Many business models and entire economic sectors now depend on cheap “shadow” labor of one sort or another. Everything from skilled construction to home health care, computer programming, hospitality, ag, etc. can be had for around $10 bucks per hour. Citizens can’t compete, and not because they are lazy as immigrant activists contend, but because it is illegal! Citizens can’t waive the 100’s of labor rights “protecting” them and employers know with documentation and paper trails they will be busted easily.
The shadow economy works BECAUSE of the illegality and lack of documentation. Employers by law can’t even ask about citizenship. Why do so many illegal aliens remain in the shadows for decades?
For a double whammy, citizens are then taxed to pay for the social benefits that subsidize the low wage scales.
“Ana (Alaska): I think one really big misconception is that we’re [DACAs] stealing things from Americans. It’s not our fault if you haven’t achieved your full potential and there’s no reason for us to apologize for it.”
ACA (and similar policies) are cruelly addictive and create dependencies and a false sense of hope and security. It will take time to rehab the country and the withdrawal will be painful. Public pensions are slowly imploding also for example. These political promises cannot be kept and should never have been made.
Medicaid/CHIP enrollment as of April 2017 in the USA.
Pre ACA average monthly: 56,000,000+
April 2017: 74,000,000+
Why did the Democrats flip flop?
In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, “Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone.” In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that “immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants” and that “the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear.” His conclusion: “We’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants.” That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”
The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama. — Atlantic Magazine
The problem starts with the idea of employer paid medical expenses. A private industry grew out of the tendency for corps to arbitrage risk — health care insurance it is called. Guaranteed issue was part of that deal, that arrangement.
People that are not paid by their employer (the unemployed of course) through med expenses want that benie also. They also want guaranteed issue, no cancellation, no lifetime caps, etc., etc. They also don’t want to pay $much or at least not more than their cable of cell phone bill (according to Obama).
Obama made irrational, unaffordable promises that simply can’t be kept. How can the GOP disappoint The People now?