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#1822: Re: #1726: the value of hard work versus the promised land: Kemp comments
From: KEMP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Evelien reacts on #1726:
Reading these two phrases from the same article, I had problems with the math:
phrase #1 says "Ronald Pierre, 19, had been driving a truck without a license.
The identity card he needed to obtain a chauffeur's license costs $14.70 - more
than he could afford.
then phrase #2 says "Illegal voyages cost from $90 to nearly $3,000
So if one cannot afford $ 14.70 for an identity card that would give
him the chance to have a decent job, how can the same person afford a
5 to 200 times more expensive fee for a boat trip to the promised
Maybe we should be careful using the wording "cannot afford" and
replace it with "doesn't choose to", "doesn't see the value of", etc.
I know I am on slippery ice, as I can afford an identity card (and
cannot imagine myself dreaming of a future in Miami...)