Saturday, August 18, 2007

The two income necessity and rejection of immigration

A couple of recent articles in Volokh contribute to my understanding and explanation of of why America has been reacting as the classical bureaucrat to the issue of Mexican laborers. An article on the two income trap hypothesis explains how the American family is stretched. The review also shows that, because of inflation, where money is going is obscured. I think the anxiety and insecurity in the face of having more but in a sense having fewer options seems, and is, contradictory leading to a tendency to finding security in 'our group.' The Mexican laborer, about who one finds innumerable complaints as to their cost is hypothesized as a cause though their effect on social costs is I don't think so clear. But, 'something has clearly happened,' and they are blamed.

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