Subject: Cheap Tomatoes

Nine hundred teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified
School District. They are $650,000 over their annual budget. The
following comments by an English teacher help to explain one area that
looms large over California’s educational crisis. I hope each person
receiving this mail will read it carefully, all the way to the end. It
is sad what is happening to our great country, all because our
politicians are afraid they will miss out on a vote. What a travesty!

This English teacher has phrased it the best I’ve seen yet, and it
should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or

From a California school teacher…..

As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal
immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of: I am
in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large
southern California high school which is designated a Title-1 school,
meaning that its students average in the lower socio-economic and
income levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about are Compton, South Gate
High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where their students are
protesting – these are also Title-1 schools.

Title-1 schools are on the free-breakfast and free-lunch program. When
I say free breakfast, I’m not talking about a glass of milk and a roll

But a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would
make the Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with
trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (Our tax
dollars at work!)

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least
moderately overweight. About 75% or more have cell phones. The school
also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls
(some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the
inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family
watch their kids. (More of our tax dollars at work!)

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department, or risk losing
funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for
My budget was already substantial, but I ended up buying new computers
for the Computer Learning Center, half of which, one month later, were
carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel
humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (More and
more of our tax dollars at work!)

I have had to intervene several times for young substitute teachers
whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the
country less than 3 months, who raised so much hell with the female
teachers, calling them putas (whores) and throwing things, that the
teachers were in tears.

Free medical care, free education, free food, free day care, etc., etc.,
etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled not only to be in this
country, but also to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants
contribute to our society, because they happen to like their gardener
and/or housekeeper, and they like to pay less for tomatoes, I say:
Spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the
true costs.

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs,
more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding,
new diseases, etc., etc., etc. For me, I’ll pay more for

Americans, we need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a
disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in
their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world
culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting
pregnant and dropping out of school by age 15, and that refuses to
assimilate, plus an American culture that has become so weak and
worried about “political correctness,” that we don’t have the will to
do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone
you know including your Congressman and Senators.

Cheap labor? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage.

Consumers don’t want expensive produce.

Government will tell you ‘Americans don’t want the jobs.’

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a
myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He
takes a job for $5.00 or $6.00/hour. At that wage, with six
dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he
files an income
tax return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200,


1 He qualifies for Section-8 housing and subsidized rent;

2 He qualifies for food stamps;

3 He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care;

4 His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school;

6 He requires bilingual teachers and books;

7 He qualifies for relief from high energy bills;

8 If they are, or become aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI;

9 Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare (All of this at
taxpayer’s {our} expense);

10 He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or
homeowner’s insurance;

11 Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material;

12 He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour
in benefits;

13 Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after
paying their bills and his;

14 The American taxpayers also pays for increased crime, graffiti and
trash clean-up.

Cheap labor? Yeah right! Wake up people! These are the questions we
should be addressing to the Presidential candidates for either party.
And when they lie to us and don’t do as they say, we should replace
them at once!

We must take action or we will all go down the drain because a few
don’t care. And if you think this is bad, just wait until a Democrat
becomes President and the redistribution of wealth becomes the norm in
this ex-Democracy. This will be passed on only by those Americans who
truly care!

Comment (1)

  1. Rhoda Elaine Gelman

    True & Enlightening? To The Core! Are Americans Really Listening – and Caring? Most do not! One hears the cry out, we need and must ‘educate!’ What I receive is a selfish reply and or comment: oh that is sad or I will not talk about politics! We as American Patriot Sovereigns Must Become ‘Active’ and Develop a Definitive Strategy to “Wake Up Americans Who Are Sovereigns and Do Genuinely Care!” I am a writer and part of the PR World so I have been active, yet deadly silence and selfish. We Must Do More than commenting online – We Must ‘Show Who We Are.’ We Must Come Together and Unite! How? Rhoda Gelman


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