Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Immigration policy: Robots could do it better.



Republican Senator Jeff Sesson’s immigration beliefs don’t reflect the facts (“An Immigration Tsunami”, Washington Post 4-10-2015).  His historical immigration statistics may be correct but he uses his heart felt but false beliefs to describe a problem that only exists in his head.    He states “We don’t have enough jobs for our lower-skilled workers now.”   That’s only true because he and a majority of other policy makers have repeatedly failed to appropriate funding for critical infrastructure repairs, incentives for weatherizing homes, protecting valuable topsoil or other labor intensive environmental restoration projects that would employ millions of people, not robots.   We currently spend billions to employ people to build weapons systems that can’t protect us against home grown terrorists, cyber or biological weapons, Ebola or extreme weather conditions.   The change we need is twofold.  First, a change of values in what kind of work is really needed.  And second, a change in policy makers.  That’s a job that could easily be replaced by robots.  Robots we could program to rely on facts and rational policy instead of fictional beliefs.

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