Establishment Conservative columnist and author George Will told Hill.TV on Monday that he supports as much immigration “as the economy can take.” According to Will, America needs mass immigration because of an aging workforce and millions of “unfilled jobs.”
Will was on the show because he has written a new book, The Conservative Sensibility. In this book, he argues that conservatives “made a wrong turn,” and he advocates a “return” to the principles of “small government.”
However, with “small government,” Will doesn’t actually mean small government. What he does mean is cheap labor for Big Business. You see, according to Will, the entire system of entitlements is “here to stay.” The problem is “how to pay for them.” To do so, America needs a “dynamic” economic system, by which he means the capitalist free market system… and mass immigration.
“I believe immigration is an inherently entrepreneurial act,” Will said (much to the surprise of European watchers who see many “entrepreneurial immigrants” from Syria come to Europa, after which they prefer to cash in welfare checks rather than get to work). “It’s people uprooting themselves, taking a risk for themselves and their families.”
“I think in a country in which baby boomers are retiring, where we have an aging workforce, where we have seven million unfilled jobs at the moment, and we have people clamoring to get into our country to get to work, I’m for as much immigration as the economy can handle. The economy needs immigration just as much as the immigrants need the American economy.”
Simultaneously, Will explained that he’s fervently against any governmental action against companies that create monopoly positions for themselves. According to Will, people can just decide to stop using the services provided by those companies and that’s it. Of course, it doesn’t actually work like that in the real world, but as I explained a few days ago, that’s a known weakness of Establishment Conservatism… as is its blind support for every single possible policy that works out well for Big Business.
Because that what this truly boils down to. This isn’t about “conservatism” as a political philosophy or even about immigration itself, but about the question: What works best for Big Business? How can they make money?
Quite often, what’s good for Big Business is good for the country. However, unlike what Will and his ilk think, that’s not always the case. There are situations in which the opposite is the case, such as when Big Business is creating a monopoly for itself. The same goes for unlimited immigration. Limited migration is very useful, but having thousands of poor folks from different countries and with no education at all pouring over the borders every single day? No, that definitely does not serve the country’s interests — even though Big Business loves it.