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  •  perfect recipe for offshoring our jobs (0+ / 0-)

    That would guarantee any job that is able to be done by foreign workers, would be.

    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      70% of the U.S workforce is in non-tradable sectors. So there's a limit to that argument.

      The living wage movement is directed at trying to set the wage floor above the poverty line. It's not the same as Jasmine's proposal, but I would argue that supplementing a ~$11/hour min wage with a GAW would accomplish the same thing without damaging competitiveness.

      •  either you cave in to offshoring, or you don't (0+ / 0-)

        Victor Laslo seems to believe that our current situation is not one in which any job that is able to be done by foreign workers, is or soon will be. I believe he is wrong about this. Already even your CAT scans are being read by radiologists in India. The outsourcing/illegal immigration problem will never be solved until a) the average wage for every job but CEO is lower in the United States than anywhere else in the world, or b) American consumers stop being willing to buy things and services  that are cheaper only because the workers who make/provide them are paid less. Until then, I sincerely believe that there is nothing at all we could do to make the outsourcing/illegal immigration problem worse, unless we actually abolished the INS and made it illegal for American corporations to employ US citizens. Face it, the trend is already catastrophic and shows no signs of even slowing down. Blaming this on American workers' wages being 'too high' is a republican meme, not a democratic one. Blaming it on evil corporations is a naive democratic meme. Blaming it on the short-sighted, self-destructive nature of OUR OWN purchasing decisions is the only way of looking at it that will ever lead us to an effective solution.

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