In my March 14, 2017 book review of Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart” in the USA, I pointed out that Murray told us how between 1960 and 2010 America’s rich got so rich and our American poor got so poor, but the author did not in my view accurately say why America got there. I identified two major culprits: Immigration and automation. Murray failed to mention either in his book or its index.
Published originally as an article on the Progressives for Immigration Reform web site, my book review which ran on the Church and State site with PFIR attribution contained at the end several added videos which greatly enhanced the readers’ knowledge about both the effects of immigration and automation.
These videos powerfully confirmed the key messages of the article, namely that excess immigration and rapidly advancing automation in America between 1960 and 2010 had caused significant loss of the egalitarianism which earlier writers such as Alexis de Tocqueville noted with some astonishment,
“With much care and skill power has been broken into fragments in the American township, so that the maximum possible number of people have some concern with public affairs” — Alexis de Tocqueville
The extent of the financial chasm between the rich and poor has denigrated the latter’s behavior in unhealthy ways such as drug abuse and honesty.
I asked the experts at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the leading non partisan authority on immigration reform, if they agreed with these videos. The response from FAIR came as no surprise. Its Executive Director, Bob Dane, said in his email, “I had our research department cross-check the data in the chart with government immigration stats before 1950, and the numbers looked pretty accurate. For 1950 forward, they compared the data with the DHS data. The numbers look great, so I’d say you can confidently use it and share it.”
It was certainly worth decrying that Murray failed to acknowledge that the malaise he identifies in the USA could indeed be attributed to both the massive increase in alien immigration between 1960 and 2010 and automation. Obviously we can expect more and more automation now that Trump is attacking companies which plan sending US jobs abroad.
The most important point to make here is this: For decades our mass media has failed to report repeatedly since FAIR was founded in 1979 the likely effects of the huge surge of immigration both legal and illegal aliens who have arrived since 1960 (over 100 million) when our population in 1960 was under 200 million.
Brave voices such as FAIR, CIS, NumbersUSA and others were made into lonely voices as they were attacked as racist, xenophobic etc, by agents for both our major political parties. Neither Democrats nor Republicans wanted to change the cheap labor open door or the chance to bring in other ethnics that they presumed would be voters for their party.
Result: Our citizens get screwed and so badly that finally they screamingly vote for anyone who offers a change. Guess who that was?
Now the time has come to make good on his campaign promise. Unfortunately, one of the most powerful promoters of open borders has been the Roman Catholic Church. And for good reason. Their shortages of priest and nuns has been a growing problem for decades. The numbers of priests in training at their seminaries has fallen dramatically and the average ages of their nuns is over 75! The Trump Administration and House Speaker Ryan will not hesitate to water down needed immigration legislation such as making E Verify permanent and mandatory for all US employers.
Then with a million legal aliens coming yearly and the number of illegal aliens already here, we can only project that unemployment will not be nearly as much of a problem as increased civil disobedience and the adverse impact on taxpayer funded social services.
In short, we are heading toward chaos and finally an immigration piece like the March 19, 2017 CBS 60 Minute segment which only touches on one aspect of this out of control immigration mess.
Thinking American citizens have gotten the message. Yes, we can sympathize with the so called Dreamers, but how about the veteran employees in that horrific Sunday, March 19, 2017 CBS segment. I strongly suggest you bring up this prompt and watch the program which will doubtless will leave you angry.
And this is only one of many bad results of our sad history of immigration management. Now our citizens are getting it, but perhaps too late with the powerful forces lined up against the average American. Recall that Supreme Court decision called Citizens United which allowed our corporate elite unlimited spending in backing political candidates. Is that called the best government money can buy? Maybe repeating de Tocqueville is in order:
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money” — Alexis de Tocqueville
Ok, Mr. President, you are big on fulfilling your campaign promises. By ignoring these job giveaways is disgusting, fraudulent and needs to stop. Would Speaker Ryan ever cancel the H1B program? Is the Pope a Catholic?
Charles Murray – Immigration and Less-Educated American Workers
The decline of the white working class: Featuring J. D. Vance and Charles Murray
Wealth Inequality in America
Humans Need Not Apply
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