The Question Still Remains: Who’s Going to do the Work?

The whole fracas over the immigration "compromise" arrived at in the Senate centres around issues such as social justice, rule of law and the like, but the central issue is still the same and still simple: who’s going to do the work?  If the work cannot be done here economically, it will go elsewhere.  If our people cannot or will not get an education properly to enable them to perform more productive activity, how can they charge more for it?

Back in 1952, one employee of my family business in Chicago wrote the following, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the company:

"I was your shipping clerk at Milwaukee and Clinton fifty years ago [1902] when Mr. [Henry] Warrington Sr. was alive…Mr. Wm. Warrington had charge of the machine shop. I’ll say men really worked in those days his work was his soul…I wish you another hundred years but won’t be able to be here as I am eighty years now." (G.C. Lind, Oak Park, IL)

Chicago in those days was filled with immigrant labour who came to a country without quotas.  All Uncle Sam asked is that immigrants would be in good health and free of criminal background.  Part of the result of that was that the U.S. became the world’s premier economic power, a place it would hold throughout the 20th century.

Nativist whining was a loser a century ago and is still today.

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