A Southern Reader Talks To His Son
March 10, 2007, 05:14 PM
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A Southern Reader recently wrote to me:

How serendipitous that your piece on Gates should hit my screen today. In one of those "cherished moments" of father-son "quality time" communications with my 16 year old high school junior son when he asked me today (after a discussion regarding pre-registration for senior year high school courses) "Dad, what kind of work do you think I should try to do when I`m older, like you know...?", I found myself on the spot. My discombobulated answer as he was driving the car essentially consisted of the following: "Son, I`m going to be right up front with you, I would not want to be a young man in your position in today`s world. I know that you have strong aptitudes and are interested in art, architecture, and civil engineering, but art is (and always has been) a long shot in terms of generating economic prosperity for you and your family. Architecture to a lesser extent is like art and civil engineering has traditionally been a decent occupational endeavor in this country. However, architecture and civil engineering are now so outsourceable by a mere mouse click or an H1B visa. I think the key to occupational viability right now (who knows what it will be down the road) is to be in something that isn`t outsourceable and those fields seem to be Law, law enforcement, licensed building trades, and medicine/healthcare." And his response was, "Or how about owning your own business??" I said: "Sure, but be aware that owning your own business nowadays all to often amounts to pimpin` "

I wonder how open border advocates talk to their children-or if they do. The thing is that mobility in US society is such that in a few generations, the descendants of the very rich will likely move significantly towards the median level of US wealth. Significant legal immigrant means that even those occupations that can`t be outsourced are subject to international markets—and those markets are downright vicious.