We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Perhaps it was the Miers nomination which pushed conservatives over the edge and made criticism of Bush at last widely acceptable among Republican ranks, but the dissection of Bush's recent remarks on immigration policy represents a real and significant shift on the part of the Right. Everyone from Rich Lowry at the National Review to Tucker Carlson has seen Bush's assurances of increased border security for exactly what they are: empty promises that cover for Bush's long-desired guest worker program (i.e., amnesty) and stated goal to actually increase legal immigration.
In the midst of all the debate over illegal immigration, the equally valid debate over the proper role of legal immigration has been somehow pushed beyond the pale of debate, as those who oppose illegal immigration often give tacit approval to legal entry with no consideration given to the scale or quality of such immigration. In truth, the numbers of immigrants and their skill levels matter a great deal, whether or not one has a green card. Yet, as Lowry notes, every time the public has risen up in alarm over out-of-control rates of immigration, Congress has acted to increase legal immigration. Bush's proposals are only the latest act in this sad series of events, but this time it appears the public is not going to be fooled by the same tired old rhetoric.
Hear, hear. Bush is a moron for doing anything to further encourage the tide of people overrunning our shores. Of course he does. Crooked business men in Texas and California especially depend on having huge numbers of undocumented workers they do not have to pay a living wage or benefits to.
Previous waves of immigrants learned English, became American. These ones are an invading army. I am all for the legal immigration of doctors, professors, honest bankers, professionals, writers, dancers, people with talent and ability. But whence the death wish that would turn parts of our country into an approximation of the Third World?