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Friday, September 29, 2006

Theory Meet Reality

Source: newswise

This is, um, rich?
TOPIC: Why Neither Punitive Nor Guest Worker Plans Will Slow Illegal Immigration

SOURCE: K. Dean Hubbard, B.A., J.D., Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College and director of the College’s Institute for Policy Alternatives

The issue of day-laborers is very controversial and emotionally charged – a pending suit in Federal Court in New York involving day-laborers in Mamaroneck, N.Y. may set a national precedent.

“Transnational migration by desperately poor people searching for work is largely a result of policies championed by this and previous Washington administrations in cooperation with transnational corporations and institutions,” says Dean Hubbard, Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College. “Closed borders, criminalization and guest worker plans will not resolve this side of the global migration equation, as the immigration status quo is fundamental to the growth strategy of powerful corporate entities.”
Uh, geewhillikers Mr. Wizard, I mean you have the super cranial degree and all, who the hell am I to suggest you're a freaking retard, right?

Then again, let's break this down, Barney Style as my good friend Gunner sez...
1.) “Transnational migration by desperately poor people searching for work is largely a result of policies championed by this and previous Washington administrations in cooperation with transnational corporations and institutions,” says Dean Hubbard, Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College.
In the spirit of a stopped clock being right twice a day, yes, this is absolutely correct.
2.) “Closed borders, criminalization and guest worker plans will not resolve this side of the global migration equation, as the immigration status quo is fundamental to the growth strategy of powerful corporate entities.”
This, not so much. See, I could give a furry rat's ass about the "growth strategies of powerful corporations." Let's review, while corporation are a fine thing, they are not the rulers of, nor even the people of this great land. So, while they are certainly allowed some input they don't get to burn the mother down in search of their locust like profits.

Remember, corporations don't vote. Corporations don't have a conscience. Corporations are not allowed to fundamentally change this nation to suit their greedy ass interests.

So while “Closed borders, criminalization and guest worker plans" may not please our corporate masters, turns out I don't give a f&^k! In fact, at some point they need to realize we can burn THEM down, and adjust their behavour accordingly.

Professor whack-ass continues...
“The public can play a role by join the growing movement supporting community efforts to establish well-run workers’ centers for immigrant job seekers, support legislative proposals for a true amnesty law and demand strict labor law enforcement,” says Hubbard. “Most importantly, they can direct their resentment away from impoverished migrant workers and towards policymakers who do the bidding of corporate giants who profit from the suffering of immigrants and the disruption of local communities.”
This is what we here at Freedom Folks like to refer to as a 'confused individual.' Awful lot of these running around in the academe these days, no?

How about if I direct a little bit o' that resentment toward asshat ivory tower professors who would have us welcome our invaders and ask us to make their stay a little bit more comfortable? How would that be doc?

Oddly, the public is playing a huge role currently , though one senses it's not the role this America hating professor would choose. The American people are doing their level best to rid this country of the scourge of illegal aliens, our dear biscotti and latte sipping professor would have them lay out a welcome mat of course.

One is reminded of Herndon VA.  But, against our earnest granola munching professor these Americans, instead of fellating illegal day workers, booted their asses out, huh?  Maybe they hadn't gotten the memo from corporate America "All your base are ours?"

Hmmm, perhaps he doesn't know any actual Americans? Air can get a little rarified in the hallowed halls if you catch my drift?

Because he's advocating something rather odd here, that since big corporations want this (illegal immigration) then there's nothing we can do.  Or, perhaps our boy supports illegal immigration and wants us to think it's a done deal?  Oh how little he understands average Americans, we are a nasty mean bunch when the excrement hits the electrified air moving device.  The thing homely here doesn't understand is that these corporations are successful because of America, we're not successful because of them.

This is a fundamental home truth that I think far too many folks have forgotten.  If they want to pack up and take their business elsewhere I would welcome that.  The sooner we begin demanding our corporations appreciate the opportunity to do business in this country the better for all concerned.

It is a privilege to do business in this country, again a fact far too many folk have forgotten in their chase to rake in every shekel across the globe.  Let's put it this way, we can survive just fine without any peculiar business, can they survive without us?  Methinks no.

Then there's this...
Hubbard is available to comment on:

- U.S. labor and employment discrimination law
- Labor and community responses to contingent work arrangements
- Capital mobility
- Transnational labor solidarity
"Transnational labor solidarity?" WTF? Hmmm, wanna bet if we scratch this egghead we come up with a socialist? Sucker bet, I know. I did a little Googling and while I didn't find a smoking gun I did find this in his CV...(of course the fact that he's a lawyer, professor and drops the term "social justice" like an alzheimer's patient trying to remember their address, might be, as we like to say, a clue)
Playwrighting: The Tale of the Three Little Workers and the Big Fat Pig, street theater written and performed for immigrant food service workers organizing at Goldman Sachs, New York, NY, 1999.
Inconclusive but suggestive, no?  He's also listed as an "activist" in the footer for the article.  While I'm technically an activist, I really don't list myself as such because it's teh ghey, so teh ghey!

Anywho, just ran across this craziness in my daily rounds and thought I'd share.

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