Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This is one of the reasons I like McCain.

He doesn't take crap from anyone:

Sen. John McCain threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the Iraq war.

"If you like, I will leave," McCain told the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted. "OK, then please give me the courtesy I would give you."

I saw some of this on TV where McCain said that he would challenge anyone in the audience to go work as a farm worker picking lettuce for a whole season even at $50 an hour. He said "you won't do it." And he is right. I am sorry but that is just the dang truth.

I was watching this on Lou Dobbs and Dobbs said something to the effect that people keep saying things like McCain was saying and that paying a decent wage would drive up our grocery prices too much. Dobbs said " The facts tell us something different." And the story went on to show how paying decent wages would only drive prices up about $10 a year per family. Well paying a decent wage is a whole different argument than saying that Americans won't do this back breaking work. Even if you paid a decent wage (and I think they should) Americans still wouldn't do this work. That is why a guest worker program is the best solution for now. It would keep businesses from exploiting these people and we could get a handle on the 11 million illegal aliens that work in this country.

When he finished the speech and asked whether anybody had "questions, comments or insults."

The guy has star power people.