The problem with the everything new is good, everything old is bad mentality is that it is often a very inefficient use of money that ignores the areas that need intervention the most and rewards districts that don't need help. (so what else is new, its a common approach)
Meanwhile, we have schools where the ceilings are falling down books are rotting, and people, students and especially teachers are getting extremely ill because of water damage, and nothing is done because they are convinced the buildings are too old to save. Often, they aren't, and the cure is as simple as fixing the leaks and insulating the walls, and opening up long shut windows and natural cross-ventilation systems.
Low cost spray foam can often cure serious problems.
Basically, the situation has resulted in many people not being able to get care who could before.
People who might be sick but who might lose their job are still terrified to go to the doctor afraid that their whole family's insurance rate would go up if they turn out to be sick and later have to buy insurance on their own.
Also, before people who couldn't afford insurance could go to free clinics and get free care, now the clinics are unavailable.
The chronically ill still can't afford insurance, so they either have to pay fines or they are exempted. (but still uninsured)
The high deductible plans - the only ones many people can afford, have high deductibles and copays so they often avoid going to the doctor.
My fear is that since many (most? - thats based on the fact that most working Americans dont get paid vacations, they are hourly workers) working, legal Americans are fighting marginalization, that arguably this is not the time to be dramatically increasing the size of the workforce (and presumably driving wages down.)
Its the argument many make, and it may be wrong, though.
Your argument has merit but it needs to be backed up somehow by facts - (computer models that are open and subject to criticism/tweaking)
The ugly reality is that real wages for most Americans are falling rapidly.
Now that it looks like healthcare will keep rising the middle class is really under attack.
Politicians are clueless and they need to understand, this situation calls for radical new approaches.
The legalization of SOME illegal immigrants needs to be accompanied by a zero tolerance policy for additional illegal immigration. Dont forget, global warming has the potential of putting huge pressure on the willingness of Americans to accept legitimate refugees (fleeing catastrophic weather events that render homelands uninhabitable or wars, or the like)
We need to have control over immigration.
That said, I think immigrants have brought us SO much in terms of energy and ideas, we need to address the marginalization of hardworking illegals as one of many root causes of wage slippage- one of the only ones that we can reasonably address.. (others, like automation and concentration of wealth due to things like Moore's Law, are pretty much inevitable)
Does that make sense to you?
We could learn much from immigrants.. For example, they don't have this sense of entitlement that leads many Americans to undervalue education.
They KNOW that its sink or swim in this world, economically.
We still dont seem to get that. Americans as a whole seem woefully unconcerned about the root causes of our economic mess..
We could learn a lot from the immigrnt community flexibility wise..
We also really should be living more like immigrants.. saving every possible penny..
Then we could save money.
The pressure on native Americans to spend or be marginalized is unrelenting.
* Universal healthcare, not a 5 year detour into a known failed option like a public alternative plan, which will lose so much money it will drive away the healthy and only attract the sick, and so will have to be too expensive, or the new "minimal" plans being floated, (high deductible, capped, or choice of covered diseases, idea is to create the illusion of choice and control to theoretically prevent stress related breakdown when bills are not covered) the only way that I can see that also offers an acceptable level of access to actual real health care is single payer.
* Making the offshoring of jobs more expensive than keeping jobs here. (really doing it, with real attempts to close the inevitable loopholes)
* Tightly regulating the insurance and banking industries and protecting pension plans.
* The 30 hour week (will create millions of new jobs)
* Embracing workplace automation and supporting its adoption. (The technical jobs in automated factories will be the new entry level jobs, so we will also have to spend the money to educate people for them.)
* Encourage those who can to drop out of the workforce and create a new kind of volunteer service or make volunteer service tax eductible in some manner.
* Allow people to invest money in a guaranteed Social-security-like investment plan, and use the assets of the closed banks, etc, to initially help capitalize it. (at the real, not the fake values)
* Develop a new kind of corporate structure that allows worker ownership and does not involve personhood or giving corporations the rights of people.
* Eliminate corporate personhood for the old style corporations. Corporate personhood is at the root of our enlarging crisis.
They are skirting too close to the Constitutional protections against unreasonable intrusion into Americans lives. I think that at this point, the Obama administration needs to go before the American people and draw out the programs that are occurring and why they have not changed course from the Bush approach.