Have House Democrats totally lost their soul?
I think they really do care about the 24 million Americans who can't find a full-time job. But at a hearing this week about the lack of worksite enforcement to arrest illegal workers, the Democrats invited as their key witness an "expert" who apparently thinks we're about to run out of U.S. workers.
And why are the Democrats going with a globalist libertarian?
Here's what newspapers are reporting that the Democrats' key witness had to say about the millions of illegal aliens holding U.S. jobs:
It is simple supply and demand. We have demand for these workers and the supply of American workers to fill these jobs is shrinking."
-- Daniel Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
I know that many of you are libertarians, and I mean no disrespect to your worldview by talking about the "globalist libertarianism" spouted by the Cato Institute. Your form of libertarianism believes in national community, national self-governance and in a sense of responsibility to our fellow Americans.
Globalist libertarianism tends to want to push all American workers into a to-the-death competition with all the workers of the world for job and wage.
To Griswold, it makes no sense to be arresting and deporting illegal foreign workers since those illegal workers obviously wouldn't be here or be holding jobs if the economy didn't need them.
It is easy in his ideology to overlook the 24 million "U-6 unemployed" Americans and assume if they had what it takes they would have a job.
But that is not the Democratic ideology. Democrats often call for trade protections for U.S. workers because they don't believe it fair to force them to give up their standard of living because of a total surrender to globalism.
Do the Democrats who invited their Globalist Libertarian witness really believe that we have 7 million illegal foreign workers in the country because there aren't 7 million among the 24 million unemployed Americans who would like to have those jobs in construction, service, manufacturing and transportation?
My response to Mr. Griswold is that, "Yes, it IS a matter of supply and demand. With 24 million Americans wanting a full-time job but unable to find one, this country clearly has an OVER-supply of workers and does not need one single illegal alien worker to stay or to import one single additional legal foreign worker."
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Thu, Jan 27th 2011 @ 9:31pm EST