Re: A Penny a Pound...
- From: Harryk <naled24511@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:52:51 -0500
On 1/22/11 3:11 PM, gfretwell@xxxxxxx wrote:
On Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:40:19 -0500, Harryk<payer3389@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On 1/22/11 12:19 PM, gfretwell@xxxxxxx wrote:On Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:25:26 -0500, Harryk<payer3389@xxxxxxxxxxx>
They are pro rating $20 an hour for a full year's pay. The fact is the
tomato harvest is only a few months. They make plenty of money when
they work. I suppose the socialists here would like to pay them during
the off season too but most of them are not living here then. They
take their thousands of dollars back to Mexico where the cost of
living is a tenth of what it is here.
That also happened with most of the laid off construction workers.
Our anglo friends in the construction industry still hear from their
"legal" workers once or twice a month, asking if there is any work up
here yet. They will come back when they can get their job back. Now
they are in Mexico where money lasts longer.
Exploitation at its best, eh?
If you are living in a country where the prevailing wage is $3 a day,
it is a pretty sweet deal to go up to the US for a few months make
$10,000-12,000 and bring it home.
Of course they don't really make $10,000 because Sammy takes FICA (for
SS/Medicare they will never see) and income taxes (that they won't
file refunds for) out of that plus the brokers gouge them for
"expenses" but that is another story isn't it?
Certainly Americans could go take those jobs but few actually apply.
As I stated, exploitation at its best. Lousy pay, dangerous working
conditions, companies, brokers, police, and everyone else making life
more difficult, no health care...hey...within two generations if the GOP
has its way, most Americans, if they have jobs, will be working that way.
I agree with that. We are in a global economy and we are competing
with the 3d world. Americans are also demanding 3d world prices on
things so you can't afford union labor to make the product.
What is your solution?
Dump the idea of "free trade" when it comes to manufactured and agricultural products. Impose import duties on products and use the tariffs to build up modern manufacturing industries in this country.
If you really are aware of the costs of cheapo labor in China and other such nations, you'll quickly realize how obscenely high profits are for corporations that have exported jobs to countries where labor rates are pennies an hour. The prices for the goods aren't necessarily lower than they would be if they were made here in modern plants, but the percentage of profit would be lower.
We need to start taking some drastic steps to reverse the trend of an increasing amount of wealth going to the rich at the expense of those who despite working their butts off can only hope to stay ahead by incurring more debt. What's good for the multinational corporation is not good for the average working American.
I'd also do with the petrol industry what the Norwegians did, and what most of the oil-producing exporters have done: nationalize it.
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