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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hillary is just plain ignorant

She's clueless, to be sure. Her "Village" platform isn't inspiring anyone to her ranks, and it sure as Hell isn't helping those disgusting unfavorables (48% unfavorable, folks). But today she decided to play pander politics on the issue of illegal immigration in Nevada:

Clinton and her busload of traveling press moved from there to the popular local Mexican restaurant Lindo Michoacan, where a “roundtable” that was actually square passed a microphone around to tell her people’s concerns about the mortgage crisis and foreclosures. She took notes and munched on tortilla chips.

In broken English, one woman told Clinton how she wasn’t making money as a broker anymore.

“I have no income at all,” she said. “So how will I survive?”

Choking up with emotion, the woman said, “In my neighborhood, there are brand-new homes, but the value is nothing. I’m glad you are here so I can tell you, because you’re going to be the president, I know.”

A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal.

“No woman is illegal,” Clinton said, to cheers.

Excuse me Senator Clinton but the law is the law. If someone is here illegally, they have broken the law, regardless of gender. Only 23% of the nation was in favor of the immigration debacle cobbled together by Senators McCain and Kennedy. That means 77% -- an overwhelming majority -- disagreed with it. I guess Senator Clinton missed that memo. When this quote is read, over and over again by commentators and pundits, people are going to see that, just like the driver's license issue with Eliot Spitzer, she is weak on this subject.

Like it or not immigration is a serious topic in this election. People are sick of seeing the government continue to trip over itself. They want the borders reinforced. They want a fence built. They want background checks on those coming here. A majority favor a guest worker program, but a sensible one. Senator Clinton is clearly not in line with the will of the nation, and that speaks volumes to her competence.

Arizona (where we live) is going through the early stages of a recession. When the immigration debate came up last year, Mexicans in Arizona started sliding back into the shadows. Now if we're talking about cracking down on employers who do employ illegal aliens, hey you reap what you sow. you broke the law as much as they did. You deserve what you get.

But I don't feel that way about businesses that catered to a predominantly Hispanic community. The store I stop by in the morning for my coffee is bare. Their business has dropped ten percent in about eight months, and a lot of it comes from the immigration debates. It's worse now that Arizona is doing workplace enforcement. Illegals (and I'm not excusing them) are picking up and leaving; moving onto other states or going back home. The rush to do enforcement didn't give businesses enough time to adjust, and now those businesses are suffering, badly. On a typical Friday night, my favorite little coffee stop (a mom-and-pop convenience store) used to pull down anywhere between three to four thousand dollars. The place was busy. It was bustling. The employees did their best to learn rudimentary Spanish so they could help the customers. Now a Friday night is lucky to pull in $1000.

Some businesses in heavily Hispanic areas are closing their doors. They can't keep going. They can't make payroll or rent. The state legislature really should have done a better job of making the necessary adjustments, and it didn't. Yes, we have an illegal immigration problem (and no, John McCain has no clue how to handle this problem), but we can do this in a sensible fashion. The market will adjust, but it needs time to do so. Do it too quickly, and the market goes into a recession as it struggles to make the adjustments necessary to stay afloat.

Senator Clinton's idea is that there are no illegals here. She's utterly clueless, and we hope in the next debate, she's drilled on this issue. Guaranteed that if she's asked a question on this, she's going to stumble over it.

Publius II


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