Get to the kitchen

Clueless is one of my favorite movies. Even though I have it on DVD, I always feel lucky when it pops up on TV, like tonight. I can’t pick a favorite scene, it all depends on my mood.

Tonight, I was touched — once again — by Cher’s triumphant speech in debate class about Haitian refugees.

So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?” Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. ’cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.

These days, I think our government wouldn’t rush to the kitchen and “rearrange some things.” Instead, some of our representatives would spread lies and heckle those working for reform. I was disgusted to hear the boos and “You lie!” when President Obama mentioned that undocumented immigrants would not be eligible for services under the new health care reform.

I can only imagine the lies, fear and bigotry that will be spread when it comes to tackling immigration reform.


2 thoughts on “Get to the kitchen

  1. A couple of points:

    1. It was certainly very rude and inappropriate for Republican Joe Wilson to yell as he did. But compared to how Democrats treated Bush, Republicans have been far more civil.

    2. Technically speaking, both Joe Wilson and Obama were correct. Obama is right that the healthcare bills before congress do not specifically provide healthcare to illegal immigrants but Joe Wilson is also correct in that Democrats in the House voted repeatedly to strike language from their bill that would have included the same verification of eligibility that is required for welfare benefits. So it does make it overall easier for illegal immigrants to actually get healthcare.

    3. Id be very careful just how much government benefits we give to illegal immigrants. The more benefits they get, the more backlash there is against immigration in general (Totally throws off your analogy above – it would be like the Haitian’s coming in and eating more than their share). So on the one hand you benefit illegal immigrants here but you harm illegal immigrants wanting to come here. And since those that want to come are likely to be poorer and in more need of help, a better balance is to support immigration unqualified, but be adamantly against them – while still immigrants – from getting benefits. Atleast that has been my position.

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