I met with Hispanic social activist Anton Flores for a second time Wednesday in LaGrange, Georgia. He said a key to the immigration issue is looking at the systemic issues behind the poverty and violence that drives many people to flee Mexico and Central America. Flores said this is often “structural.” That is, the wealth in many of these countries is concentrated in the hands of a few with much of the rest of the populace living in abject poverty. This in turn, spawns gang wars, drug violence and other forms of civil unrest among the poor. So the answer then becomes an intense focus on these secondary issues — as opposed to looking at plans for a redistribution of wealth so that everyone has enough. Flores said that if he was involved with helping make U.S. policies toward these countries south of the border, he would work to end NAFTA, CAFTA and U.S. military aid to these countries. Correspondingly, he would try to help mobilize more humanitarian help into these countries to help people become as sustainable as possible. LaGrange’s Bruce Krieger would agree… I gave a talk at LaGrange College the night I talked to Flores. During the “town hall meeting” format, Krieger said it makes absolutely no sense spending billions of dollars “killing people” in Afghanistan and Iraq, when we could be “bombing people” all over the Third World (and in poor areas of America) with humanitarian aid, in order to help them become more sustainable and to cut down on potential hot spots worldwide… During the talk, a reporter for the Troup County News asked me about the economy. I said there is currently a 10% unemployment rate in the country. Our administration would work to make it 0% (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), quick. How? Job sharing. That is, we’d create incentives for some businesses to go to “job sharing” formats. (Some companies already do this.) One template would be for one employee to work two and a half days a week, with another employee coming in at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and working the other two and a half days. This would entail some people coming up with creative ways of cutting back on their lifestyles with things like house sharing, cutting back on energy use, on transportation, on entertainment, on non-nutritional junk food… As an addendum, I also said the job sharing would free up more time for faith, family and community.