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DC Response to SOTU

After all is said, done, and drunk…a couple of post-SOTU thoughts.

I’ve mentioned before the amount of political capital the President seems to want to spend on a couple of issues that go beyond the usual talk of jobs, economy, deficits, education, health care, wars, etc. Obviously, I speak of comprehensive immigration reform and gun control.

It was difficult not to notice that he gave only 212 words to immigration and 626 words to gun control. And while he gave an impassioned plea to control the guns based on the various victims, he spoke not one word of the realities faced by families split apart by his record deportation policies. Instead, he boasted of the “progress” made by the administration on the “southern border and the ever-popular “learn English” and “back of the line” phrases that have become quite tiresome tired. And quite frustrating, too.

The rest of the speech had great ideas on job creation and how to responsibly decrease the deficits. With the vast majority of his proposals I agree–even some of the gun control stuff if it didn’t appear to be a bigger priority than immigration reform.

And although the drink of water seen around the world provided comic relief, nothing was more disturbing than Marco Rubio’s response.

Without apology, I will say his family’s “immigration” experience is much different than the vast majority of others’ experiences, particularly what the sons and daughters of immigrants experience today. And while he has enjoyed various government benefits, he seems to want to cut off everyone else, as if he has some air of superiority.

He seems to conveniently forget that the reason we spend more on federal financial aid is because we have more students enrolling in college than when he and I were in school, especially Latinos. Although he mentioned higher tuition, he didn’t offer an idea about how to make college affordable–no, he stated we don’t need to spend more on federal financial aid. In other words, he offered nothing in regards to expanding opportunities, especially for kids who come from working class parents, as was his and my experience, apparently. Simply put, he is out of touch, embracing a right-wing political ideology after enjoying benefits abhorred by that ideology. He is the poster-child of hypocrisy.

Ultimately, both sides need to work together to enact policies that even President Obama states we will not get 100% of what we really want. I’ve accepted that much, but for those of us who think beyond the political (or nonprofit) paycheck that others strive for in this game, it has become a lot more difficult to stomach the politics, the policies, and the rhetoric.

Obviously, it was difficult for those protesting the Senate hearing today.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was interrupted at today’s Senate Immigration Hearing as she boasted that U.S. borders have “never been stronger.” The protesters who interrupted the hearing on multiple occasions demanded that the administration cut deportations and focus on the human rights of undocumented immigrants.

I rest my case.

 

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Rubio Will Deliver Response to the 29%

The media is making a lot of pedo about Marco Rubio delivering the right-wing response to President Obama’s State of the Union. Oh, but the media goes crazy over Rubio’s Español response.

If all he intends to do is read a direct translation of the English version, then, all he’s doing is talking to the 29% of Latinos who voted for the Republicans in 2012. And chances are that is exactly what will happen given his lack of support for a path to citizenship without the enforcement trigger.

No, instead of a legislative speech, chances are that in  his Español speech he will deliver the same old right-wing talking points, “Latinos are just like the Republicans” and “Latinos are conservative.”

Yeah, tell that to the 71% who voted for President Obama. When it comes to most, if not all, issues (education, jobs/economy, health care, immigration), Latinos side with Democrats. On the hottest–abortion and marriage equality–Latinos are on the progressive side of 50/50, and that’s getting better, too.

Frankly, he has another option of telling some truths about Republicans and their racist vitriol on immigration in Spanish. Or how Republicans want to put our abuelitos and abuelitas on the street by threatening Social Security and Medicare and other benefits they have invested in as taxpayers. But does he have the cojones? Of course, without supporting policies that Latinos support, Rubio is left serving as what we all know he is for the Republicans–window dressing, lipstick on an elephant, etc.

No, Latinos will not be fooled.

Not that President Obama is doing a great job of keeping us happy. It seems he is putting more political capital into the gun debate than into CIR, and he is continuing his deportation scheme, thus, separating families and wasting local law enforcement resources. Still, Rubio and his ilk will only say something like, “Obama didn’t do anything in his first term.” And Rubio will conveniently leave out that 100% of Republicans voted against the DREAM Act in 2010.

Ultimately, Latinos will side with the ones that are barely hanging on and giving the image that they are doing something, and in this case, it is not Marco Rubio and the GOP. It won’t matter what Rubio says.

I’m looking forward to the talking heads this weekend to see how they over-analyze Marco Rubio and the Latino Republican effort. I bet they leave out facts and issues and instead promote the window dressing that votes against Latino interests.