It is difficult to see a positive side to illegal immigration as we have come to know it. Some historical perspective suggests why this is so.
Our forebears thought to create a permanent, self-replenishing, nonvoting class of low-level workers by purchasing captive individuals to reside here in a state of involuntary servitude. By condoning the institutionalization of involuntary servitude to meet a perceived need for cheap labor (to till fields, harvest crops, perform domestic duties, etc.), our country violated its founding principles and set the stage for civil war — and persisting residual ill effects.
More recently, in order to meet the perceived need of important voting constituencies for a readily available supply of cheap labor (to till fields, harvest crops, maintain lawns, perform domestic duties, etc.) many representatives of executive, legislative and judicial branches of government have condoned, explicitly or implicitly, the burgeoning presence of illegal immigrants, likely to become “ a permanent, nonvoting class of low-level workers”(after Prof.Krugman, in a 2006 column) that, we might add, appears to be endlessly self-replenishing.. Moreover, it seems a reasonable assumption that granting members of this class the right to vote would result in no significant changes in any of its other defining attributes as specified by Prof. Krugman.
While these circumstances are unlikely to result in civil conflict, they are likely to have similarly persisting ill effects and are not consistent with our founding principles. Granting temporary working status only would seem to be a reasonable way to go.
And Sen. Graham's recent comment about GOP death spiral ensuing from failure to pass S744 with its amnesty provisions suggests that the GOP's lack of popularity with Hispanics can be changed into Hispanic votes by passing S744. One wonders how the GOP might appeal to Black voters in such a way as to change the 85 to 95 percent bloc voting pattern for Democrats. Someone in SC should inform Sen. Graham that he's "barking up the wrong tree" in pushing passage of S744.
"But not enough people use public transportation for it to cover its costs it should not exist. End of story."
That's not how public services operate. End of story.
"Mat - 'diddly shit for locals?' how about the average of about $30 per day each tourist pays in sales and lodging taxes? Figures show that tourists pay a major portion of Charleston County's tax burden. Without them our taxes would be a whole lot higher. I'm all for taking care of locals first, and if you do the math, this does."
I'll wait patiently while you show your math, then.
William, i have never seen any test results in the 4 years of the Charleston waterkeepers existence. Have you? I have been asking them to furnish them and so far they haven't.
The testing they plan on doing (in the future) is only for fecal bacteria. Not mercury, not arsenic and according to them nothing above the Ravenell bridge. Look at the make up of the board of directors and this is understandable. Real estate, developers and a representative of the Pilots assoc. who is allied with the SPA and shipping lines. Though a local water quality scientist with decades of experience in water quality testing and research volunteered to be on the board the Charleston Waterkeeper evidently thought developers and real estate people would be a better fit for the organization.
Not as dysfunctional as the Town of James Island..
So cool! Now if they could just come up with an automatic mind reader..
Wonderful organization, out there actually doing something. It's an incredible struggle to keep the hundreds of non profit organizations in Charleston up and operating with full boards, accounting and records while still actually going out and doing something. Waterkeeper does wonderful work.
Most government funded water quality testing in South Carolina ended several years ago. We no longer know how much mercury is in the fish and water of many of our rivers. Before testing ended, several of our rivers, including the Pee Dee where listed as having fish unsafe for children or pregnant women to eat. With several new coal fired power plants going on line in SC to produce power for export, the mercury from the coal was expected to push mercury levels up even higher, to the point where the public might object, a conservative, rural public which would cut into the Republican base and be in conflict with major campaign donors. The simple solution to this problem was just to end testing. I guess they put up a few warning signs at boat ramps saying the fish weren't tested, which were probably blasted to pieces in a few months. However you shouldn't be eating fish from freshwater rivers in SC unless you know it's safe. I don't know what we know about salt water fish and seafood.
Naturally there is an inverse relationship between the number of years I've been out of college and my tolerance level for college drunks. However, anyone who spends $25,000 on a goddamn water fountain deserves to be checked every now and then by the karma police.
I would like to come across just one nonprofit that has its internal shit together. Even the most well-intentioned, smart organizations I've encountered usually succumb to problems of disorganization, ego and/or fiscal tension. (I've worked for three, and hopefully only three.)
I will preface this review by saying we went on Father's Day, so I knew it would be 'blown up' with people. I arrived 30 minutes ahead of my group to put our name on the list b/c we had 7 people in our party & I figured they would need to combine 2 tables or something, so I was trying to think ahead. The hostess looked put out when i said there were 7 people and said things like, "well, we dont really have tables for 7, can you split tables?" and "if everyone isnt here when we call you, we have to skip you." I appreciated the honesty, but not the attitude it came with. Well, when they called us, 5 of the 7 folks were present (the other 2 were trying to find a parking spot). We explained this and when the hostess walked away, she said "Well, I cant hold a 7 top for people who arent here" to a waitress. 5 of the 7 of us WERE right there, and we were going to sit and order coffees/mimosas, etc. They sat us at a 5 top and told us the other 2 would have to sit 'over there' -- totally across the room. SO, she wasnt holding a 7 top, then, right?! We actually asked the waitress if there was any way to squeeze 2 extra chairs at our current table & she was nice enough to suggest we add the adjacent 2 top she had (couple there were paying bill). Once we got settled and ordered, the food came out pretty quickly and was decent enough for breakfast fare, although nothing 'spectacular'. The other posters are right, this place really seems to cater to tourists and shoots for quantity over quality experience. I hadnt been here in a while and probably would try other places before returning again.
See, kids, even a low-life peeping tom can make a living at what he loves.....
Finally got out here Saturday night......Damn!! Actually the best burgers I've had in Charleston and you've got to try the Sloppy Fries. Only glitch we had was wife insists her beef is destroyed and the color of shoe leather. When I told the server that she didn't like the Medium doneness, he apologized (unnecessary), took it back to the kitchen, returned with it shortly, apologized again and offered to replace it if it still wasn't right. It was perfect, the service, especially for a burger joint, was friendly and over-the-top the food was exceptional and, by comparison, if some of the prices charged for Downtown burgers are justified, then this place is the best bargain around.
In my experience there is no "standard" way to "how it is done down here." Undiluted hard liquor in this heat is a jam good time for some, hot death for others. Besides, at the insane prices Pappy has reached recently the best way to drink it is on someone else's dime
Dumb writing by a 19 year old intern....maybe 20.
So Joe, by your reckoning the Whites from Europe are the wrong-race invaders of North America and their genocide against Native Americans is unacceptable, so they have every right to perform towards Whites that you do against Blacks? Oh, OK, I get it now. Guess I'd better high-tail it back to France, and where are you headed Herr Berger?
To nofaith, et al- we must at all costs defend the 2 nd amendment, but that "band together for the common good" thing.... well that was window dressing, they didn't really mean that, right?
Mat - "diddly shit for locals?" how about the average of about $30 per day each tourist pays in sales and lodging taxes? Figures show that tourists pay a major portion of Charleston County's tax burden. Without them our taxes would be a whole lot higher. I'm all for taking care of locals first, and if you do the math, this does.
Oddly, I don't think that is how it is done down here. In my experience in the heat, people mostly drink their alcohol mixed with water or something else. Undiluted Hard liquor in this heat, even with food runs people down pretty fast. Different in the winter.
Great articulation of how I felt about "Midsummer", although I missed the last 5 mintues because I was gone at the intermission.
But not enough people use public transportation for it to cover its costs it should not exist. End of story.
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