Inside the Beltway: Pining for Ben Carson

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Our national identity is enriched and reinvigorated by immigrants, most of whom embrace American values. “But over the past several decades, a huge percentage of immigrants have entered and remained in the country illegally. In order to effectively deal with this problem, we must first overhaul our badly broken immigration process,” the publisher advises.

The work capitalizes on a familiar theme that worked for former President George W. Bush, meanwhile. Compassion. Will it work for brother Jeb? The volume “offers a compassionate view of immigration and realistic measures for reforming policy — without the divisive rhetoric — and a road map for our country’s future,” Threshold says.

WEEKEND READING

While the squawking continues on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, the Heritage Foundation offers some reading of substance from the organization’s Vice President Matthew Spaulding, editor of a new 160-page book called “Is the United States Still the Land of Opportunity? ” We’re talking free reading here.

“Today’s political conditions are a choice,” Mr. Spaulding says, and recommends the policymakers return to ideas honed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Huzzah. The book addresses crony government, free enterprise, the welfare state, managed decline and, of course, liberty and constitutional government, among many things.

Heritage has graciously posted the whole thing online, for all to read, for free. Find it here: opportunity.heritage.org/.

POLL DU JOUR

• 55 percent of U.S. voters overall say Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a good president; 26 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats agree.

• 43 percent of voters overall say Condoleezza Rice would make a good president; 54 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of Democrats agree.

• 37 percent overall say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would make a good president; 43 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

• 37 percent overall say Rep. Paul Ryan would make a good president; 62 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats agree.

• 35 percent overall say Vice President Joseph R. Biden would make a good president; 12 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agree.

• 26 percent overall say Jeb Bush would make a good president; 47 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Fox News poll of 1,010 U.S. voters conducted Feb. 4-6 and released Wednesday.

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