Some of you might have noticed that Gene Expression’s Spanish gypsy has been AWOL for a few months. I was cramming for finals March until May, and now I’m slogging through my math and science requirements. Anyway, I’ll still post from time to time. Here’s a brief one because I have math class tonight (AAAAAUUUGHHH!)
The Washington Post is waxing a la Book of Revelation about Cali’s budget crisis. Here’s the Post’s analysis:
” As in many other states, the shortfall is largely the result of the national economic downturn — which has been especially severe in Silicon Valley, an engine of California’s $1.3 trillion economy. Soaring health care costs for the poor and new expenses for homeland security are other contributing factors. Republicans here also contend that Davis, who was narrowly elected to a second term in November, has spent recklessly while in office and relied on accounting gimmicks to balance the budget last year.”
Gee, who do you think the poor could be? For most of my life, poor has been the polite term for ghetto blacks. Is the vocabulary of political correctness changing so that poor now means penniless, functionally illiterate Mexican illegal immigrant? Or will poor simply be anyone who with the rotten luck to be born on the wrong tail of the ? I invite the etymological musings of all Gene Expressors.
Update from duende: Anyone notice the author’s surname? No wonder she’s hesitant to finger Latin American illegals as a budget drain.
Comment from Razib: As David has noted on the message board, the main reason for California’s budget shortfall is the high-IQ bureaucratic elite in Sacramento. “The poor” are in fact usually just tools, proximate elements, in the ultimate well being of the bureaucratic class.
Update from Godless: A few comments:
-I find the tone of this post unnecessarily pejorative. Unskilled illegal immigration *is* a big problem – but it is a problem caused by the mainly white businessmen who hire illegal immigrants under the table, by the mainly white mandarinate in Sacramento (as Razib commented), by the mainly white INS and Border patrol, and by the mainly white amnesty-dangling administration. Change the attitudes of those in power and you change illegal immigration. The Spanish-surnamed do not have this sort of power.
-I’m uncomfortable with the idea that ethnicity trumps all when it comes to balanced reporting – certainly there’s no shortage of non-Hispanic reporters that would softpedal the immigration data. Another point – we’re not sure whether the reporter’s family came in legally or illegally. As reported by Steve Sailer, those immigrants who’ve come in legally tend to oppose illegal immigration, because of understandable opposition to further wage competition. Finally, seeing as duende herself is of (European) Spanish ancestry (and likely has a Spanish surname)…shall we disregard her posts on the grounds of her surname alone? Unless she takes an ideological position to our liking, that is…
Addendum from Razib: Camille-err, I mean duende, is I believe black Irish….