I can't see the forest; there's too many trees
While out and about this morning (trips to the DMV, library and grocery) I was listening to the fill-in host (Jay Marvin) for Jerry Springer on AAR. On comes yet another "I'd call myself a conservative" type who disagrees with Bush, but is mainly concerned about "illegals" and how inffective both Bush and the Democrats have been at "keeping them out". (The Dems hardly have any power these days anyhow, so blaming them for doing nothing is hardly an indictement.) Plus we get another "businesses are outsourcing all our jobs" comment.
Ignoring for the moment the fact that the one has nothing to do with the other (undocumented workers are not taking American jobs; they're the ones doing the scut work that people who live here won't do, can't do, and/or demand too much money to do), I think the word for my reaction to the "outsourcing" comment is "AWW! POO' BABY!"
Look, you're a "conservative". You've been cheering for capitalism for decades now, and when the capitalists do what they're wont to do (outsource jobs to places where labor costs less) you whine about it. Sorry, sunshine, you can't have it both ways. You can't champion the free market and then act all indignant when the free market does what it does -- cut costs and maintain profits, regardless of the damage it causes. (Cripes! Do you have to EXPLAIN stuff like this?)
Then we get the "corporations hire illegals and that's against the law" (and that's where I got to the store & stopped listening). Well! Corporations breaking the law? Shocked, I am, to tell you! Shocked indeed!
Once again -- if you're on the side of a political philosophy that has let corporations run rampant, violate the law with impunity and, indeed, actually stands in the way of holding them accountable, pardonnez-moi if I'm not overly compassionate when it comes back to bite you in the ass.
Capitalism is not an immutable natural law -- if it's not working in your interests, it should be changed.