Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Bridge Too Far?

There’s at least one Republican out there who cares about unemployment and wants to do something about it:

Congressional candidate Jack Davis shocked local Republican leaders in a recent interview when he suggested that Latino farmworkers be deported -- and that African-Americans from the inner city be bused to farm country to pick the crops.

Several sources who were in the Feb. 20 endorsement interview with Davis confirmed his comments, which echo those he made to the Tonawanda News in 2008, when he said: “We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work.”

It’s somewhat heartening that the GOP establishment has officially repudiated Mr. Davis, who’ll now have to go slumming around among the tea partiers to get support for his candidacy. Said one Republican official, “Maybe in 1860 that might have been seen by some as an appropriate comment, but not now.”

Indeed, the Republicans don’t want to go as far back as 1860. They’ve always preferred wage slavery to chattel slavery. 1870 will do just fine.

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