They must not want our money either

By Chito de la Torre
    Everywhere you look, there are politicians saying que son los immigrants that
are this country's problem.  That we are a drain on government money, that we
take jobs away from "real" Americans.
    And it doesn't stop there.  
    Plans are in the works to deny legal residents their hard earned rights.
    Simply having a Hispanic surname makes us a target for discrimination
regardless of where we were born.
    Excuse me for fuming, but I thought this was America.  What happened to the
land of the free, and to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  A poco
no pagamos taxes tambien? A poco no trabajamos como burros doing jobs that no
one else will take? 
    I say that if the government doesn't want to give us the social services we
have paid for with our taxes, our social security withholdings, and FICA and
all those other things they jam in to their tax rolls, maybe they don't want
our money either.
    Por eso on September 16th, 1996.  I'm going to celebrate my independence from
 racism and discirmination.  And I'm going to do it with my money.  
    Come el diezyseis, I will not spend one penny of my money on anything, and if
you want to join me, please do.  Latinos are a mighty economic force that
contributes to this country not only with our sweat, but our money tambien. 
    I figure that if a few of us join up and hold back our economic resources for
one day, this country will realize just how much we really give, and maybe
then they'll begin to take back their false acusations.
    Drop me a line here at L-news.  Tell me what you think.
--30-- (printed with permission)