Behold the Slave Master

I’ve been getting a lot of flack lately because some of my recent columns have been critical of lazy American citizens, and have seemed to champion the work ethic of our large and burgeoning Mexican immigrant population.  

Additionally, the fact that some of my entry-level workers get minimum wage has provoked some to suggest I am a Slave Master , and it has been further suggested that Mexican immigrants have been taken advantage of by their American employers.

Evidently, paying the U.S. government’s mandated minimums to a people who might make a small fraction of that wage is slavery.

If you really think Americans treat Mexicans badly it might be instructive to hear how Mexicans treat Mexicans.  

My tooling and molding supervisor is a Mexican born U.S. citizen who came here in the early 1980’s.   His wife came shortly thereafter (they met here) aided by an illegal alien smuggler, affectionately referred to as a Coyote.  

Even though this man charged the family thousands of dollars for the passage, the Coyote was quite perturbed when he found my worker’s future wife, who was wearing a sweat shirt and appeared to the Coyote as a young boy, remove her sweatshirt to reveal a t-shirt and the fact she was certainly not a young boy.

The Coyote benevolently stated she was lucky he had not known she was a she, and went on to tell her she would have been taken to a Mexican brothel and forced into prostitution if he had known better.

The next time you think about American manufacturers turning Mexican immigrants into slaves by paying them no less than the government mandated minimum, don’t forget about our friendly Coyote.

As for the assertion that I exhibit some sort of preference for illegal workers; my only preference is for workers who want to work.   Seeking to employ illegal aliens is crazy, and it is exceedingly disconcerting to worry some government agency might slap you with fines when you are struggling to succeed to begin with.

Recognizing many  illegal aliens demonstrate humility and desire to get ahead while some of America’s home grown citizens expect government handouts is only proven to be accurate analysis when you see how many Democrats we have in office.   People who work hard to earn their money don’t vote for Democrats who promise to raise their taxes.

Many small manufacturers are in the unenviable position of drawing from a labor pool created by the government’s irresponsible and deliberate destruction of our border’s security.   These policies may have been encouraged by large chicken farmers and by agricultural interests, but the little entrepreneur is certainly not encouraging, and in no way happy about illegal immigration.

The problem is, these small businesses are not just competing with China and India, they are competing with the guy down the street drawing from the same labor pool!

As one of these small manufacturers, I can tell you there is no one more agitated by this impossible situation, and understand fellow American citizens in their disdain for our government’s open-border policy.

My views are conservative across the board, whether in regard to immigration or free-markets.   I abhor political correctness which is nothing more than a method used by leftists to completely unplug the brains of moron Americans who barely had them plugged in to begin with.

I think we should not only put up a border fence, I think we should send the U.S. Military down to Mexico, seize their oil fields, and confiscate the proceeds until the Mexican government changes its policy of encouraging their population to come here for work and send money home, all subsidized by American taxpayers.

Business exists to provide goods and services and acquire profit so it can continue to provide goods and services by employing people.   It is not the job of business to enforce the border; that is what we pay taxes for.

If you believe business ought to be in charge of border security and document verification, you ought to try and call the Social Security Administration about their notice informing you names and numbers don’t match, and ask if these persons must be fired only to hear, Oh no, don’t do that.

Or perhaps endure the assaults by illegal immigrant advocates who threaten to sue your small business with very well organized and funded agencies when you threaten to suspend any person who takes part in the Mexican May Day protests.

If all that tends to dampen your spirit and discourage your entrepreneurial fantasies let me tell you how I became a Slave Master.  

I started my business in 1994 with no capital (after failing repeated attempts previously).   To make up for my lack of funds I invested my labor, twenty hours a day, seven days a week.   Once a week I traveled 65 miles for a shower.   I did that for five months until I made enough money to move the business closer to my home.

After taking twenty-five thousand dollars out of the business, my partner (I had only taken three thousand.) promptly quit and I was left wondering whether I could make it.   I prevailed, doubling the company’s revenue each year for four years where I abruptly lost half my business overnight because Chinese competition had arrived in earnest.

I managed to hang on, earn enough to focus on the plastics side of the industry and move away from the tooling side.   It was like starting over because I really didn’t know processing and again had to put in long hours to make up what I lacked in competence.  

I was able to get enough business to keep going, but only by agreeing to run the plant twenty-four hours a day.   This required me to sleep on a couch for a year and fix press issues when they came up.   My operators would wake me up when a problem arose.

It took five years to make the transition from a tooling company to a processor and I still get phone calls at two or three in the morning.  

Foreign competition maintains pressure on this industry and even though our P&L looks good, an uncertain future keeps us on the precarious edge.

Anticipating my industry’s possible failure I have invested every penny of profit into R&D in an effort to develop a product that might give me independence from this uncertain and fickle service industry.   I still work over fourteen hours a day, six or seven days a week, and I’m not a kid anymore (it’s not as easy as it use to be).  

Fifteen people have employment which hangs solely on my continued efforts.  

Sound like fun?   Try it and you can be a Slave Master too.

 

Copyright 2007 Jim Pontillo  

8 thoughts on “Behold the Slave Master

  1. I read your story. And yes I can see your point, but are you talking about trying to get Blacks or Whites to work for you? And since you can’t find any that aren’t on somekind of government benefits you are forced to hire illigal aliens instead? Or maybe I’m confused as who you are talking about that won’t work for you like you would like them to. As for me I’m disabled because I worked so hard trying to keep from being laid off, which I did three times, I worked myself crippled after working six and seven days a week for five years at my last job. It was building heavy refinery equipment. These weldments were the big towers you see standing up in the air at oil refinerys. This welding is pressure vessle welding. I was a welder for thirty years and didn’t know how else to work except hard. But not physically hard but as a professional and steady. I’m 58 and come from the generation of Americans who enjoyed the kind of work I did, as used to be enjoyed by millions of other Americans, but no more. It’s not the welfare or other benefits these workers you can’t get that is keeping them from working, it’s the fact that, as I have watched tearfully, America has changed it’s economic base from a manufactoring/industrial base to a service based economy. It sucks that there aren’t the kinds of jobs like yours for kids to go into anymore. The other problem with finding workers is kids don’t want to work hard anymore, and don’t know what hard work is. I don’t mean to generalize but I would say more than over half of todays kids don’t know what it is to work hard for what they want. It’s just given to them because they exist. You can’t come up with a workforce to replace the Mexican workers when over half the American workforce to be, doesn’t know how to work. Some Blacks still do and so do their kids. But that number is dwendling more and more each year as the Black population becomes more and more affluent.

  2. At the moment, ( with serious health issues at age 57, I might add…) I’m working full time as a Mortgage Originator to scrounge enough capital to hang out a shingle as a Digital Designer, E-Publish some books, and start an ‘Indie Arts’ Showcase Internet Radio Show for Syndication. I’ll probably end up a “Slave Master”, as well. Though if the employees have some entrepreneurial spirit, they might do better than minimum wage, btu folks looking for a salary need not apply. The “Job Paradigm” is shifting, they’ll just have to get over it.
    Ric Ohge

  3. Slave master,

    Wow, I’ve had many of jobs and many different job titles to go with these jobs but never before has my title been slave. Every time I’ve heard one of my coworkers reference to the owner as a slave driver it’s always made me laugh. I have always responded to them by saying I didn’t realize slaves got paychecks every Friday and are free to do with their earnings what they please. The other thing that amazed me was that these so-called slaves willingly returned to work every day. And, also expected to be paid for sick days and compensated for health insurance. I have to say that if this was the way slaves were treated before the civil war. I don’t think the black man would’ve ever hated the white man for bringing them here from Africa.

    Our current “slave force” I mean workforce believes that the companies are screwing them. They get pissed off that the guy that’s worked there for 20 years is driving $100,000 car and they are only making minimum wage. They walk around these companies telling their coworkers that this company would be nothing without them; this company would fall apart tomorrow if the boss was to fire them. These crybabies are usually the rotten apple of the bunch they tend to be the least productive. While they’re complaining about their pay and how they deserve more because this company would be nothing without them they always leave out the facts. You see the thing is this current workforce really doesn’t want to work hard and be productive because the Liberals and unions have provided a false reality for them to dwell in. These “slaves” honestly believe that they should get paid well to do the job whether they’re capable of doing it or not. And I believe part of the reason this whacked out way of thinking hasn’t been wiped off the face of the earth yet is because people feel that they have everything they need meaning healthcare, welfare or some sort of housing program. Why would you want to work hard if the governmen

  4. Why would you want to work hard if the government’s going to provide you with everything you need?

    I have one more question.  What will my next job resume look like when I put down “slave” under last job title, or I put down “slave” as position being applyied for?  And, no I’m not mocking or trying to disgrace the slaves from the past; only help find a way to help this current workforce put down the crutches and walk on their own two feet.

  5. I half expected to be a bit offended by your commentary
    but after reading it became quite apparent that you are not in any way prejudiced
    and have an outstanding grasp of the complexity of the issue.
    I myself am partly of Mexican decent and have very mixed feelings about it.
    Many forget that Mexico, when its laws are enforced, are much stricter than the laws of the U.S. corrupt and tyrannical in many cases. I don’t think any reforms are necessary except to enable the U.S. and Mexican agencies involved to do their jobs more efficiently. What do you think?

  6. The situation you describe IS indeed complex in the details. On the other hand, it’s pretty simple in the causes. Our own government not only turns a blind eye to your predicament – it’s caused it intentionally. The key here is small business versus big business. Small businesses are becoming a thing of the past. Small businesses, to government, don’t matter. They cannot field well funded lobbies, they don’t have many employees which can vote against Gov’s hostile programs, and the capital they generate (and taxes they contribute) pale in comparison to the mega-companies. Sure, there are government programs enabled to “help” small business, but in general that program is just more PC entitlement – they were designed to bootstrap minority and women owned small businesses primarily, to keep those groups voting for more socialism here at home. The reason so many small businesses are strapped and going under is due to the Government policies of allowing big business to send jobs and corporate offices overseas where there are no regulations as to minimum wage, no regulations as to environmental restrictions, and no regulations as to fair hiring practices. At the same time, our Gov imposes those restrictions on the small businessman. They know full well that the mega-corporations are using illegal alien labor. They know full well that the illegal alien laborer is happy for what we’d call slave wages compared to having no income, or even less income, back home. it’s not compassion for the Mexican laborer which drives them to encourage and enable the influx, it’s cynical and even treasonous cooperation with mega-corps to advance the bottom line and provide the kickbacks and donations which keep the Pols in power. The corporate officers and the politicians know the fallout to Americans is higher taxes, less jobs, decreased wages for legal employees, and a transfer of our industrial base to other countries. They don’t care. It’s about money and power. Period.

  7. Giving driver licenses to illegal immigrants is nothing more than the enabling of slavery, and the economic conditions upon which it thrives.

    Allowing illegal immigrants a disguise supports the act of smuggling.

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