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Job Creation

Rich: Nice piece today on job creation. As NRO’s house pessimist, though,

I feel bound to make a couple of points. You say: “The trick, of course, is

to create more jobs than are lost.” Well, that’s part of the trick.

Problems would occur, though if the jobs lost were jobs for engineers, chip

designers, materials scientists and systems analysts, while the jobs created

were for telemarketers, child-care providers, HMO paper-shufflers and fruit

pickers. Are we sure this is not what’s happening? I’m not an economist,

but I live in a lower-middle-class neighborhood where people are moving in

and out of jobs all the time, and I hear stuff. Similarly, if 100,000 jobs

are lost to mostly U.S. citizens while 100,000 are created for largely

lower-paid legal and illegal immigrants, that would not be something to

celebrate. The devil is in the details.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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