- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2006

New ‘underclass’

“If someone proposed a program to boost the number of Americans who lack a high school diploma, have children out of wedlock, sell drugs, steal, or use welfare, he’d be deemed mad. Yet liberalized immigration rules would do just that. The illegitimacy rate among Hispanics is high and rising faster than that of other ethnic groups; their dropout rate is the highest in the country; Hispanic children are joining gangs at younger and younger ages. Academic achievement is abysmal.

“Conservatives pride themselves on reality-based thinking that rejects utopian theories in favor of facts on the ground. Yet when it comes to immigration, they cling, against all contrary evidence, to the myth of the redeeming power of Hispanic family values, the Hispanic work ethic, and Hispanic virtue. Even more fanciful is the claim that it is immigrants’ children who constitute the real value to American society. The children of today’s Hispanic immigrants, in fact, are in considerable trouble. …

“Our immigration policy is creating a second underclass.”

—Heather Mac Donald, writing on “Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight,” in the summer issue of City Journal

Radical caldron

“It was parents’ orientation at my son’s new college when the young female co-ed introduced her academic pursuit as ‘Women’s Studies.’ …

“‘Where are the degrees in “Men’s Studies”?’ I wanted to ask. Of course, there aren’t any. Only the pro-lesbian, ego-centric, sexually perverse ‘Women’s Studies’ majors and minors are considered politically correct. The clear bigotry and plain ridiculousness of such classes, and the messages they send our college men and women, seemed lost on the poor young girl. The reality is that she and thousands of co-eds across the country are being steeped in nothing more than the bitter propaganda, indoctrination and hypocrisy that fill the caldron of radical feminism.”

—Rebecca Hagelin, writing on “Stirring the caldron of radical feminism,” Aug. 31 in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

No conservative

“A lot of conservatives seem to love Theodore Roosevelt, perhaps because he came across as a rugged individualist and a strong president. It didn’t hurt that he looked great in a cowboy hat.

“Yet TR did much to increase the scope of federal power, and saddle us with a federal income tax. Congress had enacted an income tax in 1894 but the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down the following year. With no political opportunities to reintroduce the idea, its promoters gave up. Then, in 1906, TR began giving speeches saying that America needed a federal income tax with ever steeper rates. He inspired Cordell Hull, Democratic congressman from Tennessee, to draft a proposed constitutional amendment permitting an income tax, and after it was ratified, an income tax bill. President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law in 1913. …

“As Roosevelt said in his ‘New Nationalism’ speech in Kansas in 1910, he sought ‘a far more active governmental interference with social and economic conditions in this country.’ In short, he was no conservative. Theodore Roosevelt was a big government man, and many of our current troubles can be traced to him.”

—Jim Powell, writing on “The Worst Big Government Conservative,” Aug. 31 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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