Gilberto Santana, 38, sat on the edge of a chair as Clinton sat on the brown leather sofa in his living room next to his wife and two young children.What the heck kind of statement is that? I could almost hear the notes of Whitney Houston about to break.
Santana told Clinton how his wife, Elizabeth, a housekeeper on the Strip, was barely supporting the family single-handedly while he was unable to work for two months because of an operation.
"We're sort of struggling," he said. "We're getting there, but you have to be strong to make it."
Clinton asked the couple questions about their mortgage and his disability payments, and answered his questions about immigration and the war and health care costs.
Stroking the 4-year-old girl's head, Clinton said, "I feel so strongly that if we don't take care of our children, we don't take care of our future."
Then there is this ludcrious statement masquerading as economic analysis:
"I think we're slipping toward a recession," she said. "A couple of people that I met on the street, they work in construction. They tell me it's slowed down."Classic inductive reasoning!!!
Look it is wintertime, construction almost always slows down int he wintertime. But what we don't know is a long list: What kind of construction do thse people do? By slowed down, what do they mean? could it be slowing down after a record pace? We don't know and no one in the media seems to even follow up on such a statement.
The mortgage crisis was the topic at lunch.
Clinton and her busload of traveling press moved from there to the popular local Mexican restaurant Lindo Michoacan, where a "roundtable" that was actually square passed a microphone around to tell her people's concerns about the mortgage crisis and foreclosures. She took notes and munched on tortilla chips.Um, I don't know, get another job perhaps? Pardon me, but I have had it with all these people claiming they have no way to make money for themselves or their family and the asking some presidential candidate or anyone else to help them.
In broken English, one woman told Clinton how she wasn't making money as a broker anymore.
"I have no income at all," she said. "So how will I survive?"
Choking up with emotion, the woman said, "In my neighborhood, there are brand-new homes, but the value is nothing. I'm glad you are here so I can tell you, because you're going to be the president, I know."
Summing it up at the end, Clinton said, "We've only talked to a few people, but each of them talk about some part of the problem we are confronting. This is a problem that is only going to get worse if we don't address it."Um, I don't think anyone is seriously suggesting that the problems are separate, but an industry bailout and rules on mortgage lending are just going to make it harder for people like these to get a mortgage in teh future.
Clinton said unscrupulous lending leads to bad mortgages, which lead to foreclosures, which lead to people with nowhere to go and vacant neighborhoods that can go rapidly downhill.
"We treat these problems as if one is guacamole and one is chips, when ... they both go together," she said.
This exchange was just stupid:
A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal.For those out there who need help, it is spelled P-A-N-D-E-R-I-N-G in the worst sense of the word.
"No woman is illegal," Clinton said, to cheers.
I am so upset with the media coverage in this campaign I can't even begin to explain. No one asks the tough questions, the follow up questions to inane statement like "no woman is illegal." What utter tripe.