Karl Rove: Boy genius to asno del adulto, or, Karl’s Mexican dream

Thanks to Egalia’s link to NRO, I discovered this Rovian gem:

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.


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One response to “Karl Rove: Boy genius to asno del adulto, or, Karl’s Mexican dream

  1. Far be it for me to defend that animal, but i think he meant something else entirely. I think he meant that most Americans don’t want to see their children do that type of labor, i know i don’t. Of course, a summer job doesn’t count. I know i will demand that my kids work in the Summer, and perhaps even while they attend school. But the fact is, picking crops is hard damn work, and we should be thankful that there are people willing to do it at all, regardless of the wage being paid. I think Mccain was right, i think he offered 50 an hour to anyone that would pick lettuce? for an entire season. i know there are poultry plants that can’t keep American help regardless of the wage paid. Anyway, I’m sure W and Rove have their own reasons for keeping the status quo, but I think some of his position is grounded in the fact that he grew up in texas, so he knows at least a little about our culture.

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