Archive for May, 2007

Borjas vs. Rodrik On “Guest Workers”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/22/2007


It’s funny how people .. are willing to put aside the elements of supply and demand when they want to argue for open labor flows.

More Borjas:

Can you really guarantee that the guest workers will in fact be temporary workers? .. Think of the German experience. As a very wise person once said about that experience: “we wanted workers and we got people instead.” Guest workers tend to get sick, tend to get married, procreate, etc., and all of these inevitable life events open up entitlements in the U.S. system that cannot be ignored–some of which are very costly. So your guest worker idea is, to a significant extent, a permanent immigration increase being sold as a temporary inflow.


Expanded immigration is likely to exert downward pressure on workers’ wages in the U.S. Where we disagree is on whether the gains to the rest of the world make this still a worthwhile effort .. As Alex Tabarrok points out .. the differences have to do with what we think is the relevant moral community for making public policy decisions. George thinks the purely national perspective is the right one .. For my part, I believe cosmopolitan considerations should enter our calculus ..

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Bob Woodward Lies Exposed

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/22/2007

And other revelations — new excerpts from the Reagan Diaries.

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$270 Billion To Low Skill Immigrants

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/21/2007

That’s a PER YEAR figure of expenditures by various government agencies on low skill immigrant households — nearly half of which by law should not reside in this country.  Quotable:

Over the next ten years, the net cost (benefits minus taxes) to the taxpayer of low-skill immigrant households will approach $1 trillion.

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The Bush-Kennedy Amnesty Disaster

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/21/2007

Michelle Malkin has terrific coverage.

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The White House Vs. Reality

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/21/2007

The White House spin machine has a run in with a fact checker

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No Back Taxes For Illegals

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/20/2007

Illegal aliens will get instant amnesty from back taxation under Bush-Kennedy. Only a year ago President Bush said that illegals must comply with American tax laws before they were given amnesty. Now Bush is saying “never mind.”

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Catch & Release

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/20/2007

Will continue under Bush-Kennedy. John McCain says “Fvkk You” to anyone who opposes him on the issue. There are at least 600,000 illegal aliens who were caught, were released by President Bush, and are now running about the country with a deportation order, having committed a further criminal act by violating a court order to appear before a Federal judge for deportation proceedings.

Under Bush-Kennedy all of these criminal aliens will get instant amnesty.

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Who Agrees With Ron Paul?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/20/2007

Well, maybe not Rudy Guiliani, but just about everybody else, including “the current President of the United States, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense, the editorial boards of the Weekly Standard and Wall Street Journal, and many, many conservative pundits and intellectuals.”

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Global Warming — The End Of The Argument

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/20/2007

“We couldn’t do it even if we wanted to.”

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It’s Dawning On Nearly Everyone That Bush Is A Rather Unimpressive President

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/20/2007

Only about 1 American in 10 strongly approves of Bush’s performance as President. Seven out of 10 disapprove of Bush’s performance as President — with 1 out of 2 strongly disapproving. I’m guessing those numbers will get far worse if Bush signs Ted Kennedy’s “instant amnesty” legislation.

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