain as opposed to recessions and depressions in the past. It is UN-productive. GDP has been either negative or stagnant relative to inflation over the past 6 years.
How do we fix this from an economic standpoint?
Sanction employers who are making profits from exploiting undocumented labor. Aside from short term job losses are the long term public entitlement burdens and the heightened incentive for continued illegal immigration, which remains unaddressed.
Instill real work requirements for welfare and certain entitlements and the current economic sector occupied by illegal labor become quite competitive. The economic implications are the legal implications of a president and a collective of un-elected federal bureaucrats grossly abusing their power against the people’s will and against the clear instructions in our constitution.
This is what happens when you raise minimium wage with no other changes following suit: the cost per hour of labor will artificially rise, reducing economic productivity and so the cost of goods will rise, reducing economic consumption and relative standard of living, and having a compounding effect of eliminating other types of jobs.. Due to this, a certain percentage of Americans are guaranteed to get fired and potentially be forced onto the public dole as a result of that kind of policy, which will eventually increase our debt, deficits, which will increase taxes and show a decrease in economic productivity and global competitiveness.
This will effect “every” family, the middle class and beyond, and it represents the real problem when the government intrudes where it has no businesses operating and essentially creates a situation of legislative malpractice in the name of “equality”.
The government was not designed to solve these kinds of issues. It certainly was never intended to become micromanaging and social engineering. But here we are. Hopefully, these next few years will dig us out of our complete bankruptcy.