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We can always rely on NewsBusters to provide us with some faux-outrage about alleged "liberal media bias." Take Matt Hadro's report from February 28 about Alex Sink's comments on immigration reform:

In a clear double standard, CNN was in an uproar on Thursday and Friday over an Arizona GOP legislator's racist jokes about Latinos but has yet to report a Florida Democrat's gaffe about immigrants.

"As if lawmakers in the state of Arizona didn't already have enough negative national attention, there is this," Anderson Cooper piled on. He played state representative John Kavanagh's "racist roast" of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and added that his jokes "set off a firestorm in the Latino community." Yet a few days ago, Florida Democrat Alex Sink emphasized the importance of immigration reform because of the need for landscapers and hotel workers and CNN has said nothing.

Below is a transcript of Sink's remark:

"Immigration reform is important in our country. It's one of the main agenda items of the beach's chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over in the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? And we don't need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers."

Hadro highlighted an irrelevant part of Sink's comments. The last sentence is the most crucial. Her point was not that immigration reform is necessary because we need to enslave immigrants, but that immigration reform is necessary so employers don't hire illegal immigrants.

We can always count on NewsBusters to get outraged over something that isn't even offensive.

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  •  Not just "don't hire illegal immigrants".... (0+ / 0-)

    but are forced to hire illegal immigrants... or have no business.
    Hadro is only talking to the already brain-dead.
    Everyone else knows better.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:07:44 PM PST

    •  i feel like this connects to the (1+ / 0-)
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      minimum wage debate ongoing. If the employers would offer more money for that work, then that should attract unemployed American workers. We have lots of those.

      If demand is greater than supply, then the solution is to raise the price you will pay for a good.  Isn't it better to have Americans working for a living wage than to import labor and have American unemployed?

      •  That is (1+ / 0-)
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        well thought out. For all the concern about welfare disincentivizing work, work could be incentivized with a living wage.

      •  Yes, but I have no problem with immigrant labor (1+ / 0-)
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        necessarily. It should be structured so that it's not abusively exploitive and not designed to disenfranchise a sector of American society. ]

        The whole continuum of labor is fucked up. There should be more jobs, and there should be some kind of dignified role for everyone to play in  society.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:57:07 PM PST

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        •  no problem in the abstract (0+ / 0-)

          Except that a large labor supply will drive down the price of labor. And we'd rather have that going up than down.

          And it's our citizens who are more likely to be priced out of the market.

          •  I was a framing contractor in Texas, and there was (1+ / 0-)
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            no one other than immigrant labor available. No one. Then, there was a flood of immigrant labor at the height of the housing bubble such that it drove the price down and immigrants took over as contractors.
            So I'm very aware of the problem. But I don't blame the immigrants.

            You can't make this stuff up.

            by David54 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:49:09 PM PST

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