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New Point of order
I do know that not many citizens are willing to become migrant laborers or busboys or stone masons or janitors or nannies or maids, at least not for the wages that are being paid.
Insert canned diatribe about H1B and depressed wages.





Okay, that was cheap and facile. Try this:

Suppose all illegal workers disappeared. Businesses would find out the real cost of legal labor under current regulations. Either the regulations would be changed, or salaries would have to go up. Let's pretend regulations don't change.

Salaries go up. Things cost more. Instead of going to McDonald's three nights a week -- since the Big Mac combo just went from $4.39 to $7.56 -- people stay home for dinner a bit more. Instead of getting the 47-inch plasma to hang in the double-wide, they keep the measly 35-inch CRT they've had for five years. Instead of shutting the kids up with an X-box, parents go outside and play catch with their kids.

Yeah, that'd suck, wouldn't it?

Oh, and CEOs might have to ask the price of that new Bentley before picking out the color.
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Kip Hawley is still an idiot.

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Purveyor of Doc Hope's [link|http://DocHope.com|fresh-baked dog biscuits and pet treats].
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New good luck finding stone masons
for about 6 years in the South the brown folks have been doing that work. Is any americans not retired know how to do it anymore? Since highschools emphasis is get the kid to college and all technical tracks are being dropped from the Georgia Highschool Curreculem how will bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry get done? Cant prefab everything.
thanx,
bill
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
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New DIdn't get this way overnight, can't be fixed overnight
But it could sure the hell fall apart overnight when Ghawar and Cantarell crashe and our strip mall construction business goes away.
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Kip Hawley is still an idiot.

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Purveyor of Doc Hope's [link|http://DocHope.com|fresh-baked dog biscuits and pet treats].
[link|http://DocHope.com|http://DocHope.com]
New Funny you should say; book: 'Richistan'
[link|http://www.amazon.com/Richistan-Journey-Through-American-Wealth/dp/0307339262| Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich] Robert Frank (Author)

Author on NPR just this AM; anecdote -
while travelling around Old Greenwich CT, where the arbs and merger folk play with their hoards - he was at Ferrari dealership. Stone mason walks in (author already had wigged to fact that - no longer are 'clothes' to be assessed - to discern a billionaire.)

Had a little chat with him. Seems that so many of the folks what gets all all them tax breaks are tryin to outdo each other - locally, with stone walls, fireplaces.. other Visible appurtenances - that --- the guy is now beyond that piddling 'millionaire' status.

(Tip for the entrepreneur: marketing hardened compounds for those needing to store all the stuff they've ripped off from the other folk - hmmm IT needed too? to run the security camera banks and check the auto-machine-gun robots for virii; helicopter, boat electronics... service the car Glock, the bedroom Glock, the yacht Glocks ... )


And so it goes

New Socks for Glocks and Glocks in Socks! :-)
New Security camera banks - auto-machine-gun robots
Yeah, we had one like that out here. A couple surrounded their property with a 12 foot razor wire topped chain link fence, motion detection devices everywhere, searchlights, guns - the whole 9 yards.

Pictures were in the papers because the neighbors were pretty annoyed. Besides the chain link, towers and razor wire not fitting in with the neighborhood landscaping the sirens, searchlights and loudspeaker warnings would be going off in the night every time a raccoon messed with their fence.

About a year and a half later I read that they'd both died, probably from terminal paranoia.
[link|http://www.aaxnet.com|AAx]
New Or from an auto-machine-gun malfunction? (Poetic Justice!)
     Jon Carroll deBabelizes the Top Three boondoggles - (Ashton) - (7)
         Point of order - (drewk) - (6)
             good luck finding stone masons - (boxley) - (5)
                 DIdn't get this way overnight, can't be fixed overnight - (drewk)
                 Funny you should say; book: 'Richistan' - (Ashton) - (3)
                     Socks for Glocks and Glocks in Socks! :-) -NT - (Another Scott)
                     Security camera banks - auto-machine-gun robots - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                         Or from an auto-machine-gun malfunction? (Poetic Justice!) -NT - (CRConrad)

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