Talking To A Great Wall

By: - June 9, 2007 8:22 am

 Regarding the defeat of the immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, our Dear Leader, Liddy Dole had this to offer:

I have fought tooth and nail to defeat this bill because it rushes to legalize millions of illegal aliens … I urge the majority leader to address the real crisis and first focus on securing our borders and enforcing our laws,"

Uh-huh.  What's the better way to fix a crisis:  a comprehensive approach that recognizes the existing reality and some of its many ramifications or building a wall? 

Then, in response to the crisis NC farmers are already facing because of hamfisted immigration enforcement:

"Ron Woodard of N.C. Listen, an advocacy group in Cary calling for less immigration … said Friday the bill's unraveling proves that Americans worry more about border security than labor shortages. Farmers, he said, could find domestic workers if only they paid more.

'They want to pay dirt wages," Woodard said. "It's not that they're evil; it's that they want cheap labor.""

Oh, Ron, you're priceless, darling.  Is that what the problem is, farmers wanting cheap labor?  It has nothing to do with people wanting – nay, expecting, demanding even – cheap goods, from food to house remodeling, and crying foul in this WalMart world when they can't have it?   Thank God we have Ron to explain things to us, including the oh-so-pertinent tidbit that farmers aren't evil.  I guess I can call off the exorcism of the peaches this season.

I'm really hard-pressed to say which of the above chestnuts is my fave.  I guess the beauty of doing nothing and blaming someone else all the time for problems getting worse is that I don't have to.  I can sit around and disingenuously pretend that I'm not blaming farmers and talk about how we need to defend our borders and I can ignore the reality of the fact that our economy is sucking people from the Southern Hemisphere and relying heavily on them at the same time.  That'll be fun.

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