Kirsters Baish| Conservative actor and master Twitter troll James Woods has a way of making liberals look bad just by using things they’ve said and done to prove his point. He just did so to socialist Bernie Sanders. Woods just used a 2015 Vox interview with Sanders to do so this time.
During the interview, which was conducted by Ezra Klein, Sanders made a comment about immigration that won’t jive well with his socialist/democratic supporters.
During the interview, Klein stated, “You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the U.S. are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing …”
“Open borders?” Sanders answered. “No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.”
“Really?” Klein asked Sanders.
“Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States,” Sanders went on.
“It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn’t it?” Klein answered.
Sanders stated, “It would make everybody in America poorer — you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them.”
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 3, 2018
Bernie Sanders actually said something that Conservatives can agree with.
Conservative Tribune writes:
Sanders indeed took a lot of ribbing from the left on this account. This includes the magazine that put on the interview; just days after the conversation, Vox’s Dylan Matthews wrote an article titled “Bernie Sanders’s fear of immigrant labor is ugly — and wrongheaded.”
In the article, Matthews — recently mentioned in these pages for writing an article which claimed that Sanders’ $32 billion “Medicare for all” bill was “kind of a bargain” — stated that he believed an amendment should be added to the Constitution guaranteeing open borders.
Matthews wrote, “There is no single policy that the United States could adopt that would do more good for more people. An average Nigerian worker can increase his income almost 15-fold just by moving to the United States, and residents of significantly richer countries like Mexico can more than double their earnings. The humanitarian gains of letting everyone who wants to make that leap do so would be astounding.”
What Matthews did not talk about was how economically incorrect the argument was. If unskilled immigrant workers are looking for the same pay as American citizens, they become less “attractive” as workers. The concept of supply and demand comes in, meaning that Americans are out of work because jobs are going to foreign laborers who are okay with taking home less pay.
It seems as though Bernie Sanders has a better understanding of basic economics than Vox does. That’s a pretty scary thought, and Woods actually had trouble believing it.
The real question is what has changed? Why is Bernie now supporting open border policies, even going so far as to support the radical fringe “abolish ICE” movement, if he knows it will make Americans “poorer”? When a self proclaimed socialist and the Koch brothers are working on the same goals you know something terribly nefarious is happing before our eyes.