There are those who argue that our borders should be shut; that our "entitlement-friendly" social welfare programs should be locked down; that our colleges should deny entry to people who can't afford to pay for them. But would those measures, as some assert, ensure a healthy stream of young skilled subcontractors who are willing to pay their dues, learn a craft, and enter a career path that will reward effort with recompense is not so clear cut?  If that were the case, then we might be able to vote the right people into office for the next four years, and all of home building's labor shortage would simply go away.

BUILDER's John McManus thinks that's unlikely:

I think we're facing a different issue, or two issues, really. Both are real and both are hard ones, but they're not insurmountable, and they're only addressed on a case-by-case basis, not a macro, broad-stroke policy reform basis. This means you can do something about it, today.   Read more.