Miami = Third World country?
A Congressman from Colorado, Republican Tom Tancredo, has taken aim at President Bush for his immigration policies–saying Bush is too liberal (?!?) and lax on his patrol of U.S. borders. He lamented the over-abundance of immigrants, saying America is losing it’s identity–and used Miami as an example.
“Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country,” he said. “You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you’re in the United States of America. You would certainly say you’re in a Third World country.”
The rest of his speech was absolutely ridiculous, filled with fear-mongering and paranoia about the evils of de-Americanization that exists only in the minds of himself and Ann Coulter. Although he does have a point about Miami–even though it’s not for the racist reasons he probably meant.
The definition of a Third World country is where people live either in (a) great wealth, or (b) at subsistence level or in poverty. In other words, there’s no “middle class,” you’re either rich or you’re poor. And it goes without saying that Miami’s middle class is shrinking–skyrocketing taxes and insurance rates are making this city unaffordable, except to rich people who use it as a second home. Couple that with the uncountable numbers of illegal workers employed all over the city–who are probably not getting paid fair wages, and they’re definitely not paying taxes–and yep, that’s Third World status.
I swear, I was at Costco last week, and there were chickens running around the parking lot. No one even gave them a second look. CHICKENS. IN THE PARKING LOT.
The truth hurts, and the city should take a good look at the facts. It shouldn’t take a lunatic politician from a land far, far away to expose the truth. It’s not because the residents here were born in other countries; it’s what happens when they’re here.