View Poll Results: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

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Thread: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by atrasicarius View Post
    Again, what the private sector does is its own business. I'm just talking about the government.
    You would be surprised how many people don't liek the private sector accomodating and seemed shock that English only laws don't stop them.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I agree. I can't tell you how many time I have seen families where the parents barely know English, but their kids speak English and the native language and translate back and forth. Some of those kids are really small t0o... one little girl was playing with my nieces and she was probably 6 or 7 and spoke English and Spanish fluently. That's very impressive.

    Everybody knows it's easier to learn a foreign language the younger you are... and parents that migrate here usually do it to give their children a better life.

    I date somebody from Israel, and he first came to America barely knowing English and he had to deal with racism and discrimination... He was harassed and mocked by some cops once because they didn't think he knew English very well, but he actually knew what they were saying better than they realized. Once you start learning a foreign language, at first, you're better at understanding native speakers talking to you than you are actually speaking it yourself. The point is, it takes people time to learn a language. You can't expect immigrants to be fluent in English right away, and you especially can't expect them know technical language in legal forms or financial applications right away either.
    Exactly. Well said.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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