The images of children being separated from their asylum-seeking parents are too horrible to bear. In fact, there are so many things about the immigration debate that bring out our strongest feelings it seems almost impertinent to try to make a logical, less emotional argument, but that is part of the problem. The fact is, we need immigrants more than ever, and not just PhDs, but immigrants who can supplement our labor force in a variety of ways. It astonishes me that seemingly smart people don’t get this. GDP is essentially a factor of workforce and productivity so without workforce growth it is virtually impossible to achieve sustainable economic growth. Our population is growing at an anemic pace and more people are aging out of the workforce than aging into it. It’s basic math. Without a growing number of people to work and buy things, our economy will cease to grow — and all the tax cuts and deregulation in the world won’t change that. The good news is that the U.S. is a great place to live and work and people from all over the world still want to come here. This is a blessing and something most other countries simply do not have. An interesting story that most people don’t know is when Trump announced he was ending DACA, the State Department fielded calls from several industrialized nations who all expressed a similar message “if you don’t want them, we’ll take them”. Don’t get me wrong, illegal immigration is harmful on multiple levels, including how the immigrants themselves are frequently exploited, but those people come to this country for one reason – because there is work for them here. Otherwise they wouldn’t come, plain and simple. The solution to our workforce problem and our illegal immigration problem is the same, we need to substantially increase the number of legal immigrants into the country. It’s time the immigration debate moves from an emotional argument to an economic argument.
Elon Musk dropped by the Real Time with Bill Maher show recently for an interview with the host. Maher, who considers himself a liberal is an obvious fan of the CEO of Tesla and Space X. The centerpiece of their conversation was their discussion regarding what Musk called the “woke mind virus” or what I prefer to call “cancel culture”.
Ye, the entertainer and fashion designer formally known as Kanye West had a disastrous week. Always outrageous, his recent antisemitic comments were apparently the last straw; prompting practically everyone to sever ties with him, from his bank, JP Morgan Chase, to his billion-dollar shoe partnership with Adidas.
Regardless of where you live you have probably heard about Nury Martinez and the circumstances that led to her resignation from Los Angeles City Council. The short story is Martinez, who was the first Latina to hold the position of president of the Los Angeles City Council was secretly recorded in a private conversation with other council members where she was heard making disparaging remarks about her colleagues and the two-year old...