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Benjamin Goad writes in The Hill:

Biden: We need ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants

Vice President Biden painted a rosy picture of the outlook for U.S. businesses Tuesday, but said economic growth hinges in large part on immigration reform, now languishing in Congress.

“We need it badly from a purely – purely economic point of view,” Biden said during remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers. …

Biden said a key to the country’s solid economic footing is the “the ‘constant, unrelenting stream’ of immigrants that has come to the United States for generations.

I was originally going to say something about Joe’s very Catholic conception of immigration as a just punishment for our national sins, like “C’mon, Joe, you can do better. How about ‘inexorable, merciless deluge?’”

But, the next line in the article makes clear that the Vice President has something more down to earth on his mind:

“Not dribbling,” Biden explained. “Significant flows.”

Joe’s speech demanding that Congress pass urination reform now was perhaps intended to audition for his post-Veep dream job as television spokesman for FloMax.

But why should he have to wait to cash in? Why can’t he be like the Secretary of State in Idiocracy and have a product placement deal right now? He got elected Senator at 29 so he’s never had any kind of real job. He needs some bucks now. When he’s delivering the eulogy for some dead dictator, he could simply say:

“The Generalissimo was a great friend of freedom, brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

 
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  1. DoJ says:

    Yup, Biden, 1924-65 was an unmitigated economic disaster for the US, and by the end the country had been reduced to destitution; never again!

    Oh, wait, that only seems to have happened in your home dimension. Tip: double-check the history of your new home before incorporating possibly divergent factoids in your speeches to the little people.

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  2. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    I just clicked over from your blogger site and Unz.com showed me the web version, not the mobile version. I have seen the mobile version on previous visits. It’s an improvement, but not as good as Blogger (font still too small, for example).

    BTW, FT columnist Jurek Martin encapsulates the brain dead elite view on Cantor’s loss in this column.

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  3. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    @DoJ,
    Yup, Biden, 1924-65 was an unmitigated economic disaster for the US, and by the end the country had been reduced to destitution; never again!

    Surely 1929-1940 was an unmitigated economic disaster. WW2 saved the economy’s a**, so to speak. Then destruction of the European infrastructure and Bretton Woods ensured the economic dominance of the United States. Which is still continuing, by the way; it didn’t stop in 1965.

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  4. DoJ says:

    Krish, if your claim about the US continuing to enjoy a structural advantage due to Bretton Woods, etc. is correct, that means Biden is wrong: our economy doesn’t “badly” [need] immigration any more than it did in 1945-65. At best, it’s fine regardless of low-skill immigration policy, and poor foreigners in e.g. China are also fine regardless of low-skill immigration policy (now trade/direct investment/technology transfer policy, that’s another matter), so there’s no reason for the American government to continue opposing the will of the American people here.

    Also, are you claiming that the Great Depression was *caused* by the immigration cutoff, rather than just being temporally close to it (with some third factors being associated with both)? Good luck making a convincing case for that.

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  5. Immigration reform is a public policy laxative for a constipated society.

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  6. Anonym says:

    The logical endpoint of an unlimited stream of Mexicans is Mexico.

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  7. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    So… all the poor countries of the world should have more immigration. Haiti? Import more people! Flow! Flow! Grow!

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  8. Mr. Anon says:

    Ah, the harsh and unrelenting benefits of diversity.

    May all good things be so harsh and unrelenting – like a burning sensation upon the body politic.

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  9. fnn says:

    Biden was a star high school and college football player (in a still partially Jim Crow era) who could speak presentable gibberish at whatever length was needed for the occasion. That’s all it takes to build a major political career in a small, provincial state like Delaware.

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  10. countenance says: • Website

    “We need” the “significant flow?”

    We are certainly getting it now! A mass flood of what Jeb Bush calls an “act of love.”

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  11. iSteveFan says:

    Not that I am plagiarizing, but one of your commenters at the older iSteve had a good reply for what Biden has just said. I believe his response to those clamoring for immigration and increased GDP was, “if immigration were so good for GDP growth, why don’t we just take in all the people in the world and get 100 percent of the world’s GDP?”

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  12. Trumped says:

    WW2 did not save anything – unless you ignore opportunity cost and think that huge GDP numbers mean strong economy (like the Soviet Union right before collapse). The economy did not recover until after WW2 when govt spending was dramatically cut and people could actually be productive and not be in a command economy again. Food and gas rations at home during the war does not spell out “recovery.” Don’t fall for the krugman Keynesian nonsense.

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  13. BB753 says:

    Now, I’m not sure about Donald Sterling, but Biden really does sound senile!

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  14. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Well, a seventy-year old guy is going to take his inspiration where he finds it just like anyone else. I suggest, Mr. Vice President, you ask your doctor, as the ads always say. In the meantime there’s no shame in sitting–Ms Biden and the cleaning crew at the VP quarters will surely be grateful.
    As will we, if it means better speech-material.
    Is Flo-Max the commercial where the old guy is always interrupting his recreational activities to “go”?
    The scene, for instance: there he is at the ball game, embarrassed to be shuffling down the aisle yet again, pulling the car over to dash into a public restroom, missing the middle of the movie to head to the restroom, etc. Maybe they can do one with with secret service guys guarding a highway rest-stop, where the VP’s motorcade is idling outside; one of them checks his watch, shakes his head, some foreign dignitary is waiting in the car…

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  15. Art Deco says: • Website

    He actually did practice law for a period of years (1968-72). It is disconcerting that the president and vice president are both lapsed law firm associates of no special distinction.

    He’s been a federal employee since 1973. He gets the special sweet deal that federal employees hired prior to 1984 receive re his pension.

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  16. Wilkey says:

    “the vice president said a bill passed last year in the Senate would increase the gross national product by 4.5 percent over the next 20 years”

    Ah, a 4.5% increase in GDP over TWENTY years – what miraculous growth that is!

    Biden is basically promising that annual immigration equal to 0.5% of US population will increase the GDP by 0.22% per year (unless mass immigration causes the government and economy to careen severely off course, at which point all gains will be lost and then some).

    Would take a huge monetary risk for such minute payback?

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  17. Dumbo says:

    “So… all the poor countries of the world should have more immigration. Haiti? Import more people!”

    Well, to be fair, if Haiti imported a large contingent of Swedes or Japanese, it would probably improve. Heck, if they imported a million of illegal Mexicans it could improve as well. The problem, of course, is that no one wants to immigrate to Haiti.

    German and Italian immigration to southern Brazil in the 19th and 20th century vastly improved the country.

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  18. Not that I am plagiarizing, but one of your commenters at the older iSteve had a good reply for what Biden has just said. I believe his response to those clamoring for immigration and increased GDP was, “if immigration were so good for GDP growth, why don’t we just take in all the people in the world and get 100 percent of the world’s GDP?”

    That’s the plan, whether it’s by invading or inviting.

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