Now, with his pandering for the Hispanic vote by bypassing Congress and introducing amnesty in effect, Obama has taken yet another step whose negative consequences will most harm the very middle class he claims to support. David Frum points out the economic implications of his amnesty program this way:
In a time of very high unemployment, it seems simply reckless to invite future waves of migrationâ€”and especially of the low-skill, low-wage migration that America has mostly attracted over the past four decadesâ€¦.The immigrants get higher wages than they would have earned in their former country. The affluent gain lower prices for in-person services. Lower-skilled native-born Americans face downward wage pressure. In any other policy area, people who consider themselves progressive might be expected to revile a policy whose benefits went to foreigners and the rich, and whose costs were born by the American poor. Immigration policy baffles that expectation.
Donâ€™t expect the president to comprehend or try to explain that contradiction to his elite backers. Theyâ€™re too busy being thrilled to sit at a dinner for two hours just to be in the presence of the Obamas and George Clooney and company. Undoubtedly, they are more than thankful that they may now save a few more pennies by gaining the chance to hire their maids and nannies for a lower fee. Thatâ€™s a good enough reward to pay for a dinner that costs more than many people earn in the entire year.
Undoubtedly, these are the same folks who felt connected during the 2008 campaign when Obama remarked in a famous off-the-cuff quip, after going to a supermarket, â€śDid you see what they charge for arugula?â€ť But just donâ€™t make that Whole Foods, since its owner is a libertarian who publicly opposes ObamaCare. Just kidding — you really donâ€™t expect them to give that privilege up and consider going to a Costco. Some things are just too important to abandon, even for principle.