The Capital Times has printed a nice article from dairy farmer John Rosenow. The article has a title that makes me happy. It's called "We're obliged to know the hopes of our employees from Mexico":
My wife, Nettie, and I could not believe what we were seeing. Roberto, our favorite Mexican employee for four years, had sent the money he made back to Mexico to build a bakery. We had no idea he had done that.
That was nice of him. John talks about a program called "Puentes/Bridges" (that's what a "puente" is in Spanish!)
It was the brainchild of Shaun Duvall, a high school Spanish teacher, and Carl Duley, a UW-Extension agent, from Alma. They saw a new phenomenon in Buffalo County of Mexicans working on dairy farms and only speaking Spanish. Puentes was formed to teach us farmers Spanish and to educate us about the culture of our new work force by taking us to Mexico. The program also evolved to include visits to the villages where our workers' families lived.
John goes on to describe how he
takes advantage of desperate poor people employs those wonderful Mexicans:
I called a friend who was employing Mexicans. He showed me where to locate a man to work for us. His name was Manuel. He worked 54 days in a row because he did not want a day off. I thought it was too good to be true. He worked like we did. Soon I hired more Mexican workers, and my good American workers began to once again have regular hours and time for vacations.
Why did I suddenly hear "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-Day"? Obviously, comparing cheap third world labor that has few options to slavery is not accurate, but comparing the mindset of today's "liberals" who seek to profit from a bad situation to past mindsets is certainly appropriate. There are more comments on this article here.
Rosenow's article is apparently part of a push by Madison's Capital Times; here's columnist Margaret Krome sounding for all the world like a cheap labor pimp: "Sharing immigrants' lives promotes understanding":
Wisconsin has always grown with the vision and hard work of its immigrants. Usually, there is resistance and fear when new cultures enter the state.
Of course, some of those whose only interest is the bottom line are able to disguise their real agenda beneath a heaping load of "liberalism", white guilt, and a desire to be "tolerant".
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