Saturday, December 22, 2007

Quote of the Day

I don't normally link to Reason magazine, but this quote (via Sullivan) is pretty good:
Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the presidential race. He will be replaced by Montezuma Aztlán Calderón, an undocumented worker from Oaxaca who will denounce the Brown Peril for just $3 an hour plus room and board.
Given how desperate Republicans are for a candidate, I suspect that Mr. Calderón has as good a shot as anyone at getting the nomination.

I'm glad that Tancredo, the most xenophobic candidate, has dropped out. I'm glad that his message didn't get him anywhere. I'm still saddened that sane immigration reform is impossible due to brown peril scare-mongering. Immigrants, legal and illegal, generally commit fewer crimes than native born folks. And the reason the American working class is getting shafted is because of Republican policies that tilt the scales of power away from labor and towards crony capitalism. (And because Democrats aren't fighting hard enough on their behalf.) Globalization contributes, but other countries have been able to maintain strong middle and working classes, and they face the same international economic forces we do.


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