Katie Pavlich

Liberals will often tell you that illegal immigration has nothing to do with the economy, and when they admit that it does, they say "illegals do the jobs Americans won't do."

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a law similar to Arizona's SB 1070 in order to deal with the illegal immigration problem costing the state billions each year. Now the Governor is encouraging unemployed Americans to fill farm jobs as illegals once working in the industry have left.

Are you out of work? Are you looking for a job? Do you live in Georgia?

If the answer to those questions is "yes," Gov. Nathan Deal has an idea for you: Become a farm worker.

"We still have an unemployment level here that is unacceptably high, whether or not we can provide some way of transitioning some of those individuals," Deal said last week.

With a 9.6% unemployment rate in Georgia, University of Georgia Economist Jeff Humphries thinks the governor's plan could work.

"Employers have the upper hand, and people looking for jobs are more desperate than ever before," Humphries said. "Given that unemployment benefits are starting to run out for an increasing number of workers...this is the best time to try it out."

For some unemployed Georgians, however, the idea is not so appealing.

Marci Mosley, who lives in Atlanta, has been out of work for more than a year. She said she would only work on a farm as a last resort.

"I have a phobia of snakes," Mosley said. "I hate spiders...You have to get up early in the morning, and it's hot."

"It could be a setback for people," Mosley said. "The only people that would even think about doing that are people who have nothing else left...An educated black person does not have time for that. They didn't go to school to work on a farm, and they're not going to do it."

 

I guarantee if the government stops sending out extended welfare and unemployment checks, people will find a job and unemployment will go down. If Americans like Ms. Mosley can't get over their fear of snakes, spiders, getting up early or the heat, they don't deserve a job and definitely don't deserve an unemployment check from taxpayers who are willing to get up early and work a hard day in the heat. Mosley's condescending attitude toward farm work, as if it is below her, is also appauling.

"I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being."
-Theodore Roosevelt


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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