Archive for April, 2006

Bush’s Immigration Strawman

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/25/2006

Ever notice how President Bush intellectually disrespects those with differing views by mischaracterizing the matters at issue? He did it again Monday in his speach on immigration.

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Patterico in the NY Times

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/25/2006

Which leads Patterico to ask:

have you ever read any article in Big Media, about any topic where you had intimate personal knowledge of the facts, where they didn’t screw up something? Of course you haven’t. I have never met anyone who has.

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President Bush’s Immigration Speech

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/25/2006

Here’s Bush’s Irvine, California speech on the need for low wage labor and open borders. Quotable:

Q Good morning. My name is Jamie Law (sp) and I’m 14 years old, and I was wondering what America is going to be like in 10 years. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you live here in California, ah, obviously you’ll be speaking Spanish and most likely working for somewhere around $6.25 an hour. Just kidding, of course, heh, heh ..

Actually the question is real, you’ll have to click over for Bush’s actual answer.

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The Elite vs. The People

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/25/2006

How the Republican party lost its way. A Reagan historian sounds off. Quotable:

The immigration reform debate has highlighted a long-standing fissure in the GOP between the elitist Rockefeller business wing and the party’s conservative populist base. Whether the two groups can continue to coexist and preserve the Republican majority is increasingly doubtful as conservatives begin to consider — and in some cases cheer — the possibility that the GOP may lose control of Congress this fall.

The two camps are deeply divided. The business elites are interested in a large supply of cheap labor and support unfettered immigration and open borders ..

And this:

.. the GOP has lost its motivating ideals. The revolution of 1994 has been killed not by zeal but by a loss of faith in its own principles. The tragedy is not that we are faced with another fight for the soul of the Republican Party but that we have missed an opportunity to bring a new generation of Americans over to our point of view.

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New Antibiotic Slays the “Superbugs”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/23/2006

The new compound was discovered in wallaby milk. More here. Google news search. Quotable:

“You incubate a small amount with pathogenic bacteria in culture, and after half an hour you have wipe out 99 per cent of the bacteria,” Dr Cocks said.

“If you do a similar assay with other antimicrobials, you don’t get anything like that.” ..

“Wallabies are born so immature and they don’t have immune systems until they are 100 days old, they just have to rely on the milk to survive,” Dr Cocks said.

“That’s why we looked at the mammary gland at that time and identified the potential anti-microbials.”

What I wonder is why no other organism has evolved the capacity for producing this “AGG01” compound. Perhaps they have.

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Bush in OC Monday

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/22/2006

President Bush will speak on the need for low wages and open borders before the Orange County Business Council this Monday between 8 and 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. The OC Register has the story here.

Tune your radio dial to KFI 640 for complete coverage. I’d particularly recommend the John and Ken Show between 3 and 7 pm.

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Beyond Sockpuppets

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/21/2006

Patterico on what’s really wrong with the LA Times.

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Friedman Prize Winner Announced

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/21/2006

And the 2006 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty goes to .. Mart Laar of Estonia. Quotable:

When Laar took the reins of power of the newly independent country in 1992, he was only 32 years old, and Estonia was struggling to heal from the wounds of Soviet occupation. Laar believed that the way to ensure success for Estonia was to cultivate freedom and self-determination. In only two years in office, he negotiated the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonian soil and introduced the kroon, one of Eastern Europe’s most stable currencies. He also instituted a flat tax rate, a move, which has been widely copied . even in Russia. Under Laar, Estonia removed price controls, discounted useless regulations, and saw the largest real per capita income of any of the former Communist states.

More here.

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Bush’s Phony Immigration Arrests

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/20/2006

The Bush Administration hasn’t enforced the immigration laws in 5 years. Michelle Malkin has the goods on how Bush is making immigration arrests this week for immediate political effect. As Michelle says, “Don’t be fooled.” Quotable:

I can tell you based on my reporting over the last five years that the Bush administration’s belated efforts to look tough on immigration enforcement at worksites amount to a cynical, politically timed effort to salvage the White House’s guest worker program dreams and schemes.

Be sure to check out the graph charting the Bush-Clinton record on immigration enforcement, 1992-2004.

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A New Econ Blog

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/20/2006

Beat the Press

Dean Baker de-bunks the economics reporters in the MSM. Here’s Baker on the bogus MSM economics of immigration:

One of the great absurdities in the debate over immigration policy is the frequently repeated claim that the U.S. economy is generating more “low wage” jobs than can be filled by the domestic workforce. This line has been endlessly repeated in news stories on the issue.

Quick trip back to econ 101: recall the concepts “supply” and “demand.” What makes a job a “low wage” job? In econ 101 world, a job will be a “low wage” job if the supply is high relative to the demand. When there is insufficient supply, then the wage rises. My students didn’t pass the course if they couldn’t get this one right. Econ 101 tells us that there is not a shortage of workers for low wage jobs; it tells us that there are employers who want to keep the wages for these jobs from rising.

Immigration has been one of the tools that have been used to depress wages for less-skilled workers over the last quarter century. Many of the “low-wage” jobs that cannot be filled today, such as jobs in construction and meat-packing, were not “low-wage” jobs thirty years ago. Thirty years ago, these were often high-paying union jobs that plenty of native born workers would have been happy to fill. These jobs have become hard to fill because the wages in these jobs have drifted down towards a minimum wage that is 30 percent lower than its 1970s level.

[via isteve]

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