Sen. David Vitter
Sen. David Vitter


  • America is the best business environment in the world.

    This is largely because America's workers have never been inclined toward a "workers' political party" and have allowed entrepreneurs the opportunity to profit from their risk and investment. The other side of the coin has been that business has shared productivity gains with the workers. That “social contract” is in danger of breaking apart after two decades of stagnant wages in many occupational sectors and increasing income disparity. If American workers see businesses pushing continued mass importation of foreign workers to their detriment, workers as voters may turn toward a more hostile position in terms of government regulation.

  • After decades of mass immigration from Third World countries, the American union movement is increasingly centered in those workers who come from unstable societies with hardened antibusiness attitudes. Continuing mass immigration is likely to create a larger and larger union movement out of the class-warfare mold of Third World societies.
  • The condoning of illegal immigration has created business climates in which the more unscrupulous operators gain competitive a advantage over good-citizen businesses that obey the law and seek to be positive influences in their communities. In some business sectors, owners have been forced by lack of government enforcement into the morally untenable position of breaking the law to hire illegal aliens or risking being driven out of business by competitors who already hire large blocks of illegal workers.
  • American society and American business have been the envy of the world because of economic choices that have turned American workers into high-spending consumers. Economists refer to the process as the virtuous circle (as opposed to a vicious cycle). Businesses continually compete for workers by raising wages. That puts constant pressure to increase productivity through technological breakthroughs, mechanization, and better management. Those changes create greater productivity, which allows businesses to further raise the wages of workers. And all increases in wages improve the sales of the businesses through higher consumption.
  • During the last two decades, many sectors of American business have been substituting labor for capital investment and innovation. This is the opposite direction of the American success story. As a result, some sectors are becoming more like Third World conditions based on low-wage, low-skill, low capital investment economies. Those sectors are losing or have lost their dominance in the world as other countries that have remained true to the high-wage, high-productivity economics have surged ahead.
  • Most CEOs and owners of business in America are far more complex creatures than simply profit machines. While earning profits for their businesses is essential to staying in operation, and while maximizing profits remains an important goal for them, CEOs and owners also are residents of communities, and they are parents and grandparents. Most business people want their companies to be good citizens in their communities. And they want the effect of their businesses to enhance the quality of life of their own families who do and will live in those communities.
  • The deteriorating effects of mass immigration on congestion, sprawl, overcrowded schools, and other quality-of-life measures, as well as higher tax burdens and a burgeoning welfare state, are not worth the incremental increase in profits that sometimes arise from the importation of more and more foreign labor. If given the choice, most business people would prefer lower immigration and a somewhat tighter labor market for their businesses if they could be sure that their competitors would be operating by the same rules and that the federal government would not allow their competitors to break the law to underbid them on labor costs.
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