Quote Of The Day

“The same Times article observes that even without the workplace raids, deportations have reached new heights for two years running at the direction of President Barack Obama — revealing (as if we didn’t already know) that virulent xenophobia is alive and well in the Democratic party too. This is, after all, the same Barack Obama who said in his acceptance speech at the 2008 convention that nobody benefits when an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. Well, sure. Nobody, that is, except the employer, his customers, and the illegal workers who, in Barack Obama’s universe, count as “nobody”.” — Steve Landsburg, professor of economics at the University of Rochester who blogs at The Big Questions

5 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”

  1. LaurenceB says:

    Across the street from a Walmart near my home in Alpharetta, GA is a Dry Cleaning place with a sign that says “American Owned and Operated.” For context, in the same area, there are numerous other Laundry services, owned predominantly by Asians.

    I find it hard to understand how anyone who gives it a bit of thought could disagree that this is a clear case of xenophobia/racism. But I think I understand why people don’t immediately recognize it as such.

    I think what has happened is that years and years of hearing “Buy American” and “Protecting American Jobs” from politicians (mostly Democrats) has taken a toll on our moral compass. It seems like once we accepted the concept that Asians in Asia were less valuable than Americans in America, it became easy to accept that Asian immigrants were less valuable than native-born Americans, and once we accepted that, it was only one more small step to believe that Asian-American citizens deserved our patronage less than white American citizens. And, voila, here we are! Nobody even blinks an eye when they see a sign that is no less vile than a pre-civil rights era “Whites Only” sign.

    And it goes without saying that a similar phenomenon has its origins in Republican rhetoric, with even worse consequences, as Republican after Republican jumps on the anti-Mexican bandwagon (let’s just call it what it is.)

  2. If you include the Democrats anti-foreign bias rhetoric, its debatable which side is worse – though both are really bad.

  3. LaurenceB says:

    I can see what you’re saying here about “both sides do it”, but I want to leave it clear that while I agree with that sentiment, unlike you, I have no problem at all figuring out which side is worse.

    On a daily basis, I can find deeply troubling xenophobia from leading figures on the right. In my humble opinion, the Republicans are way out in front in this competition.

  4. Only because immigration tends to be the topic of the day. When free trade becomes the topic of the day, the roles will reverse, I am sure.

  5. Tim says:

    Good God, I know and pray this is a front group for the Dems. Where are the intelligent Hispanic CONSERVATIVE commentators that understand that Republicans ARE NOT racist and for the love of God, it’s the left and left alone who uses the race card against conservatives.
    Enforcing our laws is not racist or xenophobic.
    Republican minorities are intelligent enough not to be scared their own party is racist against them.
    For the record, I’m not racist. I like Governor Susana Martinez and also Gonzales.

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