Amnesty and the Sucker Nation

By:  Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
01/31/2013
       
Amnesty and the Sucker Nation

The government expects us to think that although it failed to enforce the border for years, if only it grants amnesty to millions of immigrants it will now be able to enforce the border on top of all of the other conditions it will formally attach to amnesty.

The government expects us to think that although it failed to enforce the border for years, if only it grants amnesty to millions of immigrants it will now be able to enforce the border on top of all of the other conditions it will formally attach to amnesty.

Imagine you are an employer. One of your employees has spent years neglecting the most basic duty of his position.  When you call him on it for the umpteenth time, he reassures you that he will get is right this time.  But to do so, he must assume other duties in addition to his original one.  As this person's employer, would you accept his word?

These questions are rhetorical: No employer and no spouse with an ounce of sense could fail to see these promises for the worthless gestures that they are.

A person who repeatedly failed to do the job for which he was hired is much more likely than not to find himself without a job. But even if, for some reason — like tenure, say, or his membership in a union — he isn’t fired, only the most wildly irrational of employers would think that if only this employee has more duties delegated to him will he then shape up.

And while a woman may stay with her husband even as he continues to cheat, there is no one so foolish to think that if only he devotes himself to discharging more of the obligations that he has heretofore violated will he then discharge this one obligation.

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