"We need to improve education, so we need jobs first," said [Farouk] Shami. "There are jobs. All we need to do is fill those jobs. We need infrastructure, new highways and parks and bridges, so there is work."(from KSAT-12)
Shami promised to create 100,000 new jobs if elected in the first two years. If he doesn't, he said he will pay the state of Texas $10 million.
Many of the students he spoke to [at Northwest Vista College] said they like what Shami had to say.
"Right now, we are hurting because of the lack of jobs," said David Ilamas.
"What he is doing is a pretty good job with jobs," said Guy Ciancia. "Right now, (there are) not many jobs in Texas or in the U.S. I think he'll do a good job as governor."
Weren't they listening? There are jobs. We just need to fill them.
Of course, the man who wants to be governor also said this:
Shami also spoke to students about immigration reform and his support for same-sex marriages. He also defended comments he made about white workers in his factory, comments some have called racist.
"'Lots of white people want to be supervisors. They don't want to work on the assembly line.' That's what I said," Shami said. "What is racist about that? These are the facts."
Hey, Farouk. I bet lots of Hispanics and blacks want to be supervisors, too. Have you been promoting them? And isn't it just as racist to assume that Hispanics and blacks "want to work on the assembly line" rather than trying to advance themselves? And, just to extrapolate, does all this mean that you actually turn down white people who apply to work in your factories based on your assumptions about what their ambitions may or may not be?