10/17/2011 07:51 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2011

El Chanclaso: No Scapegoating Allowed

Scapegoating Single Moms
Why is it that whenever conservatives want to cut government spending their first target is single mothers? Thom Tillis, the Speaker of the House in North Carolina, argued during a speech at a college that government needs to "find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance." He wants people on public assistance who he thinks are more sympathetic, as examples he listed people in wheelchairs and with cerebral palsy, to look down on single moms with more than kid. This bully also wants to drug test people on unemployment insurance. Hijole! Maybe we should drug test him for making ridiculous statements. How about we try to help these moms out of poverty instead of trying to shame them? Rep. Tillis earns a hard chanclaso for his ridiculous beliefs.

NFL Forgets Arizona Scapegoated Immigrants
Did someone forgot to tell the National Football League (NFL) about the national boycott of Arizona? Earlier this week the NFL announced Glendale as the host city for the Super Bowl in 2015. Arizona and Alabama continue to vie for the least welcoming place for Latinos regardless if you have your papeles or not. I don't plan on visiting either state, and I'm definitely NOT spending any of my dinero in those states, but in two-horse race, I give Arizona the nod for my least favorite. Those wannabe Minutemen really rub me the wrong way. I'm sending a chanclaso to the NFL for their poor selection when San Diego, New Orleans and Miami are perfect warm weather cities to host the Super Bowl.

Un gran abrazo y aplauso to Gov. Jerry Brown of California for signing into law the California DREAM Act. Undocumented students will now be able to receive state financial aid and pay in-state tuition.

I also want to give a round of aplausos to all the protestors occupying city squares and parks across the country who are highlighting the growing inequality between the rich and everyone else in this country. El Chanclaso will always support los trabajadores y la gente. Dale shine!

El Chanclaso
For many Latinos, a chancla is more than summer footwear. The flip flops on our mothers' feet were also impromptu and easily accessed weapons. Back talk, ignoring orders or fighting with your siblings could, without warning, result in a chancla on the rear end or, if distance was a factor, flying at you.

Now we're all grown up. But some people still deserve chanclasos. And we're going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Every Friday, Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand. Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, being on the wrong end of the chancla could get you one or two chanclasos. Sergio will also give aplausos to those who make us proud.You've been warned. Now, behave!