Posts Tagged ‘Hispanics’

Misguided Priorities at Legislative Close

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Huge budget issues continue to loom as the Legislature comes to a close today.  So, you’ve got to wonder how the Hispanic Education Act can be a priority:

But with only hours remaining in the legislative session at the time of the Senate’s 25-13 vote, House Bill 150 was sent back to the House, which needed to approve it before it could be forwarded to Gov. Bill Richardson.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rick Miera, D-Albuquerque, was optimistic Wednesday night that the House would concur on the amendment by today’s noon adjournment.

The legislation, which is supported by Richardson, would create a Hispanic education liaison position inside the state Public Education Department. It also would require an annual report card on Hispanic performance in New Mexico schools. And it would create a Hispanic education advisory council that would provide input to the education secretary. 

 Just to refresh your memory on why this is a bizarre initiative, please go back and read my original pre-legislative session post on this purposeless political soundbite effort.

Political Sound Bites

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

That’s really what we’re talking about here – political sound bites. It’s beyond absurd for Governor Bill Richardson to be proposing a special initiative to close the Hispanic education gap:

Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he will work with state legislators to develop and pass a Hispanic Education Act in the 2010 session of the New Mexico Legislature.

This administration has a proven track record of spending hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars on budget breaking projects like spaceports and trains, but to expect them to make any gap closing changes in education is just ridiculous. For us to believe this is possible, we would have to forget the track record of education failures in student performance that have plagued this administration from day one.

And, am I the only one who finds it a little bit insincere for Governor Richardson to talk about closing the education gap for Hispanics by passing a Hispanic Education Act? Seriously, this may make sense for a state with a small percentage of Hispanics, but in New Mexico, we’ve got the highest percentage of Hispanics of any state in the nation – 45% of our state’s population.

So, nearly half of our public school children are Hispanic. Fixing and education gap for almost half of the student population does not require a special initiative. It requires a complete overhaul of the education system. But, don’t expect anyone in this administration to be up to that challenge. Instead, look for them to blow more smoke and spend more money on initiatives that will do nothing to improve student performance:

Richardson asked summit participants — students, teachers, administrators, politicians and others — to come up with solutions before the legislative session. He said he wants the recommendations to help shape a new Hispanic Education Act, similar to New Mexico’s Indian Education Act. That act created a special state division, which compiles an annual report on the progress of Native American students and encourages communication between tribes, among other things.

Yeah, that’s what we need. A new “special state division” to compile annual reports and encourage communications. That’ll solve all of our problems. Maybe we should bring back the efforts to create a Department of Hispanic Affairs as well?

Who in Their Right Mind?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

A couple of days ago, I was made aware of this recent comment by National Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean:

“They can’t become more diverse,” [National Democratic Party Chairman Howard] Dean said. “Who in their right mind, if they were African American or Hispanic or Asian American, if they were gay or lesbian, would join the Republican Party?”

As an American, who also happens to be a registered Hispanic Republican voter in his right mind, I have to tell you I find Chairman Dean’s attack on my personal decisions as nothing short of offensive. My guess is that I’m not alone. In fact, I don’t need to guess. I know I’m not alone. You see, 23% of registered Hispanic voters identify themselves as Republicans.

According to a Pew Hispanic Center population report, there are over 18 million eligible Hispanic voters in the United States (pdf). In other words, Chairman Dean has called over 4 million eligible Hispanics crazy for being Republican. A tried and proven Democratic strategy under Chairman Dean’s leadership – insult those who think different from you.

Lest you think this is nothing more than Republican spin on my part, please take a look at what one liberal blogger has to say about the Clinton’s and their approach to minorities:

So, America’s first Hispanic governor, Bill Richardson, decided to support Obama and look what the Clintons have done … they’ve made him into Judas.

Wonder if the bells are going off in America’s Hispanic community? If so, do the people understand what the bells are warning against? The bells should be warning the Hispanic community of this simple fact:

The Clintons will ALWAYS love and honor the Hispanic community … as long as the Hispanic community does, says, and votes EXACTLY as the Clintons say they should.

As one Democrat put it, The Clintons are ALWAYS there when they need you.

Go ahead and read that passage again. Only this time substitute “Democrats” for every instance of “Clintons” and the truth becomes painfully clear. The Democrats love to play the race card.

They use it in their primaries against one another, and then after the primaries they try to use it against Republicans. It is a divide and conquer approach to politics based on planting seeds of racial prejudice and distrust nurtured by personal attacks and insults.

The Republican approach is based on appeal to values and principles, not prejudice and hate. That, Chairman Dean, is why I am a red, white and blue Hispanic Republican through and through.

Governor Richardson’s Racist Comment

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

It wasn’t that long ago that Governor Richardson had that embarrassing accidental presidential candidacy announcement on Fox News. You remember, right? The one where he defined how he was running, and then had to backpedal fast to say he didn’t mean he was running. Here, let me refresh your memory:

In a news release issued around 5:30 p.m. today, Gallegos added: “FOX News incorrectly reported that Governor Richardson has announced he will run for president. When asked directly whether he will run for president, Governor Richardson said he will make a final decision in January.

“Other comments from the interview were taken out of context based on a hypothetical question that FOX News posed about the Governor’s strengths should he run for president.”

Fox’s Web site quoted Richardson as saying “I am Hispanic, which I believe is an asset. But I’m not running as an Hispanic. I am running as an American who is proud to be Hispanic.”

Well, it looks like that episode is about to come back and bite the Governor yet again. This time people are surely going to take notice that less than six months have passed since, Governor Richardson was emphatically proclaiming that he was “not running as an Hispanic.”

Yet, yesterday Governor Richardson was quoted as saying:

Presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said Monday the reason he has not called for the removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is that the two both have Hispanic backgrounds.

Richardson, in an interview with The Hill, said he is “pretty close” to making such a call, but added that he is reluctant to do so before Gonzales’s Senate testimony despite the high-profile involvement of New Mexico in the U.S. attorneys scandal.
“The only reason I’m not there is because he’s Hispanic, and I know him and like him,” Richardson said, adding, “It’s because he’s Hispanic. I’m honest.

“I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

WHOA! The Governor of New Mexico, who also happens to be running for President of the United States, is on the record as saying that he is not calling for removal of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales because Gonzales is Hispanic? That is SO wrong on SO many levels.

First off, it’s racist (and it’s not the first time). For Governor Richardson to say he is holding AG Alberto Gonzales to a different standard level because he is Hispanic is insulting to all Hispanics.

I take that back.

It’s insulting to everyone who supports equal treatment under the law regardless of someone’s race. How can Bill Richardson the “accomplished” diplomat, who loves to tout his nomination for several Nobel Peace Prizes, not know that there is something terribly wrong with making political decisions based on racially defined parameters? How can someone like this be seriously considered as a candidate for President of the United States?

I don’t think he can. Imagine the other candidates – on either side of the aisle – saying they are withholding judgment because the individual in question, like them, is: Caucasian, African-American, Mormon, or a woman. Now imagine them getting elected to the highest office in the land. You can’t right? Me either.

A Hispanic Who Should Know Better

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

This guy, Ruben Navarrette, Jr., has got to be kidding, right? (hat tip: Monahan) I mean how can anyone in their right mind, let alone a Harvard graduate, come to the conclusion that the outcry against “voter fraud” is all about keeping a lid on “surging Hispanic political power.” Have you ever heard of the Viva Bush campaign efforts? We’re not exactly talking about Republicans running away from Hispanics.

But what truly amazes me, is how can anyone who reads a newspaper, let alone a columnist who is syndicated in the Albuquerque Journal, can think that any elected official in New Mexico, especially ones who get elected term after term, could possibly do anything other than embrace the Hispanic vote?

Give me a break.

Mr. Navarrette, allow me to take a moment to introduce you to the state of New Mexico. We have a Hispanic Governor. We have a Hispanic Speaker of the House. We have a Hispanic President Pro-tempore of the Senate. We have a Hispanic Mayor of the State’s largest city. We have a Hispanic Secretary of State. Do I really need to go on? Heck, even the recent Bernalillo County Republican Chairman race was between two Hispanic candidates. Are you starting to get a picture here?

If you want to argue the merits of Mr. Iglesias’ firing, by all means, please do. However, to try and turn this into a race issue is offensive. It is offensive to New Mexicans, and it is offensive and demeaning to all Hispanics.

And as long, I’m talking about the absurd and offensive statements, let’s look at one of the quotes you attribute to Mr. Iglesias:

“I’m a little bit suspicious of the theory that there are a persuasive and large number of illegal immigrants who are voting,” [disgruntled former U.S. Attorney, David Iglesias] acknowledged. “Have some voted in the past? I’m sure some have. But is it large enough to skew an election? I don’t think so.”

Mr. Iglesias how is it that you are “sure some have” voted? Could it be because proof of voter fraud has come before you, but you decided not to prosecute? And since when is it okay for a prosecutor to believe that the law should only be enforced if it is going to skew an election?

Oh, and do I really need to mention the margin in this last election for the 1st Congressional District? We’re not talking about the need for large numbers of unregistered voters – garden variety will do, no need to be here illegally. Just three or so more per precinct would have swung the election the other way.

So, at the end of the day, we have a columnist who shamelessly plays the race card in order to come up with a unique angle on what is becoming a very tired story. And, a former U.S. Attorney who looks more foolish each and every time he opens his mouth to the press. No one needs to attempt to suppress “surging Hispanic political power” when we have spokesmen like these making us look foolish.