Monday, April 30, 2007

US: on economics and immigration Madame Speaker doesn’t get it
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the subject of how new tax dollars would be spent... Here’s what Market quoted Pelosi as saying: “We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 123 million illegal immigrants in our country that need our help along with the millions of unemployed minorities. Stock-market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as ‘Americans.’”
Do that and the immigrants will wonder why they left home; in the long run they’ll have the same awful standard of living they tried to leave behind!

As a born Roman Catholic Mrs Pelosi (yes, she’s wrong about abortion, like the Republicans are really doing anything to stop it) like many well-meaning Christians wants to help these people. Where we differ is not in the goal but the means. (Arguably she is potentially the most powerful RC in the States now — would that she’d stop listening to the Israelis and use that clout to ‘de-fund’ the war on Iraq and get the American-led occupation army the hell out of there.)

Witness Eastern Europe. Socialism does not work.

More on immigration: this rubbish from a local politician in Utah (oooh, the devil made them do it!):
“In order for Satan to establish his ‘New World Order’ and destroy the freedom of all people as predicted in the scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.,” Larsen’s resolution states. “[It is] insidious for its stealth and innocuousness.”

Larsen’s proposal to defeat Satan? Close the borders to illegal immigrants to “prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion.”
I don’t know if Mr Larsen is a Mormon but this renascent nativism and xenophobia is somehow fitting from the home of a native-grown apostate sect (in the happy hunting-ground of sectarianism as Mgr Ronald Knox described America).

Also look up ‘idolatry’ and ‘taking God’s name in vain’ (the notion brought to Plymouth Rock of America as ‘the city on the hill’).

On immigration I’m halfway between LRC’s anti- view and open-borders libertarians (all would be welcome, just like 200 years ago, if they want to work, which immigrants famously do). Race and nationality should be nothing to do with it. A country’s first obligation, real charity, is to its own and it can handle only so many new people at a time so some controls are sensible (not a border fence or anti-Hispanicism). To their credit my mentors at LRC as libertarians are not racists unlike some other anti-immigration sites.

Back to abortion:
Oops. My mistake!

I thought that this article was about abortion.

The pro-death crowd are the only ones who get to lie and are praised for doing so.

Like, it's not a baby, it's only a clump of cells.

Like, it's my right to do what I want with my body.
It is your right but you’re hypocrites because you don’t care about the child’s body. Got smacked in the face with this at the latest peace march I went on (‘Impeach Bush and Cheney’), this past Saturday.
If she had stolen the money for an abortion, she would be a hero.
From Fr Joseph Huneycutt.

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