Thursday, August 11, 2005

MH - Once Again, Corporate America vs. America

To conclude my trio of posts that touch on Corporate America and the morality of the workplace, I want to link to this fine column by Bill Rusher, former editor of National Review. (Thanks be to Mark Krikorian at NRO for the link.)

In it, Rusher takes on Corporate America's responsibility for the immigration problem in America:
There are businesses all over the country paying far lower wages to illegal immigrants than they would have to pay to native-born employees. They know exactly what they are doing, and they are profiting from it handsomely. And whenever some bill comes before Congress that threatens to put a stop to the flow of illegal immigrants, you can bet your bottom dollar that they lean hard on their congressional leaders, and even the president, to kill it or amend it into ineffectuality.

Immigration is already a problem in this country, and it's getting worse. Tom Tancredo, the Republican congressman from Colorado, has constantly taken on the Bush administration and others who advocate an increase in open borders, and as a result is one of the few Republicans generating a buzz of excitement out there. Even liberals are becoming frustrated with constantly going into a place of business and being unable to communicate with the employees.

It's about jobs, it's about the cost of welfare, it's about security during a time of war. We need look no farther than Canada to see what happens when a country loses its common language, and to Britain to see the problems when immigrants fail (or refuse) to assimilate.

And it's about Corporate America's determination to push whatever policies guarantee them the biggest profits, regardless of the effect it may have on our country. They even deny their allegiance to their home country, hiding themselves in the cloak of the term "multinational." I keep coming back to this theme, but it keeps popping up. You remember a while back I wrote about Western Union underwriting a how-to manual for illegal immigrants, who not coincidentally use Western Union to send money back to their relatives in Mexico. Other companies that push pornography, homosexuality, embryonic stem-cell research, you name it - all to make a buck, no matter what damage it does to society. If they're really lucky, they'll come up with something else they can sell us to start the repairs.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviets boasted not only that they'd hang us, but that American capitalists would sell them the rope to do it. Rusher sees no difference when it comes to Corporate America and immigration. His conclusion:
“We will pay dearly, as a nation, for our failure to control illegal immigration. And the people primarily responsible for that failure are many American businessmen and their servants in American government.”

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