Not a winning strategy for TAS readers. Inflation paranoia. Eurotrash spurned. Plus more.
Re: Richard Nadler’s Closed Door Politics:
The smartest policy for Republicans would be to eliminate incentives to using illegal immigrants rather than enforcement. Incentives lie in the cash economy vs. legitimate business hires, which entails mostly Social Security/FICA/FUTA and government mandates. These are taxes on labor that make us less competitive. These taxes also tax labor for retirement benefits before the laborer can even make ends meet today.
Changing these taxes to some kind of national sales tax/internet tax/tax on undertaxed parts of the economy (legal and other services) would make more sense. Just like taxing unhealthy foods to pay for healthcare, under the guise of you get less of what you tax, makes more sense.
The economy has changed. Change the structure around the
— Raymond Gore
Mr. Nadler may be the President of a Midwestern think tank. He is also a blithering idiot.
If the Republican party wants to ensure its minority status for eternity, all they have to do is take the John McCain stance on comprehensive immigration reform — amnesty. That will assure that conservatives like me will avoid them like head lice. That is the primary reason that conservatives had to hold their noses in order to vote for the jack-ass in the last election.
The solution to the illegal immigration problem is simple. First,
build the fence and enforce our existing immigration laws —
strongly. Second, jail and massively fine any employer who
knowingly hires an undocumented worker. Voila! No deportations
— Keith K.
Mr. Nadler makes the argument that we cannot push an enforcement-only agenda because that turns off Hispanic voters. I guess what Mr. Nadler wants us to do is exactly what we did in the mid-1980s — i.e., look the other way and grant them all amnesty. So, how did that work out?
I have another argument, which the open-border/amnesty crowd like
you, Mr. Nadler, has conveniently ignored. The point that has to
be made to the Hispanic community is the same open borders policy
that allowed your cousin Jose or your sister Maria sneak into the
U.S. is the same policy that lets MS13 in to prey on your
neighborhoods, to enlist your sons into their gangs and to foster
violence and crime. For the sake of your neighborhoods the bad
guys have got to be kept out of the country — and the way that
is done is through enforcement, not amnesty. Amnesty allows your
relatives to stay here; it also allows MS13 to stay here.
— Garry Greenwood
You are a fool, Nadler. Immigration was not an issue in last
election. It was the economy! But keep beating the drum for
liberal immigration policy and then the Republicans can continue
to flounder as a minority party.
— James C. Fisher
What part of “illegal” is hard for you to understand?
Shouldn’t you be writing for WSJ?
— Robert Randall
Our nation is defined by its laws and its borders. Do away with these, and the nation ceases to exist. I’m not willing to surrender the sovereignty of the United States to get votes. As a sovereign nation, don’t we have the right to say who can and can’t enter our country?
Then there is the economic factor. Through mass immigration, legal and illegal, we are importing poverty from the third world. There is no way that a poor peasant working for slave wages in this country can possibly pay enough in taxes to pay for his children’s education and his entire family’s health care and other social services. The Democrats are all too willing to provide freebies for them (at my expense), which is why poor Hispanic immigrants will always vote mainly for Democrats. If the companies that hire illegal aliens agree to pay all of their families’ living expenses, maybe we can talk.
If the Republican Party tries to get Hispanic votes by becoming
Democrats, what’s the point in that? What’s been accomplished?
The Democrats will have won anyway. The Republicans are better
off stopping the onslaught before it’s too late.
— Dave Harris
St. Louis, Missouri
There are plenty of non-white, intelligent Americans who do not
support illegal immigration. Where is their voice? Get with the
program and understand that this issue is bigger than the usual
WASPS speaking as if they are the voice of America. Sorry, those
days are over.
— F. Centeno
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?