Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Buys Canadian

Hilda Solis is the Secretary of Labor under Obama, and is on the way to a well-needed vacation, lest she say something else embarrassing.  She may even require Secret Service cover like that provided to Joe Biden, with added responsibilities to cut the power to her microphone before she makes another gaffe.

What makes her quote of yesterday worse was that she meant it: Solis was defending her efforts to reinforce agreements with countries such as Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, in order to assure them that all workers in the US, including illegal immigrants, were protected under law, and that any complaints would not be used as a means to discover that a laborer is here illegally.  While I agree that all workers should be safe, her efforts to specify the Hispanic community amounts to pandering for votes, particularly her comment of “I understand the pain that our community is going through . . . I think it’s amazing how little people know of the good things that this administration has done.”  Our community?  So much for the politics of inclusion.  Her comments and efforts amount to an encouragement of illegal immigration.

The idea that the Hispanic community in general is fully supportive of illegal immigration flies in the face of experiences I have had with acquaintances of primarily Mexican origin while growing up in South Texas or serving in the military.  Those from established families were the most vociferous about the illegals, and I hope that we see a backlash from them in response to people such as Solis, who encourage the image that Hispanics are glad to be law-breakers and are generally anti-US.  There are those who are, unfortunately, and they fall into the category of 'those who hate America but still want to live here'.  That does not mean that the entire community should be tarred with the insulting attitude of these Progressives in the present Democratic Party.

Her comment yesterday though, following on the heels of the one above, is at her unveiling of her new car, a Chevrolet Equinox.  "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would . . . send a signal that we're for supporting our American workers, American-made products . . .”  The Equinox is built entirely in Canada, from Canadian parts.

With her parochial attitude, maybe she should have bought a Volkswagen Thing, or Safari (see the last sentence).

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