The Free Market And American Teenagers

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In recent years, there has been a large influx of migrant workers, whether they be legal or illegal. They come into this country offering cheap labor to different businesses in many lines of work. For instance, farming, plant nurseries, construction, and other blue collar manual labor jobs.

It seems that there are many home grown American kids who aren’t getting into these types of jobs anymore. Many are going off to college (which is good), and some even feel that they are “above” those jobs and that they should be left up to Latinos.

I don’t know the statistics on this problem (if there are any), but being in the construction trade myself in Maryland, I can honestly say that I can count on one hand how many American kids are involved in the construction trade.

This may lead you to believe migrant and illegal workers are the answer to the problem. The more I think about it though, the more I believe that they are perpetuating the problem. The free market is a beautiful and dynamic economic system. It is actually self-healing (as in it fixes itself when government gets out of the way) and it allows for the most upward mobility of any people; more than any other economic system in the world. How do you think our U.S. dollar became the standard of the world?

That said, lets pretend that there were minimal migrant workers in the country and no illegals. American kids have been raised a little on the spoiled side and don’t want to do the hard manual labor jobs which the country needs. When this happens, the labor force in certain fields diminishes but demand for their services increase. Because demand increases, then the price to provide such services increase as well. When they increase, then teenagers and people who are more apt to that line of work will seek employment in those fields. Thus creating a new generation of workers in the trades and manual labor jobs.

The same can be said for any type of work. However there are other outside forces to factor in too. Like our trade with China, our own government’s unwillingness to protect our borders, and minimum wage, just to name a few. But it really sounds like common sense to me. It’s time for our government to stop talking about “free-trade” (which they don’t care about) and start talking about fair trade. Charity begins at home.

Long Live State Sovereignty!

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