Here’s a problem with a solution so obvious I’m almost ashamed to address it.
Two of China’s main export manufacturing areas are suffering from an acute shortage of migrant workers, giving laborers more leverage over wages and curtailing the expansion plans of some companies, according to a report published Monday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper…..
The shortfall is especially severe in the service and manufacturing industries. The regions most affected, both of them coastal, are the Pearl River Delta, in the southern province of Guangdong, and the Yangtze River Delta, near Shanghai. The Pearl River Delta could be short by as many as 900,000 workers – NY Times
So China faces a shortfall of almost a million migrant workers. Now where on earth is there a surplus of unemployed migrant workers, largely unwelcome and unpopular in the nation they occupy, and the unwilling brunt of insane polemics and policies aimed at their eradication? Hint: beans.
The solution is to immediately offer Mexican migrant workers contracts as temporary Federal employees at $1 each. Then the US contacts China and arranges for export visas, creating a deal that ensures transportation, jobs, and wages for the new hires. We export these workers, charging a nominal processing fee so we keep track of them, and ship them off. That improves the employment picture here, and solves the worker shortage there. We even realize a little money on the transaction.
My bet is that a substantial number of migrant workers remain where the jobs are, wiring money back home to their families, and eventually sending for them to join them and live in China where the quality of life, not to mention health benefits, are better. Given the work ethic, cultural development, and skill levels of the Mexicans, in one generation they’ll become indispensable to the Chinese economy. It’s only a matter of time before they find their way into positions of power and influence.
In other words, they’ll achieve the American dream where it’s still possible. Evidently it no longer is here, at least not in the southwest or wherever ignorant Nativists like teabaggers infest the citizenry.
As for the rest of us back in the states, we’ll stupidly marvel at the remarkable cuisine that develops from the fusion of the two cultures. In 21st century America, that’s about all we’re capable of anymore.