By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
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By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Dear Mexican: I'm a young white dude who drives to work every day, and on my daily commute, I get off the freeway and drive through the streets. Every single day between the hours of 5 a.m. and 12 p.m., there are AT LEAST 100 Mexican men out there waiting to be picked up for work of any kind. My question: Is it really worth it to stand out there all day and pray to God that they will get picked up? And even if they do, why did they get picked up? Did he look stronger and more capable than the other Mexicans? Did the pickup-er look at him and say, "Hmm, that one looks like he can lay some tile and pour concrete?" I don't know how many get picked up every day, but I kind of think that unless you know the person who is looking to pick up some cheap labor, you are just a lucky pick. So is it worth it? Shouldn't a Mexican work harder to gain citizenship and actually pick up a real job? It makes me feel bad, too, that I absolutely hate my job, and really, I take it for granted that I even have one. Thanks for listening.
—Office Drone Dave
Dear Gabacho: Who says those jornaleros haven't already applied for citizenship, or have been on the waiting list for years? Who says being a day laborer isn't a real job? I agree the employment isn't an ideal one — "Even if day laborers have many more good months than bad months, it is unlikely that their annual earnings will exceed $15,000, keeping them at or below the federal poverty threshold," says a report co-authored by my old UCLA boss Dr. Abel Valenzuela Jr., the nation's premier expert on day laborers, in his 2006 paper, "On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States" — but it's better than sitting on your ass and seeing the umpteenth YouTube clip of cats.
My father is Mexican-American and my mother is white. Every time we go to visit older relatives on my dad's side, they always play the same music — Eydie Gormé and Vikki Carr. Why are they listening to this stuff by white people and not genuine, authentic Mexican music? Do they think they're above listening to real Mexican music? I've asked them but they just keep on playing the same damn records.
—No Mas Vikki o Eydie
Dear Half-Wab: Who says Gormé and Carr are white people? Who says your older relatives aren't listening to Mexican music? Carr's real name is Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona, and she's straight-up wab, son! She Anglicized her name back in the days when gabachos didn't accept brownies completely but never forgot her roots and has sung in Spanish since the 1970s, recording classic rancheras with Vicente Fernández and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Gormé is of Sephardic Jewish heritage, which definitely isn't gabacho, and recorded one of the most beloved albums of Mexican abuelitas everywhere: Amor, a collection of Latin American boleros with the Mexican group Trio Los Panchos that's all about Los Panchos' twinkling triumvirate of guitars and Gormé's sighing voice — just play "Sabor a Mi" to any chica, and watch her chonis melt away, the raison d'etre for hombres from sunrise to sunset.
askamexican: Love your answers,,yes many people(young latintos) don't relize that Vicki Carr and Edie Gorme are Latinas,,as I also was surprised when I found out,,,,to no mas Vicki y Edie,,take ur relatives some new music, ,maybe their not familiar with alot of mexican music,,don't just whine!!! lol
I rather my GOOD AMERICAN TAX PAYER MONEY GO TO HELPING HARD WORKERS (ILLEGALS) THAN TO LAZY WHITE TRASH, GHETTO BLACKS, BROWN FOLKS, WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF WORKING, BUT CHOOSE NOT TO. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, DUMBASS.
To end all ignorance, racism or even just stupid rants of things that make no sense, as going from racism and truth to pointing out grammatical errors. This column is to speak on "Why do Mexicans work as day laborers?" To begin with you should notice the ignorance of the writer depicting every one as "Mexican", there are other people out there from different nationalities. I doubt the writer went to each and asked what country they came from. In all of our cultures we have the stupid and smart ones, no one culture is perfect. Also illegals are not eligible for food stamps and other few "luxuries". My mother tried when she had kids and no money but they denied her and NEVER since then even thought of relying on gov't support. If you want to argue over an issues argue how people are mad over drug screening eligibility for welfare. It shouldn't matter if you need the help. Last but not least No One, i repeat NO ONE of US as a whole counting every single person in the U.S is a actual citizen, we all come from decedents of nationalities and races all over (English, Canadian, French, African, Mexican, etc...) Unless you were born from an Indian Tribe here before the Mayflower (who were immigrants from England) you're an immigrant too.
Talk about weak and feeble, asinine is better fitting for you. Look, Im not going to go back and forth with name calling, with you. If I offended you, I am sorry. You are yet to prove me otherwise about illegals being eligible for welfare. You either cant read or just plain stuck on me comparing Blacks, hating Blacks, and blaming Blacks. Please quote me where I mentioned anything close to any of this. The ones who are weak, are people like you, who have no understanding of what really goes on with the illegals. You just jump on the bandwagon with the other weak folks. Repeating the false information you HEARD. I for one, know for a fact that illegals are not eligible for welfare. How? I come from a family of several illegals, and believe me, they have tried to get on welfare and just cant. They receive food stamps and other benefits for their kids (who are Americans). They do not however receive any benefits for themselves. Below I will post some information regarding the eligibility of welfare for illegals. I can post a link for the taxes that are paid by illegals as well, but that would only take the fun out of this. Do your homework sweet cheeks. You said this: illegals can get on welfare ( they cant), whites are the only ones that pay taxes (not true at all), that I blamed Blacks or compared Blacks (please quote me). If you can prove me otherwise on these three things, I will never comment on here again. Thanks.I
llegal immigrants on welfare: fact or fiction?
Illegal immigrants swarm into our country and quickly jump on the welfare rolls. They cost hard-working U.S. citizens billions and billions of dollars in taxes because of this subsidy. That’s a familiar, easy charge leveled by critics of illegal immigration. But is it fact or fiction? It’s actually a myth, according to the Congressional Research Service, the investigative arm of Congress. This point is highlighted as one of the “top five immigration myths of the campaign season,” a list put out by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Here’s their look at welfare:
MYTH #3: The nation spends billions of dollars on welfare for undocumented immigrants. FACTS: To the contrary, undocumented immigrants are not eligible to receive any “welfare” benefits and even legal immigrants are severely restricted in the benefits they can receive. As the Congressional Research Service points out in a 2007 report, undocumented immigrants, who comprise nearly one-third of all immigrants in the country, are not eligible to receive public “welfare” benefits — ever. Legal permanent residents (LPRs) must pay into the Social Security and Medicare systems for approximately 10 years before they are eligible to receive benefits when they retire. In most cases, LPRs can not receive SSI, which is available only to U.S. citizens, and are not eligible for means-tested public benefits until 5 years after receiving their green cards. A 2007 analysis of welfare data by researchers at the Urban Institute reveals that less than 1 percent of households headed by undocumented immigrants receive cash assistance for needy families, compared to 5 percent of households headed by native-born U.S. citizens. A 2007 analysis of U.S. Census data by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities makes clear that it is the U.S.-born, U.S.-citizen children of undocumented immigrants who are eligible for programs such as Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The analysis found that, between 1995 and 2005, the share of low-income, non- citizen immigrant children (either undocumented or legally present) who received Medicaid or SCHIP dropped from 36 percent to 30 percent.
LPR can receive SSI providing that they migrated before August 1996, they have citizenship benefits. They are eligible for SSI and SSDI providing that they have acquired the 40 quarter regardless of their date of immigration. Foolish stupid lies, poor fact finding, poorly written article and data. Would only be quoted by someone as "intellectually inept" as you are. DUMBASS.
Again stupidity.Do you remember writing these words. Then saying in your next response that you did not say anything derogatory about blacks. You are just stupid. You fall in that category where you know just enough to be dangerous. "I rather my GOOD AMERICAN TAX PAYER MONEY GO TO HELPING HARD WORKERS (ILLEGALS) THAN TO LAZY WHITE TRASH, GHETTO BLACKS, BROWN FOLKS, WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF WORKING, BUT CHOOSE NOT TO. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, DUMBASS". There is a fundamental flaw in your data. How can anyone accurately measure transfer payments for illegals. When many of them are cognizant of the fact that they are committing a crime and can be deported. How do you poll the ones who steal names and socials to collect public benefits. What is the data on those. As someone who is college educated and generate statistical data as part of my profession. Data is not objective it can be skewed to reflect the statistician's bias. This is so stupid it is as if you said according to recent data fifty percent of drug dealers state that they were able to successfully launder their money. What is the standard deviation of the data? what is the margin of error? You are waging are war of wits for which you are pathetically unarmed. LMAO at you attempt to seem "Intelligente" SMDH!!
Welfare could also mean a number of things. They may not get payments handed to them simply for arriving but they do get access to public schools, Hospitals, etc. Not to mention once they have a kid here, they are in fact eligible to receive paymentsIn Texas, 70 percent of illegal immigrants receive welfare assistance, with illegal immigrants generally receiving benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children. This is from a 2011 study.
You aks why America is losing its edge. I see why, it is because of people commenting on the board. Did you know that a melting pot is contributing to our superiority. We have the best and brightest from all around the world. People like you force the color out of the melting pot. Last time I checked, i dont remember seeing a John Boy from Alabama taking credit for inventing anything that has advanced the human race as of recent. I always see an American with foreign heritage. Wake up people or lose your edge....
One good reason if they dont like the job ,they can walk off .and not lose a thing ,another thing they do jobs that lazy a-- Americans wont or cant do .......Iam not about to pay a American when i can get a job a lot cheaper ,just goosd sence
When I need some dirty, crappy work done around my house I will go pick up a couple of 'em at the local illegal hangout. Just a tip, I find that the ones that are short and have the heavy central Indian facial features, bad clothes and goofy hats on are the best workers and work the cheapest (they haven't been here long). The one's that have been here any length of time get to where they think they are worth more than minimum wage. $5 is plenty, if they want more than that I'll just hire the White kid down the street. Besides, I usually have to repair my equipment anyway after the illegals get through tearing it up, So I feel that low pay will cover the cost of the damage. I say keep 'em coming, I have alot of crappy work that needs to be done cheap, The only drawback is I have to sit out under my shade tree with a glass of sweet tea watching them so they don't steal me blind and they don't loaf around. Another tip, you really on need to know 3 Mexican words. Trabajo, basura, todo and point to the trash can. Good luck to everyone on your next illegal hire, I hope this helps. Oh, 1 more thing. keep your daughters and wife out of their sight.
I'm part of MANY family owned construction businesses and currently in college now, and i can easily understand why you have to what you do. Simply because you can't afford an actual company, like one of my many. They don't do it because you pay well (because you don't) they do it because work is work and honorably earning it is better than nothing. I bet if they stole it you'd say their stealing from you, considering you ability to pay i doubt you have anything of such value to even catch an eye. As well you're to lazy to work for yourself, since you like to degrade them, next time before hiring them try doing it your self (which you couldn't since you have to hire people) if you don't appreciate it then just simply do it your self. Then again not every one is capable as hispanics to get a job done. This is for Billy Fuller-the guy who can't afford actual services from a company.
Before you start to judge, you should really get to know someone. I am full Mexican; my father occasionally occupies the help of these men. I can’t believe you only pay them $5. You shouldn’t be giving them less because they’re Mexican. I really hate it when people take advantage of one another. And honestly you can sit and complain about crappy work, when you get what you pay for; plus if you wouldn't be so lazy in the first place then you could get up and do it yourself. I mean you’re already sitting out there watching. Oh and just a tip, you should really work on your grammar.
This is addressed to Ladycock, who commented below. I commented up top, so that everyone could read and see how ignorant Ladycock is. Enjoy. Thanks.First off, reading comprehension owns you, dumbass. No where in my comment did I compare Mexicans on the corner and Blacks on welfare. Secondly, illegals can not be on welfare. Again I say, illegals can not be on welfare. Their kids, who were born in the USA, and are Americans are eligible for welfare (medicaid, food stamps). The parents receive the benefits because of the children (for the children) not for the adults (who are illegal). I dont think the government wants to send a baby of 3 months or an 8 year old kid the food stamps or the medicaid forms. So I shall say for the third time, the parent who is an illegal does not receive any type of welfare benefits for them. The benefits they do receive are for the kids, who were born in the USA and are Americans. I hope that I have broken this down easy enough for you to comprehend, LadyCock. Finally, white americans are not the only ones that pay taxes. Illegals pay taxes. The illegals working at factories, meat packing plants, etc, all receive payroll checks, and taxes are deducted from those checks. Google it, the goverment has a record of taxes paid from an unidentified payer. I pay taxes and I am not white. I am an American born from Mexican parents. I rather my paid taxes, go towards helping the kids of illegals get through school, help illegals with their medical coverage, rather than a white, black, brown, yellow American with a social, who chooses not work but to live off the government instead. They should learn from the illegals on the corner, that you can work without a social, without being able to speak English, without a high school education. You would think having all of the above, these lazy Americans, would be working no matter what. Like I said, I rather my GOOD AMERICAN TAX PAYER MONEY GO TO HELPING HARD WORKERS (ILLEGALS) THAN TO LAZY WHITE TRASH, GHETTO BLACKS, BROWN FOLKS, WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF WORKING, BUT CHOOSE NOT TO. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, DUMBASS.
LADYCOCK!! LOL sorry honey that would be both your mother and sister. Broken down for whom me or you. So the 8 month old goes to the store and uses the food stamps, and welfare benefits as well right. Newsflash idiot. Illegals are eligible for Medicaid not for their children but also for themselves. Once I was going to one of my client's corporate office in the upscale part of town. The Mexican Janitors came in and were speaking spanish. When they exitied the elevators, the white man in the elevators turned to me and started the most racist rant. Saying they should go back to their country, they need to speak english. I turned to him and politely said Sir, I think that problem here is that you do not understand the language. Perhaps you should try. I smiled and exited. His words made me angry but even more so were the sentiments. I knew if an well dressed educated Mexican woman was in the elevator his conversation would have been about the lazy blacks. I have a friend who is an immigrant, she is successful, educated and accomplished. She is constantly harrassed because they deem her as being "too uppity" . How ironic never received a cent of welfare, medicaid, and foodstamps but she still faces the same discrimination as the illegals on the corner. It doesn't matter the immigration status people hate anyone who is different. VASQUEZFLOORING, you are a weak man, with a feeble mind. You have fallen into the oldest trick in the book blame the blacks, because at least you are better. No DUMBA$$ step off the PHUCKING truck and realize that the same poeple who hate you also hates the blacks for different reasons but wth the same intensity. YOU ARE WEAK, FEEBLE, and STUPID elevate your mind. "emancipate yourself from mental slavery". I was about to write a nasty retort, editied it because, I actually feel badly for you. You are a fool and you are weak. (sorry, I said that already) but you are!! :((
again why does this editor allow this, im a mex-american and i dont want to read this crap.Mr Arellano do u enjoy allowing a forum for anglos to talk shit about us ? Maybe ur actually an anglo . this forum is supposed to inform ppl of our proud heritage , or so i thought . but its to allow ppl to disgrace us and here we are trying to protect ourselves, since u dont have the huevos to do it . im calling u out Mr Arellano (tio taco!)
The reason you see all Mexicans standing outside gathered awaiting someone to pick them out to go do some work is because the white man would never stoop that low for a job. He'd rather set in the apartment and feel sorry for himself. Why is it that I always see the old nasty white men lurking in parking lots , ie:Walmart , Target , approaching every car that pulls up begging for money. Oh and bythe way I did stop to get one of those Mexicans to do alot of yardwork at my house, offered him $9.00 an hour and NONE of them wanted to work for that . So that is alot of the reason they stand there so long.
I am a Mexican-American and I am very proud of my heritage but what hurts me the most is ignorant people like you. If you say you see 100 men on the street, why does it have to be Mexicans? There are more countries out there but maybe your knowledge does not go that far south. All I ask is that when something goes wrong the finger should not be pointed directly towards the Mexicans, we are not the only ones in this country.
I ask you this, oh self righteous Mexican's. Do you all comprehend the financial strain you put on this country by soaking up all our benefits and sending your money back to Mexico? Also, if you have so much Mexican Pride, why the hell don't you...I dunno...go back to Mexico? No one here cares to see your ugly ass flag flying or your shit box impala.
How about the financial strain of 3rd and 4th generation welfare recipients, how about the financial strain of the so called katrina victims, or how how about medicare fraud by doctors and the recipents. point being address ALL not just a race!!!
I am personally tired of seeing this headline. Everyone knows why they have to work day labor. It was an ignorant question to begin with. Then you actually made it a headline in a paper...? Why don't you make a headline about your real point? Get real.
as we reflect on 9/11 let us all remember while the American patriots were so busy harassing and trying to run off the Hispanic(meskins) illegal aliens because they are on welfare take jobs ect , these other illegal aliens were attacking our country and killing those patriotic Americans
Meghan why all the hostility, in reality with your racism cant you see that you are the problem. If you hate Mexicans so much why do you read this column ? and i bet you eat Mexican food don't you , What happened ? were u married to a Mexican ? you seem like a smart person . Are you black? hey we understand maybe you didnt get enough love from your parents , or maybe ur dad loved u a little to much ? i don't know, but if this stuff pisses you off DONT READ IT !!
Obviously you can't see the irony I used in the statement I made. I don't have a racist bone in my body, as a matter of fact I am half Mexican and half Choctaw. The point is that gabacho is a racist statement. If Mexican people want respect they must give respect. How will it all stop if everyone continues to call everyone else a pejorative (notice I used an a instead of an i, I made sure I didn't have that typo again). I repudiate all racist termonology. As far as my being molested by my Mexican father as you inferred, I actually was and that statement you made is disgraceful, disgustful and degrading to all woman that are victims of abuse.
btw way u morons. how do u know they r Mexicans , how bout Salvadorians,Honduras ect., u a%%holes !!
As long as they are not hurting anyone I would think its fine to WANT to work, and yes they may be waiting on papers of somekind while working this way. Every cuture is different with good & bad in it so while we can judge them in America, could we judge them in thier country making $3 - $5 a week. I have been working commercial construction for 28 years & have seen very hard working Mexicans & some with very bad attitudes. So dont be quick to judge, that could be you standing on that corner someday.
Sabor a Mi is undoubtedly the number one song to get a little sumpin' sumpin' going on with the chicas in Mexico.
I love to pick up Mexican day labores.........I have a four day job for instance...I pay each dude 10.00 bucks an hr and "lunchie" 10 to 12 hr days. We bust but dudes learn fast, Here is the GRAVY...A terrminar el fin del dia, yo puedo hablo espanol....I SPEAK SPANISH Now... and They are fun fun people...Lots of fun. Your not getting some kid who thinks he or she is a"undiscovered talent" with..shall I say..."Hidden Qualities" just waiting to be found and in the mean time could not care less about your goofy jobs let alone show up the next day. Dont get me on equipment...Omg.....One wrecks equipment has no idea how it works...and the former breaks it down transolates it and puts it back to gether....you work the math....I find them a better class of people
That is true Davion. Its not just the blacks on welfare but americans in general. Americans includes (blacks, whites, browns, yellow, etc) Honestly, i rather see my fellow brown brothers on the corner seeking work than at home expecting a government check. People say its the illegals draining the welfare, i dont think so. Illegals can not even get on welfare. They may have kids that were born here that are eligible for welfare and rightly so because the kids are americans. But the parents or any other illegal can not be on welfare, its impossible. Thats why these men are out there on the corners and at home depots because they are willing to work for 50-80 dollas a day. Hard labor, to put food on the table for their kids.
Vasquezflooring, your ignorance is alarming. I guess you are saying the Mexicans on the corner are the lesser of two evils when compared with the "welfare receivng blacks". News flash!! There are more whites on welfare by the actual numbers and proportions. Secondly, illegals are eligible for transfer payments, or as you may call it welfare. They are eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, and welfare, If they are the custodial parents of US citizen children. There are many of them who are very well supported by the system. In fact the women file for benefits, and the men earn their income "under the table" aka on the street corners, to maintain their families' welfare eligibility. So you FOOL thank you for helping to exploit the GOOD WHITE AMERICAN TAX PAYER of which you so fondly speak. DUMBA$$!
First off, reading comprehension owns you, dumbass. No where in my comment did I compare Mexicans on the corner and Blacks on welfare. Secondly, illegals can not be on welfare. Again I say, illegals can not be on welfare. Their kids, who were born in the USA, and are Americans are eligible for welfare (medicaid, food stamps). The parents receive the benefits because of the children (for the children) not for the adults (who are illegal). I dont think the government wants to send a baby of 3 months or an 8 year old kid the food stamps or the medicaid forms. So I shall say for the third time, the parent who is an illegal does not receive any type of welfare benefits for them. The benefits they do receive are for the kids, who were born in the USA and are Americans. I hope that I have broken this down easy enough for you to comprehend, LadyCock. Finally, white americans are not the only ones that pay taxes. Illegals pay taxes. The illegals working at factories, meat packing plants, etc, all receive payroll checks, and taxes are deducted from those checks. Google it, the goverment has a record of taxes paid from an unidentified payer. I pay taxes and I am not white. I am an American born from Mexican parents. I rather my paid taxes, go towards helping the kids of illegals get through school, help illegals with their medical coverage, rather than a white, black, brown, yellow American with a social, who chooses not work but to live off the government instead. They should learn from the illegals on the corner, that you can work without a social, without being able to speak English, without a high school education. You would think having all of the above, these lazy Americans, would be working no matter what. Like I said, I rather my GOOD AMERICAN TAX PAYER MONEY GO TO HELPING HARD WORKERS (ILLEGALS) THAN TO LAZY WHITE TRASH, GHETTO BLACKS, BROWN FOLKS, WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF WORKING, BUT CHOOSE NOT TO. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, DUMBASS.
Oh! My goodness-You're a Detective...I would venture to say that there is More White-Trash on the receiving end of said Programs and Benefits...This is NOT to Discount Your Prejudiced-Premise. Speaking to the Topic---These 'Mexicans' are out there Trying to make a living for their families and IF They SEND money Back to Mexico---That's Their Money and it's Their Business WHAT They Do With IT...Put THAT! In Your JOCK!
Just like your name sounds it speak truth in volumes to your IQ. You have absolutely know idea how medicaid works. Less than 1% of illegals i'm talking all illegals Mexican included are provided some form of aid. See the white people love to blame everything on everyone else except themselves. More white people are on welfare however when compared to population the % is higher for black people. I've worked with many field workers who are doing jobs nobody on this board will ever consider and only come here to work for 200-400 bucks a week picking lettuce. If you do the math and lets say every single illegal was moved to their country, the US would lose Billions of dollars each year! Most buy fake socials and do not claim taxes. Guess who keeps those? Yes the government! They still buy food clothes etc and guess who profits off that? See my point?
The people we need to monitor are your White people and the lazy ass black people who want to sip on 40's every day. Mean while the Mexicans will be looking for jobs instead of sitting on the couch!
Intelligence is independent of your ability to speak english. Good communication in any language is a prime indicator of intelligence. Many minority groups fall into the trap of being critical of each other in the face of adversity i.e the Mexicans talk trash about the blacks when they are blamed, blacks speaks about asians etc. I speak the truth, without prejudice based on my experience. As a Mexican, you should be proud of your ethnicity. You are the descendants of the Mayan, and Aztec emprires. Tribes who were known for their intelligence and sophisticated civilizations. They invented agricultural methods such as terracing, the almanac, and chocolate. They were civilized at a time in history, when people were still living in caves!! Adrianna, I am sure you are accomplished and intelligent. This does not negate the fact that IQ+ should be IQ-!! I apologize for the misunderstanding. Take care.
IQ+ don't even get offended by Ladyjock she/he obviously did not have a better way to defend the argument. So he/she decided to pick on your grammar. Her post once again shows how people think they are better just because they have a "profession" I WAS BORN IN MEXICO! I COME FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PARENTS....AND AM A U.S. CITIZEN. My grammar may not be perfect, and my IQ may not be as high as yours because I am Mexican. However, I am proud to say that I am not racist. I have a profession as well and get classified by nasty racist terms all the time!
IQ+ your screen name should be IQ-. One of the main indicators of a person's intelligence is their ability to effectivley communicate. Your asinine rant is filled with spelling and grammatical errors. The word "NO" which you have spelt as "know". By profession I am a healthcare consultant. My specialty? I own a healthcare consulting company that specializes in obtaining funding for the medically indigent, to include illegals. I will tell my next client that according to your expert authority I "NO" or "Know" (which is it?) nothing about Medicaid. You are uneducated, unintelligent, and beneath me. "Mean While" (is that a word?) I am STRONGLY suggesting literacy classes, or ESL.