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The Hispanic Key to Our National Economic Future

But with the federal government currently borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar it spends, with a whopping $14 trillion in debt, how much more government assistance can Democrats promise to any ethnic or special interest group?

The reality is that low Hispanic educational achievement is a growing national problem that both parties need to address as a high priority.

For within our nation there is a simple economic truth that extends across all ethnic groups: the greater your educational attainment, the higher your income -- and the less you need government help.

That economic truth is one Hispanic parents need to fully embrace and teach their children. Developing-world thinking that school is not "work" and therefore not as worthwhile does not compute in America, where more school leads to better work.

As mentioned earlier, new census data reveals that 23% of children under age 17 are Hispanic. If current trends hold, we can expect at least a quarter of those children will be high school drop-outs, with a lifetime spent in minimum wage jobs and an over-dependence on government services.

The negative impact of a 23.8% Hispanic high school dropout rate on our nation's economy will only increase in severity as the Hispanic population continues to grow -- projected to triple to 29% of the population by 2050.

Coupled with the data that 41% of the Hispanic population over 20 does not have a high school diploma, one can easily understand the urgency to find creative solutions to the problem of educational achievement among young Hispanics before their increasing numbers drag down our economy.

That bright 18-year-old housecleaner knew that her father's thinking was very wrong.

A future as a housecleaner was not her American dream.

She told me she was trying to change his mind so she could further her education.

For her sake and for the sake of our nation's future, I hope she was successful.