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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Jun23rd, 2011

Migrant workers picking GA Vidalia onions
It seems that the State of Georgia is learning some very hard and very expensive lessons in the wake of their having recently passed a sweeping new law cracking down on "illegals."

Jay Bookman writes for the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"After enactment of House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The resulting manpower shortage has forced state farmers to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry."

The story goes on to detail the looming agricultural disaster while highlighting just how unattractive these essential positions are... even in this economy. Once again, popular Republican fundraising mechanisms and social engineering schemes are bad for, well, the economy.


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