United Farm Workers of America is issuing a challenge to the unemployed (and anybody else who wants a shot.)And the fake news guy Colbert- he who so many college and high school students got their “news” from during the 2008 election cycle- is getting in on the act.
Will Colbert actually get out in the fields or does his commitment to the cause stop short of actual sweat?
The article has a few interesting points to make – such as the fact that thousands of agricultural jobs are being posted with state agencies. Use your imagination on that- and why are we spending a gazillion dollars on summer programs for teenagers when these jobs are available? Sounds like work they could benefit from! Put down the cell phones, I-pods and video games and get to work! Teach them a little work ethic and help them get in shape. Flotus would approve- if it only didn’t take jobs away from her husband’s future voters.
Another interesting point in the article-
Proponents of tougher immigration laws have argued that farmers have become used to cheap labor and don’t want to raise wages enough to draw in other workers.
Well DUH! See all the Monsanto articles at Uppity Woman’s and you will find out who really wants to keep those labor costs down. Oh- and by the way America- quit bitching about the cheap labor unless you want to pay $6.00 a pound for tomatoes!
Then there is this little nugget
Farm workers are excluded from federal overtime provisions, and small farms don’t even have to pay the minimum wage. Fifteen states don’t require farm labor to be covered by workers compensation laws.
You got it- no overtime and no worker’s comp. And this would be because? Oh yes- the farmers big agrabusiness wants cheap labor- and of course- Acorn can register all those illegals and make as many Democrats as they want.
Read this carefully
California’s agriculture industry launched a similar campaign in 1998, hoping to recruit welfare recipients and unemployed workers to work on farms, he said. Three people showed up.
“Give us a legal, qualified work force. Right now, farmers don’t know from day to day if they’re going to get hammered by ICE,” he said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “What happens to my labor pool?”
His organization supports AgJobs, a bill currently in the Senate which would allow those who have worked in U.S. agriculture for at least 150 days in the previous two years to get legal status.
UHM- excuse me? Welfare recipients were not REQUIRED to show up? What is wrong with that picture? But I can guess that they were not required because the jobs do not meet minimum employment standards for American workers. And that rumor we have been hearing about barfy the talking puppet potus making them all legal by executive order?
Probably not going to happen. Monsanto would have fits! Why – if all those illegal aliens all of a sudden became Americans overnight- they would want what American’s take for granted. Safe working conditions and reasonable wages. Can’t have that now can we?
So here is what I think- teenagers running riot and wreaking havoc on their neighborhoods? Make them fruit pickers for the summer. Welfare recipients that want benefits with no work? Put them in the fields and let them pick.
Hey- we have strawberry and blueberry growers and hay makers right here in NW PA- and guess what? Most of the workers are teenagers- saving up for college. Teens not afraid to work hard and break a sweat. Teens who don’t whine about benefits and breaks. Gee- what a concept!
If people want to become Americans- let them get the hell in line- and put our people to work! There would be a lot fewer crimes in the inner city if the slack a days were put to work.
Oh- and I want to see Colbert do some actual work- along with all those lazy self important assholes in DC!
I just saw this article about the most expensive cities in the world- I want you all to take a look at the cost of rice and eggs in those cities. And prepare yourselves.
The World’s Most Expensive Cities 2010
Go ahead! I double dog dare you! How about $7.64 for one dozen eggs? Or $9.14 for a kilo (2.2 pounds) of rice?
Now do you really think we are ever getting rid of our illegal immigrant problem? Only if we are willing to pay premium prices for our groceries.
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