A zogby poll, is a zogby poll, is a zogby poll.
A pollsters reputation precedes him.
My reply #8 has the results from a Fox/Opinion dynamics poll. I'll let people on FR make up there own mind, they can lap up zogby's special sauce or go with a more reputable pollster.
The first time I saw Natalie (not her real name but everyone said she looked like a young Natalie Woods) was at a crawfish boil at Bimbos. Natalie was thumbing meat out of the tails for etouffee with her right hand while sucking heads out of her left hand.
She looked up at me with the sweetest, most innocent smile ever seen at Bimbos and said Hi! It seems she had just moved out of her parents home on the Trinity River and come to Houston to live with her older sister and brother-in-law.
All Natalie had ever known was the river community. The river folk live on land owned by the Trinity River Authority and make a living supplying yellow cats to the restaurants and fish markets in East Texas. Some people say they build their houses out of wood they find floating down the river, but Natalie said her father traded fish to Oggletrees saw mill for surplus building materials.
Natalie was in hog heaven living in Houston. For a girl reared on black beans, rice and backstrap, even a Big Mac was a special experience.
It didnt take long for Natalie to hook up with Lance (not his real name), a journeyman electrician who had recently moved to Houston from Michigan. Like most Michigan-Americans he was superb at explaining to us how we did everything wrong in Texas. Especially irksome to him were our laws that permitted nonunion electricians to work on public buildings such as hotels and shopping malls.
Lance was a man of principles, foremost of which was that he would not unlock his tool box for less than prevailing union wage. After the federally related project for which he had moved down here ended, Lance didnt unlock his toolbox very often. Natalies jobs at Childrens World and Wal-Mart made the payments on his mobile home and pickup truck, but not much more.
Under pressure from Natalies sister and some regulars at Bimbos, Lance finally agreed to consider jobs for a little less than union wage. But after awhile, instead of taking jobs he simply started complaining that there werent any decent jobs because the Mexicans took them all. He quickly learned all the code phrases such as crowded emergency rooms, lowering educational levels, disease, crime, welfare, cultural dilution, invasion, and most righteously, illegal.
He could have accepted a steady job with an electrical service company at which a friend of works, but he told owner that he wasnt going to work for $18 an hour changing light bulbs at used car lots. He told Natalie he didnt get the job because he didnt speak Spanish.
Instead he talked Natalie into getting a higher paying job at one of the topless clubs outside the city limits that will hire 17 year olds to dance. Lance always appeared remorseful about Natalie having to do what she did, but he was adamant that it wasnt his fault, it was the fault of the government for letting in all those Mexicans who took all the jobs.
Natalie doesnt smile anymore. Her sister says Natalie still defends Lance to friends even though she knows that Mexicans arent the real reason Lance wont get a job.
There are many Natalies in America today. Some are young children whose dead-beat fathers are a year behind in child support because the Mexicans got all the jobs. Some are parents whose grown sons have moved back home because the Mexicans got all the good jobs.
Some are young men and women who are discouraged from attending technical schools or applying for entry level jobs because they have heard that only Mexicans are being hired.
But ironically, probably the biggest victims are those who are wasting their lives away complaining about Mexicans instead of getting jobs and building normal lives.