Sunday, July 24, 2005

Borderline leadership

LA Times says all pols in Washington know that the U.S. needs more cheap labor:

"Hardly anyone in Washington would disagree that the nation needs far more foreign workers than current quotas allow. Two competing Senate bills introduced recently — one by John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.); the other by John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) — would expand temporary-worker programs and are scheduled to be considered Tuesday at a Judiciary Committee hearing."

Of course, the people who are working two jobs aren't doing it for the love of work - they're doing it to make ends meet. And the people who are unemployed and underemployed aren't doing it for unwillingness to work - they're doing it because there are no jobs, or jobs so horriffc that big companies keep running employment ads in their local newspapers to deal with the incredibly high turnover.

Even more cheap foreign labor will yield even worse working conditions for the lower working classes - blue collar folks who haven't organized into unions, in particular.

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