Listen to this show.

 This was our best show yet with some serious guests.   
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.  The Florida Immigration Bill (if passed) EXEMPTS Canadians from having to prove legal status in Florida! Rep. Snyder called it a matter of comfort. 

This week’s guests included:

  • Florida Rep. William Snyder (R), the author of Florida version of Arizona’s Immigration Bill
  • David Caulkett, Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN, self-described anti-“Amnesty” group
  • Felipe Matos, Students Working for Equal Right, Trail of DREAMS
For a full draft of the bill check here.  The Canadian provision is on the bottom of page 2 and top of page 3.  

After that we spoke with the founder of the FLIMEN and Felipe Matos.  Here is the thing, in our opinion immigrants aren’t the problem, the exploitation that allows immigrants to be hired below minimum wage, mistreated on the job, and overworked is the problem.  Funny thing is, David Caulkett sort of agreed.  But we still disagreed with the solution to this mess that hurts immigrants and citizens alike.  

Lastly check out some links: 

 Some resources on the fight in Arizona:

Finally a dedication to Solomon Burke, who passed away last weekend called “none of us are free”.

  • Florida Rep. William Snyder (R), the author of Florida version of Arizona’s Immigration Bill
  • David Caulkett, Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN, self-described anti-“Amnesty” group
  • Felipe Matos, Students Working for Equal Right, Trail of DREAMS

We are the FIRST show to ask Representative Snyder why his bill allows Canadian and European (aka “visa-waiver”) immigrants in Florida to be given a pass by law enforcement under the bill’s provisions.  Yep, if the bill passes, Latino immigrants have to prove to Police that they are legal in the country, but Canadian immigrants and most European immigrants don’t. 

On the show, we had Max Rameau from Take Back The Land, Shannan Reaze Human Rights organizer extraordinaire, and Nicollo Mena a person with a 365 degree view of the housing crisis from the inside.

The show was title:  “Is the Housing Crisis YOUR Fault?” The show was great.  I think it is rare that you get such different and deep perspectives on the housing crisis.  So please give it a listen.
For those that caught the show, thank you.
In case you didn’t, you can check it here
FEEDBACK FROM THE SHOW
We immediately received alot of feedback from the show.  Keep checking back on this site over the next day or two and I’ll put up some responses to feedback.  The feedback that struck me the most was from our own sound engineer.  He really liked the last show on the tea party.  After this show, I asked him how he liked it. He told me “You know, I think it was good.  But so much of this stuff goes over my head.  I would be lying if I said I understood it all.  I guess they [the folks that ruined the economy] don’t want us to understand these things.”  Dead on.


Lets Talk About It is dedicated to getting all of us regular human beings to understand the complex stuff that affects our day-to-day.  So I want folks to listen to the show, but I think, moving forward, it is our responsibility to help break things down even more.

As a first step, the big one, the Federal Reserve.  I am gonna come back to this.  But in the meantime check this Nation article on the Federal Reserve.  It clearly hates the Fed but begins to break it down.

Also, check these things we called required viewing below. 
Subprime mortgage lending crisis cartoon with narration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hjUei-Nwo&feature=related

Jon Stewart on Rick Santelli who asks, “Should we bailout loser homeowners!?” http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-4-2009/cnbc-financial-advice

Subhash Kateel’s spin on the crisis: http://diaryofacrazyindian.blogspot.com/2010/08/somebody-stole-my-bootstraps.html