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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    then maybe he should have spoken the language that most of his audience does....instead of relying on a translator
    I am wondering why that bothers you so much?
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

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    If you don't like it, build on English school for immigrants on your property

    Aren't property taxes used solely to fund education? Or am I off-base here.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by BentWingedAngel View Post
    Not if the law is tied into citizenship. IE: you need a basic understanding. Also how do some of you feel about having to learn Spanish as a job prerequisite? Or to hold your present job? MY SO works for Johnson Controls & in their Wisconsin office folks are being told to hold their jobs they need to learn Spanish.
    Some jobs require learning a second language. If it's a business decision, then there's probably good reasoning behind it.
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    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    I am wondering why that bothers you so much?
    it's a little thing called "principle". something you wouldn't know anything about
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    Does the United States have an official national language?

    The US is already spending 1.5 billion a year for language accommodation. That figure would have to go up greatly as these people would have to learn the language to the extent of reading and writing as well. The cost would be great.
    Speaking of costs? I believe that the cost of "accomodating" is much higher than teaching ESL, as I did tat with my own time & money.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Some jobs require learning a second language. If it's a business decision, then there's probably good reasoning behind it.
    I understand that with new employment. But when "guest workers" have taken over a plant? Why should English speaking have to learn the language of "guest workers?"
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    if you've been in a country where the prevalent language is english for 23 years and you are still more comfortable speaking something else....you are a dumbass.
    I've read all of the posts up this point. I can't take anymore. Playdrive is correct. There is no official language in the USA. If the guy wanted to speak Spanish, so be it. This is still a free country, right? Calling someone a dumbass just because they spoke Spanish at a senate hearing just makes you look like a dumbass. Congrats, you're a typical closed-minded con.


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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by BentWingedAngel View Post
    I understand that with new employment. But when "guest workers" have taken over a plant? Why should English speaking have to learn the language of "guest workers?"
    A good point.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by BentWingedAngel View Post
    Not if the law is tied into citizenship. IE: you need a basic understanding. Also how do some of you feel about having to learn Spanish as a job prerequisite? Or to hold your present job? MY SO works for Johnson Controls & in their Wisconsin office folks are being told to hold their jobs they need to learn Spanish.
    What do you do with the 18% of US homes where they do not speak English already. I believe you that companies are now requiring multilingual employees. As the world gets smaller and business crosses other shores that will be more and more a requirement. Mandarin, Spanish, and English are the most common languages in the world in that order. List of languages by number of native speakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    it's a little thing called "principle". something you wouldn't know anything about
    What principle is that?
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