Agriprocessors Puts Barak Obama In The ‘Meat-Grinder’ - YWN
Besides Barry Hussein Obama not knowing what city he was in yesterday (listen to his remarks in his brief appearance last night and his confusion first saying he was in Kansas City and then saying he was in St. Louis. Even his daughter asked him "Daddy, what city are you in?" Obama responds: "I'm in Kansas City sweetie". Now if he only knew whether that was Missouri or Kansas. All that after saying "you want a persistent President." Obama's appearance begins at the 3 hr 34 sec mark at CSPAN convention day 1 coverage part two) may experience long load time
In any event, Obama took time out during the day to pass judgment against Agriprocessors for "taking advantage of undocumented workers".
"When you read about a meatpacking plant hiring 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds - that is some of the most dangerous, difficult work there is. ... They have kids in there wielding buzz saws and cleavers? It's ridiculous. And the only reason they're hiring these folks is because they want to avoid paying decent wages and providing decent benefits."
Those poor undocumented workers (IE. id thieves), you victims of greedy Joos making wages and benefits at or above industry standards. How ungrateful you are to make allegations after being arrested by ICE and put in line to go to your home countries after a visit to a US Federal prison where you eat 3 squares and have access to free medical care. Obama fell into the trap of believing what he wanted to believe. Maybe it was just a natural willingness to accept unproven allegations and maybe the reason is, that something inside him allowed him to do so. Its believable, you know, the Joos own that place.
Obama at least paid lip service to being a nation of laws but only after discussing the hardships for those who break the law. What better way to warm up for the Democrat National Convention than to throw a bone to the union bosses and the immigration amnesty crowd.
Nat Lewin contradicts and chides Obama in his piece hyperlinked above and copied below. Lewin contends that Obama, the law professor, should know better.
August 26, 2008
On Monday, YWN reported that Barak Obama had blasted Agriprocessors in a comment to a reporter. The following is the official response to Barak Obama issued by Nathan Lewin on behalf of Agri:
This is a shocking statement from a former president of the Harvard Law Review and former constitutional law professor who has sworn, as a United States Senator, to uphold the Constitution which prescribes a presumption of innocence until guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Before he made public accusations accusing a meat-packing plant of hiring 13 and 14 year olds “only……to avoid paying people decent wages and providing them decent benefits” and declared that the minors were assigned to work with “buzz saws and cleavers,” did Senator Obama look at the evidence or consider the plant’s categorical denial of these allegations?
Agriprocessors recruited only those who were over 18 and knowingly accepted for employment only applicants who said they were over 18. Applicants may have lied about their age to get a job.
Agriprocessors fired four girls in 2007 when it discovered, from its own internal investigation, that they were under age.
The Iowa Labor Department conducted an on-site inspection in April 2008 with an expert at spotting minors and did not identify to Agriprocessors any person on its work-force who looked to be under 18.
No one alleges that any employee who was later identified as under 18 was working at Agriprocessors with “buzz saws and cleavers.”
Everyone on the Agriprocessors payroll, regardless of age, received wages and benefits at or above industry standards.
(Nathan Lewin: Washington attorney for Agriprocessors who was an officer of the Harvard Law Review, a law clerk for a Supreme Court Justice, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in the 1960’s, and now teaches a constitutional law seminar at Columbia Law School.)
Obama on Agriprocessors - Des Moines Register