Where’s the REAL Outrage Here?

This morning, The Register had a story on the Superior Court reversing its original decision to outsource the processing of misdemeanor tickets to a private facility in Nogales, Mexico. The court finally heard the outrage, and they duly responded. But again, I’m left perplexed. I still wonder why this outrage is not being directed toward solving the HUGE problem that caused this to happen in the first place.

As we have discussed here before, there is something bigger to this issue than just a contract to process speeding tickets that was outsourced to Mexico. And yes, I think we all know what that something bigger is. There are massive inequities in our trade policy that must be fixed.

Why are all the good ol’ American jobs being outsourced? Why are people from Mexico and Central America immigrating here? Why is more and more wealth being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands across the globe? The answer is simple. Our current “free trade regime” favors the interests of a few institutional investors over the needs of working people.

The OC Superior Court wanted to “cut costs”, so they outsourced to Mexico. Farmers in Mexico were screwed by the “land swaps” that occurred shortly after NAFTA was passed, so they became “economic refugees” who eventually came to places like OC to find a job and a way to survive. Now I understand that trade can be good, and that isolationism wouldn’t solve any of these problems. However, our current unfair trade policy is only hurting American workers and Latin American people while a few profit off of other peoples’ pain.

So when will John and Ken start advocating NAFTA reform? When will Chris Norby begin calling for a fairer trade policy? I’m waiting.

  3 comments for “Where’s the REAL Outrage Here?

  1. jose
    July 31, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    as a victim of identity theft as we speak i wonder if this is how my information got out there. i have never been able to find out how it was stolen in the first place. one thing i do know is the SAPD has done nothing to resolve the case knowing where the guy worked and lived. now that he knows that i’m on to him he stopped paying bills i get all his bill collectors calling me and now i have to deal with the IRS. i’m curious to know when this practice started. i’m not saying this is how my info got out there but it does make me wonder.

  2. Andrew Davey
    July 31, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! Hmmm, and this also makes me wonder if this is how your identity was stolen. The company that owns the Nogales facility where your information was likely sent claims that the facility was “highly guarded”, but I’m not so sure. I doubt the workers there were paid well… Perhaps someone there was desperate enough to begin preying on the people whose info was being processed there. I dunno.

    But still, I hope you get this identity theft problem fixed soon!

  3. Sad Reality
    July 31, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Many hispanic citizens become identiy theft victims. They twill go to the the doctor or dentist and fill out forms on themselves and their children. These forms ask a lot personal infomation. Then some receptionist will take that personal infomation and sell it to the illegals. It is a big business these days. What is sad is when these children become adults, that is when they will discover that they are victims. My sister works at an elementry school in Riverside county and many students are here illegally. The children have told her that they have two names. One they use at home and the one they use in school.

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