I just read in today's newspaper about Alabama's tough migrant workers' laws discouraging immigrants from picking crops. It was noted that the immigrants are far more efficient in picking fruit than American workers, doing backbreaking work. Americans, on the other hand, would work half a day, then sour, and quit. They weren't getting a fair wage for their labor, and producers are concerned the crops will rot on the vine for failure to get good help. I believe American laborers are just as good as anyone else at their jobs, providing they have incentive to do the job. I have a question for producers: why not pay a reasonable day's wage for a reasonable day's work? I believe Americans are intelligent enough to see what's fair, and when they're being ripped off. Americans are just applying their right to strike if conditions warrant. Just like when I go to the store to buy fruit, I look at the price. If the price is too high my my judgment, I simply won't buy it. The crop can rot in the store, just as well as on the vine. On the other hand, reason begets more reason. If Americans are given a reasonable chance, it improves their incentive to produce. The crops can be picked, and I can also achieve a reasonable price at the grocery store, which improves my incentive to spend. Producers, let's use our heads for once!
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