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Poor work ethic pads unemployment rate

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Re: “Labor Day evolves from early roots to today’s challenges,” editorial, Monday:

This editorial was written three years ago, but not too much has changed since then. It notes that in July 2014, more than 10 percent of Wilson County residents were considered unemployed. This July, the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.

How can we have thousands of foreign workers and a 10 percent unemployment rate among our citizens at the same time? This simply carries the logic of stupidity. I suppose the first answer of a bureaucratic economist would be that the foreign workers are undercutting wages and forcing our citizens into unemployment. That is for sure the talk of a labor union. For you who believe that, tomorrow I’m flying a kite made of $100 bills.

If it’s true that the foreigners’ low wages are causing this dilemma, for heaven’s sake, why not disallow the foreign worker in the first place? They certainly cannot come here legally unless certified and invited. The reason for the dismal unemployment rate has nothing to do with these foreign workers; it’s the hard work — and too many Americans don’t believe in dirty jobs and of course, the federal government is the benefactor.

Do you think that if all the foreign workers were immediately sent home, would all of our 10 percent unemployed rush in for their jobs? Absolutely not, and if push comes to shove, there would be protest and demonstrations that would make Charlottesville look like a Sunday school picnic. The liberals would cry foul and Donald Trump would have another arrow stuck through him.

Let me say right here and now that this letter is not to bash the foreigners. These people and their families back home are hungry, and hungry people will work in unusual circumstances. That is more than I can say for many of the subject 10 percent. I am vehemently opposed to any foreigner being in this country without proper credentials.

I’ll be the first to admit there are some people who play the unemployment game fairly just as there are many who deserve welfare, but the federal government makes little effort to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Carl Hinson

Wilson

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