If someone is not working, it is because unemployment is preferable to what work is on offer. Countless jobs go begging to be filled, and I am not talking "would you like fries with that burger?" or the poverty draft into the military. More below.
For those who say "Mexicans" stole their job, feel free to sign up with Labor Ready and "steal" a job a Mexican would do. Anyone complaining about immigrants is lying to himself, and slandering people who are willing to work. Indeed Labor Ready is changing its name to True Blue, and their system of dispatch is truly random. Whole lotta "temp to hire" blue collar work there.
Since we are no longer offered a good education in USA, there is no way to know we've seen this all before. Lucretius was complaining about all the immigrants in Rome, made something of a career of it (like Pat Buchanan today, who well studied Lucretius). I am also well acquainted with the reality on the ground, practices that would get WASPs thrown in jail that are tolerated among the recent immigrants. Yes, yet again, the hegemon understands perfectly well people thrive in anarchy, and allows anarchy among the newly arrived, in order that they establish and thrive better faster. Yes, I see the BMWs and the MBs at the welfare offices, and I even know some of the people driving. Don't be bitter, be happy with your portion.
As to Indian and Chinese immigrants "stealing" your job, and the mysterious preference for foreign engineers over USA engineers, we have one well documented case of a foreign engineer turning his work over to a dozen people overseas. Glowing reports on his productivity. If that is how the game is played, then play it, don't whine. If you need to go to India and line up a dozen people in India to pay to do your job while you are in USA, then go! Every computer engineer major in USA should spend his junior year abroad in India lining up a crew to create his cutting edge senior project and standby to work when he gets hired at Google or Amazon or Apple.
I once worked a year in the orchards to learn the food business from the ground up and the tree out, and I got paid better than the foreigners, in spite of being rather worthless in the field. How come? Because I was white... owners are desperate to have American managers, if they can find them.
Of course, there is an alternative, and that is start your own business. The probability is these people all standing in line in 2011 are still standing in line.
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