If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only immigration policy stands between them and a Republican Hispanic majority. It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation. Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election.I don’t profess to know how we go about “regularizing” people who are in this country illegally. One thing I do know is that we shouldn’t be facilitating the creation of greater numbers of them. They are, for the most part, an increasingly strong component of the Democrats’ army of ballot-box mercenaries, and, like most Democratic constituencies, they want “free stuff”.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The wisest commentary that I have seen, so far, on the panicked, headlong rush by some conservative pundits toward the false panacea of amnesty is by Heather MacDonald: