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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dirty, dangerous jobs Americans won't do

We are frequently told that we need millions of immigrants because Americans won't do dirty, dangerous work. Has anybody who ever wrote this phrase done any research to confirm its accuracy?

Oil rig explodes off the Louisiana coast.

Seattle-based fishing vessel goes down in the Bering Sea.

West Virginia coal miners discuss their profession.

Perhaps the trope should be changed to "dirty, dangerous jobs effete journalists won't do." Then we could just tally up the number of effete journalists and make that our annual immigration quota.

6 comments:

Daniel said...

More like they are often jobs Americans 'used' to do. I read an interesting piece a few weeks about the huge decline in studying a trade among whites. Now, we're all taught that we're special little people bound for college to pursue liberal arts instead of accepting our place in the world.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Juan the Mexican immigrant is, more often than not, glad to be here and willing to hang sheetrock.

Juan Jr. the US anchor baby will be taught that it was white racism that kept his father hanging sheetrock instead of pursuing his dream of becoming an opthalmologist.

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Anonymous said...

"Jobs Americans won't do...at the wages and working conditions industry wants to provide." See
http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/250/meat-packing.html

Especially the last paragraph, "According to the USDA, the percentage of Hispanic meat-processing workers rose from less than 10 percent in 1980 to nearly 30 percent in 2000."

Anonymous said...

"More like they are often jobs Americans 'used' to do. I read an interesting piece a few weeks about the huge decline in studying a trade among whites. Now, we're all taught that we're special little people bound for college to pursue liberal arts instead of accepting our place in the world."

"Juan the Mexican immigrant is, more often than not, glad to be here and willing to hang sheetrock.

Juan Jr. the US anchor baby will be taught that it was white racism that kept his father hanging sheetrock instead of pursuing his dream of becoming an opthalmologist."

These two comments expose the great contradiction in the immigration enthusiasts' argument. On one hand we're told that we need these immigrants to do "jobs Americans won't do." Then we're told that their descendants won't form a permanent underclass, because Juan Jr. will "get an education" and become a middle class net taxpayer. So then who will do the jobs that Juan Jr. won't do? Well, more immigrants I guess! It's a blatant ponzi scheme with no end in sight, and the longer we let it go on the worse it will be when it all comes crashing down.

Anonymous said...

I know a single white American guy that does landscaping. He has one qualification that I don't that allows him to do that job. He can speak Spanish. I won't even be considered without something approaching conversational Spanish. Not that I particularly am attached to becoming a landscaper, but it would be nice for at least the occupation to be open. It is something I can do, and I've done harder work for less money than landscapers make, so it isn't something that is off limits to me.

Also, the reasons Americans don't study a 'trade' any more is because we don't have much of a manufacturing base. What trades do we not study? We have electricians, plumbers and automechanics. What else gets done in America that is both a trade and doesn't 'require' a college diploma.