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One does not rebut a force of nature, one simply waits until the wind stops blowing.
Since you didn't toss any grenades - desperate or otherwise - at the concept of desperately needing young people, wouldn't the beggars and choosers bit apply here?
Wow, I thought they were all just sticking around in order to make life miserable for Joe Kehoskie.
The long term is a challenge, but that doesn't mean the GOP should just throw up its hands and accelerate its potential extinction.
Despite all the rhetoric, including some from saboteurs inside the GOP, low-skilled immigrants, especially low-skilled immigrants from Latin America, are natural Democrats. They like big government and they want big government. Hell, a poll last month showed that the average "Republican" Latino likes big government more than the average white Democrat....
As a conservative, I want to see the GOP start worrying a lot more about appealing to working-class people of all races and ethnicities rather than engaging in an ill-fated mission to bribe Latinos with amnesty (which we know, from Reagan's 1986 amnesty, won't work anyway).
Being that close to so many different people from so many different places leaves me convinced of two things. The first is that behind every ethnic label lies incredible internal diversity, none more than the label "Hispanic" or "Latino". The second is that the children of immigrants to America are Americans. For better or worse, they act like Americans, they talk like Americans, they respond to American culture.
Maybe you missed McCoy's response in #189 to that here-comes-the-boogeyman set of numbers you had in that commment. Maybe you missed Johnny S.'s reply in #137. Your entire Chicken Little scenario is based on an implication that Mexican immigration (most of which is low-skilled) is going to ruin our country, and particularly our existing working class, which you also say will only be hurt by unionization.
Joe, your utter lack of ironical self-awareness in wanting to restrict immigration after your own ancestors made it over here without any quotas makes you a sitting target for pretty much any sarcastic remark. Here's my favorite Joe K highlight so far from this thread, which could have been written by Joe A. himself:
And people wonder why your Tea Party brand of "conservatives" are dragging the Republicans down to their lowest polling numbers since the days of Watergate.
Lost amidst all of your above political rhetoric is even a hint that you understand what makes America different (and in this way better) than the vast majority of other advanced democracies. Your idea of immigration is to cherry-pick certain high-skilled (or rich) foreigners and entice them with low tax rates, and let the rest of their fellow countrymen go back where they came from. At the risk of sounding rhetorical, if we'd adopted that sort of mentality back when your ancestors came over here, we'd be a second rate power with a stagnant economy.
the death of the GOP is greatly exaggerated
"Diversity" is to modern politics and modern business as "team chemistry" is to baseball — highly overrated.
In an increasingly interconnected global business world, this is exactly the attitude we need to take us forward.
Are illiterate workers from Oaxaca going to help the U.S. negotiate a better free-trade agreement with Mexico?
Just say if you've ever agreed with anything any liberal here has ever said, or your mind has changed, once, ever.
Whereabouts? I really enjoyed Merida (and Tulum and Isla Mujeres) from the couple of months I spent there. Even Cancun has its redeeming points.
Merida. Great city, but still mostly under the radar among gringos because it's not on the beach. (Canadians, on the other hand, are slowly taking over the place.)
I'm not a big fan of Cancun, but the tourist zone is nice, and the city has come a long way after essentially being started from scratch just ~40 years ago.
Besides, I've been convinced that immigrants should learn English
Sounds like you endorse diversity for diversity's sake, without any concern for actual skills and qualifications.
“I don’t know if I should carry my birth certificate or passport. I never thought about it,” he says. “I’m sure it could happen.”
Then Barajas’s eyes narrow. “I think of myself as an American citizen. There’s no reason whatsoever for me to have to carry that around.”
It's not that hard JSLF; if Mexico is a country that sucks, then why would we want to make America more like Mexico? And adopting their laws and stealing their population would both qualify.
The Democrats would love to implement Mexico's gun laws. They'll fail if push comes to shove, but if they could, they would.
This isn't accurate, however. The GOP, in many senses, has won, and won big. Obama is a Republican on foreign policy. His enforcement of immigration law is to the right of Bush. There will be at best nominal progress against the loosest gun laws in a long time. The right won on welfare. It won on taxes, and the latest shift only got us very partly back to sensible tax policy. Corporations and the wealthy once again are making the greatest economic gains while unemployment remains high. The minimum wage is ridiculously low. The GOP dominates at the state level.
That Obama is in the White House doesn't mean the GOP lost. That Republicans are, for the moment, polling poorly doesn't mean they haven't won most of the battles over the last 33 years.
Sort of. They mainly have lost all of the social issue battles.
The 1% is a clear winner,...
Most people have no idea where the government spends its money anyway.
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