Sunday, February 2, 2014
The technology of growing and making wine
Two political efforts are at odds with the economy. The push to increase (in many cases double) the minimum wage will simply accelerate the replacement of workers by machines (investment will shift from labor to capital plant) as we see here in an astounding article on how wine production is being mechanized.
The second push is for illegal immigrant amnesty, normalizing the status of 12+ Million additional workers to "do the jobs Americans won't". Like harvesting grapes. Oh, wait:
If economics has pushed a low tech industry like wine production to become fiercely high tech, how can either of these political programs possibly succeed in their nominal goals? The answer, of course, is that the nominal goals are a lie. Big business looks to be able to pay lower wages to "guest workers", creating a two-tier wage scale. Anyone who objects will of course be described as "racist", and the added millions of Americans priced out of the job market at the new minimum wage of $15/hr will be swept under the rug.
Quite frankly, the "no path to citizenship" "compromise" is plausibly intended to keep these new non-American residents insecure in their job status, to keep labor docile and non-demanding. The idea that both political parties are joined at the hip to implement this is astonishingly cynical. I'd say "unbelievably cynical" but it's sadly all too believable.