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Geraldo envisions a bright economic future fueled by Hispanics.

  • Aug 10, 2009
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In his new book "The Great Progression:  How Hispanics Will Lead America To A New Era of Prosperity" Geraldo Rivera argues passionately that Americans have little to worry about when it comes to the influx of Hispanic immigrants that has taken place over the past decade.  According to Geraldo, these people are hard-working, fairly conservative, very patriotic and love to spend money.  The way Geraldo sees it Hispanics will play a major role in leading us out of the  morass we find ourselves in and onward and upward to a brighter and more vibrant economic future. 

Throughout "The Great Progression" Geraldo constructs a spirited argument to allow those illegals already in the country the opportunity to become American citizens.  He interviewed former Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez who posited a plan to resolve the current national impasse on the reported 10-12 million people who are in this country illegally.  The Cuban born Gutierrez, who is a former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Kellogg Company, offers a tough but  pragmatic  recipe to resolve the matter once and for all.  According to the approach favored by Mr. Gutierrez  "They'll need to pay taxes,  They'll need to pay fines.  They'll need to learn English....And so they'll have to make a real commitment to earn legalization and a real commitment to this country.  They have to decide that they are going to make this their country and stick it out and earn their legalization."  Geraldo completely agrees with this approach.  It makes perfect sense to me as well.   Attempting to deport 10-12 million people is simply not a viable option.  But I would take it one step further.  Those who study American history know that on a number of occasions our government has chosen to impose a temporary moratorium on immigration.   It seems to me that politically such a moratorium  would have to be an integral part in the ultimate resolution of this stalemate.  However, there is no evidence in "The Great Progression"  to indicate to me  that Geraldo would be amenable to such an idea.  

It seems to me that Geraldo Rivera has taken a huge turn to the "left" over the past couple of years.  In "The Great Progression" he enthusiastically embraces groups like ACORN, SEIU and a host of other liberal alphabet soup organizations that many Americans have little use for.  This damages his credibility with me.  Not surprisingly, Geraldo is also a big fan of President Obama.  Politics aside, I do believe that the basic premise made in "The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to A New Age of Prosperity" might one day come to pass.  On average, Hispanics in this country are about 11 years younger than the rest of the population.  At least in the short term an influx of young Hispanic workers into the system should help to keep Social Security solvent. However, keep in mind that the drop out rate among Hispanic high school students continues to be extremely high and while Geraldo implores Hispanic youth to take education more seriously he really has no suggestions as to how this might happen.   Furthermore, as in his previous book "HisPanic" there are no footnotes of any consequence.  "The Great Progression" is not a very scholarly work.  Having said that, the fact is that we will never be able to resolve the deep divisions in our country until the issue of the illegal immigration is resolved once and for all.  Reading "The Great Progression:  How Hispanics Will Lead America to A New Age of Prosperity" should at a minimum help you to get up to speed on one of the most important issues of our day.     This is a decent book that is at least worth a look. 
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August 11, 2009
While I am not a fan of Geraldo, I do believe that the influx of Hispanics is a big plus. Whether there are 10 or 10 million "illegals" here, they work, spend, and pay taxes. The money they send home helps the global economy and benefits American corporations. A negative is the cost of charity healthcare but they spend cash for care when they are able. (Check the clinics and small hospitals with the "se habla espanol" signs in the barrios.) How many "citizens" do you know that are willing to do anything to make a buck?
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With the psyche of our country mired in war, changing politics, and a recession, (or even another great depression) Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera delivers keen insight and hope in The Great Progression, a prophetic book on how Hispanics are revitalizing our declining economy, energizing our distressed troops, and invigorating our transitioning national government.

Featuring candid and revealing interviews with prominent Hispanics such as the new Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jennifer Lopez, and George Lopez, The Great Progression presents a fascinating look at the impact Hispanics are making on the social, economic, and political climate of the United States. Hispanics’ involvement in society is at an all-time high—and growing exponentially. Geraldo’s fearless and judicious reporting addresses the nation’s most critical issues under the Obama administration and enlightens those who seek real change and a new, more progressive American era.

A far-sighted and perceptive look ahead at our countryÂ’s potential for growth and the evolving role of the Hispanic community under the Obama administration, The Great Progression is Geraldo RiveraÂ’s vision of how the nationÂ’s largest minority is shaping the future of our country.

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ISBN-10: 0451228812
ISBN-13: 978-0451228819
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Celebra Trade
Date Published: September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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