Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men, governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. And why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity? But is uniformity of opinion desirable? No more than of face and stature.

- Thomas Jefferson

Damn Foreign Avocados

Yes, the clearest of the Clear Politics. US avocado growers are opposed to foreign avocados. Each protecting theirs, it must be assumed.

No matter how festive the dip, they still fear pests and unfair competition if Mexican imports are expanded beyond their current controls. Truth: It is the competition they fear, the $$$. Yes, avocados will be cheaper if they are imported from Mexico, and it will help the Mexican economy while hurting some US growers and helping US consumers, but that is the free market.

I guess unions, the few left, must be in support of closing the borders to foreign labor avocados, but who else would really be opposed? Thatís right, the growers, but what about the othr 99.99% of the economy?

When the Constitution talks about national defense, this is not the meaning of the reference.

Hmmmm, do you think they are opposed to foreign oil? How about foreign labor working in their orchards?

Pop Quiz: Is the avocado a fruit? A vegetable?

posted at 16:26:59 on 06/16/04 by clearpolitics - Category: Best of - [Permalink]

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