Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cheap Labor?

This email has been going around for years. Like a game of "telephone," the text gets changed a little as it is repeated. There is an entry on Snopes.com about this. It provides text of the email as it existed in 2006 but does not discuss any of the points raised. See the Snopes entry under the title - The Cost of Tomatoes.

There is an interesting thread on the snopes message board about this email. I'll mention some of the points made in that tread, but first, here is the email as I received it, with the Subject: Cheap Labor?



This English teacher has phrased it the best I've seen yet 

Tomatoes and Cheap Labor ?
This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent 

From a California school teacher - - - 

'As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools. 

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. ( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK )

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones . The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) 

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) 

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them 'Putas' whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears. 

Free medical, free education, free food, day care, etc., etc, etc.  Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration  and see the TRUE costs. 

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes. 

We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return? 

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate , and an  American culture that has become so weak and worried about 'politically correctness'  that we don't have the will to do anything about it. 

If this makes your blood boil , as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know. 

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage. 

Consumers don't want expensive produce. 

Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs. 

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase 'cheap labor' is a myth , a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as 'cheap labor.' 

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for 
$5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an ' earned income credit' of up to $3,200 free. 

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for  food stamps. 

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care. 

His children get free breakfasts and  lunches 
at school.He requires bilingual teachers and books. 

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.

If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense 

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance. 

Taxpayers provide  Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits. 

Working Americans
are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his. 

The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up. 

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people! 




This email seems to refer to Mexicans/Latinos since they are the ones who pick tomatoes and who speak the language referred to in the part about the "young and substitute teachers ... in tears." It is impossible to generalize and paint an entire group with such a broad brush. The tone of the email seems to indicate that the author may be trying to incite disdain for an entire group of people.

On the other hand, the author may just be annoyed at illegal immigrants regardless of where they are from. However, everyone who is here now, other than the Native Indians, are from somewhere else and it may be that they did not have the permission of the peoples that were here before them to immigrate. We may have originally bought land from the Indians, at a very good price. But it may be that we forced them into many deals over the years that were not in their best interests. The point is, it is worthwhile to consider how we ourselves got here, and what the circumstances were.

Immigration is a complex issue. They discussed several aspects of it in that Snopes message board thread, over the course of 30 posts. It is worth the 10 minutes you'll spend there to read and think about this in more depth. At a minimum, be sure to read posts 3, 14, 16 and 17.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Softball - A funny story / joke

Two 90-year-old women, Rose and Barb, had been friends all of their lives.

When it was clear that Rose was dying, Barb visited her every day.

One day Barb said, 'Rose, we both loved playing women's softball all our lives, and we played all through High School. Please do me one favor: when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's women's soft-ball there.'

Rose looked up at Barb from her death bed and said, 'Barb, you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favor for you.'

Shortly after that, Rose passed on.

At midnight the following Friday, Barb was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, 'Barb, Barb.'

'Who is it?' asked Barb, sitting up suddenly. 'Who is it?'

'Barb -- it's me, Rose.'

'You're not Rose. Rose just died.'

'I'm telling you , it's me, Rose,' insisted the voice.

'Rose! Where are you?'

'In Heaven,' replied Rose. 'I have some really good news and a little bad news.'

'Tell me the good news first,' said Barb.

The good news,' Rose said, 'is that there's Softball in Heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we're all young again.

Better still, it's always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.'

'That's fantastic,' said Barb. 'It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's the bad news'

'You're pitching Tuesday.'

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cancer Prayer

I have had a dear loved one who was struck down by cancer, and others who have had it and fortunately have survived it. I had to pass this on. Please Pass It On if you want. Thanks.


Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer.


Candles and Flowers in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.

Even if it's to one more person.

In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer

or is still living with it.

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.

Please Keep This Candle Going!

There will be a cure soon.

Thank you