[Senator Stabenow] Better companies die than human beings. These Illegal
Employers, in their quest for ever-cheaper labor, are drawing people to
cross our borders in ways that cause many people to die in the deserts of
the southwest. These people were executed, for all practical purposes, by
the policies of a few greedy and lawbreaking American companies. When
companies are repeat offenders, they should be dissolved, their assets sold
to reimburse their shareholders, and let other, more ethical companies pick
up the slack. We used to do this all the time in America when companies
behaved badly. Up until the 1880s, an average of around 2000 companies a
year got the corporate death sentence in the US.
[Bob Schieffer (bug-eyed)] But what about the illegal immigration problem?
[Senator Stabenow (patting Schieffer's hand)] It's okay, Bob. You shouldn't
listen so much to those Republicans. There isn't really much of an illegal
immigration problem - it's an Illegal Employer problem. When we clear up the
Illegal Employer problem in this country, we'll be back like we were before
Reagan started allowing employers to behave illegally. When non-citizens
can't get a job, most of them will go home, as they always have in the past.
We don't need a fence, we don't need amnesty, we don't need mass roundups or
deportations, and we for sure don't need guest workers. We have as many
unemployed citizens in this nation as there are illegal immigrants - in my
state of Michigan, for example, Flint and Detroit have massive unemployment
since Reagan and his corporate cronies declared war on working people. When
we get rid of Illegal Employers, that's one step in helping the job market
tighten up so that legal employers will have to pay a living wage to attract
legal citizens to work. That and rational labor and trade policies, and we
can begin to restore our middle class and put our cities back together.
[Bob Schieffer (nodding)] It makes sense, Senator. An "Illegal Employer
problem." Who would have thought of that?
[Senator Stabenow (smiling)] Well, Bob, the Republicans thought about it,
back in the 1980s. But they thought it was a good idea. Which is why we have
this mess today. Get rid of the Illegal Employers - toss a few CEOs into
jail and shut down the outlaw companies - and the rest of this part of the
problem will be easy and inexpensive to fix...
Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning best-selling author, and
host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show carried on the
Air America Radio network and Sirius.
http://www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books include "The Last
Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection," "We The People: A Call To
Take Back America," "What Would Jefferson Do?" and "Ultimate Sacrifice." His
next book, due out this autumn, is "Screwed: The Undeclared War on the
Middle Class and What We Can Do About It."
Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans
18 & older.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of
Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults
nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).