A great deal of the anger on the questions of Illegal Immigrants, Terrorism and Bank bailouts, comes from a perceived lack of fairness. This is part of what drives the Tea Party movement. Anyone who has ever been on a line (for concert tickets, bus tickets, plane tickets, supermarket cashier, bank assistance, etc.), particularly a long line, understands the politics of line jumping and fairness.
The anger felt by those waiting on a line, as they witness “line jumpers” squeeze ahead of those who have waited patiently, is easy to understand because most of us have been in that situation. The anger is greater when there are “security” guards assigned to keep order on the line, but they do nothing to stop “line jumping”. Sometimes hired “security” guards are not the cleverest, or they don’t care. When the “security” guard does nothing to prevent, let alone discipline line jumpers, you can be sure the anger will be greater than when there is no hired and paid “security” guard.
The line jumping fairness issue is particularly relevant to the issue of illegal immigration. Immigrants who follow the law to become United States citizens witness “line jumpers” simply walk into the country. Instead of equality and fairness for all, what is delivered is a “racist” charge. The issue of fairness for immigrants who follow the law in order to become American citizens is rarely raised or is condemned as “nativist” or “racist” (even though poor African-Americans and poor immigrants are victims of these line jumpers).
We do hear “fairness” raised as an issue but it is usually attached to the difficult situation of illegal immigrant parents with children born in the United States and therefore citizens. Undoubtedly that situation is more complicated, some would say a deliberate strategy to stay in the country if caught, but it is usually the only time when fairness or sympathy is allowed to be discussed.
American labor unions, instead of representing their workers and at least raising the fairness question of low wages and potential increased unemployment, prefer to stay silent or take the side of illegal immigrants. As the unemployment rate continues to rise, and unemployment does indeed continue to rise both officially and unofficially, one would expect some discussion – from the left side of the spectrum, about the issue of wages undercut by illegal immigrants most of whom are afraid to complain when labor laws are violated. The labor unions collect dues from their members but do not address an issue which directly affects their members. Not even a discussion of the impact on wages and unemployment is heard from labor unions. Fairness to their membership, which pays union dues, should be on the agenda, but it is not. It is not allowed. It is “racist”.
While the best way to end illegal immigration would be to deny
unemployment to illegal immigrants, the fact of the matter is that is not going to happen. This is because of some rather simple economic reality. It’s why Arizona acted as it did and why so many Americans are supporting Arizona’s action. The reason why Americans hire illegal immigrants is because of the low wages paid to illegal immigrants. Even some of those who protest the loudest, which includes many of the wealthy and even public officials (and we are sure some anti-illegal immigration protesters are hypocrites in this matter), hire illegal immigrants to avoid Social Security taxes and minimum wage requirements.
Businesses are not exempt, particularly in the agriculture industry, from exploitation of illegal immigrant workers. Very few of us, if any, are free from hypocrisy because in many respects we all profit, due to cheap wages, from exploitation of illegal immigrants. We all benefit from low paid supermarket baggers, household help, and agricultural workers who paid little keep food prices down, many of whom are illegal immigrants.
The fairness question is allowed to be raised when it is sympathetic to those who illegally immigrate to the United States in some large part because these people do come here for a better life. But fairness for American workers who lose out in the equation, is a discussion which should be examined but instead is considered “racist”.
Likewise, after the Times Square failed bombing we witnessed article after article in Big Media with explanations of the foreclosure difficulties of Faisal Shahzad. This is a man who could not pay his bills but had enough money to travel to Pakistan (“Pock-ee-stan” in Hopium Guzzler speak) repeatedly. Americans with foreclosure problems have not had the luxury of many vacations and trips yet we are supposed to feel understanding for a nut who squanders whatever resources he had with expensive and repeated trips.
Americans, and those who hate Americans, also witnessed the ease with which Faisal Shahzad purchased last minute tickets with cash and no one stopped him from getting on an airliner. Americans who travel on airplanes are forced to take off their shoes and submit to searches and possibly electronic gizmos which strip them naked (did you hear about the TSA related violence because an airport scanner led to jokes about a small penis?) and other humiliations. But Faisal Shahzad, who tried to murder Americans, apparently can traipse through no-fly lists:
“While grandmas and grade-schoolers and war heroes patiently pass through a gauntlet of wands, checkpoints and screening obstacles, the nation’s safety watchdogs are asleep at the wheel. They’ve mentally checked out at the check-in counter. And they’re in over their heads at federal counterterrorism centers, where “watch list” means putting the names of dangerous operatives into massive databases — then idly watching potential bombers waltz through our airports and onto our tarmacs.
The federal no-fly scheme was bypassed or breached easily by both the Christmas Day bomb plotter and the Times Square bomb plotter. In the former case, Nigerian terror operative Umar Abdulmutallab had been on the counterterrorism radar screen for his radical jihadi threats (which had been reported by his father to U.S. embassy officials in London). But the young, single, rootless Muslim extremist with suspicious travel patterns — ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! — did not meet the standards for watch-listing and didn’t even make it onto the second-tier “selectee list” of potential threats who can fly only after additional screening.
By contrast, beleaguered 8-year-old Mikey Hicks of Clifton, N.J., still can’t get off the selectee list after years of ridiculous harassment while traveling on family vacations.
In the Times Square case, Team Obama immediately pointed fingers at the airline industry — and Emirates airlines, in particular — for failing to check no-fly list updates. The hindsight cops at the White House are now touting ex post facto rules mandating that the airlines check no-fly alerts every two hours instead of every 24 hours.
But law enforcement officials themselves neglected to contact all airlines directly and red-flag the addition of would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad’s name to the government no-fly list. Moreover, despite paying cash for his trip to the Middle East and being listed on the Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list since 1999, Shahzad received no extra screening from the Transportation Security Administration (confirming once again the bureaucracy’s own inside joke that TSA stands for “Thousands Standing Around”).”
Quite simply, Americans are harassed then given the bill, and that is not fair.
Without belaboring the point, the bailout of Big Banks and the speculators and Banksters was not fair either. Bailouts of Big Insurance and Big Auto makers was not fair either. It’s why Americans are angry. The “security” forces that were supposed to monitor these industries did not do their jobs and Americans had to pick up the bill. It’s not fair and Americans know it.
In the Gulf coast states many who work for themselves in the fishing industry will not get bailed out now that their businesses have been destroyed. There won’t be unemployment checks for these self-employed, hard working people either. It’s not fair and Americans know it.
Recently Congressman Henry Waxman threatened to hold hearings to humiliate companies that issued huge write-offs on health care costs due to the Obama health scam. Waxman scampered away from those hearings when his own staff informed him that the companies were forced to do what they did due to U.S. accounting laws. But Waxman had subpoenaed documents which only now we are beginning to see:
The great mystery surrounding the historic health care bill is how the corporations that provide coverage for most Americans — coverage they know and prize — will react to the new law’s radically different regime of subsidies, penalties, and taxes. Now, we’re getting a remarkable inside look at the options AT&T, Deere, and other big companies are weighing to deal with the new legislation.
Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government.
That would dismantle the employer-based system that has reigned since World War II. It would also seem to contradict President Obama’s statements that Americans who like their current plans could keep them. And as we’ll see, it would hugely magnify the projected costs for the bill, which controls deficits only by assuming that America’s employers would remain the backbone of the nation’s health care system.”
Is there any way to deny that the Tea Party anger is genuine when we witness this level of lying by Barack Obama and his gangster government? Americans are lied to in massive ways and get called “racists” in the bargain. This level of lying and collaboration by Big Media transcends a call for fairness and creates a demand for justice. Americans see the lack of fairness is indeed a plot to fool and squeeze the very economic life out of the ordinary citizen:
“Amazingly, the corporate documents that prove this point became public because of a different set of unintended consequences: they told a story far different than the one the politicians who demanded them expected.
In the days after President Obama signed the bill on March 24, a number of companies announced big write downs due to some fiscal changes it ushered in. The legislation eliminated a company’s right to deduct the federal retiree drug-benefit subsidy from their corporate taxes. That reduced projected revenue. As a result, AT&T (T, Fortune 500) and Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) took well-publicized charges of around $1 billion.
The announcements greatly annoyed Representative Henry Waxman, who accused the companies of using the big numbers to exaggerate health care reform’s burden on employers. Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, demanded that they turn over their confidential memos, and summoned their top executives for hearings.
But Waxman didn’t simply request documents related to the write down issue. He wanted every document the companies created that discussed what the bill would do to their most uncontrollable expense: healthcare costs.
The request yielded 1,100 pages of documents from four major employers: AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere (DE, Fortune 500). No sooner did the Democrats on the Energy Committee read them than they abruptly cancelled the hearings. On April 14, the Committee’s majority staff issued a memo stating that the write downs were “proper and in accordance with SEC rules.” The committee also stated that the memos took a generally sunny view of the new legislation. The documents, said the Democrats’ memo, show that “the overall impact of health reform on large employers could be beneficial.”
Nowhere in the five-page report did the majority staff mention that not one, but all four companies, were weighing the costs and benefits of dropping their coverage.”
Americans have been repeatedly lied to by Barack Obama and his gangster government, aided and abetted by Big Media. Americans increasingly see that there is no fairness, the books are cooked, and they are the chumps.
Only the line jumpers and scam artists are allowed on the “get fairness” line.