Thursday, June 23, 2011

Georgia agricultural debacle proceeding as planned

One word—schadenfreude:
"After enacting House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia."
"Georgia farmers have been forced to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To deal with the labor shortage they brought in unemployed criminals on probation—"white" unemployed criminals on probation:
"Those guys out here weren't out there 30 minutes and they got the bucket and just threw them in the air and say, `Bonk this, I ain't with this, I can't do this,'" said Jermond Powell, a 33-year-old probationer. "They just left, took off across the field walking."
"None of the probationers could keep pace. Pay records showed the best filled only 134 buckets a day, and some as little as 20. They lingered at the water cooler behind the truck, sat on overturned red buckets for smoke breaks and stopped working to take cell phone calls. They also griped that the Latinos received more tickets per bucket than they did, an accusation that appeared unfounded."
Cue the utterly irrational entitled peasant whining:
Robert Dawson, 24, was on his fourth day of fieldwork. On probation for commercial burglary, he said the governor's idea was a good one and long overdue. He said farmers were at least partially to blame if they're experiencing a labor shortage because they hired illegal immigrants.
"I feel like they should have gone and hired us first before they even hired them," he said in the morning. "You pay us right and we'll get out here and work. If you don't want to pay us nothing and we're out here in this hot heat, 100-and-some degree weather, it ain't gonna last."

What is it that makes "Americans" feel like they're entitled to having everything without doing anything? It's the same old attitude: "Someone else is getting my blowjob." As if.

To recap:
  • Running off your entire agricultural labor force—brilliant.
  • Replacing them with a motley crew of lazy ex-crims—desperate.
  • Listening to whining "Americans" complain about being shown up by Hispanics and demanding more pay for doing less—priceless.

Politicians be careful of what you wish for. It might just come true. It could be worse—it could have happened in an election year.