International Writers Magazine: Reality Check
LE CHEAP LABOR!
Congress nears its eventual vote on illegal immigrants gaining
amnesty and/or probation, we must remember what this body of government
represents; the whole of the republic, a republic built on the
strength of free and cheap labor. Let's face it, kids, without
slavery none of your big empires make it out of the garage. Whether
we're talking Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Great Britain, you name
it, there's slavery involved. Good way of building and maintaining
a bottom line. Free labor and war, these are the bedrocks of any
decent empire. We have ours, and its history is littered with
We're the Big Bad
because we got people to do the shit work for free. And when that went
kablooey with the razing of the South, we imported others to do the
shit work for practically free. Then unions were formed, and that went
the way of the Charleston. We ran out of victims, so we let them sneak
in and had them work for peanuts. Now some 11 million illegal immigrants
currently living in this country predominantly surviving by doing the
kind of manual labor card-carrying citizens refuse to do or do for living
wages, for next to nothing.
These people are everywhere. And right now as you read this, a preponderance
of them are being exploited.
Illegal immigrants = Illegal workers = Illegal employers.
Wowie, do we have a fine mess, Ollie.
Until recently, they were invisible, however. They don't pay tax, but
how much tax could they possibly pay? And they don't have benefits,
but how many benefits could they earn? They were the big white elephant
in the corner, even after 9/11, when Americans were horny to export
and expunge and vilify anyone not "on the team". But now its
time to "fix it". Fix what, exactly?
What are we really voting on here?
The continued use or abuse of desperate people to do anything - anything
- to avoid returning to their native land? Or is this a referendum on
finally securing our borders? Perhaps it's some kind of nifty do-over,
like after the Civil War, when half the country's "citizens"
were criminals. But, hey, what are you going to do after 600,000 people
are massacred? Do over!
So, what are we really voting on here?
People? We're not voting on people. Business is the business of this
country. People are flotsam. It's the Calvin Coolidge two-step, quite
popular in the halls of this government, the very foundation of it,
in fact. Not only do rich snobs use illegal immigrants to raise their
little crawling trophies, (god forbid we clean junior's ass) companies
also hire them for construction, landscaping, and whatever mass employment
lends to keeping costs down and production up.
Cost down. Production up.
These are not just tenets of good business, they are tenets of a good
economy, a solvent economy that lends and borrows and makes war, trades
and deals and makes due. Survival 101. It goes on all over the globe.
No one is exempt. Keep the wheels greased and the engines moving. Not
everyone can live in the big house. Some people have to push the broom.
You gonna push the broom, princess?
It's not about people. Never is. People are table scraps in the grand
buffet of profit. Collateral damage. It's about money, bubba. Everything
is about money. For instance, if the law means anything, there should
be a mass evacuation of these people. Not affordable. Perhaps securing
the borders. Too expensive. You wanna build a wall around this country?
Whose gonna pay for that? You? Me? These bankrupt, in-debt-to-the-tits
federal budget gorgers? Right. Next week.
The other inescapable element of this whole "voting on amnesty"
farce is it does not bode well for this nation to be freeing people
of other nations while kicking out the impoverished immigrants. Especially
since this is a nation of people rank with despot ancestry either kicked
out of other countries, on the lamb, yanked from the jungles, escapees
of some kind of genocide or refugees from the kind of abject poverty
that had the huddle masses traveling countless miles for countless months
with nary a piss pot while entire families waited at home for the first
post card from Golden Street, USA.
I'm proud to say I am the offspring of that last bunch, yearning to
breathe free and get to work in the sweatshop for five-cents an hour.
Dragging your garbage around so you won't have to see it. Yeah, I have
that coursing through my blood, Jack. It feels good. Makes you want
to see somebody else get a break. Right?
As I write this there is a story coming over the wire that the Senate
has some kind of descending penalty plan. If you are in the country
illegally for five or more years, you get to take a test for a green
card. If you are in for more than two or les than five, you have to
do laps and forty push-ups or whatever, and if you just busted in, you
have to go back. In other words, anyone breaking the law for longer,
gets preferential treatment. I would love this if it didn't screw up
my plan to renounce my citizenship and then sneak into the country to
avoid paying taxes. Damn it!
But don't worry, those who are sent back can apply for citizenship,
and when they pass they can be dumped on our streets to try and survive
on meager wages while donating forty percent of it to Social Security
and Federal and State taxes. Then they'll run back out and sneak back
© James Campion April 10th 2006
James Campion the author of "Deep Tank Jersey", "Fear
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