Thursday, April 27, 2006

Illegal Shmegal ... (listeing to What's New Pussycat)

If you read the honest and so balanced Orange County Register during the past few months … you’ll know that Mexicans are the worse thing since fucking Italians … que no … simon … Mexicans … we walk streets, climb fences and we bring our packaged tortillas and Mexican chocolate ways and think we own the whole fucking under-the-mesa labor market … HAY, they intend to squeeze us. They don't like our kind of people. They don't like to see us come out to this clean country in our Jonathan hair -- dressed up in our ropa firme - and try to pass ourselves off as decent Americans. They’ll do business with us at Home Depot, but the fact is, they despise our masquerade -- the dishonest way we pose ourselves. Ourselves, and our whole fucking familias …

Eses .. those are SENATOR PAT GEARY’S pinche words … not mine …

And if you read latest edition of Orange Coast magazine … you’ll now know every fucking slogan of every Naranjaville ciudad … simon … this magazine TALKS CITY this time and covers Orange County City info including slogans … in a slogan, check out what city staffers think about the cities they work in or even live in … after all it’s usually staffers who make up these one liners … the latest issue Orange Coast magazine TALKS CITY … check it out …

Anacrime: Where the World Comes to Live, Work and Play.
Buena Park: Center of the Southland.
Costa Mesa: City of the Arts.
Cypress: Education – Cooperation – Progress.
Dana Point: Harboring the Good Life.
Fountain Valley: A Nice Place to Live.
Garden Grove: City of Youth and Ambition.
Huntington Beach: City of Expanding Horizons.
La Habra: A Caring Community.
Lake Forest: Remember the Past – Challenge the Future.
La Palma: City of Vision.
Los Alamitos: A Gem of a City.
Mission Viejo: Mission Viejo – The California Promise.
Orange: A Slice of Old Time Charm.
Placentia: The People Are the City.
San Clemente: The Spanish Villager by the Sea.
San Juan Capistrano: Preserving the Past, the Enhance the Future.
sanTana: Education First.
Seal Beach: The City of Surf, Sun, and Fun.
Stanton: Community Pride and Forward Vision.
Tustin: City of Trees.
Villa Jewel: Hidden Jewel.
Westminster: City of Progress – Built on Pride.
Yorba Linda: Land of Gracious Living.

Entonces there’s the stuck-up crowd … simon … these ciudades refuse to play the logo game … simon … they’ll just play revenue and kick it … these are their names …

Aliso Viejo
Laguna Beach
Laguna Hills
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Woods
Newport Beach
Ranch Santa Margarita

There have been changes … Huntington Beach is now SURF CITY, USA … seems another city wanted that title so HB took that other city to court … simon … it’s now property of HB …

Tambien … sanTana’s slogan is now DOWNTOWN ORANGE COUNTY … same story … another city (IRVINE) wants to be DOWNTOWN ORANGE COUNTY … simon … but sanTana city council in it’s BROKEN RUBBER WAYS protected us by changing our slogan … from EDUCATION FIRST to DOWNTOWN ORANGE COUNTY … hay, everyone who resides in Naranjaville knows that … afterall, we house the county’s political and legal economy … our slogan might as well been changed to LOTS OF MEXICANS HERE … or LOOKS MEXICAN, TASTE LIKE CHICKEN …or UNCIRCUMSCISED SCENTED ... or ILLEGAL SHMEGAL … or CITY OF WORKING HANDS … or FAIR WAGES ONLY … or SOMOS BLUE, WITH PINSTRIPING … or WHATEVER …


At 3:17 PM, Anonymous occasional reader said...

We all know Irvine's motto should be "Master Planned for the Master Race".

Aliso Viejo: "We don't have 'Laguna' in our name."

Newport Beach: Where the snobbery is real and the boobs are fake.

Rancho Santa Margarita: It feels like the 909 but its the 949!

This was one of your best posting Don Reciclado

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT..."LOOKS LIKE MEXICAN, TASTE LIKE CHICKEN" HAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! you couldn't describe santana a better way

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chriss Street Admits Hiring Illegal Aliens. Hmmm. Not only a violation of Federal immigration law, but potentially an offense for which he could lose his standing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. One has to wonder…did he pay back taxes to the state and Federal government. How can someone who violates tax laws expect to be taken seriously as the OC Treasurer?

To paraphrase Jerry McGuire – Show me your tax returns!

Many Worry About Illegal Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Suddenly, working parents are coming out of the closet.

Zoe Baird's withdrawal as attorney general nominee has triggered guilt among many who, like her, employ illegal immigrants as nannies or pay their household help cash under the table, skipping Social Security taxes. No longer comfortable with the excuse that "everyone does it" and worried that their reputations could be hurt, they're rushing to attorneys and accountants for advice on how to come clean.

"There's a Zoe Baird scare" erupting, says Michael Maggio, a Washington immigration lawyer who in recent days has received numerous calls from professionals worried that they'll be exposed. Adds Brian Rohan, an editor at the Irish Voice newspaper in New York: The flap has "certainly put the fear of God in people. It's going to be tougher to find a job for undocumented workers, many of whom are our readers."

Chriss Street, an investment banker in Corona del Mar, Calif., and his wife, Victoria, used to employ illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America to care for their three children and clean their home, but no longer do so. "We're not trying to be holier than thou, but these people are really criminals," says the 42-year-old Mr. Street. "They're going to be deported."

In the past, he admits, he and his wife never bothered to determine the status of their nannies and maids. "We didn't want to know and conveniently we didn't ask," paying their help in cash. The Streets have switched to an independent maid service that handles both immigration issues and tax work.

Kelly Fisher, president of North Shore Nannies Inc. in Chicago, says that in recent days new clients have specifically requested U.S. citizens, not foreigners. Some fear they can't trust agencies to screen out illegal immigrants. In Atlanta, a telephone operator with the Internal Revenue Service says she received at least 10 calls late last week from nervous employers worried about not paying Social Security taxes for their nannies. And on line at downtown Boston's Social Security Administration office on Friday afternoon were a couple, their two young children and 16-year-old European babysitter who'd worked for the family for a year and was applying for a Social Security card. "We want to do this correctly," said the father, a businessman who wouldn't give his full name.

Also concerned are armies of people who have weekly house cleaners, gardeners, cooks or occasional nighttime babysitters -- and who may never before have realized they're subject to an array of tax rules. The Social Security tax requirement applies to any household employees paid more than $50 a quarter. Employers who pay more than $1,000 a quarter must also pay federal unemployment tax as well as various state taxes.

"All these years I thought I was in the clear with my house cleaner because I thought she was an independent contractor," says one New Yorker who declined to be identified. "You'd have to be nuts to handle all that paperwork for someone who comes in a morning a week. But am I going to be liable to some kind of big bill with interest and penalties some time down the road?" she worries.

No one expects mass confessions. The IRS estimates that about two million families employ domestic workers but only one-quarter of them file required taxes. While the costs of non-compliance can be enormous -- the penalty for failure to pay Social Security tax can be 100% of the tax due, plus the tax itself and interest -- there has been little enforcement. Nor has the Immigration and Naturalization Service made the search for illegal nannies and maids a priority.

"Zoe Baird is just somebody who got caught," says George Handelsman, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta, who doesn't expect a nationwide change of heart. "Everybody wants the cheap labor. Nobody wants to admit it." Moreover, few parents are apt to fire cherished nannies who've established close ties with their children. "There's a tremendous intimacy in having someone work in your home," and parents typically look for personal chemistry above all, says Robert Mann, owner of the Sandra Taylor employment agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. Agrees one New York mother who employs an illegal Polish immigrant to care for her eight-year-old son: "The only job she can get is under the table, and she's a wonderful caregiver."

Still, hiring practices in the home have overnight become a litmus test of character, much as drugs and draft status have been. Indeed, over the weekend, two Republican candidates for governor in New Jersey -- Christine Todd Whitman and W. Cary Edwards -- admitted they'd employed illegal aliens in their homes to care for children and an elderly parent, and failed to pay Social Security taxes on their wages. "Anyone with political aspirations is going to say they can't afford to break the law anymore," says Marianna Bagge, director of the National Academy of Nannies in Denver.

Executives won't be exempt either. "You can bet that a lot of chief executives have been lying awake worried about this and now there will be some questions asked of their senior teams," says Patricia Cook, managing director of A.T. Kearney Inc. in New York. While CEOs are unlikely to police middle managers, top executives who represent their companies in the public eye will be told to clean up their acts, she says. Reputations on the Line Also on the line are attorneys and accountants whose professional reputations rest on their adherence to the law. One Washington accountant says he's suddenly nervous about a Panamanian man who cleans his house once a week. "I don't know if my wife asked him for his green card. He doesn't speak very good English," he says, adding that "as soon as the Zoe Baird story came up, I asked my wife if we have a problem. If someone had me before a Senate committee, I suspect I wouldn't have a solid case with what I know now."

Others who've felt tinges of guilt about their illegal arrangements with nannies and maids are being nudged into action. One New York editor who'd planned to file social security taxes for her American nanny but "hadn't gotten around to it," says "this has put it into the active file."

Many nannies and other domestics don't want their employers to be legitimate because they earn so little they want to pocket it all and not pay their own taxes. But those who've followed the law are angry that it took Zoe Baird to force the issue. June Simon, a 63-year-old Pittsburgh nanny, says she has always asked employers to pay Social Security on her wages "because it's the right thing to do" and she wants something to fall back on in later years. One couple she worked for refused and she "left after a year with bad feelings. I was told I could sue them but I didn't want to get into that." At tax time, she says "I always get socked" but wouldn't think of not paying up.

Coming clean is apt to be expensive. The IRS doesn't grant amnesty to families who admit they've been negligent in paying taxes. "The person will have to pay all back taxes, penalties and interest, but we won't prosecute," says IRS spokesman Wilson Fadely.

The situation is stickier when dealing with illegal immigrants. An employer must get certification from the Labor Department and then file a work-visa petition with the INS. But the government grants just 10,000 visas a year to unskilled workers, so the process typically takes four or five years according to the INS -- and during that time the illegal immigrant isn't supposed to work and faces deportation.

The new awareness of the pervasiveness of underground domestic employment could prompt a push for reform on immigration as well as tax laws. "There's a lot that can be done to ease tax filings," says Thomas P. Ochsenschlager, a Washington partner with accountants Grant Thornton. Among the suggestions: fewer forms and less frequent filings. 25 January 1993 The Wall Street Journal


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