The push and the “fix” by President Bush and other inside the beltway politicians for a plan to get cheap foreign laborers into the
“A core element of the American creed has always been a belief in the dignity of labor — at least until now. Supporters of a guest-worker program for Mexican laborers say that "there are jobs that no Americans will do." This is an argument that is a step away from suggesting that there are jobs that Americans shouldn't do.
President George Bush, a strong supporter of the guest-worker program, has long said that "
family values don't stop at the
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We are supposed to believe, however, that the work ethic does stop there — it is only south of it that people can be found who are willing to work in construction, landscaping and agricultural jobs. So, without importing those people into our labor market, these jobs would go unfilled, disrupting the economy (and creating an epidemic of unkempt lawns in
I sense that many rank and file Democrats are mostly concerned with the guest-worker program part of the CIR. If the Republicans who oppose CIR for other reasons will remain united with the Democrats on the guest-worker part, then this bill should remain DEAD.