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Krugman, NY Times Economics Expert: 'Import Cheap Labor'

Albert Maslar · Jun. 13, 2013

Mr. Paul Krugman may have won a Nobel Prize for his economic theories, but President Obama also won a Nobel Peace Prize he certainly did not earn then or to date. Government can easily get more money to spend by merely helping create jobs by getting out of the way with excessive regulations that multiply like rabbits. Krugman’s answer seems to be to import more cheap labor to do jobs Americans will not do. Overlooked is the fact that wages for these “unwanted” jobs are not commensurate with jobs Americans do not want, and therefore Krugman advocates to import cheap labor.

Jeremy Beck of reports on writing of Temple University Law Professor Jan Ting: “Krugman has to believe and recognize that allowing more poor immigrants into the U.S. will increase economic inequality. He has to believe and recognize that allowing so many more immigrants into the legal U.S. labor market will make the plight of unemployed and underemployed Americans even worse than it is now.”

Krugman advocates importing cheap labor and solving the fiscal problems with the magic printing presses of the Federal Reserve that gobble up all the green ink that can be acquired – from China of course. Krugman also said, “Unfortunately, low-skill immigrants don’t pay enough taxes to cover the cost of the benefits they receive,” which contributes to the growing welfare state that is there to make up the difference.

Krugman also held that “Immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. That’s just supply and demand: we’re talking about large increases in the number of low-skill workers relative to other inputs into production, so it’s inevitable that this means a fall in wages.” Professor Ting was talking to the choir, as his message obviously fell on deaf ears.

Beware of experts like the Nobel Prize winners Obama and Krugman, and the band of the “best and brightest” as these are the very types that have led the US into the disastrous financial, deficit, debt, and unemployment plights plaguing the country with no end in sight.

Former highly-touted Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received his post despite being a tax cheat who had the temerity to blame his IRS troubles on a $49 Turbo-Tax package that caused him to short his tax liability by about $34,000. No problem for Obama who nominated one of the “best and brightest,” who “alone” could solve the IRS Treasury Department woes. Ignored is the fact that many current IRS abuses had their genesis under Geithner’s watch.

More jobs means more Income tax, Social Security, and other payroll taxes paid in, while reducing the numbers collecting costly self-destructive “entitlements.” Start with true energy independence by removing blockage of the Keystone XL Pipeline that would end up creating two million new and related jobs.

Open up safe exploration and drilling on “government lands,” which are the people’s lands, along with safe drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and offshore, resulting in another potential millions of jobs and a real kick-start to the economy and again, more tax revenues and less welfare-related costs; boosting tax revenues while reducing government costs.

Adversaries point to the 2006 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Overlooked is the fact that government was really at fault as the on-board government MMS enforcers took even sexual bribes to look the other way and not enforce and correct BP shortcuts and disregard of regulations, thus causing what never should have been but for government refusal to follow its own rules.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formerly known as the Minerals Management Service (MMS), was an agency of the United States Department responsible for oversight and enforcement of all government regulations controlling deep-water oil drilling. But MMS government employees on board looked the other way in return for bribes, perks, vacations, and sexual favors, and the rest is history. It was determined to be the fault of BP when in fact the incident was preventable, but as usual, government does not comply with its own regulations.

There is no doubt that BP was essentially in the wrong, probably criminally wrong as well. However, MMS was a USA agency that was the overseer and responsible for inspection and enforcing safety rules and regulations applicable to the operation, but MMS was derelict in its duty and responsibility, and therefore government is complicit in the oil spill.

Lost in translation is the fact that dollars paid for OPEC oil goes directly into war against the US, a classic case of biting the hand that feeds them. God helps those who help themselves, but American Government is not only not willing to help, but throws up impossible roadblocks. President Ronald Reagan put government inadequacies into perspective: “Government is not the solution to our problem government IS the problem.”

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