Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Last February, my wife and I stayed at an all-inclusive condo on Cozumel. We asked the staff about tipping – not required but okay if you want to. How much to tip? Well, the groundskeepers, the people who speak no English and have no particular skills, make 70 Pesos per day. The wait staff in the restaurants have some English skills so they make 100 per day. Everyone was super-efficient and friendly because there was a line of applicants for those jobs. At those wages in that economy, they weren’t just jobs – they were GOOD jobs.
At the time, one American dollar was 15 pesos. The groundskeeper was making about $5.00 per day; the waitress, $7.00. Not per hour. Per day.
One year later, Trump’s been elected and one American dollar is worth 20 pesos. Yes, I’m glad Trump’s been elected, the strength of the dollar shows the rest of the world is glad, too.
Will it make America look like the Promised Land? The starting wage for one day of part-time work at McDonalds is an entire week’s pay back home.
Will illegal immigration increase?
“Build the Fence” is a wonderful short-term solution but eventually there will be 500 million inside the fence and 6,000 million outside it. Can a fence hold off Billions of immigrants? What’s the long term solution?
Obama’s long-term solution seems to have been “if we make America into a Third World country, nobody will bother to come here.” What’s Trump’s long-term solution?
Not sure Trump was about long term solutions – but I’ve been surprised before.