Immigration skeptics often act as if there’s some fixed pool of jobs that we compete for. But it’s obvious that in a world without immigrant housecleaners, we wouldn’t have an equal number of much-higher-paid native-born maids. What we’d have is less housecleaning being done on a market basis and more being done as unpaid work at home. For many middle-class families that would be pure waste. Time spent cleaning the toilet that could be spent on higher-value labor, on leisure, or on quality time with friends and family.And the person (woman, really) who swabs that middle-class toilet eight hrs. a day, & perhaps spends another hr. or two a day on public transportation? She doesn't deserve "quality time w/ friends & family." She's poor, you know, & her friends & family aren't really that important, are they? What really counts is the five mins. saved on toilet cleaning that middle-class mom can spend w/ her spoiled brats. Except that maid-nanny is pulling mom's weight there too.
Let's not leave it w/ Yglesias. The other members of the upper-middle non-toilet-scrubbing class should be wiped from the national bowl as well. Put some Clorox in there while you're at it, Maria.
UPDATE (1530PDT 27 June 2012): Mr. The Bastard reminds all of the same approach applied by Texas crackers. We now know w/ absolute certainty which side Yglesias is on. Wonder how much he pays his bond-servant? Wouldn't surprise us a bit if he gets his "help" from this sort of place. Quality time, baby!!