24.6.04

LEADING INDICATOR? Shot in the Dark wants tres tacos, por favor.
The local Taco Bell has a huge "Help Wanted" sign in the window, offering $8 an hour to start.

Inside the Taco Bell, I could find nary a single native speaker of English behind the counter, save for a very harried-looking assistant manager.

Those are the sorts of wages Taco Bell was paying before the Clinton Recession started.

Which was sometime after the summer of 2000. I stopped at a Taco Bell near a rehabilitation hospital in Milwaukee in late June of that year and I'd guess they'd hired a number of the staff from the patients, which is a welcome development. If you seriously kicked out all the illegal immigrants, what effect would that have on the service economy of the midwest?

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