Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ten Quotes for March

Ghandi's Seven Deadly Social Sins
1. Politics Without Principle
2. Wealth Without Work
3. Commerce Without Morality
4. Pleasure Without Conscience
5. Education Without Character
6. Science Without Humanity
7. Worship Without Sacrifice


"On most crews, each cutter harvests six heads of lettuce each minute, or 360 an hour. At this pace a farmworker earning an hourly wage of $8.37 is paid just two cents per head: these heads are then sold in stores for about $1 apiece. Although total farm labor costs are less than one-third of grower revenue, companies argue that low wages are necessary in an industry forced to deal with unpredictable weather and shifting market demands. But Philip L. Martin, professor of agricultural economics at the University of California - Davis, has shown that even a dramatic increase in labor costs - passed fully to the consumer - would have a very modest impact on the typical American household budget, which spent $322. on fresh fruits and vegetables in 2000. Martin's detailed analysis of the agricultural industry found that a 40 precent increase in framworker wages would increase a household's annual spending on fruits and vegetables by only $8., to $330. A single head of iceberg lettuce, selling for $1., would increase by just two or three cents."

From page 14 of "Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (most)
Americans Won't Do." by Gabriel Thompson.

Also from Page 2 of the same book; "At the height of the winter growing season, Yuma (Arizona) farmworkers are harvesting an astounding 12 million heads of lettuce a day."


"Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you" RASHI

"A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of people have sold their moral allegiance." Wendell Berry

"The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you
are traveling for." Louis L'Amour
This quote is similar to another from Joe Conanson's book "Big Lies" that I posted on this blog a couple years ago. It's at The information in this quote is one of several strong reasons why I am not a conservative.

" When you decide whom to vote for, remember who is on your side as an employee. Virtually every law in history that helped employees was initiated by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. This includes social security, the minimum wage, bans on discrimination based on race, gender, and other illegitimate factors, workplace safety and health standards, and many more. The Republicans even opposed child labor laws. I've been working in Congress for better employment rights for twenty years. I could count the number of Republicans who have ever helped me on my fingers (and have a few left over). "
From "Can They Do That? Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace" by Lewis Maltby, Page 243.
On Jan. 23, 2010 while holding hands and running together across the Boise State Administration Bldg. parking lot on our way to a basketball game, my six-year-old grandson, Zach, said to me, "God is actually squeezed between us, holding hands with us as we run." The he quickly added, "Jesus too," as if Jesus would feel left out if he wasn't included.
"Freedom only exists when it is a treasure shared by all."
from "The Surrender Tree"


"Maybe all of us are the same height when we meet our God."
from "Face" by Sherman Alexie, Page 122

"Hope is not the assurance that things will be easy or will work out well. Rather, hope is the deep inner assurance (a "dimension of the human spirit" he calls it) that what we are doing makes sense and has purpose and that it is the right thing to do, whatever the immediate consequences."

by Czech playright and former president Vaclav Havel. From page 183 of "The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen," by Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz.