Jobs Americans Won’t Do

From a commentary by Glenn Beck on CNN.com:

The [The Wall Street Journal] article offered an example of a couple that sells food at fairs around California each summer. They say that because of the H-2B visa shortage most of their seasonal employees aren’t able to enter the country. So why don’t they just hire Americans instead? Good question. Her answer? “This is a hard job.”

I find it pretty hard to believe that there aren’t a few college students who wouldn’t want to drive around California and work outdoors all summer, but let’s assume that’s true. Let’s even assume that none of the other 1.1 million Californians who were unemployed as of April are interested in the job either. Isn’t anyone wondering why?

Well I’m not a labor consultant, but I am a thinker. Maybe the problem isn’t that the job they’re offering is “too hard,” maybe it’s that the wages they’re offering are “too low.”

No one paints the undersides of bridges for fun, they do it for the money. That’s how capitalism works.

How capitalism does NOT work is when we collectively look the other way as companies exploit illegal labor for their own benefit.

The unspoken truth is that these businesses don’t hire illegal aliens because they can’t find American workers, they hire illegal aliens because they don’t want American workers. And it has nothing to do with wages.

Illegal aliens mean no workers’ comp claims, no age, race or sex discrimination lawsuits, no healthcare premiums, no unions, and no demands for raises, vacations or bigger offices. In fact, illegal immigrants are the perfect employees because they’re not employees at all; they’re corporate slaves.

Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell once said, “Blacks were not enslaved because they were black, but because they were available.” Can’t the exact same thing be said for illegal aliens? They’re available and we’re allowing them to be exploited in the name of cheap groceries.

Is the price of fruit really the standard we want to live up to as a country? Is that really who we’ve become?

Read the “Commentary: Slavery Alive and Well” by Glenn Beck at CNN.com.

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One response to “Jobs Americans Won’t Do

  1. My parents do pretty much this very profession. They own a food trailer and travel from area to area, mostly on the weekends, to different events throughout California and western Nevada. They do the work themselves, and between my family and my sisters family, they get all the help they need.

    As for the issue of workers and hiring “Illegal” workers to do the job, it’s not that this job is hard, it’s not that this job is underpaid. What it is, is the traveling and the hours. Each location would require 4 – 6 employees for at least 2 shifts. This job also only works mostly Saturdays and Sundays, with few exceptions of fairs, where they may work 4 – 7 days.

    The employer has to pay for food, travel, and lodging for these persons at each location. By hiring “Illegal Workers” the employer only pays the wages, thus more profit. This is the exploitation that must be stopped.

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