Public Policy & Elections: a culture of hypocrisy: immigration & income inequality
We are repeatedly told that it’s consumption that drives 70 percent of the US economy. If so, there cannot be sufficient consumption to right the US economy when better than 20 million US citizens are unemployed or underemployed and the majority of the working population earns far less than a living wage. Under those conditions the most we can expect is the status quo. The net effect of the status quo is, well—the status quo.
Consider this, only three percent of the US working population earns $300,000 or better annually. Roughly half the US population earns minimum wage. The state of Texas is tied with the state of Mississippi for the most number of minimum wage earners in the nation. Meanwhile the one-percenter governor of Texas is out using his tax payer paid salary to shamelessly offering to pimp out his “right-to-work” slave-state legacy labor force to big corporations and interests in California. That will only serve to increase the number of low wage earners—in both states. All that does is make Texas even more of a Third World country than it already is.
All the while I hear people talk about “fixing” immigration. There’s no need. The US immigration system is and has been “fixed” all along and that’s a big part of the problem.
So anyone who is serious about “fixing” immigration shouldn’t be talking about walls, drones and all things Terminator that the “guns and bibles” crowd refers to as “securing our borders.”
It’s not walls that are needed but bridges. It’s not exploitation but a fair economic system that works to the benefit of the general populations of all nations and peoples in the Western Hemisphere and the world.
If you’re skeptical that it can work—consider this, the consequences of the egregious and avaricious acts of Wall Street, the US banking and realty industries, known as the Financial Meltdown of 2008 have reverberated around the world bringing near total collapse. If that can happen so can prosperity, provided the tiny percentage of the population who own it all are amenable.
A root cause of immigration is economic inequality on both sides of the border.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…