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The Washington Post Joins The Elitist War On Country Class America

“Typically the [legal and illegal immigrants] do jobs — tending crops, washing dishes, mowing lawns — that native-born Americans do not want,” The Washington Post claimed in a recent editorial promoting the necessity of adding millions of immigrants to a workforce that has the lowest participation rate in almost four decades. 

A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May -- 664,000 more than in April -- and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Illegal immigrationDepartment's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June. 

Yet, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ editorial board at The Washington Post is complaining that there aren’t enough Americans who want to work low-end jobs, so the government needs to import more foreign replacements. 

Our friend Neil Munro of Breitbart says The Post’s authors are so out of touch they don’t realize that millions of Americans have gone on a virtual strike because low-end wages are already too low nationwide. 

Munro says instead of allowing Americans’ wages to rise amid a supposed shortage of workers, the editorial board just calls for a new supply of workers. “In basic economic terms, illegal immigrants meet the labor market’s demand for lower-wage employees, for which there is a shortage of available legal workers,” the Post claimed. 

In other words, The Washington Post is advocating bringing in illegal alien “replacement” workers or “scabs” to break the wage strike of low-skilled American workers. 

In a bygone era when American labor unions actually represented American workers there would have been howls of protest, perhaps picketing, of any newspaper that advocated bringing-in scabs to replace American workers on strike for higher wages. 

However, today’s dying unions see illegal aliens as prospective members, not scabs, so you hear nothing but crickets on the left when The Washington Post advocates using illegal aliens to break the strike of America’s low-skilled workers. 

Munro places the blame for this attitude toward American workers and the dismissal of their broken dreams of a better quality of life squarely where it belongs – on the elitism of The Washington Post’s editors:

Today’s cheap immigrants work as the nannies, waiters, cooks, butchers, gardeners, apple pickers, dishwashers, maids and parking attendants who make life bearable for the post-graduate urban and coastal professional class that dominates the Democratic Party. 

Of course, the board’s hand-wringing about domestic help isn’t merely about cutting wages so they can pay the tuition fees at their children’s private schools. The public worrying also provides the Post’s editorial board with the opportunity to display their nobility in taking up the white progressives’ burden of helping the supposedly lesser peoples outside the nation’s borders.  

Munro goes on to say:

It is no wonder that the Post and its upper-class journalists have taken such a hard line against Donald Trump’s policies, which — according to one major Wall Street supporter of Hillary Clinton — would reduce unemployment, drive up wages and make housing cheaper for ordinary Americans

And later:

“The rise of populists on the left and right [presumably Trump supporters] stems from wage stagnation and related trends … But what if that gloomy picture is obsolete, to the extent it was ever true?” said the editorial, which was introduced as “The Post’s View: Things are getting better for workers, despite populist candidates’ talk.” 

In fact, wages are declining this year, leaving roughly seven million prime-age American men with few reasons to even seek a job. “The amount [of money] that employers would want to hire them for some reason has gone down. … That’s consistent with what we see in the states and in the aggregate,” Jason Furman, the chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors told a Brookings interviewer this month. 

Of course Neil Munro is right, but his analysis of the elitist attitude toward the vicissitudes of life for working Americans in Obama’s economy doesn’t account for the upward creep of the phenomenon of immigrant wage suppression – it has now moved past the low-skilled to affect the wages of skilled workers in the computer and technical workforces as well. 

Regular CHQ readers may recall that back during the Republican primaries we told them how Marco Rubio’s I-Squared bill would effectively further degrade the plight of American STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and IT workers.  

Computer World then noted that during a speech in Chicago, Rubio emphasized the false narrative that a lack of skilled American workers is the cause of the massive layoffs of American IT workers, using the phrase “skills gap” as his hook; a code phrase which is also employed by Microsoft, Southern California Edison and other companies that have laid-off American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign “guest” workers. 

In reality, there is a surplus, not shortage, of skilled U.S. workers and not enough STEM jobs to accommodate these citizens. 

So the claim that there’s a shortage of skilled American IT workers is a lie.  

In reality, reported Beth Kassab of The Orlando Sentinel, companies have come to view workers on guest worker visas like generic drugs —just as effective, but a lot cheaper. 

It's all about profit, says Ron Hira of the Economic Policy Institute and who testified before Congress about the ramifications of the visa program. 

Hira said he made a Freedom of Information Act request for the wages of the employees of the outsourcing firm used by Disney. The median was about $62,000. 

But he says he spoke to a laid-off Disney employee who was making about $100,000. 

Earlier this year Senator Jeff Sessions summed-up the test that should be applied to immigration and trade policy this way: “Americans have a fundamental, decent, and just demand: that the people they elect defend their interests. And every issue to come before us in the coming months will have to pass this test: does this strengthen, or weaken, the position of the everyday, loyal American citizen?” 

The inhumanely elitist views expressed in The Washington Post’s editorial “Don’t Fall for Trump’s Pivot” fail – grossly – to meet that test.

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