Support for both unfettered immigration and the minimum wage: The shocking connection

Image from wikimedia.orgWouldn’t it seem contradictory that a group of people who support the minimum wage, an effort considered by most to favor less skilled workers, also support an immigration policy that allows for others to be hired, trained, and employed far below the legal limit of pay?  If such a group of people were truly concerned that low skilled workers were not making a living wage, why would they, at the same time, welcome and enable those who will willfully fill these jobs at a much lower rate?

Although these questions seem impossible to answer, when one looks at the real intent of this politically motivated effort, the answer is quite clear.

Although the masses of people who support the minimum wage are either too lazy to do much more than parrot talking points or too unintelligent to think otherwise, most political leadership that supports the minimum wage knows exactly what they are doing.  To these people, the minimum wage is not about helping low skill workers get ahead; their goal is to move as many people as possible from self sufficiency to dependence.

Here is how the minimum wage and cheap migrant labor works for those who favor both:

It is important for those who seek a dependent society, in other words a welfare state, to completely ignore or deny the effects of a politically imposed minimum wage.[1]

The effect is, obviously, an increase in the cost of human capital, in other words the cost to hire workers.  As with any increase in cost for a business, whether it is the cost to employ people or the cost to buy steel or wood, the demand for it decreases.  This is why when a minimum wage supporter is asked, “If the minimum wage works, why not make it $1,000 an hour?”  The response is anything but the answer to the question.

One would think, if those who support the minimum wage really wanted those workers to make more money, they would be the first group to insist upon a very stringent policy that would limit migrant workers from voluntarily attaining lower than minimum wage employment. Furthermore, it would seem to follow that such people would also favor penalties on employers who happily employ such low wage workers in order to diminish the cost effect of the minimum wage.

Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl of Flickr.comYet they do not.  Why?  Because their intent is not to help low skilled workers find work, but in fact inhibit their ability to find gainful employment.  Therefore, it is important for those who seek a dependent society to impose as many barriers to honest work as possible.

By imposing an artificially high minimum wage, the benefit to leftists is immense.

Such laws encourage businesses to either:

  1. Automate processes that previously required human labor
  2. Outsource that labor to other countries in which the cost of labor is low
  3. Hire workers that exist outside of the law, i.e. migrant workers

No matter which option an employer chooses, the result is favorable to the person who desires a dependent society because the result is the same:  Americans who previously earned the dignity and self worth of financial independence are diminished and transformed into a person convinced they need the money and property of others to survive.

The obvious intent of supporting both the minimum wage and unfettered immigration is to price American workers out of the workforce while filling those jobs with people who have only known and lived in a socialist state.  This is a clear path towards a socialized and dependent society, hence the reason why those who adore political power over freedom and self determination take a seemingly contrary position on immigration and the minimum wage.


[1] It is important to note here that most everyone supports a minimum wage, including capitalists; it is only a question of who imposes it.  Statist, i.e. Democrats, communists, Progressives, fascists, and many Republicans, believe politicians should set a ‘living wage’ based upon their political goals.  Capitalists believe the market should set the minimum wage.  For the purposes of this article, the reference to a minimum wage will imply a politically driven and implemented base income imposed upon every law abiding citizen regardless of the voluntary contracts they are willing to enter.

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