As a reborn Democrat I often get cognitive dissonance trying to reconcile the news with the GOP party line. A good example of this is an article in USA the Today news section
entitled, As construction heats up, so does worker shortage. According to the CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, the shortage of workers is an “epidemic”. One large-company builder for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region says he could increase his revenue 50% if he had adequate laborers. The article adds that “competition for workers is so intense that “rivals routinely poach his workers ” . . . by offering small increases in pay.”
I find this just amazing, especially considering the recession that has now faded into the background. Remember the financial cliff the Tea Party had their shorts in a knot over? Whatever happened to that? They had everyone so convinced of this that they were nearly able to shut down the whole government over it.
Here in Joplin, home-building proceeds apace, especially since the 2011 tornado, but even in non-affected areas like our small development. With some 50 homes, it sees about 3 new houses built per year and I can’t help but notice that much of the work, particularly framing, concrete and masonry, the grunt stuff, is done by Hispanic workers. I suspect many are illegals. From bricklaying to driveways, they do quality work – the average house price here is probably $300,000. I wonder what would happen to the prices if Donald Trump is able to deport, or self-deport all these guys? Hmm. Probably something like happened in Alabama several years ago when its legislature passed draconian anti-immigrant laws and Hispanics fled the state. It was devastating to the economy and especially to farming, not to mention the human costs.
Donald Trump and those like him, Cruz and Walker included for sure, ignores reality when he talks wildly about deporting 11 millions of people. His expertise is playing Monopoly with other peoples’ money and sometimes going bankrupt in the process. Now he wants to do it with the whole country. Is this a reality show, or just the beginning of a national nightmare?