Letter to the editor | What did he really mean?

August 20, 2013 

Congratulations to CDT reporter Mike Dawson for getting the money quote from U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson at Ag Progress Days: “We cannot get Americans to do those jobs.”

On the topic of jobs, the next day the Associated Press reported that the commonwealth’s unemployment rate had remained at 7.5 percent in July. That dismal number does not include those Pennsylvanians who have given up the search for work.

Color me skeptical, but I suspect Thompson really means that we can’t get the farmers and ranchers who donate to his “Problem Solvers” caucus to pay citizens more than illegal aliens to feed American families.

Perhaps the next time Thompson meets with the editorial board he will be asked his common-sense opinions on amnesty and increased immigration in an already depressed job market for voters.

John Groenveld, State College

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