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Paul Rodriguez Faces Tough Crowd




Paul Rodriguez, a revered and well-respected Latino comedian, has spent the last few decades making light of our concerted Mexican life.  I mean, without a little comic relief to see us through our struggles, we might actually realize just how fucked up some of the bullshit we deal with actually is.  But there's nothing comical about the funny man's recent endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.  

Whitman, who's made her fortune as the founder of a well-known website where people can sell the crap that's taking up space in their garage (hint: rhymes with "be-gay"), is running on the promise of jobs and education.  This is the same woman who very publicly shunned an undocumented Fresno State student when she said, "I don't think it's fair to bar and eliminate the ability of California citizens to attend higher universities and favor undocumenteds." 

With that in mind, I tend to believe that any jobs and education Whitman creates will be primarily reserved for those who need them the least.  Not only has Whitman made waves in the media by dismissing the DREAM Act as a basically useless piece of legislation, but she was recently outed for having employed a Mexican immigrant as her housekeeper for more than nine years.  Essentially, Whitman is just fine with capitalizing on cheap labor but implies that any chance to come to this country seeking citizenship, formal education, and a respectable career path, is a shot in the dark. 

Rodriguez, who was voted one of the most influential "Hispanics" [insert cringe here] in America according to the National Council of La Raza, is well aware that his endorsement directly contradicts the opinion of many Latino voters.  And he feels that he will probably deal with our wrath for years to come. 

His response to that sentiment?  "I think that one day, when we are all working, God willing, I'll be glad to say you're welcome."

Somehow, I can't help but think that's a smidge overzealous.  As the Chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition, Rodriguez is endorsing Whitman because of his desire to bring water to his mother's farm in Orange Cove, California, and according to him, Whitman is the only candidate who has put her action plan to do just that in writing.  Somehow, that links to his premonition of massive job creation in California and open access to a solid education for his fellow Chicano community.  

See how much you can get for that logic on e-Bay, Mr. Rodriguez.  Because I'm not buying it.

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