Letters to the editor

May. 12, 2013 @ 08:12 PM

Senators should grow up

As a college student trying to be an adult, I’m disappointed in the childish behavior of the GOP senators yesterday who chose to boycott the vote on Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The boycott delayed the confirmation of President Obama’s nomination of McCarthy, though the vote will most likely go on in the future. McCarthy is an excellent choice for the next EPA administrator. She is known as pragmatic, funny and someone who gets things done. 

Her track record as EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation since 2009, and her total of 25 years working on environmental issues on local, state, and federal levels, speaks for itself. McCarthy was an environmental advisor to five governors of both parties, including Mitt Romney. She has support from a wide variety of bases, including allies in big business. She is concerned with public health, an issue that should be important to all of us, regardless of our political affiliations. 

Her confirmation shouldn’t be a political issue: GOP senators need to grow up and vote to confirm McCarthy as EPA administrator so she can start tackling the issues that are relevant to all of us.

 

Leah Catotti

Duke University Class of 2015

Durham

 

Do more to curtail immigration

Your recent story, "Leadership Triangle forum focuses on immigration, economy," does not adequately explore the repercussions of mass immigration. Mass, unskilled immigration will not elevate the standard of living or make our nation more economically viable.

Mass immigration increases inequality. Harvard economist Jorge Borjas has demonstrated that immigration drove down wages, especially those of our most vulnerable, unskilled workers, while increasing business profits. Borjas found that a 10 percent increase in labor supply decreases wages by 3.7 percent.

The GINI coefficient, which measures inequality across income strata, is higher in America than the rest of the developed world and some BRIC nations. According to the Sunlight Foundation, immigration lobbies have spent $1.5 billion since 2007 to promote lax immigration policies.

The Gang of 8 immigration bill would grant 33 million green cards and normalize the status of more than 11 million illegal immigrants over the next 10 years. That’s more new immigrants than current Texas residents. If we want to reduce inequality, we can start, not by taxing the rich, but by protecting American workers, so they can earn an honest living. Curtailing immigration will mitigate the supply and demand imbalances that have resulted in chronic N.C. unemployment over 10 percent.

Those who stand to gain politically from mass migration paint this as an issue of compassion and good economic sense. It is neither. It is a knife in the back of the working-class American, who is not lazy or feckless. We can do better.


Rich Davis

Durham

 

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