Saturday, May 01, 2010

That didn't take long!

Achtung, baby!
After Arizona's immigration bill was signed into law, I figured within a month we'd start hearing the cacophonous "National I.D. Card" refrain, but it didn't take nearly that long.
Now for all you suspicious-minded citizens out there who may take issue with such ubiquitous cattle tagging, the democrats want to reassure you that this is *not* a national i.d. card. Their proposal states that the national i.d., complete with "unique biometric identifiers", will only be used for employment purposes. In fact, it is being marketed as simply an enhanced social security card. From the bill's summary:

"Possession of a fraud-proof social security card will only serve as evidence of lawful work-authorization but will in no way be permitted to serve--or shall be required to be shown--as proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status. It will be unlawful for any person, corporation; organization local, state, or federal law enforcement officer; local or state government; or any other entity to require or even ask an individual cardholder to produce their social security card for any purpose other than electronic verification of employment eligibility and verification of identity for Social Security Administration purposes. No personal information will be stored on the electronic chip contained within the social security card other than the individual's name, date of birth, social security number, and unique biometric identifier."

You can count on the fact that we will be hearing a great deal about this in the months to come. Read more about the bill here.
Naturally, no one in congress has brought up the most cost-and-otherwise effective solution: Enforce the laws we already have on the books, and crack down on the employers of illegal laborers. There are entire industries that run on the backs of illegal workers, and it truly is a straightforward matter to force these industries to stop hiring them. The technology already exists with which to quickly verify U.S. citizenship on the spot, and there is simply no need for new, costly, excessively bureaucratic and intrusive solutions.
But the underlying issue is, will the government hold employers accountable? Is there truly any will among politicians to do so, seeing as how such mandates will affect the profits of these companies? Congress and government agencies certainly haven't been willing to hold the financial, insurance, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and medical industries accountable for their business practices, safety issues, health hazards, and whatnot. They've found it far easier to attack alternative health products and small organic or family farmers, for example, then go after any of the big boys - you know, the industries with all those lobbyists and campaign contributors!
So it seems par for the course that our political toadies would seek costly solutions that impinge on taxpayers, rather than insist that corporate employers do what they are already legally required to do.
Holding industrial employers accountable means essentially this:
Making it too costly to not comply with the rules. Huge penalties that are non-negotiable, along with a high certainty that a company's employment of illegals will be detected. Yes, some companies will end up folding as a result. But business as usual will CHANGE.
This will take the profit appeal off the corporate table in short order.
But again, one wonders if the current situation isn't exactly what the financial elites and their congressional water boys want.
And the same taxpayers now screaming about illegals flooding our borders and "taking all our jobs" are going to really be screaming when the prices on some of their favorite groceries skyrocket - because the slaughterhouse industry and meat packers have to make sure that they hire Americans.
Which also begs the question: Will corporate Ag operations be able to find Americans who will even do those jobs? I watch the immigrant labor slaving away in the hot sun all summer, on the larger farms down the road, and I gotta tell ya - it doesn't seem like there's any gringos lining up for these back-breaking jobs! Most Americans around here are too fat to bend over much anyway.
Which reminds me of an ad I saw this a.m., for something called Preen, a pesticide. The ad stated that if you always are having to weed your garden (duh!), just sprinkle Preen on the ground and you won't have to weed for three months. Yippee - toxic enough to kill for three months at a time! That's right - it goes right into the soil, into the ground water, and into whatever plant you're growing. But never mind that - their slogan is "It works, so you don't have to." And that pretty much sums up where John Q. American is at: Poisoning the planet and fucking up the DNA of every living organism on earth is JUST FINE, as long as fat-assed Americans don't have to move their corpulent, gelatinous butts any more than absolutely necessary.
But that, my dears, is a whole 'nother rant in itself!


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

So well written, and oh, so true!

1:20 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I've always felt immigration wouldn't even be on the radar screen if employers ceased to hire illegal aliens in the first place. Obviously, illegals stream across the border because there's employment to be found. It seems logical to assume that if the incentive were taken away, the desire to head north wouldn't even be a consideration.

As usual, and for valid reasons, the fault lays at the feet of corporate-America. It's time to enact laws that severely prosecute (criminally) those executives that show total disregard for stymieing the influx of illegal immigrants. But you know that will never happen. Like in the case of rape, it's easier to just blame the victim instead of the perpetrator of the crime.

3:56 PM  

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