Outsourcing American Farms

If you want to go catch the illegal aliens, I’m sorry undocumented workers, on harvest season go swoop in to pick them up. … If the labor force is undocumented, I think there are a lot of people who would want to go and work there. There are a lot of people unemployed in California.
– Adam Curry, No Agenda Show, Episode 403

Adam Curry, who moved out of California and asks for donations online, instead of working farm jobs complains of others who do. Lets be clear, these jobs are migrant temporary jobs that usually paid in such a structure that the hourly rate comes out to sub-minimum wage. Adam Curry is not going to pick strawberries in California fields, and few other Californians are going to do so. Most Californians are all developing the next $1 billion startup or big television production deal. So if Adam Curry and other Californians are not going to harvest the crops then let others do so. If we can’t get migrant farm workers to come work on American farms, American farms will just shut down and that production will move out of the country.

Farm owners don’t necessary care who picks the fruits and vegetables off their land, they just care that they have a good harvest. American farmers care if they can afford to stay in business, if they can find the necessary workers, if they have access to water, and if they are going to be priced out or regulated out of business by the EPA.

American farms are under threat of extinction, just as American manufacturing has been mostly outsourced, so will American farms. We’ve lost so much ground on American manufacturing that the San Francisco Bay Bridge, a multi-billion dollar project, is largely constructed in China, transported on site in pieces, and assembled in place. If the Golden Gate was to be rebuilt today, it would be like any Apple product, designed in California, made in China. A project like the Bay Bridge generates more wealth and more jobs in China than it does in California.

American farms will go the way of American manufacturing. Go to your local grocery story, walk the produce aisle, and you will see that half the fruits and vegetables come from outside the country. You’ll see all sorts of produce from Mexico, Central America, South American, and even Southeast Asia. In the years to come, you’ll see more of this trend because American farms are being squeezed out by regulation, access to water, farm labor, and other costs to that point that most farms will simply be outsourced.

Self Serving Censorship in the Media

Two things happened this week that speaks volumes of the double standards and double talk of the press and how they function to spread FUD in the populace as an instrument of the Ministry of Misinformation. The first revelation was the firing of Juan Williams by NPR. Juan Williams was a long time correspondent and news analyst a the NPR was fired after he appeared on the Fox News television show The O’Reilly Factor when he spoke about his views about Muslims who wear middle eastern clothing. In particular the soundbite used by all news outlets is the following, “I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.” He said a lot more than just that, this one quote was pulled out from larger discussion about how America is not at war with Islam or Muslims, but neither side listens to the context, just the out of context blurb about some garb. The firing of Juan Williams comes less than a month after Shirley Sherrod from the USDA by the administration when a video of her came out that took a speech where she admitted that at one point she had racist attitudes towards a white farmer. Shirley was speaking to an all black audience about something that happened years prior, and she was the whole context of her speech was about how she herself overcame those racist tendencies against. The political correctness police is just as bad as the secret police in making examples of those that honestly speak their mind.

The other event that shed light into the incompetence of the news media is the wikileaks release nearly 400,000 documents. Let me be clear and first state that by no mean would I ever want any service men or women to be harmed by the release of these documents. That being said, they are fighting in Iraq for transparency and democracy and to keep the American people in the dark of what is happening in Iraq is a disservice to those serving there. If this was 1970 and these document were housed in some closet in the Watergate hotel and if Julian Assange worked for the The Washington Post he might have won the Pulitzer Price for uncovering the truth in Iraq. Even with journalists embedded with the military, the news media is blind or turning the other way to keep the American population misinformed