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Open Borders and the American Worker: Left of Center View

Writing from the "Left" point of view, you would expect strong support for open borders and free trade with our neighboring nations and those which are further abroad. The problem is that most of us "Lefties" take pride in standing up for the little guys, in this case labor, first and foremost. So while fair play and all that is an ideal we should definitely strive for, it is not what is at stake here. America is quickly turning into a third world nation, with little of the manufacturing industry or economy still intact. So while open trade is important, much more so is the preservation of the most endangered species, the American Middle Class.

Open borders in this instance isn't really an immigration issue, but rather a trade and foreign policy issue. The biggest problem with that being that the idiotic actions of the Bush administration have squandered almost all of the international currency America had built up over the past 70 years. It only took a couple of months to turn the vast global outpouring of sympathy after the events of 9/11/01 to unilateral hatred of all things and peoples American.

As the Bush administration's deceptions unravel to reveal the true reasons for the war in Iraq, it becomes clear that a very small group of American businessmen made a LOT of money, and will continue to do so for years to come. Everything else; foreign relations, the soldiers and their families, the American economy, our place in the global economy, became no more than collateral damage. The guys pulling the strings had to get PAID.

So while there are probably reasonable arguments both for and against an open borders policy strictly from an immigration standpoint, there is a much more pressing issue here. The U.S. needs to immediately and drastically modify the way we due business at home and abroad. We need to change our way of thinking when it comes to foreign corporations that WANT to do business here in the U.S. and are willing to hire our citizens to do so. Why should we continue to reward Ford when Toyota is now the largest car manufacturer on U.S. soil? If Airbus is willing to build it here, why not let them compete for military contracts? Isn't it time Halliburton had a little competition for all those no bid billion dollar contracts?

While we do have the world's most powerful military force it doesn't do us much good in the upcoming world war, because the next war will be economic, not military. And it's a war we are going to loose unless we drastically change our tactics and soon. Opening the borders may make it easier for "American" corporations to send more of their manufacturing out of the country, but if it brings new jobs and new economic opportunities to the Americans living from paycheck to paycheck it's worth it. We need to offer incentives to any company willing to employ Americans here at home, and if a few American corporations with their off-shore accounts and foreign work forces fall by the wayside, well that's should be considered an acceptable loss.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Open Border Trucking Policies: Right of Center View

In a nation that was built on the strength of American workers it seems that there are no longer any considerations made for those workers when our leaders make international trade policies. A good example of this is the decision to open the border with Mexico to foreign trucks and drivers to move cargo inside the United States.

American truckers have spent years sacrificing time with their families, spending weeks at a time on the road and barely making enough money to get by with many living in their trucks to ensure that we have the goods we need to make our daily lives more livable. Now our government rewards their hard work and sacrifice with policies that will allow cheap labor from Mexico to legally take their work from them. No immigration needed. It seems like the politicians are more concerned with their backers making higher profits than with the welfare of the people they were elected to represent. Apparently itís not a problem for them that this will directly negatively impact thousands of American workers with no real tangible benefit for the people in the United States other than corporate executives and their shareholders.

Beyond the impact on American truckers is the question of safety on American roads with all of these drivers from Mexico being added to the mix. If we donít know how well their drivers are being trained or how their vehicle safety standards compare to American standards we canít know how safe our divers will be with them on the road. The reassurances of politicians about the safety of foreign drivers on our roads seem somewhat hollow when you think about how well they have done with telling the truth about the issues facing America over the last few years. Why should we trust that the politicians have made sure these drivers will be as safe as American drivers when they clearly have not taken the interests of American workers into account in their decisions? How can we possibly be expected to believe that they care at all about the people when they repeatedly sell us out for a quick buck?

While some may argue that we need to find ways to keep goods inexpensive to support our economy, this cannot be the best way to do it. Opening our country to foreign drivers and vehicles puts our people at unnecessary risk. With the recent experiences of multiple foreign products being recalled because of poor safety precautions being taken in their manufacture, it becomes clear that we need to be more cautious about the way we deal with foreign trading partners. Our standards for safety are not always met by workers in foreign countries so it stands to reason that the vehicles coming into the U.S. from abroad may pose dangers to other drivers that would not be present if the vehicles were from the U.S. The safety of our people is too important to be left to chance. This is not a time to be playing Russian roulette on our roads. This plan is bad for workers, bad for safety on the roads and bad for America.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
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A Plan

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