By Chris | October 21, 2007
Recent comments by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee via Krugman’s blog:
“Sometimes we talk about why we’re importing so many people in our workforce,” the former Arkansas governor said. “It might be for the last 35 years, we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce had we not had the holocaust of liberalized abortion under a flawed Supreme Court ruling in 1973.”
What I find most disturbing about this statement is the implicit assumption that jobs are static. Had all the children aborted since 1973 been born, they would be working and consuming resulting in the creation of new jobs in the economy. America would still purchase labor (through outsourcing or immigration) for jobs that Americans are unable, unwilling, or at a competitive disadvantage to do.