- Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:42 pm
I have asked myself if I can contribute to this tread or even if I should attempt to- generally speaking I stay away from having to many opinions. I'd prefer that my tax dollars be spent better, I'd prefer fewer dollars being allocated to taxes but as the saying goes cant complain about making money..as a single, male, no kids and no mortgage it is hard to find someone who pays a higher percent than I do- but that is not really the point.
I live in that fucked state that is California and find myself making a living in the glorified agricultural business of wine grapes. That of course exposes me to other areas of more "real" farming and that is how I grew up on the family farm. If I am honest I know and while not directly supporting the efforts of illegal labor my industry does. Hard working folks who made a choice regardless of how "you" feel made a choice to come here and try to better themselves and their family wether here or across some boarder. I would like to make two points in this post- The first I would never plant a vineyard today unless 95%+ of the work could be done via machine including the harvest. Why, Do I think I would have a better end product, likely not - to save money not really one of those fancy rigs goes for about a million dollars. So why, labor - we are either going to scare people into leaving, push them so far into the shadows, round them up and ship them out until labor is scare at best. I know some segment of the population will say that exactly the fucking point! But heres the catch Napa Cabernet goes for about $7500.00 a ton (now) up 28% over last year, or about $3.75 a pound.
to those who cheer this departure of labor- what ware "we all" going to do when lettuce, strawberries, celery, onions etc get so fucking expensive you cant afford to eat? Do you think the under employed or un-employed are going to fill those roles for eight dollars an hour? We are to entitled, hence a workforce will disappear and while not an economist do you think that Chile is then going to lower there prices on Blueberries entering the US knowing full well we are no longer to produce our own, fuck no that what happens when you are lazy shit gets expensive. Or Mexico proper will be generous with there prices on artichokes?, fuck no they have a wall to pay for- So then the guy who scotch tapes his tie in place instead of learning how to buy a right sized tie (likely made in China) and then tie it correctly steps in with tariffs to control trade? That only works when you have choice. Point two, it is commonly know that an illegal immigrant works off a corrupt Social Security number and many many people use that same number - so instead of uncle sam getting revenue from one person they are gaining from many more than a person on that one SSN, and do you think in this day and age that the government does not know this? There are fucking happy to take the $$$ all day long- it is disgusting and perverse. If we push a million people or more out you better get really good at growing and making your own food, cleaning your own hotel room, learning to be a self serve short order cook, cleaning that bathroom, mowing your own lawn etc. And while SOBF might be mad and he has every right to be, we all should not push politics to far to the extreme in either direction and I fear that our new fearless leader is utilizing just that fear to advance his own objective of filling the swamp with his good old buddies..its fucking scary, I for one am happy I know how to shoot, butcher an animal, store and cook game am comfortable sleeping in a tent, know first aid and have the ability to make sound decisions. And yeah his phone might have been tapped, because his staff was secretly talking with the single foremost enemy of the United States. Go figure-
Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need-a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
-Jerome K. Jerome, 1889