By Jonah Goldberg –
‘A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, ‘When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?’ I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life I never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler, because in our community it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging.”
That was Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas on Fox News Sunday. He went on to make the case that Latinos are culturally conservative and economically entrepreneurial.
Just for the record, I’ve seen a Latino panhandler or two. Or at least I think they were Latino — I don’t usually quiz panhandlers about their ethnic backgrounds.