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From: Mike Scott: (e-mail him)
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Feinstein's Failed Backdoor Amnesty Effort Had A Bodyguard Of Lies
Both were written in virtual secrecy by a few senators gathered outside normal legislative channels, without public hearings, with severe restrictions upon amendments, and with no consideration for the federal, state and local government's abilities to pay for or administer to the legislation.
Feinstein's approach was a brazen, bare-knuckled effort to ram the bill down the Senate's throat in the dead-of-night. It was also an attempt by the so called "Grand Partnership" to load-up so much information in a limited time period— hundreds of pages of inscrutable mice type—to assure that the senators wouldn't have sufficient time to read or understand the deluge of data.
The rider Feinstein attached to the Iraq Supplemental Bill was based upon the myth that crops are rotting in the fields.
The bottom line of Feinstein's malfeasance is that the only way she and plotters like Senators Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid can succeed in protecting shepherds, goat herders and dairy herders, all mysteriously included in her Ag Worker proposal, is through stealth pirouettes and sleazy backroom pantomimes away from the bright lights of democratic scrutiny.
Feinstein has been in the Senate for 16 years, long enough to know that by holding down natural wage growth in labor-intensive industries, illegal immigration serves as a subsidy for low-wage, low-productivity ways of doing business, - retarding technological progress and productivity growth.
The burden falls on the backs of unskilled American workers and financially stretched American taxpayers.
Perhaps Feinstein needs a refresher course in U.S. history.
Yet, during that period, the United States built the largest economy in the world's history.
While building this economy, we also successfully fought and won a world war on two fronts, initiated the space program that would put a man on the moon, hosted a strong and vibrant labor movement, made huge strides for civil rights, established a vast and stable middle class and invented computers—all while managing to get our crops harvested, our lawns mowed, our dishes washed, our meat packed, our children cared for, our houses cleaned and our gardens tended.
The idea that somehow we suddenly can't run our country without an unlimited supply of uneducated and unskilled foreigners is absurd.