Mindful of the timeless advice our mothers gave us, that if
you can`t say something nice, don`t say anything at all, I
have this comment about California Senator Dianne Feinstein:
"She`s great for my job security!"
After considering Feinstein for several hours (a profoundly
unpleasant task), that`s the best I can come up with.
Of course, if you don`t write
immigration reform columns for a living (as I do) then you
most assuredly can`t think of a good thing about Feinstein.
Now that I`ve fulfilled my obligation to my mother, I can
proceed to the matter at hand: Feinstein and her perverse
guest worker programs and the temporary (ha!)
legal status she wants to include in them.
Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, no day at the beach either,
shot Feinstein down when he stripped Feinstein`s
ag worker provision from the
Senate Iraq spending bill. Score
another big win for
But Feinstein`s duplicity left an unusually bad stench behind
that deserves a close look.
But Feinstein reduced herself to
stealth measures when she attached
late in the evening of May 16th a100 page-illegal
alien farm worker amnesty for approximately 3 million illegal
aliens to a Senate Appropriations Committee Iraq spending
Feinstein`s passion for guest worker programs, in light of
massive evidence that none are necessary, is truly breathtaking.
She is not embarrassed or ashamed to boldly lie about what is
really going on in the fields and farms.
Here, according to a San Francisco Chronicle story
written by Carolyn Lochhead, is what Feinstein hopes she can get
you to believe:
"It`s an emergency. If you can`t
get people to prune, to plant, to pick, to pack, you can`t run a
Lofgren push for immigrant workers, May 16, 2008]
I count five lies in two short sentences.
Or, if you prefer to look at it another way, in a
twenty-one-word statement, Feinstein lied five times.
First lie, no "emergency" exists because, second and
workers finished pruning and planting months ago. Lies
number four and five: picking and packing are in progress.
I am literally surrounded by orchards with substantial
acreage located directly to my north, south, east and west.
What I see—all day, every day—are workers
hard at the task of picking fruit in the middle of what
promises to be a
banner harvest. (If you want, you can come to Lodi and
pick some yourself at a local farm.)
If Feinstein were to offer an opinion about conditions
in California`s fields that we may not agree with, that`s one
But to stand up on the Senate floor and deliver a series of
completely transparent lies (transparent, that is, to anyone who
makes the slightest effort to learn the truth) is an altogether
You can be sure that if Feinstein had tangible evidence that
"an emergency" existed, we`d see photographs of the
proverbial "rotting crops."
Let her send one of her eager staffers from any of those
cities—plenty of agriculture in and around all of them—into the
fields to produce the "shocking photos" that she could
then wave around to her Senate colleagues.
But on-the-scene pictures would hurt Feinstein`s cause so
don`t expect to see any.
What more can I say about Feinstein that I haven`t
I could speculate that
Feinstein is a born liar.
Read my complete accounting of the 2007 cherry crop
here. And if you don`t believe me, then read
this report from the USDA confirming that in 2007 California
cherry growers produced 92,000 tons, a 119 percent increase
Or I could say that a millionaire like Feinstein who is
married to the billionaire Richard C. Blum shouldn`t be spending
her golden years in the back pocket of the
grower`s lobby in exchange for
campaign chump change.[Richard
Blum, the Man Behind URS, Next to Sen. Feinstein, By Tom
Abate, San Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2008]
That sort of behavior strikes me as unseemly, to say the
I suppose that I could summarize Feinstein by observing that
at 75 she`s an old witch who is long past her retirement age and
losing her marbles.
But since some readers may consider those remarks harsh,
unkind and therefore unworthy of me, I`ll simply return to
providing you with more facts.
Simply put, there`s no excuse for hiring illegal aliens or
importing more foreign-born workers.
North Carolina growers have recently set up
an association that meets all its
ag labor needs through
local workers and
legal foreign workers brought through the existing
H-2A visa, the provisions of which ensure—or try to— that
the seasonal guest workers go home.
Why shouldn`t California growers
play by the same rules as law-abiding farmers in other states
like North Carolina?
Finally, this important point made to me during an exchange
by California rancher Cindy Woods:
"There are no emergency or any
crops rotting. Millions of legal immigrants
work in our nation`s fields.
"Feinstein should think for a
moment about our California children who are getting ready for
our state fairs right now.
"They are America`s future
farmers. Our children have worked their hearts out to show their
animals and their ag produce. They deserve a chance.
"Shame on Feinstein!"
The program is a prominent and exciting part of many
high school curriculums.
What, after all, what can young Californians do for
Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive