As usual, the facts are quite a bit different from the political issues. From

Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All

Matthew Staver for The New York Times

John Harold found himself short of workers to harvest his corn and onions after he decided to try to hire more local residents and fewer foreign laborers for his 1,000-acre farm.


Published: October 5, 2011

OLATHE, Colo. — How can there be a labor shortage when nearly one out of every 11 people in the nation are unemployed?





Austin Chronicle – Oct. 21, 2011

The years between 1966 to 1973, during which the World Trade Center was built, were the sunset years of the mob’s so-called Five Families. The mob was a powerful presence on the docks, in trucking and garbage collection, and in construction – besides traditional mob businesses like brothels, illegal gambling, loansharking, money laundering, violence-for-hire, and its growing control of the dope trade. During those years, New York City was up for sale: dirty cops, judges, regulators, inspectors, prison guards. In that wild, dirty era, the wild and dirty ruled.

New York is squeaky now, right? As U.S. Attorney (1983-1989 and mayor of New York City (1994-2001), Rudy Guiliani famously cleaned up the town, and his successor, Michael Bloomberg, has kept it clean. That’s the story, anyway.

Well, welcome to the New York construction in this clean era:

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Dear Senator Simpson

November 2, 2011

A friend forwards this, and I can’t argue with the logic of it.

Social Security was the best-thought-out and most socially stabilizing legacy of the Roosevelt administration. And then, as this woman points out, the pols first started messing with it, then began demonizing it, and now seem determined to destroy it.

Do you remember about 15 years ago when the Republicans were making it an article of faith that the thing to do was to “privatize” Social Security so people could put equal amounts into Wall Street accounts? That was just before the crash. Would have worked out real well, wouldn’t it?

And of course, people, given a choice, would have spent what would begin to look like a lot of money, not realizing how much money is needed to finance a retirement. This, while nearly everybody’s pensions were being stolen….

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