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1. As truck drivers age, few want to replace them, according to this article. Government regulation of CDL licensing could partly be to blame. Another obvious factor, which was confirmed by a guy I work with who sometimes drives trucks, is that the job really, really sucks. Economist Mark Thoma cited the article and asked why wages for truck drivers haven’t kept pace with the demand for workers. Immigration might have something to do with it.
2. Readers here are probably chomping at the bit, ready for this movie to come out:
3. Victor Davis Hanson implies that in his amnesty initiative, Obama assumes that more people would be invigorated by the idea of granting amnesty to 800,000 illegals than would be turned off by his circumvention of the other branches of the government and the economic impacts of the policy. Hanson seems to be suggesting that this might backfire on Obama. Sadly, I don’t think it will.
4. At AEI, James Pethokoukis cites a 2005 study which found that states that grant a higher number of work visas experience increases in native employment. The cited study found that for every 100 H-2B worker (less skilled non-ag workers), US natives gained an additional 464 jobs. This doesn’t pass the sniff test.
5. The cost of having a kid has increased by $40,000 in constant dollars between 1960 and 2010. While food, clothing, and housing costs have declined as a share of the total pie, child care costs have increased dramatically.