Tuesday, February 19, 2008
HYPER- FOCUSED REPUBLICANS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Trying to order a drink or a meal from a fast food restaurant is difficult. No, it isn't because it is a complicated process to stick your head through the car window and talk to a box like object. It isn't because the menu is so complex that one must study it carefully to make a decision. It is because the person on the other end of the process doesn't speak any english. Keep it simple and don't ask any sort of veering questions, like a menu substitution or product ingredients. It really could start a wave of events that could really kill your lunch deal and send those behind waiting to order into eye-rolling convulsions and heavy heavy blue faced sighs. You will undoubtedly get nothing you ask for and some items you probably didn't want. Keep it basic and DO NOT veer from the fast food basics of "I'll take a #3 supersized with a Coke please" anything more difficult than that will send you cursing in your car about the idiot who took your order. The problem is, they don't speak english and yes it sends the good old American vocabulary to the land of what my mama told me not to say. I am not suggesting by any means that any particular fast food chain uses illegal immigrants to run their restaurants but one can only speculate. However, this frustrating part of life doesn't send me to the loathing of immigrants like it does some in my political party.
Concerns that our enemies are sneaking into the U.S from friendly border countries is obviously a legitimate argument and one that I vehemently support. Tightening security measures on the border is no doubt an essential part of protecting us. However this mass deportation that so many on the far right are advocating is unrealistic, costly, and bad for our economy.
There are in fact jobs that illegals do that most Americans will not do. For example, in Arizona there are people who own landscaping companies, farms and construction companies who can not get a non-illegal to work for them even at 10+ dollars an hour. The non-illegals are totally unreliable and would refuse to work in 110+ temperatures that stay for more that 6 months in this state. Illegals work hard with little complaint, and most employers prefer illegals to the complaining American who wants more compensation for far less work. Illegal immigrants are an essential part of the economy in Arizona and I would suspect in Texas and other border states.
Who is going to pay for this mass deportation? Conservative values instill low taxes and less government, but it would appear in the illegal immigrant argument that it would be OK for the government to wander around gathering up illegals by the truck loads and shipping them back to where ever they came from. How is this going to be funded? Is raising taxes back on the agenda for republicans? Paying for this huge undertaking is of no consequence to the Sean Hannity's of the world, because he can advocate without responsibility like all the other talking heads. Spewing your opinion vs. actual accountability is a luxury the President doesn't have. And let's remember an expensive war going on at the moment, not to mention a hostile dominant democratic congress to convince to pass such legislation. So politicians rhetorically spouting "tough on illegals" are really just pandering to angry conservatives who hyper-focus on this issue.
So I may have made up the term hyper-focus. I am not sure, I didn't look it up. Focus groups that hyper-actively focus on one issue rather than see the big picture are in fact guilty. Perhaps the Michelle Malkin's, Laura Ingrahms, Bill O'Reilly's and of course Ann Coulters of the world can get off the illegal immigrant bus long enough to realize they are in fact OCD about the issue. Sending a dem to the White House because of one stringently placed philosophy is irrational. And quite frankly I just don't give a damn what the elite conservatives have to say about this issue. I can make up my own mind. Thank you very much. Now can I please have a large diet coke with extra ice........No I said extra ice, not NO ice, no DIET COKE not regular COKE, no I wanted a large not a regular. Please can I have a diet coke. Screw the ice. No screw you!!!!