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The Population Blurb

By on 10.11.06 | 10:22AM

Today's New York Times editorial on America's imminent 300 millionth person spends a good deal of its word count refuting claims in the recent Pat Buchanan book by insisting, "if you take the longer view of our nation, you will see that it has been fed and nourished by immigrants, and has an iron stomach for seemingly undigestible newcomers."

I'm closer to the Wall Street Journal than Pat Buchanan on immigration, certainly, but if the New York Times is going to argue effectively in favor of immigration liberalization, shouldn't they try to couch their descriptions of immigrants in more, um, digestible language than seemingly undigestible newcomers? "You're going to need an IRON STOMACH in the New America!" isn't exactly the most tantalizing pro-immigration argument I've seen.

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