Archive for May, 2007

On Vacation

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/25/2007

House guests are coming and it’s time to take a few weeks of well deserved vacation.

In the mean time, why not give your elected representatives a call and let them know what you think about the Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill.

See you in a few. — greg

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The Terrorists Are Already Here

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/25/2007

Bush is about to give them all protected legal status — with the permanent right to enter and leave the U.S. at their choosing.
All I can say is, “You’re doing a heckofajob Bushie.”

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Quote of the Day

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/24/2007

“Racial and ethnic pandering that endangers homeland security and public safety. It’s becoming the Bush Legacy.”

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Economists Blog Immigration

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/23/2007

It’s not a pretty sight:

What’s striking is the constant reminder of what a large proportion of economists are fervent ideologues who, armed with a selective handful of bumper sticker slogans (e.g., Comparative Advantage! but not externalities), want to preach morality to the unenlightened far more than they want to try to understand reality.

Economists tend to be complete suckers for the most implausible studies supporting their preconceptions about immigration. Simple reality checks are never performed on agreeable-sounding assertions. For example, one of the most celebrated is Giovanni Peri’s recent effort, which Caplan’s friend Tyler Cowen approvingly summed up: “… if lots of Mexican carpenters move to California, we don’t see the non-Mexican carpenters leaving in droves, due to lower wages.”

Great point! Except of course that we have seen droves of native-born blue-collar workers leave California. And we sure don’t see many American blue collar workers from the other 49 states moving to California. That’s an opportunity cost to Americans — one of those Econ 101 phrases that gets forgotten when economists start burbling about immigration.

Read the whole thing.

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$1.2 Million — Your Bill for Each Low Skill Immigrant Household

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/23/2007

$1.2 million — one of the key numbers to remember in the immigration debate. That’s the typical net cost of each low skill immigrant household to the American taxpayer.

And that’s before grandma and grandpa join the family and sign up for Social Security and Medicare — without having worked a day in their lives as taxpaying Americans.

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Most Economic Arguments For Illegal Immigration Are Fraudulent

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/23/2007

That’s economist Thomas Sowell’s well considered view.

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Immigrants Doing The Work

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/23/2007

Americans won’t do. This is a common story across the country — another illegal alien prostitution ring gets busted. All of these folks would already have received amnesty and would be non-deportable in a post Bush-Kennedy world. Quotable:

Notably absent was the Minneapolis Police Department, notwithstanding the fact that most of the brothels were in Minneapolis .. as a matter of policy, Minneapolis does not participate in investigations of illegal aliens. If the perpetrators of these crimes had been Americans, the Minneapolis Police Department would have been all over them. But .. the fact that they are illegal immigrants immunizes them in the eyes of Minneapolis’s authorities.

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The More I Know Of The Bush Presidency

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/22/2007

The more repulsed I am by it. One of the things I’ve found repulsive about the Bush Presidency has been his approach to major legislation. He slams through horribly written legislation in a great rush — with the aim of enacting the legislation before anyone knows what’s in it — or can do anything about it. He’s done it with the prescription Medicare law, he’s done it with homeland security legislation, and he’s doing it with the amnesty bill.

If there is such a thing as a “good government” type who is concerned with crafting solid legislation for the long term then George Bush can be called a “bad government” type whose leadership pushes Congress toward it’s worst instincts.

Bruce Bartlett provides the telling example of Bush’s Medicare legislation:

Neither Bush nor his congressional lackeys dared allow any member to actually read the bill or know what they were voting for because then it would be obvious that the bill was unaffordable and almost certainly would go down to defeat. The only hope of passage was stealth, speed, and massive political pressure on principled conservative holdouts — a few of whom eventually buckled and allowed the bill to pass.

Bush’s strongest argument for passage of the Medicare bill had nothing to do with the problems some seniors were having with the high cost of prescription drugs. It was all about the politics. Republicans had to support the drug giveaway to buy the votes of the AARP ..

Rather than buy the elderly’s votes for good, however, they were only rented for the 2004 election — the only one Bush cared about ..

In other words, once again Bush has been the New Nixon (when he isn’t busy being the New LBJ).

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The George Borjas Immigration Blog

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/22/2007

Usually you get fake facts, simple-mindedness and dishonesty from economists on immigration. You won’t be getting the usual from the new George Borjas blog.

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Sowell — The Amnesty Fraud

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/22/2007

Read it here.

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