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Every now and then, bloggers will come up with similar ideas, themes, or notions and publish them, independently of each other, but with remarkably coincidental timing. For a week or so, I was half-convinced that my colleague DJ Drummond had a bug in my computer, as we were regularly scooping each other.

Well, today we have a couple of similar incidents.

First up, two excellent essayists both invoked the Prisoner's Dilemma. The inestimable Bill Whittle uses it to explore various and sundry aspects of society here, then takes it into the future here. Meanwhile, former Guest Wizbanger Jeff Harrell applies the same scenario to the War in Iraq.

In another nice touch of synchronicity, two other superb bloggers write not similar pieces, but eerily complementary ones. Giacomo of Joust The Facts, who in "meatspace" is a real-live surgeon (with a really nice office and staff), discusses the illegal immigration situation in an approach I don't recall seeing applied anywhere else -- in a medical metaphor. It's one I've considered before, but I lack Giacomo's considerable expertise to pull it off.

But as well-crafted a comparison as it may be, is it really an apt one? Is the situation really so serious that we need to enact emergency treatment?

If you really need to know just how bad things are getting, then stroll on over to Captain Ed's page, where he discusses how a community a good 1,500 miles from the incredibly porous southern border of the US has a horrific problem with illegal aliens -- with women being forced into prostitution, and unable to go to the authorities because they were illegals.

That's the sort of thing that, for me, is why I get so insanely angry over illegal immigration. It's all about creating an underclass here, a group of untermenschen that we can exploit, use, abuse, mistreat, and treat as slaves. And we can do it with absolutely no fear that we will have to pay any penalty for it, because they will not want to draw the authorities' attention for anything.

There are two simple solutions to this: the first is to simply grant them amnesty and end their illegal status with a wave of a pen. I resist this one because I believe that this cure is worse than the disease.

The other is to simply enforce the existing laws already on the books. A two-pronged approach, making it both far less simple to enter the United States illegally and far less rewarding. Build the wall and make it a hell of a lot more expensive to hire or otherwise aid and abet illegals within the United States. At the same time, loosen up the restrictions on legal immigration and streamline the process -- a "carrot and stick" approach.

But first, we have to do what Giacomo suggests, and stop the bleeding. Otherwise, we'll have even more cases like the one Captain Ed reported.


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Comments (8)

Well said, Jay. It won't b... (Below threshold)

Well said, Jay. It won't be easy to adjust w/o this potential underclass, but it will sure do our country's soul well.

(oh, and synchronicity is t... (Below threshold)

(oh, and synchronicity is too cool)

Jay,Your solution ... (Below threshold)


Your solution is spot on. It is simple, easy and relatively cheap. I've been a long time advocate of fixing legal immigration as we fix illegal immigration. Maybe we need to take the state department out of the legal immigration equation for starters.

Unfortunately there is little political will in Washington D.C. for simple, easy solutions that would find favor with most Americans. The coalition of 20 senators pushing the latest bill have shown that they no longer care to participate in a representative democracy, but are willing to decree a solution even though their supposed constituents don't support it.

As usual...DJ is on the mar... (Below threshold)

As usual...DJ is on the mark.

I'm afraid this bill will l... (Below threshold)

I'm afraid this bill will likely become law - it's too late.

There are too many special interests from business's desire for cheap labor, the church wanting to fill it's pews, lawyers always wanting to defend illegal aliens and give them all the rights of US citizens, the media who won't allow an honest debate on the real issues, Spanish language now everywhere in our society, etc.

The only real solution would be deportation of them all - Operation Wetback II - but that will (sadly) never happen.

They're allowed to come here because the elites want to create a kind of North American Union with no borders between Canada, USA and Mexico. Our sovereignty is all but gone. Our fathers and grandfathers fought and bled for independence and liberty but now our nation stands for raising the standard of living in Mexico. How pathetic.

"...business's demand for c... (Below threshold)

"...business's demand for cheap labor" is the major meme that needs public vetting, and, it deserves to be maligned as thoroughly as imaginable.

Not that I am anti-"business" but that I am anti-taxpayer susidies without specific consent.

If a new slavery system exists (I hear and read that term used often today, "slavery" in reference to illegal aliens), it's the U.S. taxpayers, who without so much as a tad of respect from Congress (and "business") are demanded upon to suffer all the liabilities for both enabling "business" and "illegal aliens" ("cheap labor") to commisserate.

"Business" never lowers prices for goods and services after they have this "cheap labor" (take a look at the trajectory of housing prices ever since "business" has had all this "cheap labor"), food never gets cheaper (again, "agribusiness" at work), taxpayers aren't seeing their taxes LOWERED (but "business" has), our general overall national physical environments are massively denigrated (by "cheap labor" -- schools, healthcare, shared housing, roads, services in general) and the taxpayers all get to suffer the negatives of these "cheap labor"ers that "business" says they have to have, without any benefit.

If anyone suggests the price of lettuce as John McCain has, or the effort involved in sweeping our own steps and mowing our own lawns, making our own beds, washing our own dishes, forget it...most taxpayers are already doing most if not all of that, too. And, many Americans (I'd venture to suggest, most of us) would happily do without a few items of produce and Tyson chickens (I stopped buying their poultry a long time ago due to loss of quality and then due to Tyson's involvement in "cheap labor"/employment of illegal aliens).

In fact, most of the produce I buy when in California is ALL FROM MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICA anyway, so where's all this drastic necessity for California's "business's" continued access to "cheap labor"? Nearly everything sold in Trader Joe's, for example, as to produce, is all grown in Mexico. So much for CA.

I'd rather go without for several years than continue to see our nation abused and used by a group of interests that hijack taxpayer dollars just because they are favored by Congress (and the White House). If a business can't find employees now, what were they doing twenty years ago?

What I think it is is that they're making decided choices to go for illegals because they bypass legal and standards requirements involved with hiring U.S. workers (d'oh). The deplorable lie involved is that U.S. taxpayers and consumers have come to accept their excuses that everything would fall apart if business doesn't have it's "cheap labor" illegal aliens.

When the May 01 "Hispanic Parades" (/sarcasm) took place last year, the entire neighborhood and city were remarkably nicer. The stores were nice, the streets were nice, there was a far nicer overall environment in which to shop, run errands, go to and fro...no yelling in Spanish anywhere, no dust being thrown into the atmosphere by coughing lawn backpackers, because all the "Hispanic Paraders" had gone to the major cities and were out of the neighborhoods/towns elsewhere.

The minute that "business" starts lowering overall prices for nearly everything they're grinding out, is the day I'll believe some reasonableness exists in their demands for "cheap labor"/illegal aliens. Until that day, all I see is ever increasing prices for U.S. consumers, ever increasing taxes, ever lowering incomes on par with those and no one asking if they can have two trillion dollars for the healthcare expenses of illegal aliens in the U.S.

...no one ASKING PERMISSION... (Below threshold)

...no one ASKING PERMISSION BEFORE THEY TAKE IT, that two trillion dollars for the healthcare expenses (and other expenses) of illegal aliens in the U.S. (^^).

"women being forced into pr... (Below threshold)
Jon Sandor:

"women being forced into prostitution, and unable to go to the authorities because they were illegals."

That is not exactly the case. The local authorities refused to get involved because the criminals in question were illgeals, and they have a "sanctuary" policy. The women could certainly gone to the authorities without fear. The problem is the deliberate blind eye turned to crimes by illegals as a matter of policy.






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