Tag Archives: Immigrant

View from the Bottom

Hillsdale College is a private University that offers their publication “Imprimus” free to anyone who wishes to take the time to read the words of professional people from the perspective of independent, responsible citizens who understand that the values of a moral society raise people up. This elevation is not due to government, but from the individuals natural desire to be better and to reap the rewards of their efforts. This month’s Imprimus focus’s on the view from the bottom. What is the view from the bottom? It is the ripple that society has created by convincing generations of people that social assistance is owed to them for their mere existence. That personal comments of receipt of a  welfare check has gone from, “I receive my check,” to “I get paid.” The results of such that nation’s like England and the United States have become desperate to import foreign labor because of: There are three reasons that I can think of why we imported foreign labor to do unskilled work while maintaining large numbers of unemployed people. The first is that we had destroyed all economic incentive for the latter to work. The second is that the foreigners were better …

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A View from the Farm

We are getting reports in on last years crops.  I read about an interesting online survey in my March 4th FB News that was conducted in California.   The questions were about experiences with labor hiring during the 2012 harvest. 800 California Farm Bureau members responded.  The report titled “Walking the Tightrope: California Farmers Struggle with Employee Shortages”  is available at www.CFBF.com.     Just a few quick observations for you. 61% of all respondents reported employee shortages. 71% of the  farmers who grew labor-intensive crops like tree fruits, vegetables, table grapes, raisins and berries reported employee shortages. To cope with the workforce shortage farmers offered higher wages, delayed pruning and harvesting, used mechanization if possible, or did not harvest some of their crop. 19% of the respondents had planted fewer acres, not harvested a portion of their crop or gave up leased land because of a lack of available harvest help. Farmers were open about their reliance on a largely immigrant workforce. Their efforts to hire U.S. born employees on farms have been mostly unsuccessful, even during the deepest part of the recent recession. Why does this matter to us in Washington?  California produces over 90% of the U.S. crop …

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