The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

22 March 2006

Lou Dobbs, CNN, Randi Rhodes, Mexico, Illegal Immigration


On CNN, Randi Solves Our Illegal Immigration Problem!

Of all the radio
talk show hosts currently hoping to blaze a left-wing trail, Randi Rhodes is surely the most incoherent.

Even on Randi's best days, we've heard her struggle to follow a thought to its logical conclusion. More often than not, bizarre, unrelated issues are thrown into the mix.

It's as if she learned early on that it's better to say something, rather than allow even a moment of unacceptable dead air.

Unfortunately, what fills that gap should have at least some remote relationship to the topic at hand.

Another theory: unlike the rest of talk radio, Air America's hosts have become so spoiled by teams of writers, they're increasingly unable to think on their feet.

What exactly does Rhodes offer so-called "progressives"? We've yet to hear a decent explanation.

True to form, Rhodes did it again last night, this time with Lou Dobbs on CNN: she argued in favor of moving stem cell research to Mexico, claiming it could help solve our nation's illegal immigration crisis!

Expose The Left has the video segment ready to view, while CNN provides this transcript:

RHODES: So what are we going to do when you have a situation where we have a 2,000-mile hole and only one side of the hole is trying to plug up the hole?

And other side keeps -- I mean, the only way to actually discuss this is to broaden it out and realize that America's had this love affair with cheap labor for centuries, and unless Mexico actually develops some sort of a business plan for itself, then you are going to have people risking their lives, dying in the desert, trying to get here. Knowing that when they get here, we have a CEO of America who belongs in the mail room, not in the boardroom. And doesn't do --

DOBBS: You've said that before, haven't you? You just made that up? I like that.

RHODES: I was watching you on "Bill Maher" and you know Lou's got a good point there. And I thought, he's not the CEO president. He belongs in the mail room. That's where Bush belongs. And until we get serious on both ends, of finding people who hire cheap labor, and ending their love affair with cheap labor, because it's no longer permitted, you'll be breaking the law if you hire somebody for less than a working wage.

And actually engaging Mexico in some sort of an industry that the president doesn't want us to be engaged in. For instance, President's got a problem with stem cell research, right?

Let Mexico become the preeminent stem cell research hub of North America. You know, some things got to develop for them.

Earth to Randi: to engage in stem cell research, do you really believe day laborers headed for Orange County would have the necessary educational credentials? If such an industry were located in Mexico, it would need to import experts from all over the world.

Earth to Randi II: against liberal Hollywood elitists and their insatiable appetite for hiring illegals at rock-bottom wages, how soon will we hear you speak out?

We won't hold our breath waiting.

As for Dobbs, we couldn't understand his docile approach to the guests in this segment. At CNN, is this a job requirement?

It's almost as if Larry King hovers over the other hosts, ready to scold anyone with a tough question.

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  • Brian,

    I'd assume this post was a joke, if not for its length. She was obviously being sarcastic. Lighten up...

    By Blogger Justin, at 22 March, 2006 07:09  

  • Justin:

    You don't become sarcastic when it comes to illegal aliens or undocumneted workers to the communist left! Or would you like for me to send your post to Michelle Malkin?

    And by the way, not everyone in (The People's Republic of) Connecticut is lazy when it comes to matters of illegals. Take Paul Steitz, a Republican who wants to challenge Democratic stalwarth Joe Lieberman--who is moderate compared to Randi Rhodes' sycopants, toadies and lackies. Steitz's beef--bring the troops home from Iraq--AND PUT THEM ON THE BORDER WITH MEXICO! He also says Lieberman is backing programs to support amnesty for illegals.

    In fact, he even runs a group called Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control, based out of Darien, your basic little rich community, about 15 minutes from another little rich Republican (In Name Only) enclave, Greenwich:

    Let me say this to Miss Rhodes, you may not want to say the wrong thing to Mr. Steitz!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 22 March, 2006 08:00  

  • Let wait and see if some Dem politician bring out this brilliant piece of policy as a plank in his get elected platform. Otherwise, put it as a crank talking to nobody on CNN. Gallup is running away from theim for a reason.

    By Blogger Seriouslyunserious, at 22 March, 2006 10:08  

  • By Blogger frankenlies, at 22 March, 2006 10:14  

  • You don't become sarcastic when it comes to illegal aliens or undocumneted workers to the communist left! Or would you like for me to send your post to Michelle Malkin?
    Huh? I have no idea what this even means...

    By Blogger Justin, at 22 March, 2006 11:10  

  • She used the mailroom twice? How pathetic. Most stand-up comedians have the sense to know that repeating a joke that wasn't funny the first time doesn't make it any funnier.

    Question, though, are all the people who listen to AAR as bitter and miserable as the people who shill for it on this blog?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22 March, 2006 13:34  

  • V the K,

    Question, though, are all the people who listen to Limbaugh and his wannabees as bitter and miserable as the people who shill for them on this blog?

    Right Wing Dictionary:
    Shrill: To report facts, to ask questions and demand answers of your President and your government. To demand accountability of you elected and appointed officials.

    By Blogger Robert, at 22 March, 2006 13:56  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 22 March, 2006 14:10  

  • I remember when conservatives came up with new ideas that were comic fodder. Cutting taxes increases revenue to the Treasury? Guffaw.
    The Laffer curve was written on a cocktail napkin? Yuk-yuk. I'm not sure if any of that stuff has been proven, but it's been repeated often enough to become
    "conventional wisdom", and woe unto anybody who challenges the idea that tax cuts are always a good thing. Now conservatives have the media, and they're going to use it to smackdown any new ideas concocted by a "lib-rul."

    Most conservative talk radio these
    days presents ideas that have been pre-cooked, pre-chewed and vetted in think tanks for weeks, months and years. These think tanks were the product of the wealth of rich old guys (Olin) and the "Paris Hilton" crowd of inherited wealth (Scaife). They were designed to create ideas that supported rich guys keeping their money.

    "Lib-ruls" don't have think tanks. Sure, they do have professors, as long as you don't count the economics departments where the disciples of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman work to bring the free-market at gunpoint to Latin American countries such as Chile).

    The point is, there aren't twelve people vetting the ideas of a Randi Rhodes. Liberal talk radio is doing all the work of think tanks, pollsters and the David Frums of the world on the right, and it's all live on the radio in real time. When's the last time you heard an idea on conservative radio that wasn't hyper-vetted?

    On the other hand, maybe she WAS just being sarcastic. Liberals don't have a sense of humor, and when they do, they're not supposed to. Perfect conservative smackaround set-up.

    By Blogger smedge, at 22 March, 2006 17:53  

  • Let's see, Randi Rhodes. No, let's not.

    I still can't get over her inviting Ralph Nader to her program and then start screaming and yelling at him.

    She won't get me on her program, that's for sure.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 22 March, 2006 18:16  

  • In response to justin in the way back, if you listen to Randi, you will know it was not a joke. The woman is all over the place. She also has no funny bone in her body.

    I have made the mistake of listening over the 'net to that nutjob many a times (guess I am a glutton for punishment), and she has gone off on people who call her "Goddess Randi."

    By Blogger William Teach, at 22 March, 2006 19:04  

  • I believe Randi was strongly influenced by this.

    Taking Randi's comments seriously for the moment, the issue is not just one of supply, but of demand. If you took away the demand, many fewer would attempt to cross.

    If Mexicans (and others who use Mexico as an entry point) knew there were no jobs and they couldn't get non-emergency services, drastically fewer would attempt to cross.

    Most people don't have a very good understanding of illegal immigration and all its very serious ramifications. Start here for the sides of the issue you might not have heard before.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 22 March, 2006 23:42  

  • Yes, Rhodes' comment was what was known as "sarcastic."

    It's literary device that some people use sometimes. You folks should look into it.

    Okay, I'll give. It wasn't 100% sarcastic. There was a germ of truth in there. The germ is: let's (partly) solve our illegal immigration woes by building up the economy in Mexico, generally speaking. Then fewer people will immigate illegally. I understand that most of the people who immigrate to the U.S. illegally are NOT highly educated and tend to take low skill jobs. She's talking in generalities here, which isn't necessarily an awful thing to do.

    But still, Randi's point is a very good one. Illegal immigration to this country is driving down wages, causing fewer people to earn a living wage, gutting our middle class, and putting some strain on our public systems, including health care.

    The fact the Randi used a glib comment to make her point is appropriate, since she is a PUNDIT on the radio, and part of her function, though not all of it, is entertainment. Do you all get that or not?

    By Blogger Scott, at 24 March, 2006 07:34  

  • Here's one more read on the issue:

    How come the Mexicans are expected to have green cards, a tight border when they are a "friendly" country.

    Shouldn't we treat them the same as Canadiens?

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 24 March, 2006 10:32  

  • Earth to "bloggger:
    Get real please. The majority of illegal mexicans are employed in the fields of Coachella, Imperial,San Juaquin, and Sacramento Velleys by RIGH WING CALIFORNIA RANCH OWNERS. That my idiot friend is historical fact! Randi Rhoads on her slowest day, can run intellectual circles around you!

    David P

    By Blogger Unknown, at 01 December, 2006 19:27  

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