Opponents of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are whining that he hasn't met President Vicente Fox yet. While Arnolds staff says it is due to scheduling issues obviously there is absolutely nothing to gain for Arnold by meeting with the President of a country that regularly lambastes him in the press and calls him a racist.
But state Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, points to Schwarzenegger's support of increased vocational education and repeal of the tripling of the car tax as issues of great importance to Latinos.
"I don't think you have to go to Mexico to prove you're good to Hispanics," Maldonado said.
"The governor is addressing the needs of all Californians," said Margita Thompson, Schwarzenegger's press secretary and one of the few Latinos in his inner circle.
"Latinos are an important part of that, but he's addressing the needs of all Californians."
If almost daily swipes at Schwarzenegger in the Mexican news media are any indication, a visit now to Mexico might not result in a very warm reception.
He took heat when he started surrounding himself with aides to former Gov. Pete Wilson and also when it was disclosed that Schwarzenegger had supported Wilson's Proposition 187. Before being thrown out by the courts, the 1994 measure sought to deny most state services to immigrants in California illegally.
Schwarzenegger has sparked even more vociferous attacks with his repeal of legislation that would give illegal immigrants driver's licenses and for his recent praise of Minutemen volunteers patrolling the Mexico-Arizona border.
"If our country had any self-respect, it would quit showing any of the pictures of this bad actor and even worse governor," Francisco Mora Ciprés, a member of the Mexican Congress, was quoted recently in a news service report.
Other Mexican officials and political commentators have said worse recently, calling Schwarzenegger "fascist," "racist," "xenophobic" and an "anti-immigration addict."
Schwarzenegger took strong exception to that assessment during a recent interview with The Bee.
"It's gotten to the point now if you say something like that (about illegal immigration), they try to make you look like a racist," he said.
"In the meantime, I look at this country and this state as our house and I think that if someone comes into your house or anyone's house, you will call law enforcement and say, 'I think someone just came into my house without me inviting them in.' The way it's been spun, though, there are some people who tried to make it sound like I was saying something else."
Why should he go meet with Fox? As long as this swindler refuses to help solve California's problems by discouraging illegal immigration why should California help solve his problem of encouraging trade and growth in his country?