Thursday, August 24, 2006

The "jobs that Americans won't do" fallacy 

I recently read: "President Bush was right that there are jobs that Americans won't do,..." - Navarrette: Can you make it past my last name? (http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/24/navarrette/index.html) This is, quite simply, a lie and it's time that reporters and commentators quit repeating it. Can anyone really point to a type of job that illegals are doing that hard working Americans are not also doing? No. And the statement by the president (repeated by many) is a real slap in the face to all those Americans who have to compete with illegals for work. It is a question of money. Here is an example: Q. Would you work at a fast food place serving burgers for $5.00 per hour? A. No. Q.Would you work at a fast food place serving burgers for $500.00 per hour? A. Hmm, $20,000 per week? Hell yeah, I would. At the right price, there is NO job that Americans won't do. So the real question is: Why are we allowing businesses to keep their wages down by hiring illegals who will work at jobs for so little that many Americans can't afford to do those jobs. Simply put, if the illegals were not here, businesses would have to raise their wages to attract enough workers. It is time we stop letting the President and all the lapdog press and pundits get away with this lie. They should be saying: "there are jobs that not enough Americans will do unless you pay them more."

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