Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s program to replace fleeing migrant farmworkers with probationers backfired when some of the convicted criminals started walking off their jobs because field work was too strenuous, it was reported Wednesday.
In a story datelined Leslie (read this - G), in rural south Georgia, The Associated Press writes of convicts calling it quits at 3:25 p.m. — more than 2½ hours before the crew of Mexicans and Guatemalans they replaced.
“Those guys out here weren’t out there 30 minutes and they got the bucket and just threw them in the air and say, `Bonk this. I ain’t with this. I can’t do this,’” said Jermond Powell, a 33-year-old probationer working at a farm in Leslie. “They just left, took off across the field walking.”
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, on her blog, compared the practice of sending probationers to work on farms to an earlier practice of Southern police departments arresting black men on dubious charges and sentencing them to work on local farms that needed the labor.
Hey, you cracker farmers, how's that wingnut goobernator you helped elect workin' out for ya? As ye sow so shall ye reap? No, no, no, not this year, more like 'ye sowed, now watcheth it rot and be careful what thy wisheth for, for thee might getteth it back many fold'. Up thine ass and thee deserveth it, I might add.
By the way, we have a few field hands out here in California. We also have 100+° heat for them to work in. I get tired watching them from inside an air-conditioned truck.