“It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased; and its value, to those who possess it, and who want to exchange it for some new productions, is precisely equal to the quantity of labour which it can enable them to purchase or command.” – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
We all know that Adam Smith is the little darling of the fundamentalist right and their form of free market extreme capitalism, but isn’t it interesting that he sees people as the very embodiment of wealth.
When immigrants come to America’s shores, they do not belittle its stature, they raise it, magnify it, enrich it. It’s simple supply and demand, folks. You want a rich nation, you need people. They (the countries of the world) are practically giving them away at bargain basement prices. Snap them up while you can!