Sunday, May 21, 2006


This ought to be a smackdown

It won't, but it ought to be.

In an open letter to the President and Congress, Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, describes the “consensus opinion of economists” regarding the question of immigration's effect on the US economy.

The entire contingent of economists at GMU are usually labeled conservative, but this letter comes out strongly opposed to the current rash of Republican xenophobic bill-passing. The apparent mismatch arises because Republicans are pandering to workers who mistakenly believe that their jobs are being stolen.

I believe that hardly anybody will listen to Dr. Tabarrok, because, as with so much of politics, the immigration debate is not a rational debate.

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