ILLEGAL ALIENS’ BIGGEST FAN? – THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Unites States Chamber of Commerce is a reliable supporter of ‘business rights’ which is why it funds politicians who promote lower tax rates, fewer regulations, less pollution control, fewer food inspection etc. But on one issue they are in lock step with the far-left; the E-verification of workers.
E-verification requires employers to check with the Social Security Administration that applicants are legally entitled to work in the US. The problem is that legal employees cost more than illegal ones. It’s so big a problem that the Chamber dubbed the Legal Arizona Workers Act a “business death penalty,” and sued Arizona to get rid of the program – they lost.
In Georgia, another state that requires e-verification millions of dollars of produce are rotting in the fields as legal workers won’t do the harvesting jobs.
Conservative homeowners also run afoul of this double standard, they support politicians with aggressive immigration policies but they keep hiring illegals as gardeners, nannies and pool boys; because they are cheaper.
COMMON SENSE ON DRUGS
Gary Johnson is the two-time Governor of Utah, who is running for the Republican nomination. You probably haven’t heard of him and probably never will – which is too bad because he has some sane things to say.
Unlike libertarians of convenience who want Government off our backs, except when it suits their purpose, (see medical marijuana, assisted suicide and marriage), Mr. Johnson is consistent in his position.
On drugs for example “I would legalize marijuana. … When it comes to all of the other drugs, we should look at the drug problem first as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. I have smoked marijuana. I have drunk alcohol, although I don’t do either today,” he said. “The big difference between marijuana and alcohol is that marijuana is a lot safer.”
On a personal note, I don’t smoke pot, but I certainly don’t intend to tell my neighbor that he can’t.
A TEA PARTY FOR THE LEFT
Van Jones, a charismatic but flawed organizer, who had to resign from an administration post because of intemperate remarks and a belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories, has announced the start of ‘The American Dream Movement’. It is to be the left’s answer to ‘The Tea Party’. It will harness the energy of unemployed veterans, distressed homeowners and other victims of the economic implosion.
I don’t think it will work. Because the strength of the Tea Party is a simple snappy message – less government, but Democrats cannot present any message consistently and without footnotes.
Consider the names – The Tea Party (11 letters) vs. The American Dream Movement (24). Already the left is starting to waffle – they should call it something like: ‘Fed-Up’ (5 letters). (Note: No matter what the topic, all Democratic bumper stickers end with -”continued on next bumper sticker”)
But Van Jones does have one strength he shares with the Tea Party; which is that as someone who believed that George Bush knew about, but did nothing to prevent 9/11, he is not going to let the facts stand in the way of scaring the crap out of people.