Obama’s Economic Logic

Colby Cosh turns a spotlight on this statement in Obama’s acceptance speech last week at the DNC.

“I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers.”

Cosh asks the obvious questions: Then why do so many American employers hire the workers? And why do so many workers risk deportation by coming to the U. S. for jobs? And who benefits from the lower wages paid to these workers for the services and products they produce?

Yet Obama says with a straight face, “I don’t know anyone who benefits.”

Cosh cites this as just one example of Obama’s favorite campaign gambit: “Making a trite statement of principle and then running away from the actual issue as fast as possible.” Of course, if no one in the media calls him on these goofy pronouncements, he gets away with it.


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