We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
LaShawn is generally a sweetly reasonable,†mild-mannered soul, but here she vents on illegals. One quote:
Working- and middle-class Americans are the ones suffering. While illegal alien scourge-supporting elites are living it up in gated communities in California, for instance, everyone else is dealing with hispanic gangs. While the elites are working the kind of jobs that put them in contact with zero illegal aliens (well, maybe the janitor), working class folks have to compete for jobs with people who arenít supposed to be here. Forget that illegal aliens are working for less money. Iím a staunch supporter of the free market, and if legal aliens were driving down wages, Iíd complain less loudly. But since the market is being manipulated by illegal means, thatís a problem. (Understatement of the year!)
Yes, there is a great deal of frustration out there in the land about this, especially because the Repubs and the Dems have decided, in a de facto conspiracy of cowardice, not to make it an issue of contention (except for Tancredo).
I find the 'gated community' charge is a bit of a canard. As one article pointed out, there is little difference security-wise between a gated community and a high rise with a secured entrance except one has a layout that is horizontal and the other is verticle. Yet no one bad mouths people who choose to live in apartments in the city like they bad mouth those folks who choose to live in a gated community.
I believe the 'gated community' reference is used is related to the requirement of landscape, construction and cleaning services that, with the exception of cleaning services, you just don't find as much of in a high rise. All of these services are dominated by Mexicans, most of who are very likely here illegally