How Badly Do We Want Cheap Tomatoes?

Going around the net is this email from an English teacher in California. I checked it out at Snopes and they listed it as "undetermined." Whether the email was actually written or not, the following does present a perspective that every American should consider: 

"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 a 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.

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.

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…

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 than 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, free 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.  For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American 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 "political 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.  If qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicaid.   All ofthis 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.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!"

My thoughts on the above.

The folks in power have been at this slow and easy takeover of our country and all of the key elements in it: the economy, our schools, our judicial system, the business sector, our health care and of course our government. 

Methinks they moved too quickly with their "reforms" the last couple of years. Americans EVERYWHERE are waking up to the fact that their country has been being quietly, insidiously* and persistently being hijacked. 

But the cat is out of the bag for those in power. They represent a minority. They themselves are a minority. A minority that has been accumulating power in key areas over the years, but a minority that is being exposed and exposed and exposed. 

The veil is coming off from them. 

Their efforts to demonize Americans who are speaking out will throw off some of us, but look over that hill. There's a huge army of concerned, dedicated and pissed off Americans coming to take their country back.

Keep on telling us we're bigots and racists. Keep on trying to marginalize our rallies and our new collection of candidates. That tactic worked way back when you were dealing with a sleepy America.

It not only doesn't work now, it energizes us more and more. 

Keep it up. You'll remember it as the death knell to your movement.

* insidious means causing serious harm often in a way that happens slowly and is not immediately noticeable

2 Responses to “How Badly Do We Want Cheap Tomatoes?”

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  1. Jeff says:

    Good one Stan. On a related point, I was listening to a gentleman today on the radio talk about “negative” campaign ads. The fall elections are soon here. So the ads will start to increase. People will complain about the negative ads, politics is a turn-off, it is so negative, etc…You know why they use them? Because when you are dealing with an uneducated populace, they work! The key to upgrading the ads (and government for that matter) is for people to be more informed so they aren’t susceptible to these types of ads. We need to elevate the dialogue by not letting them get away with it. Knowledge. It is amazing how so much always comes back to education – or lack thereof.

  2. Stan Dubin says:

    Great comment, Jeff. I was just speaking with a good friend yesterday who is very familiar with the insidious attempts to take over this fine country. He said THE thing that will prevent their attempts from any real lasting effect:
    Including getting the Constitution taught in schools again. Not sure I recall when it was last taught throughout the U.S. — not in my time, which was the 60s and 70s. I mean, hello, we’re talking about our Founding documents. Not some “living, changing, do with it what you want” Constitution.
    That’d be a good start.

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