While there was an an event down here in Brunswick, the atmosphere was less confrontational, and the shindig went off after work. A wise decision for the landscaping and contractor capital of Georgia. All in all, I didn't hear a lot about it down thisaway. The Chamber of Commerce and many businesses love the economic boom that accompanies hard work and low pay, though I'm sure there are some serious contractors and laborers in the County who have lost jobs because they can't bid low enough or can't find legal work. Most folk, left and right down here, seem to think the whole thing might blow over awful soon. One great quote, "I'm illegal but I work hard."
I know the work is hard. I know we benefit from cheap labor. But I really wonder how much longer getting an inch, taking a mile and going after a marathon is really helping anyone. Schools & medical facilities still strain, wages get depressed, taxes don't get collected and the economy seems perched on the edge of a razor every time a Border Patrol squadcar makes its rounds.
A real deep look at the political ramifications can be seen in this article and associated comments in the Red and Black, the UGA independent student newspaper.
Especially the commentary under the name: Jessica. It gives an example of what I like to call "ideological inconsistency."
One of the organizers of the Athens march, she finds it "hard to believe that college-educated people can form such hateful opinions of people whom they know absolutely nothing about." She listed two reasons for illegal immigration.
1. "The economic oppression that these immigrants are fleeing in their home countries." This is the fault of "big business and government subsidizing in the United States." What? US business ruins other countries so folks come here to work for US businesses?
But that pales in comparison to the next logical leap:
2. American businesses keeping prices low. She said it, not me. "If these corporations hired legal workers, they would have to pay them more, provide benefits, and provide an 8-hour working day with overtime pay." This would drive prices up, and the American people would be sorry they got rid of illegals.
So I guess she's saying these illegal immigrants were protesting against legality, more pay, benefits, 8-hour workdays and overtime pay.
Yeah. We're bringing new meaning to the term 'counterintuitive.'
Perhaps I missed something, but I think this means 'Jessica' is not a 'liberal.' You see, liberals fought very hard for rule of law, higher pay, benefits, 8-hour workdays and overtime pay. That's kinda what makes us liberals, and lets folk like SAWB call me a communist. That's why May Day is International Workers Day in the First Place!! As a liberal, I still try to do my best to fight for all those things.
I think this illustrates the absolute incoherency of the defese of illegal immigration.
So, there's your political choice, America. You can have illegal immigration, 19th Century labor laws and $2/lb tomatoes on one hand. On the other hand, you can have legal immigration, health benefits, workers comp, higher pay, vacation time, holidays, stronger national security, retirement packages, less drain on schools and hospitals, and I'll just stop there for lack of space.
But tomatoes will cost $2.50/lb. Shaft.
I wonder who's gonna win this argument.