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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Immigrants: the new gay

With two weeks to go until the election, it is obvious what the Republican strategy is in the closing weeks of the campaign: bashing immigrants. I don't know if these ads came out before, but today I saw immigrant-bashing attack ads from Pawlenty, John Kline, and Michele Bachman. Losing on the Iraq war, terrorism, the direction of the country, ethics, and competence, Republicans have apparently decided that the only thing they can do is bash furriners. Maybe this will play well enough with the mouth-breathing crowd to win a few racist Republican votes. Who knows?

Unfortunately, even Democrats are hopping on the bandwagon; I saw an immigrant-bashing attack ad from Tim Walz too, meaning that bashing immigrants probably plays well in the First District. Sad.

The Pawlenty ad is particularly disgusting in my opinion, where he pledges that illegal immigrant kids won't get in-state tuition at Minnesota colleges under his watch ever. Yes, it would be horrible for Minnesota and our economy if kids who have been going to high school and even elementary school in this state went to the U of MN and ended up being engineers or something. Terrible, I tell you. Kids should definitely have to pay for the crimes of their parents and be doomed to a life with no education, don't you think?

I wait for the day when people will grow up and realize that those who are having the truly devastating impact on our economy and the middle class are Republicans and the overpaid corporate wankers who give them campaign contributions. I think I will be waiting a pretty long time, though.

5 Comments:

At 6:21 PM, October 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://minnpolitics.blogspot.com/2006/01/pawlentys-priorities.html

 
At 7:12 AM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Mark said...

I read that Mike Hatch is pushing forward with a "crackdown on illegal immigrants" ad, too. As someone from a blue-collar background whose father has lost three jobs to downward wage pressure from immigration, I find myself pretty receptive to the message on the jobs front.

Most Americans, and Minnesotans, have a nuanced position on immigration, probably somewhere between where Pawlenty stands and where open borders ideologues stand. I have only read about Mike Hatch's ad and have not seen it, but it strikes me as taking a stand closer to where the public is on the issue. If the Democratic Party chooses to wholeheartedly align itself with "amnesty" and apartheid-esque guest worker programs, they will find themselves losing what's left of their working-class voting coalition in droves.

 
At 3:00 PM, October 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you mean to say illegal immigration?

 
At 11:26 AM, October 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but instate tuition..to illegals? iowans don't even get in state tution.

 
At 9:55 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

If somebody from Iowa lived here for 5-10 years before going to college, then yes they would.

I thought the point of instate tuition was that residents were already paying taxes to support public universities. Well, these immigrants who are living here are paying sales tax, they are paying property tax, they are paying gas tax, they are paying fees, they are having income tax withheld from their checks.

 

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