Everybody has value — and he recognizes that simple fact.
Rep. Ted Lieu is an Ivy League-educated congressman who represents the 33rd district in California.
At an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, he felt that a witness, through his tone, insulted the place of immigrants in the United States.
I wonder how often that happens. *sarcasm font*
Lieu didn't stand by silently. Here's what he said:
"I think it's easy for people like you and me, who wear suits and ties and work in offices, to cast aspersions on those with 10th grade educations. And I certainly hope you're not saying that only those with college degrees or high school degrees should be eligible for federal benefits.
But let's talk about some of these folks with the 10th grade educations, such as Maria Isabel Jimenez. She was a farm worker, 17 years old. She worked for nine hours one day on a farm near Stockton in brutal heat, without shade or water, and then she collapsed. She was taken to the hospital. Her body temperature was 108.4 degrees. She died two days later.
When I was in the California state legislature, I had the opportunity to meet — over many years —many farm workers who've had families die in brutal conditions in the heat, so that you and I can have less expensive orange juice, cheaper artichokes, less expensive garlic.
And I just want to suggest that people like Maria Isabel Jimenez... that her net contribution in dying so that you and I can have cheaper grocery bills so that we can spend less, she's given far more to American society than you or I ever will."
So, basically, Lieu is saying that a higher education, nicer clothes, and a better-paying job do not make someone more important or a better person?
And in fact, many of the people who don't have those things are contributing just as much if not more to society than those who do?
Gasp! Radical ideas.
Now, I know what you might be thinking: We should expect everyone to feel this way!
But alas, many of our senators and representatives seem out of touch with the people whose best interests they're supposed to be considering.