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Friday, February 05, 2016

H1B Visas and Nuclear Energy

We see a similar pattern in online debates about H1B visas and nuclear energy. A laissez-faire policy is rejected for reasons that many people find plausible. An alternative policy is proposed that includes a small amount of government involvement. This policy is backed by many people who usually support laissez-faire policies. The opponents of the alternative policy then criticize the supporters for being hypocrites and complain that we cannot trust the government. That may sound reasonable except they continue to reject the laissez-faire policy and advocate a policy with far more government involvement. Let's put this in tabular form:
Laissez-faire policyOpen bordersCoal and natural gas
Policy with minimal governmentH1B visasNuclear energy
Specific complaintIt's indentured servitudeIt requires loan guarantees
Policy with more governmentClosed bordersAlternative energy mandates


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