Thursday, February 07, 2019
CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CONTENDS THERE'S NO CRISIS AT THE BORDER!!! MEANWHILE, CONSERVATIVES FORCED TO CONFRONT CAPITALISM VS. NATIONALISM!!!
Credit to The Turner Report for highlighting the news quote in the headline . . .
Now the premise . . .
Capitalism doesn't care about borders or illegal immigration.
True capitalism destroys everything that stands against efficient markets.
Conservatives who tout automation against the fight for higher wages must also confront equally ruthless profit motives which encourage downsizing, outsourcing and the virtual disappearance of every border so that NOTHING stands in the way of the exchange of goods & services.
Meanwhile, there's not a lot of money in waving the flag. Except for people selling flags -- Mostly manufactured in China in order to secure a better profit margin.
To be fair and with a nod to #TBT, there's a probably an appropriate balance here inasmuch as Prez Trump has swagger-jacked most of his style from Gordon Gekko and his old school "greed is good" speech that was much shorter and sweeter than the meandering State Of The Union this week . . .
And so . . .
The opposite side of the coin comes from Kansas City's highest ranking elected official. Checkit:
Rep. Cleaver: For the one millionth time- Illegal immigration is not a security crisis
The Congressman also notes that illegal border crossings are down 80% since 2001.
But more important than the stat game is an existential question that pits nationalistic border protections against the profit motive at the heart of capitalism.
There is no crisis at the border as far as biz both big and small garnering cheaper labor is concerned.
Lower prices for food, lawn work, maid service, day labor of all sorts along with BILLION of taxes paid into the system don't offer proof of a crisis.
And then there's the sordid debate about crime. Here's the traditional fact based reference that most immigration hardliners ignore with horrific personal stories intended to distract from the numbers:
CityLab: "A review of available research (a study of studies, if you will) does not support the claim that migrants are more likely to engage in criminal behavior than native-born Americans. In fact, researchers have often observed the opposite relationship."
However . . .
THIS IS TKC, SO LET'S GET REAL . . . CAPITALISM DOESN'T REALLY CARE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE IN ORDER TO SUSTAIN A PROFITABLE SYSTEM!!!
Don't believe TKC??? Then notice that there wasn't any real change or even a stock drop when it was revealed that Chinese iPhone workers were killing themselves partly because of horrific labor conditions.
And so, if there is currently a crisis at the border, the situation has served to spark overall American economic gains touted by Prez Trump.
The reality is the immigration policy confronts just as much opposition from Republican big biz powered special interests as Democratic Party advocates of human rights. For those not keeping score: Corporations are people and they control American politics along with just about everything else.
The only thing certain is that a few miles of border wall, fence or tech is unlikely to change the status quo as entertaining partisan slap-fighting also serves to support business as usual.
You decide . . .