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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

As a Republican Battles a Union, Why Are Non-Neoconservatives Smiling? 


Well, when the topic is immigration, and the union is the AFL-CIO, and the Republican is John McCain, strange things can happen. This is one case in which union leadership has realized that guest worker programs adversely affect existing workers:


Sen. John McCain threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the Iraq war.

"If you like, I will leave," McCain told the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department....

[T]he senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.

Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. "Pay a decent wage!" one audience member shouted.

"I've heard that statement before," McCain said before threatening to leave.

Afterward, the senator said he offered to cut his speech short "because I wanted to be heard."...

[McCain] took more questions, including a pointed one on his immigration plan.

McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain's job offer.

"I'll take it!" one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

Some in the crowd said they didn't appreciate McCain questioning their work ethic.

"I was impressed with his comedy routine and ability to tap dance without music. But I was impressed with nothing else about him," said John Wasniewski of Milwaukee. "He's supposed to be Mr. Straight Talk?"



From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

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I'm so SICK of hearing "immigrants take jobs nobody else wants". It's such total BS!!!!! Americans have proven for the past 200 years that we will take any job that pays a decent wage. $50 an hour to pick lettuce?! Hell, where do I sign up?
 
You'd think that George W. Bush took some economics courses while he was at Yale. If farm owners can't get anyone to take a job...raise the wage.

L.A. radio is expressing the theory that McCain, and Feinstein, and Boxer, and Harry Reid are all crafting their views in an attempt to follow the money (namely from corporate interests who wish to keep wages low by expanding the workforce).
 
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