Feinstein`s Failed Backdoor Amnesty Effort Had A Bodyguard Of Lies

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
dedication to

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
our side!

But Feinstein`s duplicity left an unusually bad stench behind
that deserves a close look.

Feinstein sank to

lower than pond scum
levels on her latest effort to pass a
completely unnecessary agricultural worker bill. She`s worse
than

Barack Obama
or

John McCain.

At least with

Obama
and

McCain,
you know where they`re coming from and they go
straight at you with their immigration advocacy.

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
measure.

Once considered a moderate on immigration, Feinstein further
debased herself by joining ranks with

Idaho Senator Larry Craig
. What possible credibility could

Craig
have on any issue?

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
farm."
[Feinstein,
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
third lies,

workers finished pruning and planting months ago.
Lies
number four and five: picking and packing are in progress.

How exactly do I know that Feinstein is trying to foist off a
pack of lies? As a resident of
California`s San Joaquin Valley,
I drive past

cherry orchards
and

strawberry
fields daily.

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
thing.

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
different—and disgusting—matter.

You can be sure that if Feinstein had tangible evidence that
"an emergency" existed, we`d see photographs of the
proverbial "rotting crops."

Feinstein maintains

offices
in San Francisco, Los Angeles,

San Diego
and my San Joaquin County neighbor, Fresno.

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

written before?

I could speculate that

Feinstein is a born liar.

Just last year, she

predicted
that the labor shortage "would cost

California`s economy
$3 billion in the short term and as
much as $4.1 billion over the long- term."

But as it turned out, no one lost ten cents.
The only thing that can make crops rot in the

San Joaquin Valley
is rain—something it

rarely does
during the spring and summer.

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
over 2006.

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
least.

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
may be

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:

"Being a
cattle rancher
and having friends and family in 4-H
and

Future Farmers of America
, I have a lot to say about
Feinstein and her pack of lies.

"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!"

Feinstein knows all about

Future Farmers of America
with its

500,00 young members and 7,000 chapters.

The program is a prominent and exciting part of many
California

high school curriculums.

But why would Feinstein care about that? She sits in

her mansion
overlooking the San Francisco Bay with nary a
thought about

non-voting age kids
and their dreams.

What, after all, what can young Californians do for
Feinstein?

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
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive
to
VDARE.COM.