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Dear Idiots:

Monday, 10 April, 2006

I am sick and tired of hearing about the GOP’s latest wholly fabricated controversy, immigration. You know and I know Wal-Mart, Tyson and a million little outfits the likes of us never heard of “depend” upon these illegals to keep their prices artificially low, their market share temporarily high, and their consumer base as low as possible.

You want to fix immigration and the economy in one go? Here what you do.

  • Set the minimum wage to an annual standard which would allow for a person working for that wage to raise a family of four at the official poverty level. Right now that number is around $9.35/hour. Still below the $11/hour worth of buying power the minimum wage had in 1970. No “training wage” bullshit. This should be enforced with heavy fines, at least USD 100 thousand per violation, and prison time. Not merely for the individual carrying out policy, but for the heads of the company even if the employee is a “contractor”.
  • Lower standards for political assylum to fill in the cracks.
  • Set aside an additional $2 billion or so to ferret out the INS guys on the take. Actually try and convict these malcontents. Pass legislation making DAs who ignore such crimes felons. This will be under the jurisdiction of the FBI.
  • Find those without papers and ship them literally anywhere that isn’t US soil in bulk without regard to nation of origin. Get bulk rates. Use military aircraft. Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Iraq: I don’t care. Set ridiculous quotas for the enforcement agents and put those racist motherfuckers you pud pullers love so much to good use.
  • Enforce H1-B status. Including the provision that these individuals can do the work no known American can do. Salary shall no longer be an excuse. USD 250 thousand per violation, not per incident.

I don’t want to hear any of this bullshit about how keeping wages down helps the economy. Ever since Ford’s experiments with pay rates in the 1920s we know people who don’t have any money buy less stuff.

I don’t want to hear about how economic centralization is key to keeping “things” cheap. That is where the phrase “false economy” comes from.

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