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My friend Don Boudreaux, economist (and former Chairman of the Economics Department) at George Mason University is one of this country’s best writers and thinkers on the economics (and morality) of immigration.
Don approaches the issue with a decidedly libertarian point of view. And while many conservatives and immigration “hawks” (which I am not) might have an instinctively negative reaction to anyone arguing for increased immigration across all skill levels, I hope you all will carefully read Don’s latest essay on the topic, which can be found here.
I sent Don a comment suggesting that in addition to the question of resource use (welfare, hospitals, schools), those who believe in increasing legal immigration will need to confront the issue of the impact of immigration on wages, especially on the wages of those Americans who only have a high school education.
I am convinced that immigration at all skill levels provides substantial aggregate economic benefit for the nation — especially in the long run — and it would be more so if we can deal with the welfare, hospital, and schools issue mentioned above.
But that does not mean that there are no losers in the process. In addition to the economic questions around those who lose when immigration increases, it is one of the most important political questions standing in the way of immigration law reform.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online