Some words on Bernard Kerik from Michelle Malkin, and then some thoughts of my own:
A few other thoughts on Bernard Kerik's withdrawal :
- First, it puts an end to feminist complaints that only women nominees are penalized for having "nanny problems."
- Second, it keeps a white-hot spotlight on many of the issues raised by maverick House Republicans during the "intel reform"/border security debate, including the push for secure documentation, improved employer verification of Social Security numbers, and strengthening of penalties for immigration-elated fraud.
- Third, it puts a much-needed focus on the need to enforce federal employer sanctions. Why is it that the only employers who ever seem to suffer consequences for hiring illegal immigrants are Cabinet nominees?! In 2002, the federal government fined only 13 employers nationwide for hiring illegal immigrants. Enforcement of employer sanctions has seen a nationwide joke for the last two decades.
- And fourth, unfortunately, it virtually kills the prospects of getting someone with real homeland security enforcement experience to head DHS.... (more)
She's on the money (as usual) with these points. I initially defended Mr. Kerik, reasoning that the Nanny in question was hired by his spouse while he was away. It didn't take me long to realize that was a lame argument (long before the other issues Mr. Kerik is now dealing with came to light).
There is NO EXCUSE not to get a person sponsored/legal. We cannot complain that people overseas are stealing our jobs (well, in all fairness, they are underbidding us) when we practice the same thing.
The REAL way to stem illegal nannies (and yard keepers, and dishwashers, etc.) can be met with a two-prong solution:
- Serious enforcement of the law
- End minimum wage.
No one seems to like either one of those two points. They say if they arrest illegal aliens, who would wash our dishes? That's a joke of an argument. If you eliminate minimum wage, then supply and demand will meet in the middle, and then salaries will adjust normally until all possible jobs are filled with possible people. Otherwise, you have the corruption that is presently engaged by far t00 many people.
I am not one who wants a wall around the country; I just want a fair hand dealt to (and played by) all!
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