Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants Boycott, US Still Standing

So today all of the immigrants illegal and otherwise were supposedly banding together stick it to the old U.S. of A. by not going to school, not spending any of their well earned money, and not going to work thus depriving us of services we are all apparently too good to provide for ourselves. As is stands at almost 3 PM EDT the protest seems to not to be having the desired effects. The country appears to still be standing and the reason why is a one day strike is utterly and totally meaningless.

The reason why a one day strike has no effect is because it is a one day strike. People can manage for one day and even if they have to make do for one they will. Whatever work they did not do today will have to be done tomorrow and they will have to work twice as hard for the same pay to make up for it. As for a one day boycott on buying stuff, that flies in the face of common sense. If you are talking about essential products like food, medicine, toiletries, gas for the car, etc. I know and retailers know that unless you refrain from eating, driving, drinking, or using any one of these products you will at some point have to spend the money to replace whatever you consume today. As for non-essential products, all of these people waiting one day to buy something they were going to buy anyway is not a boycott it simply delaying the inevitable.

In fact to take this further, if you consider the case where some these workers will not get paid for missing work today BUT still spends money in the economy the next day then it actually works out better for the U.S. economy because consumer spending will remain constant. In some companies will end up with double the productivty for the same wage. As for missing school all I can say is if you want to waste your education like that go ahead so you will be better prepared for that coveted landscaping or janitorial job out there.

I understand immigration is a complex issue. My opinion is this: If you want to be in this country you must enter legally, seek some form of authorized residence, and you must make every effort to assimilate to this culture by at least learning the language and the cultural mores. That means you must be issued a green card, you get a job, and you learn English. I am not sure what the open borders people want. Do they want this country to be wide open to anyone who wants to cross over without any kind of government oversight and tracking? I happen to think that is a dangerous proposition in our war on terror. This whole notion that individuals from another country can walk in and set up shop without being properly validated as residents and citizens by the government is a slap in the face to those who have fought and died for our freedoms. It is especially insulting to have these same people disparage our flag, our national anthem, and claim their heritage and country of origin supersedes the U.S. while they continue to benefit from the properity and innovation found in the United States.

I believe we should be an open country and people should have an opportunity to pursue the American dream. I also believe that the government has every right to protect the rights of those who are already citizens and there has to be some form of control on the influx of people into our nation. Just last week I was in CA on business and saw numerous Asian and Indian immigrants working in my own company. Not a single one of them nor any others of the same ethinic persuasion complain about immigration law or attempt to assert the superiority of their culture of the U.S. Why? Because those people are here legally and they have good jobs. These people make every effort to learn the language and assimilate to the culture.

As always the chief complaints are coming from a group unwilling to do their part and work to make themselves better. Rather they want a free pass to enter the country and stay here without doing anything to earn it. In fact if these people would like to undertake a permanant boycott from the comforts of somewhere south of the Mexican border, I would be fine with that as well. We have not lasted over 200 years as a country without having adjusted to inconveniences far more difficult than this.

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