Let me also add; I am certain I know more about all of those things including when to turn the hay before baling, trott line fishing, & cleaning scaled and skinned fish for dinner. I am no stranger to hard work. I am just not willing to do this & need a 4 yr degree to do it. My grand parents were share croppers. I know how to work hard and think many people should do much more of it. If this is the best plan he's got- well, he'd better look at better strategies. There's never any ONE answer to a problem this big.
Because I am the smart ass that grew up on a dirt road in North Georgia, unpaved till after I turned 15 or so; I really must say something to this tragically proposed idea sent down from the deep pockets of the upity ups in Atlanta.
In an age of technology that improves so rapidily that we can not even adequately provide the needs in training to use these technologies; I'd say from this 33yr old/recent "FORMER" Technical College System of Georgia employee that- black, white, latino, asian, etc.- ANYONE with an education that was so pushed on our generation as THE most important achievement to attain: NO HANDS of any color ARE GOING TO LINE UP IN THE FIELDS FOR MINIMUM WAGE in the gut wrenching heat.
I believe it may be a better initiative to put our overly priveledged, lazy & gross impunitive prisoners to work, if for no other reason than to pay for thier room & board. I know from being on the just side of the law by watching the faces of residivisom marching in the front door of the court house & back to the orange jump suits-that THIS type of change to the way we run our state, could cure a great deal more than just this ONE problem.
Oh, and as for our fair Governor; I'll slap on my sun hat, boots, & overalls when he does it right beside me. You never ask a people to do what you are not willing to do yourself. If he can stand the prickly heat, chiggers, broken skin of the knuckles from picking okra & squash, if he can break pole beans, can tomatoes, shuck corn, pick persimmons at the right time, & haul around a thousand bales of hay-THEN he can say this is a good idea. What do you wanna bet he wouldn't because his legislative duties reguire too many of his hand stamped signatures?
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