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Bill O'Reilly suggested that non-whites turned to Obama, because they "wanted stuff."  He seriously could not think of any other reason that the Hispanic community could have turned away from the Republican party in such incredible numbers.

Unlike O'Reilly I do not believe in stereotyping entire communities, and of course there are bad apples in every community.  However, my experience, living in South Florida, is that generally members of the Hispanic Community are among the most hard working, selfless people I have met.  They rarely complain and they take care of their own.  

There is one story that comes to mind, from when I was working as a criminal defense attorney.  It eventually became fairly typical.  On this particular day, I had an appointment to discuss possible representation of a Mexican laborer, who had been working in the Glades, and was being held in the County Jail awaiting charges.

When the extended family arrived, there were about twenty of them, mostly dressed in dirt coated work clothes.  Honestly, I thought it was a waste of my time.  But we dragged in all the chairs we had, and I went through my spiel, discussing what he was facing, what I might be able to do for him etc.  When I got to the part where I discussed fees, I expected the typical reaction I got from most of my prospective clients - discussions of possible payment plans, arguments over who should pay etc.  That is not what happened.

Immediately every single man in the room took out his wallet and started counting out bills, and handing them to me.  No one kept  track of who was giving what, they only cared about the total and whether it was enough.  This family could have gone to a public defender, they could have asked for individual receipts so that they could be paid back, I do not think they even considered either option. I cannot even imagine how much labor it took for them to pay my fee.  I do know one thing though, they were grateful that they had the opportunity to do it.

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