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  •  go after the employers (4.00)
    that should be the democratic angle on undocumented workers: take care of the problem at the source.  employers like tyson chicken are bringing people across by the truckload - literally.

    plus we also make sure the employers follow the law when it comes to minimum wage and workplace safety, with no prejudice as to complaints from undocumented workers.

    repeat after me:  if you won't get serious about the employers, you aren't serious about immigration.

    we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
    — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

    by zeke L on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 11:32:46 AM PDT

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    •  couldn't agree more (4.00)
      there is something inherently unethical and sleazy about corporate America's policies of bringing boatloads of illegal aliens across the border so that GOP bankrollers from the boardroom can build an addition on their ski house in Aspen.

      They dump these people on the local counties and states who end up subsidizing their medical care and education costs, while the workers themselves are marginalized and often exploited by their employers. So there is absolutely a way to frame this an ethical, humane and moral light, while still appealing to vast swaths of independent and Republican voters in Western states who bear the costs of our open borders problem.

      Real immigration reform is yet one more way to unite strange political bedfellows. Environmentalists are concerned about land use, over-suburbanization and effects on natural resources like water. So to are conservative Western voters.

      •  Make Corporations Pay Their Fair Share (none)
        This is just one plank in a platform of having corporations pay their fair share. One reason taxes are so high is because government is saddled with paying for what corporations should, but won't. When a corporation doesn't pay a living wage they are not paying their fair share to their. To cover this, we have all manner of governmental programs for the working poor.

        Republicans talk about cutting taxes as if they are too high. If you can't pay your taxes, either the taxes are too high or the wages are too low. Guess what? Taxes are not too high. Wages are too low.

        Every time someone talks about cutting taxes or tax relief that should be a signal to talk about wages, salaries and compensation in general. We should always make this point. If you are struggling to pay taxes, you aren't earning enough money. Only people who are being underpaid have a problem paying their taxes.

        The idea of cutting taxes should always be linked in the voters' minds to how much they deserve to be paid more and how much their company is screwing them.

        Liberal Thinking

        Think, liberally.

        by Liberal Thinking on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 02:53:22 PM PDT

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