- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pez-candy visas

“The year after 9/11, there were a couple of major visa reform laws and border security measures, and of course the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. That was supposed to rein in a lot of the immigration chaos that helped lead to September 11 in the first place. But I don’t think there has been the kind of immigration reform that is really necessary.

“Not only should we enforce existing immigration laws more carefully, we should also take an honest look at every single visa program and ask: Does this meet a national security test? Is this in our national interest? We have ridiculous programs like the Diversity Visa Lottery, created at the behest of Senator Ted Kennedy, which has turned into this random Pez-candy approach for passing out visas to underrepresented minorities.

“It’s astounding to me that after the pain of 9/11 we still have immigration programs that exist for no other reason than to meet some multicultural agenda. These programs have already been used by people with links to terror acts in this country.”

— Michelle Malkin, interviewed by Katrina Rollins, in the September issue of the American Enterprise

‘Corrupted’

“The last raindrop had yet to fall on New Orleans before the beleaguered city descended straight into … an anarchy that was punctuated only by a rousing game of blame between local, state and federal officials as to who was most at fault for the carnage. …

“All semblance of social order disintegrated as fast as the city’s earthen levees. … [W]e can blame a host of left-wing social experimenters and decades of their overt public policy influence for it. …

“The welfare state has corrupted entire generations of Americans, making them capable only of taking, not giving, to society. Is it any wonder why they behaved the way they did in the Big Easy?”

— Jon Dougherty, writing on “Too Many Takers in New Orleans,” in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Rebel duck

“Bruce Tinsley, creator of the conservative comic strip ‘Mallard Fillmore,’ remembers feeling stunned when the fan letter showed up in February 1998. After all, his strip … was still in its relative infancy. Yet here was George Herbert Walker Bush declaring that he and Barbara turned to ‘Mallard’ … first thing every morning. …

“Tinsley rightly points out that liberal elites, even as they continue to rail against the Establishment, have been the Establishment for 30 years now, culturally if not always politically. Those who are truly rebellious these days, he believes, are usually on the Right. …

“The reaction to ‘Mallard Fillmore’ has been predictable: conservatives love it — and liberals loathe it. The strip is ‘usually hateful, nasty, ill-informed, or mean-spirited,’ growls one correspondent to the Boston Globe. … Tinsley even gets death threats. ‘These liberals are so sweet and gentle, they wouldn’t harm a baby seal,’ he laughs. ‘But I guess I’m fair game.’”

— Harry Stein, writing on “Laughing at the Left,” in the summer issue of City Journal


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