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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

The World Outside My Window . . . May 9, 2006

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Yesterday I caught a poll that showed that . Maybe that’s not the right word, but that’s the word that comes to mind. Somewhere between 70 and 80% believe they should be allowed to stay, providing they pay back taxes, a fine, learn English, etc., etc. I’m not sure what all . . . And the American people don’t want to call it amnesty.

Why? Are we a forgiving people? Do we truly believe in the rights of all or is it something more selfish? As one who has benefited from cheap labor, I wonder if that has a big part of the decision?

At the time I thought it was great, but having time to reflect, I have a problem with this. Not with those trying to feed their families, not with their cultural biases, but with those so called American Companies that have circumvented our laws by hiring them.

I will sign on only when I know they will be paid a living wage. And those not willing to pay, will be fined or even closed down . . . Sweat shops should not be allowed to prosper in the United States.

Everything has a cause and effect . . . No one has mentioned the effects of 12 to 20 million workers coming out from hiding and what it will do to . Can our economy take such an influx? You say they are already there, but are they? Fear has kept them down, kept them from coming and going freely and you and I haven’t felt their existence . . . But just wait.

If you’re at the top, this is great for you, labor costs will be going down. But if you’re like most American, and alike, our salaries will feel the pinch. Maybe not immediately, but as always, job descriptions will be expanded and others eliminated. And when some one leaves, no one will be replaced, except for those hired cheaper. And so goes the cycle, until the work place becomes unbearable for all and Unions rise again. By then Globalization will have taken its toll on the U.S. and we'll be a real third world country . . . By the way, the upper class thrives in those countries. Get the idea.

Oh and don’t kid yourself, we’re all in this together and no one is thinking about tomorrow.

Dan Hanosh
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