Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Editorial: "Immigration law is smoke and mirrors"

The unnamed Courier editor is in rare form today, railing against everyone involved in trying to fix the immigration non-problem because, well, it's really so simple, you see, and those awful legislators are just too conniving to do the right thing.

That's not particularly remarkable, but the dark brutishness so proudly displayed in today's rant is breathtaking:

"Democrats are drooling over the prospect of a torrent of potential votes from a whole new dependent class. Republicans are loathe to give up campaign contributions from employers who want to keep the cheap labor. ... Do we want the folks who are driving most of the major crime stories of recent months and those who congregate at Lincoln and Grove avenues every morning not only increasing in number but also voting in our elections?"

("Loathe" is the verb, by the way, editor, you were looking for "loath.") Let's see, how many fear buttons can we push at once? Dems want dependent (stupid, shiftless) voters (for them), capitalists want cheapo labor (at public expense), all those nasty brown people are criminals, and your political representatives are only in it for themselves. It would be amusing if it weren't so embarrassing for our community.


Anonymous said...

Do you think we could throw in another stereotype? That was quite a roll. Where is the editor's proof that the people along Grove are here illegally? It's mere speculation and a shot to the paper's credibility. One more thing: Have you ever seen the government act fast? It's not in their culture. I am actually impressed that they have 14 miles of the fence put up. Oh yeah, fences work real well, too. Take a look in Gaza right now and tell me how effective that fence is. jared

leftturnclyde said...

I have only one question :Why is Bush for this legislation ? I am a at the point where its become almost a reflex to be against anything that he's for, so am unable to just accept that he might do anything out of the goodness of his heart..somewhere somehow Karl Rove has his hands in this.

Steven Ayres said...

Bush favors the law because it's weak on employer sanctions and strong on protecting the corporate bottom line. Stay with me: it requires those who would move to the legal track to jump through extensive hoops and maintains the shortage of visas, thereby encouraging the status quo for most illegals, thereby maintaining a large reserve of exploitable refugee labor. (Here I'm agreeing with the editor about corporatist venality, but only as applies to Bush.)

The outrage on the far right is a direct and predictable result of the corporatists whipping fearful people up on the issue in hopes of salvaging the '06 elections for the benighted Reps. Now their own monster is biting them in the ass.