Quoted in entirety, because it’s mine.
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PRO-CHOICE: Note the second part of that hyphenated word. “Choice.” Personally, I believe one should choose life, but my beliefs should not hold true for everyone. It’s a choice.
NO GOD IN GOVERNMENT: The USA was made to be welcoming to everyone, no matter their race, religion, or beliefs. People may be motivated by their personal religious beliefs, but there’s no acid test for religion built into the Constitution. (All you folks who want to reforms laws to a “Biblical standard” should probably contrast and compare that idea with “sharia,” because you’re talking the same damn thing.)
OBAMA IS NOT THE DEVIL: In fact, he’s a hyper-conservative Democrat, or a slightly liberal Eisenhower Republican. Take a moment to read/watch some history.
OBAMACARE IS NOT THE DEVIL: In fact, will probably not affect most people reading this. It just makes healthcare more available to people who couldn’t get it before. The “no block for pre-existing conditions” has been a boon for dozens of my friends already. It’s a Republican health plan by the Heritage Foundation, implemented as Romneycare in Massachusetts, and works fine. Quit bitching.
THE NSA: Really, everyone should stop talking about it and its leaks. For the most part, it’s simply real-politik, and for the other part is people yammering on about secret clearances and intercepts they know nothing about. Here’s some facts:
* The Obama administration is better with the FISA court than the Bush admin.
* The whole clearance thing breaks down into secret (general stuff), top secret (most stuff), and compartmentalized secret (specific stuff). There is almost no one who has access across the board.
* The whole job of the org is to listen for threats. And some are bitching about that basic idea? Ridiculous.
WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON DEFENSE, AND NOT ENOUGH ON INFRASTRUCTURE: Not only that, but we spend too much money on the wrong things in defense. Sure, it’s nice to have a spiffy new bomber, but I’d rather our soldiers on the ground have better body armor. My opinon: we need a new WPA movement to help fix our crumbling railways, bridges, roadways, and electrical grid. That’ll make us more resilient to attack or natural disaster.
QUIT BITCHING ABOUT UNIONS: Unions helped make this country stable from about 1920 to 1970, providing working people with a living wage and protections. Yes, unions got a little wacky in the early 70s, but that’s a call for reform, not elimination.
READ/VIEW MORE THAN ONE SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Never rely on a single paper/channel/show to give you the truth. Read outside of it. Read the opposing view. Get all the facts, and make your own decision.
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It’s divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama’s healthcare law. It hasn’t been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP’s standing in the eyes of most voters has plummeted to depths not seen in three decades of modern polling.
None of this was planned, of course; parties don’t flirt with political suicide on purpose. But it wasn’t accidental either. Behind the GOP crackup over the government shutdown lies a much bigger battle for control of the party.
And the most important actors aren’t Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the tea party members of the House who brought us the government shutdown. The party rift’s chief driver is a constellation of hard-line conservative fundraising groups, led in part by a former senator most Americans couldn’t pick out of a lineup, Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
When DeMint resigned from the Senate in January to become president of Washington’s Heritage Foundation, many were mystified; he was abandoning a safe seat with four years left in his term, all to run an aging conservative think tank across the street.
But DeMint has quickly turned Heritage — especially its new lobbying arm, Heritage Action for America — into a powerful engine of pressure on Republicans in Congress to move further to the right and reject almost any form of compromise with Obama.
“There’s no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator,” DeMint told NPR recently.
It was Heritage Action that focused tea party conservatives in the House on the idea of using this fall’s long-scheduled votes on federal spending to try to “defund” Obamacare, and the group then organized a summer-long campaign (starring Cruz) to publicize the idea.
The disconnect would be stunning if we didn’t already know the extreme right wing are having a meltdown hissy fit.
The party of “personal responsibility” was all for having government in charge of requiring everyone to have market-based insurance.
Did you see that? Market-based insurance.
It was all good back in 1989.
PDF download of the full 1989 document is available at : A National Health System for America
The Heritage Foundation decides that ideological purity is worth more than alienating a large portion of the GOP’s base:
There’s also a much bigger problem with the House farm bill. With its price supports, import quotas and supply restrictions, it’s an exercise in central economic planning. These sorts of policies were hip in 1933 — and have failed every year since. For Congress to repeat the mistakes of the past would be inexcusable. And, of course, no legislator who embraces this bill can claim to be for free markets and limited government — at least, not with a straight face.
Eventually the cognitive dissonance of farm subsidies would have to be addressed, and it’s going to be a lot of fun watching from the sidelines when retired suburban teabaggers turn on Midwest farmers.
Opponents of immigration reform legislation have been trying to steer clear of white nationalists lately, hoping to keep their opposition to citizenship for undocumented Latino immigrants free from the taint of racism.
But they just can’t seem to run fast enough.
Last week, a major Heritage Foundation report about the supposed costs of illegal immigration was pilloried after the revelation that one of its authors, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Jason Richwine, had earlier claimed that there are deep differences in intelligence among races (with Latinos toward the bottom). Richwine resigned from the conservative think tank amid the outcry.
Now, this week, we discover that ProEnglish, a group with white nationalist ties, has launched an ad campaign against immigration reform. The first target is Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, according to BuzzFeed. The group’s minute-long radio ad features a Spanish-speaking character, apparently representing an undocumented immigrant, thanking Graham “for not requiring him to learn English in exchange for amnesty.”
ProEnglish, founded in 1994, is part of the network of organizations founded by anti-immigrant movement architect John Tanton, a Michigan ophthalmologist who, over the years, has corresponded with white nationalists, eugenicists and Holocaust deniers, and written that in order to maintain American culture, “a European-American majority is required.”
Robert Vandervoort, executive director of ProEnglish, also has ties to white nationalist groups. He formerly ran the Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, a group that supports white nationalist Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance. Taylor has claimed that any kind of civilization disappears when black people are left to their own devices. Vandervoort has also attended events held by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, which distributes books by the late Sam Francis, who was a resident scholar at the foundation and a leading figure among white nationalists who argued for “white racial consciousness.”
Jason Richwine, the co-author of a study by the Heritage Foundation claiming immigration reform would add $6.3 trillion to the deficit, has resigned from his position at the conservative think tank.
Heritage had already sought to distance itself from Richwine amid reports that he suggested in a Harvard thesis and a panel at the American Enterprise Institute that the United States discourage various non-white groups from immigrating because they have lower IQs. He also wrote articles on Hispanic incarceration rates for a white nationalist website.
Read more at livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com
The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions. Past work by one of its co-authors helps put that piece in context.
Jason Richwine is relatively new to the think tank world. He received his PhD in public policy from Harvard in 2009, and joined Heritage after a brief stay at the American Enterprise Institute. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is titled “IQ and Immigration Policy” the contents are well summarized in the dissertation abstract:
The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations. The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market. Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.
Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ” — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
Scratch an opponent of reasonable immigration reform, uncover a racist. Every time.
More on Jason Richwine from the SPLC,
“The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong, and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will.” Not only do people of the same race tend to stick together, Richwine said, but “races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ.”
Not surprisingly, Richwine’s remarks were warmly received on white nationalist blogs. “Definitely someone we want to keep our eye on,” wrote Marcus Epstein on the blog of the anti-immigration hate site VDARE.com.
“[His] name sounds Jewish, which makes what follows even more remarkable,” crowed Larry Auster, who runs the blog View from the Right.
Richwine joined Krikorian and Fred Siegal, a professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, for the July 1 discussion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential, conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Richwine, who is completing a dissertation on immigration and IQ, is a National Research Initiative fellow at AEI and will remain there after finishing his degree this fall. He joins AEI-sponsored scholar Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, the highly controversial 1994 book that argues that blacks and Latinos have lower IQs than whites and that most social welfare and affirmative action programs are doomed to failure as a result.
Read the whole thing.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, began work there Thursday with a letter to the group’s staff outlining his vision for the organization. Mitt Romney would find much to admire in it.
Though he adjusted the former GOP presidential candidate’s estimate that 47 percent of the voting population is “dependent upon government,” DeMint doesn’t stray far from the underlying message.
“Today, more people than ever before — 69.5 million Americans, from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries — depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance once considered to be the responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches, and other civil society institutions,” DeMint wrote.
Or workhouses and debtor prisons. Now, of course, we have the streets, so there’s no reason these worthless old geezers and other unproductives should cost us a dime.
“The United States must reverse the direction of these trends or face economic and social collapse.”
CNN is reporting that Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a favorite of Tea Party types, is quitting the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, a DC-based conservative “think tank”.