The following is a repost of a blog post I originally offered several months ago — I’ve just changed the headline — but I still think it is appropriate:
“Empirical“, yes, that is the word I am looking for. So much of what we believe is not based on hard research or statistical studies but what we observe. And the fact that a large portion of our population are freeloaders is something I have observed and thereby believe via empirical evidence (by simple observation).
I fully believe there is a vast potential labor force out there — quality maybe somewhat questionable at times — that could be tapped for relatively low-wage jobs, or even not-so-low wage jobs, if only you could get it to work. And if you could get it to work, investors and business people might create or restart domestic industries, thus helping to solve our economic and unemployment problems.
Employment is one of the major ways we distribute (and I did not say redistribute) wealth in society. It sure beats having those who worked for their money simply hand it over to those who do not (and I am not talking about those who actually cannot).
Another problem that could be resolved if we could get this potential labor force off its collective duff would be that of illegal immigration. I just read a story a few minutes ago, actually one that seems to pop up at least annually near harvest season anywhere (and it’s always harvest season somewhere) in which big agriculture weeps that if you cut off its source of illegal alien workers it will go under (and of course we need it for our food and the economic boost it supplies through the supply chain and the support industries (I’m talking good employment of American citizens).
Yes white folks (and others) can do farm labor and have done it in the past.
And to get off track here a little, another thing I know from empirical evidence over the years is that in agriculture hand labor is generally replaced by mechanization when it gets too expensive (as when there is a shortage of cheap labor). Not everything can be mechanized, maybe (a big maybe here), but damn near everything can.
But all of this I have written so far is really just a preamble or an excuse for me to provide you with a link to a column in my local newspaper (I snatched it from the free online version). I generally agree with the sentiments of the writer: