Monday, April 03, 2006

Egalitarian Words of Wisdom from Mayor Mike

I expect Mayor Michael Bloomberg's inane brand of social liberalism to shine through every now and then and obscure his true fiscally conservative accomplishments, but Mayor Mike really stuck his foot in his mouth on Friday when he said that golf course grounds would suffer if immigration laws were enforced.

Says United Press International:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says golf fairways would suffer if illegal immigrants were returned to their native country.

"You and I are beneficiaries of these [illegal immigrant] jobs," Bloomberg told his WABC-AM radio co-host, John Gambling. "You and I both play golf; who takes care of the greens and the fairways in your golf course?"

Okay, horrific. Bloomberg's above sentiment bothers me for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the mayor of New York has zero objection to the presence of (probably) tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of illegal aliens in his city, all of whom cost his city (read: me, as a taxpayer) millions of dollars each year in crime prevention, welfare checks, medical expenses, and other basic services that are part and parcel of city life.

No, what bothers me more is the racism inherent in the comment -- and I take solace in knowing that it is liberals who generally harbor such racism, as usual.

The dunderhead bloc in this illegal immigration debate (just so we are clear: this is not a debate about immigration generally, which most of us favor on some level; this is a debate about illegal immigration, the deleterious effects of which have been well documented) insists on saying, in true mindless soundbyte fashion, that "illegal immigrants will do the work that Americans won't do." Honestly, I have no idea what that means. Not only do such comments reveal a frightfully poor grasp of economics, but they also show a shaded perspective of race, class, and the perception that the two are inextricably intertwined.

I'll be even blunter: I think most people who favor illegal immigration are people who have not worked very much for a living (read: the limousine liberal and mercedes moderate elements of society). They couldn't possibly understand that people possessed of a work ethic, who need to work to make their lives and their families' lives better, will do so no matter what the work. Having been catered to all their lives, they have no concept of (gasp!) taking a job that you might not enjoy so you can pay the bills. They have no inkling that people take jobs in the real world for reasons other than touchy-feely self-worth and self-satisfaction.

More ominous, I fear, is the implication that Americans expect some non-white underclass to do their dirty work. I am sure, for instance, that Ted Kennedy would not feel comfortable having some white teenager clean his pool in Hyannisport; better to have Jorge from Tiajuana do it. I mean, Jorge is a hard worker -- we all know that Americans don't work hard. Better to have a brown man who makes pennies a day keep the lower pool on the compound grounds thoroughly chlorinated.

This illegal immigration debate is off kilter for so many reasons, but probably the most problematic one is that their is a huge segment of bleeding-heart America that finds compassion in racism and classism. I find that deeply disturbing.

By the way, Mayor Bloomberg, I would prefer our immigration laws be enforced, if it's all the same to you. Maybe that's because I don't golf.


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