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Bloviating Zeppelin: If This Is An Issue, Can Our Own CPE Be Far Behind?

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

If This Is An Issue, Can Our Own CPE Be Far Behind?

They were fired "for standing up for their rights," Herrada said.

Now the issue in the United States is becoming very much like France: Can you fire a worker? And under what circumstances? And what if that worker is illegal? And what if they demand their "entitlements" -- like a job?
A manager at a Detroit meatpacking plant said Monday that 15 immigrant women were fired last month after attending a protest for immigrant rights. He said they had been told that they would be terminated if they missed work on the day of the protest. The fired workers were natives of Mexico and many had worked at the plant for several years. Most have children and are worried about supporting their families, Herrada said.

Many were employed by Minuteman Staffing. So when Wolverine wanted to fire the workers, the meatpacking company told Minuteman to let go of the workers, he said. A manager with Minuteman said he couldn't comment on the case.

But the workers say they were treated wrongly.

"It was not fair,'" said Mercedes, a 31-year-old Detroit woman who attended the rally and was fired. "We went to fight for our rights." Mercedes is undocumented and asked that her last name not be used.

"It was really unfair of a company to do that," said Edith Castillo, head of the Detroit-based Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development.
The photo: Activists wait to see the owner of the Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit on Monday.(MARY SCHROEDER/Detroit Free Press)
As The Entitlements Turn:
Allow me to examine the issue just a bit.
First: is life really fair? Has it always been "fair" to you? Oddly enough, as shocked as you may be, this older, male Anglo has not always been treated "fairly" by life. Is that a proper expectation? Is that a realistic expectation? I submit this: those who expect life to be "fair" shall experience their life's path in two fashions -- with a chip on their shoulder and with great disappointment. Life is Attitude. Life is what you make of it -- and no one else. Why is it said that Republicans are generally more happy? Spiritual people more happy and more able to weather adversity? I think you have a bit of the answer already.
Second: it is indicated in the article that some of the workers may be or are illegal. And they have a "right" to a job because. . . . ?
Third: let's assume everyone is legal. The workers have a right to a job because they decided, collectively or individually, to leave the job? After management told them what would occur?
Fourth: anyone hear or recall something about Free Will? About the ability to make decisions, and then accept responsibility for one's chosen actions? Ring a bell? Because a person is illegal, does that mean that person is by nature inherently stupid and unable to reason out the foreseeable consequences of one's actions?
Fifth: some or all of these people are illegal. See my previous posts for my clear and obvious opinions. Hello? Illegal.
Sixth: like France, we are becoming enthralled with the notion that more and more things are due us because we breathe and stand on two legs. Did or did not the ol' BZ write, in past posts, that the issues before us now not only include illegal immigrants but also enfold the concept of more and greater entitlements?
What's past is prologue, dear readers.
(My apologies for the formatting. Blogger is pitching a tantrum with me and I cannot delineate paragraphs at this time. -- BZ)
Also: I am leaving for my monthly week-long trip to San Diego for school. I will be away from blogging until Monday of next week, the 17th. If I acquire an earlier flight I may post on Sunday because, after all, I just can't stay away. And who knows what might happen in the interim?


Blogger NEO, SOC said...

You make sense; however, we are dealing with pragmatic pansies who could care less what is right or wrong. What matters most is how they will benefit from the situation.

Thu Apr 13, 09:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great post!! I totally agree, the entitlement mindset is getting way out of hand.

Thu Apr 13, 10:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Fish said...

I'm entitled! I'm entitled to my opinion and a few things laid out pretty clearly in the Bill of Rights, but I don't remember it saying anything about my being entitled to the job of my choice. The people that own the plant have that entitlement.

Makes me think of a "homeless" protest that took place in Vegas a few years ago. I was walking by City Hall and the sidewalk had picketers with signs that read "We have a right to shelter".

Thu Apr 13, 08:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

04 13 06

Well BZ:
Best wishes with school and everything else:) You are speaking the truth here. And I am really annoyed because the immigrants feel ENTITLED to a job and I am also annoyed because the Minuteman Staffing company isn't getting sued by our government for hiring illegals! I even talked with someone the other day who was lamenting the fact that 'her Mexican' was not there to help in her business, but she is contributing to the problem! Whenever someone wants to do yardwork, I ask for their contracting license number and stuff because a legitimately operating contractor would have one and I know a lot of illegals wanna get paid under the table.

I haven't worked and paid taxes to fund someone who doesn't pay into the system like me. Forget that! And I do feel the humanity and some of the desperation these people must have to risk coming here, but we cannot continue to create incentives for them to keep it up! Our social services are totally taxed already! Check out the federalist debates on the matter (PDF); they provide two unique perspectives and I am sure you would agree with Proff Eastman:) Take CARE:)

Fri Apr 14, 03:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

You are absolutely correct, as is everyone else who commented here. Hard to add my two cents worth without repeating what has already been said. So all I have left is to say "I agree." And this is an excellent post. ...and Happy Easter!

Guess that's enough, huh! :)

Fri Apr 14, 06:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Jobs are an opportunity; not an entitlement.

Fri Apr 14, 01:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

This is a story of good ole common answer the questions. (smiling) I also posted briefly the other day of this looney woman lib on Neil Cavuto....defending illegals not showing up for work...the day of protest. Give me a break. If they do not have vacation days to ask for in advance...I would think your job and paycheck meant more...than putting your family income on the line of being fired.

I can't get the mindset of some of these people. Totally outragous if not laughable.

Happy Easter early....Hope things are going well while you are away.

Fri Apr 14, 08:18:00 PM PDT  

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