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.
A quote from Heather MacDonald's The Republicans' Hispanic Delusion at City Journal:
Even Republican Hispanics are not particularly conservative on economic issues. A 2002 poll by the Pew and Kaiser foundations found that 52 percent of registered Latino Republicans supported a higher-taxing, larger state sector, a higher percentage for big government than one finds among white Democrats, reports Steve Sailer. As for the majority of Latinos—poor and poorly-educated—the more government services, the better. Mexican consulates across the country are busily signing up illegal Mexicans for all the free government-funded health care that the consulates can find—that would be American - not Mexican-funded health care, mind you. “We have the right to health services,” an illegal Mexican in Santa Clarita, California, told the Los Angeles Times.
This attitude of entitlement—not only among illegal aliens but also among legal Hispanic immigrants and their children—extends to the full array of welfare programs. In fact, welfare use actually increases between the second and third generation of Mexican-Americans—to 31 percent of all third-generation Mexican-American households.
This wave of immigration arrives with different hopes from America than previous waves who, we are told, sought only opportunity and/or political freedom. Of course, that might have been different if there had been government programs at the time of the Southern Italian and Irish immigrations.
NJ..I was very happy to see you highlight the Stephen Sondheim lyrics to the Leonard Bernstien musci of the 1956 Broadway smash WEST SIDE STORY. It was brilliantly scored and the lyrics will resonate for years to come.
The story of course was about Puerto Ricans in NYC, but I suppose the message of the sonfg is the same.
In fact it is so same that I used it on 6-8 @13:36 right here on the pages of Maggie Farm. Heather , Of course I used it two days prior on 6-6 so she rightfully gets the credit for having it cited it first. I wish I had read her piece on 6-6 to have avoided the blogshhere a curtail call on the same lyrics.....good job in crediting Heather's two day headstart!
It is refreshing to see that scholarship into the "Great Depression goes forward. I mentioned last week the failing of the Roosevelt Administration(s) in prolonging the event. Now come another ppiece of scholarly work.
THE FORGOTTEN MAN: A NEW HISTORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION
BY AMITY SHLAES
HARPERCOLLINS, 480 PAGES, $26.95
"WAS the Great Depression inevitable? Not according to Amity Shlaes. Instead of forcing us to look at the era through hindsight, Shlaes' "The Forgotten Man" puts us in the company of the people who made the decisions that changed America. In turn, she offers us important lessons for our own times.
Shlaes argues that the 1929 stock-market crash wasn't a well-deserved punishment for Roaring '20s greed. Many profits that drove up the market in those days were real - the result of private-sector managers' ingenious exploitation of new technologies".
It is also nice to see that Hubert Hoover is moving from Great Depression whipping boy to his rightful place in the national nightmare. It is a much more benign place.
What truly remains a national tragedy is that the history for the Roosevelt Reign as President was mostly writtten by the intelligensia that enbraced Marxism as mankind savior, and that same Marxist twist and "historical dialectism" was conveyed to the 60's generation by these tenured professors and their minions. Those young minds had no idea they were being brainwashed, none at all.
It mattered little, that few , if any, to this day can explain Marxism. Marx himself said he was not a Marxists. That did not stop the President Roosevelt or his Cabinet from embracing it's powerful popularity and implimenting many of it's tracts, albeit with an American patina.
It mattered not a wit to Roosevelt, the Fouth Estate, or the intelligensia that "Piatiletka" more commonly known as "Five-Year Plans for the National Economy of the USSR" , Lenin ansd Stalins plans costs the lives of perhaps 80 million Soviet peasants, enslaved to do the labor. Thus Stalin's famous quote,
"A single death is a tragedy, are million deaths is a statistic."
We have learned that the Faustian solution is not the anwer.... Islam delende est!