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March 9, 2014

Fairness and Illegal Immigration

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I’m currently reading Scott Walker‘s book Unintimidated.  On page 102, the end of Chapter 12, he wrote this paragraph that has stuck with me:

. . . Fairness is one of the strongest arguments we have in politics.  Never, ever, cede it to the other side.  People won’t care about the effectiveness of your policies if they are not first convinced that you policies are also morally right.  To win any public policy fight, you have to be able to first win the “fairness” debate.

How is it fair to allow people who enter the country illegally and continue breaking the law after they come here to stay in the country and benefit from their crimes at the expense of American citizens and taxpayers?  The right is ceding the “‘fairness’ debate” about amnesty to the left.

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June 21, 2009

Summer Reading: The End of Prosperity

I just finished reading The End of Prosperity:  How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy–If We Let It Happen (New York:  Threshold Editions-Simon & Schuster, 2008) by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter J. Tanous.

If you’re interested in learning what the Laffer Curve is, how federal tax policies have influenced the American economy over the last 50 years, why California is bankrupt, and how supply-side economics is taking “the world by storm,” you should read this book.  I found the information in Chapter 9 about how socialist and nanny-state governments in Europe and Asia are cutting taxes to grow their economies particularly encouraging.  There is hope for the U.S. even if we move farther down the socialist/fascist road.

I was disappointed to discover a couple of errors in the book:

  1. The authors mistakenly attribute to conservatives (“the right”) an “infatuation with restrictionist immigration policies” (286)  Conservatives do not want to restrict legal immigration.  We simply want immigrants to demonstrate respect for our laws and follow them to enter the country.
  2. They also “argue that the fairest . . . tax system is one that imposes a low flat tax rate on everyone” (237).  A flat tax rate is not fair because some people would pay more than others, and only people making money would pay the tax.  The only truly fair tax would be a flat amount–unless we can accurately calculate how much each individual receives in government services–paid by or for every person in the country.  Of course, to be fair and low, the tax should only pay for functions the government is authorized to perform under the Constitution.  This will require a drastic decrease in government spending.

Taxes should be cut not because doing so will increase revenue but because it is the moral thing to do.  People should not be forced to pay for the government to do things that are not authorized in the Constitution.

March 28, 2009

II4Cons: Illegal Immigration and Border Security

Books:

  • Tom Tancredo, In Mortal Danger:  The Battle for America’s Border and Security (at Amazon.com)
  • J. D. Hayworth, Whatever It Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security and the War on Terror (at Amazon.com)
  • Michelle Malkin, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores (at Amazon.com)
  • Jim Gilchrist, Jerome Corsi, and Tom Tancredo, Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders (at Amazon.com)
  • Daniel Sheehy, Fighting Immigration Anarchy (at Amazon.com)
  • Patrick J. Buchanan, State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America (at Amazon.com)
  • Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Outrage: How Illegal Immigration, the United Nations, Congressional Ripoffs, Student Loan Overcharges, Tobacco Companies, Trade Protection, and Drug Companies Are Ripping Us Off . . . and (at Amazon.com)

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I’m also posting this information on the Information on Issues for Conservatives (II4Cons) wiki.  Please let me know if there are resources I should add by commenting on this post or sending me a message on Twitter.

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