In her new page turner, You Know I'm Right: More Prosperity, Less Government, CNBC Reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera tackles tough subjects like immigration, school reform and the need for less government. The Emmy-winning journalist (and proud Cubana) spoke to Latina.com about her book, why immigration is good for America and more.
Tell us about your new book?
I wrote this book out of frustration. During the last election, it seemed neither party believed what I believe: that government should stay out of our pocketbooks and out of our private lives as much as possible. Both Democrats and Republicans seemed intent on making government bigger. When government expands, liberty contracts. So many of our families, including mine, came here in search of political and economic liberty, and I don’t want that to change.
Your book has a whole chapter on Immigration. Is immigration good for America?
I can cite four reasons why we should support more immigration to the United States: Google, Ebay, Yahoo, and Sun Microsystems. All of them were founded by immigrants. Wouldn’t it be sad if we couldn’t call them American companies? What if they hadn’t been founded at all, because their creators were stuck some place that didn’t value or allow entrepreneurship like we do in the United States? Immigration is good for America. Scratch that. It is great for America.
What can Latinas learn from your book?
What Latinas can learn from my book, is that there are many conservatives who actually embrace immigration and immigrants because they see it as very good for the country’s economy. In addition, there are a lot of business and economic topics that I explain very simply so that they are easy to understand, and not a mystery. Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for example. You probably hear a lot about them on the news. Quienes son? I explain what they are, why they are a problem, and how they should be fixed.
You’re known as being “Very far to the right.” Is it hard being a Latina Republican?
I don’t see anything contradictory about being Latina and being conservative. I come from a family of immigrants who didn’t come seeking a handout; they came seeking work. I am saddened that there is an arm of the conservative movement that is anti-immigrant, but I think they are absolutely wrong in their viewpoint. True economic conservatives believe in the free movement of labor, capital, and goods.
As one of the first Latinas on a business channel— what do you think about the way Latinas are represented on television?
As a Latina on TV I can tell you that things are getting better everyday. We have more and more Latinas and Latinos on TV, and even more important, more and more women behind the scenes. My colleagues at CNBC, Bertha Coombs and Carl Quintanilla are great examples, as is Natalie Morales over at the Today Show. And I am thrilled to see my one time Univision colleague Maggie Rodriguez on the CBS Morning Show. They are all so fabulous. The networks know that if they want to be successful, the product needs to reflect the audience. And we are a growing part of the audience.