I saw George Lopez live last night. Very entertaining, though he seemed a bit punch drunk and bitter from a divorce.
A common theme in Lopez’s act was how well we live compared to even just a generation ago, which reminds me of the comedian Louis CK’s “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy.”
He harped on how good our kids have it and showed that he’s a good economics thinker by asserting that we’re raising our kids as dependent wimps and that probably won’t end well. We are the broken feedback loop.
One story he used to illustrate the point is how he baby-proof our homes to prevent our young children from getting hurt. This is me, paraphrasing:
We put rubber on the corners, we plug the outlets. When I was a kid, if we were walking around with a butter knife, adults encouraged us to stick it in the wall socket. We’d shoot across the room and as we’re lying on the floor recovering the adult would come over and tell us to use our brains.
Kid walks into the kitchen and asks, “Is that pan hot?” Adult: “You tell me.”
He talked about how we don’t even think twice about spending $30 here and there to buy our kids stuff now.
Back then $30 was a lot of money. Heck, today it’s a lot of money. We give our kids so much. We didn’t have that back then. We climbed trees, played marbles and doctor!
One line of Lopez’s reminded me of a Tony Blair, and perhaps Churchill quote: “You can take a true measure of a country by looking at the number of people trying to get in and the number trying to get out.”
Lopez: “America is a great country. You can tell because a lot people try to sneak in and not very many want to sneak out.”
And, I agree with Lopez on immigration.
Most immigrants come here to work and earn a better life than they had by doing jobs that Americans don’t really want to do. Let them.
We all benefit from immigrants and most of us are too dumb to realize it.
I think the the biggest immigration problem we have is that our government places artificial limitations on the number of immigrants to admit and it creates other artificial barriers to them becoming legal, like the minimum wage.