Illegal Immigrants, I Mean, Guest Workers
As we watched hundeds of thousands of Latinos, mostly Mexican, walk out of schools and jobs to protest the proposed immigration laws, the anti-American signage and chants were repulsive. Victor Davis Hanson, who wrote about this phenomenon 3 years ago in "Mexifornia", opines that the reaction of US citizens will not be supportive:
Most Americans I talked to in California summed up their reactions to the marches as something like, 'Why would anyone wave the flag of the country that they would never return to--and yet scream in anger at those with whom they wish to stay?' Depending on the particular questions asked, polls reveal that somewhere around 60-80% of the public is vehemently opposed to illegal immigration.
Thomas Sowell made mincemeat of the claim that we "need" these workers. Since they are largely in the farm industry, this need must mean that without these workers, we would starve to death. But we actually produce at a surplus, provide farmers money to not grow crops and place tariffs on commodities like sugar to artificially inflate prices for protected local producers.
In California, surplus crops grown and harvested by illegal immigrants are often also subsidized by federal water projects which charge the farmers in dry California valleys far less than the cost to the government of providing that water -- and a fraction of what people in Los Angeles or San Francisco pay for the same amount of water.
Surplus crops grown with water supplied at the taxpayers' expense and raised by illegal workers can be grown elsewhere with water provided free of charge from the clouds and raised by American workers paid American wages.
Naturally, when the real costs of those crops have to be paid by the farmers who raise them, less will be grown -- that is, there will not be as much of a surplus going to waste in government-rented storage bins.
Maybe an even better question is how can politicians accept and follow the position of these immigrants over the strong opinion of their constituents? Remember who has the right to vote---today. Last night John McCain was on Hannity and Combs. McCain had no response to Hannity's question regarding Mexico's stiff felony laws that include prison terms for illegal immigrants to their country. McCain said that there is no excuse for the Mexican economy loaded with graft and corruption that prefers exporting its population rather than providing a clear free market where citizens have an opportunity.
I think the solution could be to ship illegal aliens (I am sorry, guest workers) to France. Public protesting looks like the rage in France where you need not go to work or to class.