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Married with kids?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/29/2006

You most likely vote GOP. Live in an area where a majority of kids don’t have a dad in the home? You most likely live in a Congressional district represented by a Democrat. The statistics are overwhelming. A taste:

• Democrats represent 59 districts in which less than half of adults are married. Republicans represent only two.

• Democrats represent 30 districts in which less than half of children live with married parents. Republicans represent none.

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The Open Borders Crowd Offers Up Character Assassination — Because They Have No Arguments

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/28/2006

The case against mass low wage immigration is overwhelming — so contends City Journal’s Steven Malanga, who answers one of his critics. Quotable:

the first great immigration, from 1880 to the mid-1920s, brought economic benefits to the country largely because the newcomers of that era brought much-needed skills with them; indeed, a 1998 study by the National Academy of Sciences reported that those earlier immigrants were on average more skilled than native workers, more than a third of whom still toiled on farms. Those skills are a key reason why many of those immigrants and their children succeeded so well. One research report cited by the academy noted that the American-born children of those immigrants were just as likely to be accountants, engineers, and lawyers as were other native-born Americans.

Today’s immigration, the so-called second great wave, began roughly 50 years ago and has come increasingly to feature low-skilled, uneducated workers and their families at a time when succeeding in our economy demands ever-more education and skills. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, illegal immigrants alone—consisting almost entirely of unskilled workers—have crossed our borders at the rate of between 225,000 and 300,000 a year. Legal immigration has also turned sharply toward the low-skilled, thanks to 1965 legislation that changed our national quota system so that the vast majority of legal immigration now hails from poorer countries.

Not surprisingly, as low-skilled workers have arrived in ever-greater numbers, their fortunes have fallen. Today, for instance, Mexican immigrants, who overwhelmingly dominate the ranks of our low-skilled migrants, typically begin work in America with a 40 percent wage gap compared with native-born workers. Rather than disappearing over time, moreover, that wage gap persists and may even be growing larger, according to work by the Harvard economist George Borjas. Equally unsurprisingly, the advantage of such low-wage immigration to America’s broader economy is limited. An authoritative study by the National Academy of Sciences in 1997 found that immigration contributed a mere $10 billion to our (at the time) $8 trillion economy, an inconsequential amount, all the more so in that the cost of immigration was increasing ..

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Bruce Bartlett Reveals

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/28/2006

Karl Rove tried to silence me.

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The NIE Findings Declassified

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/27/2006

Michelle Malkin:

Putting aside how the outdated portions still refers to Zarqawi in the present tense, the big thing that strikes me about the key judgements is that they reflect a dhimmi, historically ignorant view of jihad more suited for the moonbat Left than our premier intelligence agencies. Check out this paragraph:

“Four underlying factors are fueling the spread of the jihadist movement: (1) Entrenched grievances, such as corruption, injustice, and fear of Western domination, leading to anger humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness; (2) the Iraq “jihad;” (3) the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations; and (4) pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims–all of which jihadists exploit.”

Not a word about the 1,400-year-plus history of Islamic hostility to the West or Islamic imperialism from time immemorial or the Koran-inspired war on infidels — long, long before there was a United States and “pervasive anti-US sentiment.”

Remember what I said yesterday?

“If our intelligence agencies are laboring under the moonbat illusion that Muslim hatred of the infidel West didn’t really start bubbling until the year 2003, we are really in deep, deep doo-doo.”

Well, it appears we are, in fact, in deep doo-doo.

The PC assumptions of the U.S. intelligence community are complemented by the naive 60’s style Wilsonian liberalism of U.S. Sec. of State Pollyanna Condi Rice:

[Rice, speaking to the NY Post yesterday] insisted U.S. forces must finish the job in Iraq and the wider Middle East to wipe out the “root cause” of violent extremism – not just the terror thugs who carry out the attacks. “It’s a longer-term strategy, and it may even have some short-term down side, but if you don’t look at the longer term, you’re just leaving the problem to somebody else,” she said.

No acknowledgement here that violent Muslim extremism has roots in democratic countries as well as non-democratic countries.

In other words a lack of democracy has been neither a necessary or sufficient condition for violent Muslim extremism, hence a lack of democracy can’t be the “root cause” of violent Muslim extremism. Something else is at work — yet we live in a culture where even those leading the war against terror won’t allow themselves think it.

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Transparent, Web-Searchable Pork

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/27/2006

A blogosphere triumph says Sen. Bill Frist. (via InstaPundit)

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The Central Task of a 21st Century Critic — Garbageman

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/26/2006

An interview with Roger Kimball. Quotable:

What sorts of garbage have proliferated in the past twenty-five years? To alter Shakespeare, Let me count the scraps. If the garbage had to be segregated, I suppose you might wind up with a large bin called “politicized garbage,” another called “transgressive and/or pathological garbage,” and a third called “stupidities.” One problem for the taxonomist, however, is to decide where Item A really belongs: many cultural phenomena that we are called upon to describe are a mixed breed: politicized and pathological, “transgressive” and moronic. It makes discrimination a tricky business ..

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The AP Unleashes Disinformation Program to Protect A Terror-Friendly AP Employee

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/26/2006

Michelle Malkin has the goods.

Your average newsman, of course, will never be mistaken for moral or intellectual giant.

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25 Dems for every 1 GOPer

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/23/2006

That’s pretty much the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in the national press corp says former senior Washington Post reporter Thomas Edsell in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.

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The New TMX Tickle Me Elmo

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/22/2006

Watch the video. Your laugh of the day.

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Why Young Americans Don’t Work

Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/22/2006

File one more under “How stupid is George Bush” or “How mass immigration is destroying the job market for young Americans”. This from a report by Northeastern University economists Andrew Sum, Paul Harrington and Ishwar Khatiwada:

Between 2000 and 2005, the number of young (16 to 34) native-born men who were employed declined by 1.7 million; at the same time, the number of new male immigrant workers increased by 1.9 million.

Multivariate statistical analyses show that the probability of teens and young adults (20-24) being employed was negatively affected by the number of new immigrant workers (legal and illegal) in their state.

The negative impacts tended to be larger for younger workers, for in-school youth compared to out-of-school youth, and for native-born black and Hispanic males compared to their white counterparts.

It appears that employers are substituting new immigrant workers for young native-born workers. The estimated sizes of these displacement effects were frequently quite large ..

And then there’s this from economicsts George J. Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon Hanson:

The employment rate of black men, and particularly of low-skill black men, fell precipitously from 1960 to 2000. At the same time, the incarceration rate of black men rose markedly. This paper examines the relation between immigration and these trends in black employment and incarceration. Using data drawn from the 1960-2000 U.S. Censuses, we find a strong correlation between immigration, black wages, black employment rates, and black incarceration rates. As immigrants disproportionately increased the supply of workers in a particular skill group, the wage of black workers in that group fell, the employment rate declined, and the incarceration rate rose. Our analysis suggests that a 10-percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group reduced the black wage by 3.6 percent, lowered the employment rate of black men by 2.4 percentage points, and increased the incarceration rate of blacks by almost a full percentage point.

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