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n Alabama a farm-worker gets paid $2 to harvest a twenty-five pound box of tomatoes. I stopped by the local supermarket today and weighed a fist-sized tomato and it came to a half-pound. That means you'd have to pick 50 tomatoes to make those two dollars.

(BTW, do the math on that. I easily pay 75 cents or more for a tomato. Is there any sane reason the mark-up on a tomato should be 1900%? Here's an idea... pay the farm-workers more and kick the middlemen out of the fiscal loop.)

It's not easy work. American farm workers typically don't last a day at the job, picking a a dozen boxes or so before calling it quits. But immigrants have been known to pick 150 boxes a day. That's great for the Alabama tomato farmers but right now their crop is rotting on the vines as their State congress, led by the friendly Republican Party, recently passed anti-immigrant laws that emptied the fields and sent all the braceros racing for the borders.

Way to go, geniuses.


I had planned a Halloween joke for today but the 'net is puking them up left and right so I thought I'd go for the tomato gag. Everyone loves them tomatoes.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #102 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(102) 10-31-2011: A new report revels that GOP "job-creating" spending cuts resulted in the loss of 370,000 jobs. Gosh, who'd-a-thunk?

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


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Is this:

A. An Alabama tomato picked by immigrant for 4 cents apiece?
B. An Alabama tomato picked by an American citizen for 4 cents apiece?
C. A Republican congressman willing to admit he was wrong to pass an anti-immigrant law?
D. A unicorn that poops Red Bull and Slim Jims?

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