Raving Liberal – I WANT my Illegal Gardener!
The real root of anger regarding Illegal Aliens is this idea that they are coming here taking work from “Americans” and undermining wages with their cheap labor. But this is simply not the case, at least not most places.
Here in Ventura County, there is a major crackdown on using illegal aliens for construction. There are fines etc… People are turning in their neighbors etc.. real American type activities…
Here is the reality however… I use illegal’s on occasion for digging, cleaning, etc.. i.e. the things I don’t want to do and am willing to pay someone else to do. They work on average around here for $12-15.00 per hour. NOT minimum wage. That’s illegal’s who speak NO ENGLISH! $12-15.00 per hour, and they are worth every penny because they show up on time, work their asses off, and don’t complain. If I were to TRY to find an AMERICAN to do that work, they would demand $25+ and do mediocre work. The people who complain about illegal aliens simply do not realize the truth, or care.
I would suggest that the majority of the illegals in this country do exactly that. They do the work no American is willing to do affordably, and they work for ordinary people, not big greedy companies. But on that note, I’d like to see ONE, just one of these people crying about illegal laborers, go pick strawberries for a day at what amounts to 8-10.00 an hour. NO WAY. Result… The price of strawberries DOUBLES. The real irony of all this is that I don’t see these people screaming about Illegals, complaining about outsourcing or demanding that congress do anything about THAT, and yet THAT is what has eliminated far more jobs and drove down the wages far more than Illegals ever did. And outsourcing drives down middle-classjobs– technical jobs, service jobs– the kind of jobs we WANT here. The labor jobs the Illegals do is work that HAS ALWAYS been done by immigrants from the beginning of America. Irish, Chinese, whoever was the next wave. The next low priced labor. But you have to be more than a laborer to afford to live in the US these days, unless you are willing to live 8 people to a 2 bedroom house like Illegal Mexicans do. And I know, they have no insurance, etc.. but that is WHY we have to be inclusive– so they can pay taxes and get health care, while still being less expensive. The reason why they can afford to work cheap is they are just willing to live within their means. And they even send money HOME! American expect to get paid well for doing nothing..
And the sad truth is, when you make it too difficult for these people to work here they will go home. They prefer Mexico. And you know what will happen then? I WILL DO THE WORK myself because I can’t afford to pay a LAZY GRINGO $25.00 an hour to rake leaves. And that goes for a large part of the work those people are doing here. That work will not be suddenly available for “AMERICANS”. Instead, it will be GONE because the people like me will suck up and do it themselves because they can’t afford Americans with lousy work ethics. This I guarantee. And those commercial jobs that require their inexpensive labor to compete will simply go offshore to companies in Mexico or India who still have the cheap labor, and all that money will LEAVE the country. At least when the illegal’s work HERE, the BOSS makes the money HERE, and they spend part of the money they make HERE.. Until we re-establish tariffs, or some other form of penalty for outsourcing jobs, that’s the sad truth.
The real problem is the rampant NAFTA free-trade, free-market capitalism that the power base has convinced many American working class people is in their best interest. It is not the Mexicans. These internationalists have made it affordable to send REAL American jobs, skilled jobs not to mention labor jobs to foreign countries, while hiding it beneath a smoke screen of nationalist and racist anger. But outsourcing serves only the top 1%, not the working class, middle class, or even the upper, upper middle class. Are you in the top 1%?
If not, then you have bought into ANOTHER lie of the Republican/Internationalist propaganda machine — that illegal Mexican laborers are destroying this country. They bring some problems that must be solved, but I challenge you to show me ONE person whose job has been taken by an illegal Mexican worker. I know MANY builders and the story is the same, all the SKILLED work is done by Americans, the illegal’s dig, lift, and fetch things. FOR $15.00 an Hour, not $5.00. Mistakes are FAR too expensive to entrust to people with poor language skills. And try as they may, they STILL cannot find “Americans” to do the work at that rate or even $20.00/hr, and neither can I.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see road construction work crews. EVERY TIME there will be 3 or 4 Mexicans (presumably legal ones) doing ALL of the actual work, and 8 Gringos in their pretty orange vests SITTING AROUND TALKING AND DRINKING COFFEE. And you wonder where our tax money goes… And these are private contractors, not government crews.
Now the California health care crisis is another story. We desperately need to get illegals to PAY TAXES and earn their health care as opposed to being forced to work illegally under the table. And yes, prices will go up becasue of it, but it is a trade off. Force the employers to buy them that other royal scam…insurance. Health Insurance companies make 40% profit for doing the same job Medicare does for 8%! THAT 32% differential would INSURE EVERY ILLEGAL IN THE STATE! In fact, it would insure every uninsured person in the state! That’s the problem and the solution to this issue, not sending them home. I WANT MY MEXICAN GARDENER! Please ask all the people you know complaining about illegal’s if they will come dig in my yard for $15.00 an hour? Any takers? No? I didn’t think so…