Saturday, January 18, 2014

Circle of fascism

A whopping 3 percent of Americans say immigration reform is their top priority. Republicans are working overtime for that 3 percent.

Investor’s Business Daily opines about the “unholy alliance” between big business, big labor, and big government:

House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Budget Committee chief Paul Ryan and Judiciary Committee head Robert Goodlatte — all good Republicans — are working on a draft of “principles” for immigration reform. And yes, it includes amnesty.

It’s hard not to be cynical about this. Businesses like cheap labor. And politicians like political contributions from business. So they’ve formed an unholy alliance to push the idea that the costs of amnesty for illegals would outweigh the benefits. But they don’t.

Last year, economists Robert Rector and Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation toted up the fiscal costs to U.S. taxpayers of unlawful immigrants and amnesty. They’re staggering.

It’s difficult to take lines like “unholy alliance” seriously. It should be common knowledge by now that corporations long to strike deals with fascist government. When it comes to political power, it’s always better to be on the inside than on the outside looking in.

To consolidate control, fascists concentrate the country’s wealth and resources in the hands of corporations. The business lobby figures the costs of an expanded welfare state will be easily covered by the profits of using cheap, illegal labor. Tensions between the greedy and the poor are alleviated, even though the problems causing the tensions are not (see “Liberal scrooges”).

In turn, business titans do the government’s bidding, enacting large-scale social engineering projects that politicians fancy themselves the architects of. To complete the circle, corporations send the politicians kickbacks in the form of campaign contributions to keep them in office, offices whose yearly salaries and pensions are a money train in themselves.

Shockingly, self-interest rules the day.

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