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  •  Seems to me there is a huge disconnect (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Patango

    In this area, as there is in others.  Go to any yahoo or CNN message board under a story about the immigration battle in DC, and you'll see 90% comments about throwing all the job-stealing, tax-evading, head-chopping, anchor-babying, welfare-mooching "illegals" out by way of catapult.  

    As we all know, most of the brown-skinned "illegals" of which they speak are doing the crap jobs that these (angry, white, largely male) posters would not do if they were starving to death.  If you've ever been a dishwasher in a Denny's or a gardener in San Diego or a maid in a Motel 6 or a tomato picker in Alabama, you know what I'm saying.  I spent one summer, many years ago, picking tobacco and hanging it in the barns at my uncle's farm in SC.  I never wish to do that again.  Ever.

    But these same people will caterwaul endlessly (parroting the billionaire libertarian/tea party line) about the horror of poor (albeit "real American") workers demanding a decent living wage in America.

    •  Lots of people just don't understand ... (1+ / 0-)
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      what's going on. They believe everyone in America can become the next Tiger Woods, Bill Gates or Payton Manning.
      They don't understand that even Payton Manning needs NFL minimum wagers ... for every Payton Manning, there are 1000s who will work as hard as Manning but just NEVER become Payton Manning. This is simply a reality of life. But we can't throw those who don't become Manning under the bus.

    •  Rumor Is (0+ / 0-)

      That paid commenters mercilessly patrol those sites, said to be mostly from the Philippines.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sat May 25, 2013 at 03:05:28 PM PDT

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    •  I can't say I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      Those are crap jobs.

      But I also disagree with people that use a fake social security number on their W-4 and put down married with nine dependents. By the time the IRS gets there to investigate half a year later (and businesses can't question a worker on their W-4), the worker is long gone and has gotten out of paying a significant sum, if not any federal income taxes and state income taxes. That ruse goes on big time in Boston restaurants and I'm told it's widespread in many industries.

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