I recently watched a television documentary about workers from Mexico who entered this country legally under the federal guest worker program to pick vegetables in North Carolina. They traveled hundreds of miles to come here and might be away from home for the better part of the year.
I can't help but wonder how many of the protesters in New York City's financial district who claim they can't find employment would be willing to pick vegetables, or heaven forbid, do any form of manual labor.
Sorry Nancy Pelosi, I find it difficult to feel sorry for these "young and energetic" protesters. I picked strawberries as a teenager and worked in the Texas oil fields to pay for a college education. Jobs were scarce when I graduated, but I spent my time looking for work, not protesting.
Of course, I had to be satisfied with an entry-level job, somewhat below that of a corporate CEO.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.