According to a congressman’s wife who attended a Republican women’s luncheon yesterday, Karl Rove explained the rationale behind the president’s amnesty/open-borders proposal this way: “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”
Wow. This is the man who has George Bushes ear, heart and mind. The worst cliches of Country Club Republicanism and the elitist elements of the upper classes are all rolled into one sentence, naked for the world to see.
My kids have worked in jobs ranging from cutting grass, cleaning restaurant kitchens, waiting tables, answering phones at security companies, golf course maintenance, concession stand worker, and gardener (to name just SOME of the jobs that apparently aren’t worthy of the Rove offspring) and are BETTER for the experience. Work really is good. Do I wish for them to be cleaning a kitchen for minimum wage at age 40…of course not. But that’s not because the work is beneath them.
One reason the war in Iraq was a viable strategy for the White House and the neo-cons was that none of their kids were going in for the kill. Life is always easier when you have ‘the help’ to do the dirty work, be it picking tomatoes, doing laundry or being the target of Iraqi landmines.
Ironically, Karl Rove would probably agree with my distaste about ‘English First’ here in Nashville. He wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of ‘those Mexicans’ cleaning bathrooms and building McMansions out in the ‘burbs.