Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Perspective on the Immigration Debate, or: How to Use Political Issues as an Excuse to Post Gratuitous Pictures of Salma Hayek

By Conrad Spencer

Of the arguments advanced by the anti-immigration crowd, the least tenable has always been the cultural argument -- that immigrants refusing to assimilate are somehow a threat to the American way of life. The fear mongers base their arguments on the premise that a darker-complected or bilingual U.S. is sure to be inferior to what we've got now.

Last night my family and I had dinner in a local Mexican restaurant. I was enjoying a plate of chili verde and the mild euphoria that comes with 99-cent margaritas. I had to wonder at the fear some have of the culture that brought us chili verde, margaritas and Salma Hayek.

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At 9:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

To be fair, Salma Hayek probably stole some gorgeous, sexually engaging white Amerkin lady's job.

Why ship our hot lady jobs overseas?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Daniel Gale-Grogen said...

Ever since the passage of NAFTA, it's been Salma Hayek this, Paz Vega that, Penelope Cruz this, Eva Mendes that.

If the Minutemen aren't allowed to do their jobs, how is Lindsay Lohan ever going to find work?

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Conrad Spencer said...

I don't really see it as outsourcing hot lady jobs, but more as running a hot lady trade deficit where we're importing more than we export. If you must have a trade deficit, it's definately the kind to have. I think John Maynard Keynes (the economist, not the serial killer) wrote a book about it.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

First of all, Conrad, bless you for all that you do in bringing us these important issues to CTTC readers, ahem. I think we need to have further discussions and many, many posts related to hot Latino ladies. And to my lovely wife, I only read Cutting to the Chase for the articles!

Now, as a conservative and a Heinz 57 descendant of European immigrants, I have to say that for me the illegal immigration issue is pretty simple: people are leaving Mexico because their lives suck and they want a better future for their children. No, Pat Buchanan, they're not leaving Mexico as part of some "Aztlan plot."

So the solution isn't to get all weird and build walls and send in the storm troopers to the border. The solution is to help those countries make their citizens' lives better. That's where we need to be focusing our efforts. And America needs immigrants because it is the engine of our progress as a nation.

Getting off my soap box now, and seriously, what is the deal with me agreeing with all of you people today?

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

Red Dirt, it is clear that you have been abandoned by the Republican Party. You can add yourself to the list of those who say, "I used to be a Republican until they went crazy."

One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble, one of us!

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Daniel Gale-Grogen said...

Why does Red Dirt hate America?

At 9:51 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Daniel, as Will Farrell put it, I piss excellence and crap patriotism.


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