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I work with a lot of people over 65 in my business. I’m located in a fairly rural area in deep East Texas. I always keep my politics to myself with my customers as it is not relevant to my work. However, on occasion, a customer will straight out ask me or will offer their own thoughts to me for my comment.

I don’t know what is in the water today but every customer I spoke to had a political comment today and all were along the lines of “I don’t know what has happened to the Democrats, they have gone over the deep end!” Remember, this area has morphed into a Republican area, but this area once was the very definition of yellow-dog Democrat county just ten years ago.

One lady today told me how she was hired as a secretary in McAllen, TX, in 1964 in a government project to compile statistics on the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border and the number of the same carrying diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, hepatitis, etc. She said she was shocked at the trainfuls of illegals then and that was years ago. She can’t comprehend the inaction on the current border issues knowing that it is exponentially worse now. (She said that she couldn’t get a job in McAllen back then until this government position opened up, because the illegal immigrants would work for next to nothing.)

When people who have voted Democrat for 70+ years think the current Dems are crazy, there is a problem!

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  1. Kevin Schulte Member

    Dominique Prynne: When people who have voted Democrat for 70+ years think the current Dems are crazy, there is a problem!

    Oh, no problem. This is a feature. ;)

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    • November 15, 2019, at 3:12 PM PST
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  2. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    I used to do peer reviews for workers comp in California. About 1/3 of the claims were by illegals. The illegals would often, maybe half, claim a second grade education in Mexico. Many were not fluent in Spanish, let alone English. 

    My closest friend in medical school was the son of Mexican immigrants. They had 10 kids. My friend graduated from Stanford and went to medical school on a scholarship from Francisco Bravo who owned the Bravo Clinic in east LA. If he practiced in a community with 25% Spanish surnames, he didn’t have to repay the scholarship. He practiced in Chula Vista, south of San Diego. His mother did not speak English and made her own tortillas. All of his siblings, but the oldest who had died in an industrial accident, had graduate degrees.

    Mexican immigrants changed radically the past 50 years.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 3:37 PM PST
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  3. Doug Watt Member

    It isn’t just illegals that are going to be an infectious disease problem. Back in the early nineties I took a transient to Detox. As I was leaving Detox he told me that he had TB. The city paid for my TB test, one of the benefits of being a cop. The nurse said we’ll give you a call when the results come back, hopefully he doesn’t have a resistant strain of TB. What she was telling me is that transients don’t complete the full course of treatment. I told her that was JFB. What’s JFB she asked. Just [redacted] Beautiful. She laughed, and said I like that. Everybody does, I replied. That’s an acronym that applies to a lot of different situations.

    If you live in an urban area, and ride public transportation in the winter, when the windows are up in an overheated bus, or light rail car, and some transient is coughing up a lung consider yourself warned.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 4:59 PM PST
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  4. PHCheese Member

    There would be a problem if they didn’t think Democrats were crazy.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 4:59 PM PST
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  5. PHCheese Member

    I had a visit from an old friend yesterday. He is a corporate pilot and flies all around America. He was in San Francisco last week and the large motel where he stayed was full of South and Central Americans staying on a government voucher.They were awaiting further information on their final destination within the US.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 5:09 PM PST
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  6. Lilly B Coolidge

    I was in a small clothing shop recently while a customer started complaining about Trump to one of the employees. They’re both over 50, and who knows, maybe they’re friends. Even though the employee wasn’t the one expressing her opinions, she certainly was letting the other woman spout off. I just thought it was really inappropriate and wanted to leave as fast as possible. I have been a frequent shopper there, but I might avoid it in 2020.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 5:20 PM PST
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  7. Barfly Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    I used to do peer reviews for workers comp in California. About 1/3 of the claims were by illegals. The illegals would often, maybe half, claim a second grade education in Mexico. Many were not fluent in Spanish, let alone English.

    My closest friend in medical school was the son of Mexican immigrants. They had 10 kids. My friend graduated from Stanford and went to medical school on a scholarship from Francisco Bravo who owned the Bravo Clinic in east LA. If he practiced in a community with 25% Spanish surnames, he didn’t have to repay the scholarship. He practiced in Chula Vista, south of San Diego. His mother did not speak English and made her own tortillas. All of his siblings, but the oldest who had died in an industrial accident, had graduate degrees.

    Mexican immigrants changed radically the past 50 years.

    I’m glad about your friend, but I doubt he’s representative of the immigrants of 50 years ago, particularly from Mexico. Selection bias – you’re successful, and he’s someone you know.

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    • November 15, 2019, at 5:32 PM PST
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  8. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I had a visit from an old friend yesterday. He is a corporate pilot and flies all around America. He was in San Francisco last week and the large motel where he stayed was full of South and Central Americans staying on a government voucher.They were awaiting further information on their final destination within the US.

    There are 475,000 people who have been attempting to cross into this country over the last 12 months. In California there are beds for 2,500 people who need to be detained and then vetted. Although often it requires more than 21 days to do that, the law is now that people can’t be detained for more than 20 days.

    What happens to all the other vast numbers of people I don’t know. The House of Representatives has been sure to ignore or outright disapprove of more funding for more housing, since their agenda is that we have an open borders policy.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 12:58 AM PST
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  9. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Barfly (View Comment):
    I’m glad about your friend, but I doubt he’s representative of the immigrants of 50 years ago, particularly from Mexico.

    When I was in medical school, my wife taught in an elementary school near the County Hospital, in east LA. About 2/3 of the kids in her class were Mexican, legal or illegal. The parents would come to parent night and she quickly learned she should not mention any misbehavior or failure to study by the kid. They would come to school the next day with bruises. Those same kids would come with the parents to clinics and act as translators. The parents were determined to get those kids educated and tolerated no resistance from the kids,.

    I really do think there is a difference. Immigrants are now coming from interior Indian villages that don’t speak Spanish and have no schools. They are far less employable than the earlier immigrants. A sailing friend worked for SCIF, the workers comp insurer for most employers in CA. He said these illegals are given the most dangerous jobs with minimal, to no safety equipment. It’s all they can do and they do it. The taxpayers of CA pick up the tab.

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    • November 16, 2019, at 9:37 AM PST
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  10. I Walton Member

    I moved to Jackson Wy. when I retired. Ski bums and mountain climbers did the gut work. Mexicans started to do the cleaning, then moved into everything. Now the ski bums have to teach skiing or have money. Mexicans do all of the work. Those who work, work, and the young ones were integrating but once established their cousins came. Some of them work, others don’t. Crime is rising, but mostly they go after each other until they figure out how to work it which isn’t easy in isolated Jackson. This is cold country and a relatively small town. The church brought in a Colombian priest to work with the growing Mexican population. He’d been influenced by leftists in Colombia but quickly came to a different view of Americans, gullible and naive rather than grasping and exploitative. He hadn’t known Mexican Indians before and was horrified. He had worked with Colombian Indians and was probably part Indian himself as are many non elite Colombian rural folks. He couldn’t believe the crass, hostile, dishonest, angry Mexican Indians nor their abuse of each other even as they plotted against non indians. In contrast the American priest, a brilliant fellow, wouldn’t let the Colombian take charge of the money and other opportunities to exploit the church, its parishioners etc. which they did relentlessly and openly. He couldn’t imagine what they were like. Both priests are gone, me to so don’t know what’s happening now. As a diplomat I had been warned about dealing with Mexican upper class, which I found to be good advice in the few times I had dealt with them, but this was my only experience with Mexican indians. 

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    • November 17, 2019, at 6:48 AM PST
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