Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Income Inequality?

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has become an insightful observer of our politics. His latest blog post is good stuff. Hat tip to Instapundit for the link.
Back in 2014 B.T. (Before Trump), the headlines were all about income inequality. I don’t recall hearing much of anything about immigration in the news. Then candidate Trump – the Master Persuader – told us that immigration was a big problem. Almost instantly the media started treating it like the biggest issue in the world. The public followed.

What happened is that candidate Trump persuaded us that immigration was a big problem. And in so doing, he pushed the issue of income inequality off the page.

If you had asked me in 2014 to list my country’s top 10 problems, immigration would not have been on the list. Now it’s usually at the top of the news. Trump did that. And by doing it he showed us a level of leadership that I have never seen in my lifetime.

But here’s the interesting part. If you want to address income inequality, what is one of the best ways to do it? Answer: Limit immigration. That means higher wages for American citizens and lower profits for the top 1% who want cheap labor.

The other reason that you no longer see liberals make the trend toward greater income inequality their flagship issue is funnier.

Trump is solving it.
Who would have guessed an artistically challenged cartoonist who is also a wryly humorous observer of bureaucratic life would morph into a keenly insightful political analyst? Not me, that's for sure.