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Old 04-25-2012, 07:32 PM   #541
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Oh,oh. Expect more thinly-veiled threats from the constitutional teacher-in-chief against that "unelected group of people" in the black robes.
Expect crickets from the "activist judges" mouth-breathers on the right.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:41 PM   #542
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But now, the adminstration will stop the deportation of young people who meet these criteria: 1.) Came to the United States under the age of sixteen; 2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum; 3.) Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; 4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; 5.) Are not above the age of thirty.
Hey Irvine, how do you propose we verify all this?

Anyway, a Supreme Court ruling on Eric Holder's challenge is due soon.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #543
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Racist, definition (Liberal Dictionary):

One who puts interests of own countrymen and women ahead of foreigners' interests.
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I always thought that tough immigration restrictions, an extremely powerful form of protectionism, were a little odd coming from the party of free markets. It's not illegal immigration - it's civil disobedience against big government intervention into the labor market!
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:22 PM   #545
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Racist, definition (Liberal Dictionary):

One who puts interests of own countrymen and women ahead of foreigners' interests.
So for the sake of continuing this humor, what is the conservative definition of racist?
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:55 PM   #546
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So for the sake of continuing this humor, what is the conservative definition of racist?
The belief that a particular race is superior to others, and/or the belief that races other than whites require state and taxpayer-sanctioned assistance in order to be equal.
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I always thought that tough immigration restrictions, an extremely powerful form of protectionism, were a little odd coming from the party of free markets. It's not illegal immigration - it's civil disobedience against big government intervention into the labor market!
Small government is a hit or miss thing with conservatives nowadays, it seems. Government interfering with business interests=overreach.

Government controlling who you can marry or what women can do with their bodies or who can come into our country or who can be put to death=totally fine.

Also, to financeguy and the "liberal" definition of racism...no. Just...no.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #548
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Also, to financeguy and the "liberal" definition of racism...no. Just...no.
What you fail to realise is that globalisation has proved itself to be the most spectacularly ruinous mistake, made collectively by Western nations, since the appeasement that led to the Second World War. 500 years of Western global hegemony are coming to an end, before our eyes. Even Hitler never managed to inflict that.

It is simply illlogical for someone in your position - and I'm only going on the basis of your own posts here - to be pro-globalisation at this point. It might make you feel better, but it doesn't advance your interests - or theirs, the immigrants you like to think globalisation helps.

It is different for the likes of Anitram or Irvine - it suits their interests to argue in favour of mobility of labour, and unsurprisingly, they do. Actually, the metropolitan liberal upper middle class elite are laughing at people like you, while pretending to be your friends and allies.
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I'm not entirely sure how you think globalization is hurting people like me. Elaborate, please?

And the conservatives aren't exactly any better. The GOP talks about being friends to the "working class", supporting the "real Americans", but their policies speak otherwise all the time. I agree that there are people on the left who don't truly get what it's like for people like my family to struggle, but let's not pretend that the conservatives always "get it", either.

I honestly don't feel any sort of threat from immigrants who look for work. I do feel much more of a threat from the corporate interests who hoard all the money at the top and don't support those who work underneath them to keep the business going. When my parents lost jobs, it wasn't immigrants coming in who caused them to lose the jobs, it was the corporate people coming in and taking over.

My dad worked in radio. He had nothing good to say about Clear Channel or the corporate people who came in and automated the stations and kicked guys like him out (meanwhile the people who did kiss corporate butt got to stay. One guy still has a job at a station my dad worked at here in town. He's been in trouble for drunk driving and other various offenses over the years. But because he "plays the game" for the corporate people and doesn't go off and do his own thing, he gets to stay and gets his stuff overlooked). When the KMart in one of the towns I lived in closed, my mom left with no benefits or anything. Meanwhile, she found out that the CEO got something like 8 million dollars in money for himself. That money could've helped keep the store open, I'd think, and keep her job intact.

(I also find it funny that people bitch that all immigrants do is mooch off the system and are lazy and don't work and such, but then when they do try and look for work, and when they do get jobs, they're "stealing jobs" from people born and raised here. Which is it, guys?)
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I'm not entirely sure how you think globalization is hurting people like me. Elaborate, please?
2 million jobs exported to China? The lower middle class and working classes decimated? Please, you're an intelligent person, you don't need me to spell it out.


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And the conservatives aren't exactly any better. The GOP talks about being friends to the "working class", supporting the "real Americans", but their policies speak otherwise all the time. I agree that there are people on the left who don't truly get what it's like for people like my family to struggle, but let's not pretend that the conservatives always "get it", either.
OF COURSE the mainstream GOP are pro-globalisation too, worse than the Dems in some ways. I wasn't attempting to argue otherwise.

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I honestly don't feel any sort of threat from immigrants who look for work. I do feel much more of a threat from the corporate interests who hoard all the money at the top and don't support those who work underneath them to keep the business going.
Granted, it's corporate interests that drive it. That's true, and goes without saying - but on the rare occasion when we have a legislative move to tighten up on immigration, surely the native American working and middle class people should support it?
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2 million jobs exported to China? The lower middle class and working classes decimated? Please, you're an intelligent person, you don't need me to spell it out.
Yeah, but that's not the case for everyone. My parents didn't work in jobs that got shipped overseas.

And again, that's the corporate people causing that problem. They don't want to pay people here at home proper wages, so they'll go overseas and get cheap labor. Yell at them, not the average everyday people overseas who are desperate for work and will find anything that they can get. It's not their fault or their decision to make.
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OF COURSE the mainstream GOP are pro-globalisation too, worse than the Dems in some ways. I wasn't attempting to argue otherwise.
My apologies, then.

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Granted, it's corporate interests that drive it. That's true, and goes without saying - but on the rare occasion when we have a legislative move to tighten up on immigration, surely the native American working and middle class people should support it?
Not necessarily, because that isn't going to solve the problem. If we were doing that in connection with also keeping an eye on corporations so they don't abuse their power, maybe we could talk, then. But so far it just seems we focus on the immigration side and nothing else. It's an issue, yes, but it's not the only issue.

Plus, I'm often skeptical of tighter immigration laws because even if it's not the intent of the lawmakers, it's going to come off as racially motivated in some ways. I don't see anyone harassing any illegal immigrants here from European countries (and they've been here, probably are here now). But we just assume Mexicans are most likely here illegally, and that's not always the case.

And if immigrants are coming here and working hard and doing their best to try and get a good life going here, I don't begrudge them that, I think they should be left alone. If people come here and cause trouble, those are whom we should deal with. I also think about the fact that some people who come here are fleeing areas that are troubled, and I get that in those instances legal means to get into the country probably aren't the first thing on their mind sometimes.
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Plus, I'm often skeptical of tighter immigration laws because even if it's not the intent of the lawmakers, it's going to come off as racially motivated in some ways. I don't see anyone harassing any illegal immigrants here from European countries (and they've been here, probably are here now). But we just assume Mexicans are most likely here illegally, and that's not always the case.

And if immigrants are coming here and working hard and doing their best to try and get a good life going here, I don't begrudge them that, I think they should be left alone. If people come here and cause trouble, those are whom we should deal with. I also think about the fact that some people who come here are fleeing areas that are troubled, and I get that in those instances legal means to get into the country probably aren't the first thing on their mind sometimes.
Wow, you really have been drinking the liberal kool-aid, haven't ya?

In that case, I recommend that, in accordance with the dicates of your guilty middle class white conscience, you continue voting in favour of all pro-immigration candidates, for fear that if you don't, somehow, somewhere, a brown person might be offended. And that'd be the worst thing ever, right?
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Wow, you really have been drinking the liberal kool-aid, haven't ya?

In that case, I recommend that, in accordance with the dicates of your guilty middle class white conscience, you continue voting in favour of all pro-immigration candidates, for fear that if you don't, somehow, somewhere, a brown person might be offended. And that'd be the worst thing ever, right?
Middle class? Ha! I'm lower middle class at best. My mom and I are living on the top floor of someone else's house in a small apartment in a not so peaceful end of town. The closest I've been to a middle-class suburb is when I've visited friends who live in such a setting.

And you can't deny that that doesn't happen. It has nothing to do with guilt, it has to do with the fact that that crap happens and it's not fair or right. Focusing heavily on Hispanic people and blaming them for all our economic woes won't solve our problems. Every town I've lived in, the minority population was mostly made up of Hispanics. And yet any job problems my family had had nothing whatsoever to do with immigrants coming in and taking them. They had to do with corporate fuckups and favortism within the companies. And sometimes, just really bad luck of the draw that nobody could control. It happens. It sucks, but it happens.

I know people my age who have children and are unemployed, but they won't go work at a fast food restaurant because it won't pay them much (which is true, if you're trying to raise a family, fast food isn't going to bring in the big bucks that will easily take care of that). But if an immigrant takes that job they don't want to do, you know they'll be the first ones bitching about immigrants "taking their jobs". Yeah. The ones YOU didn't want, remember? And I never said we shouldn't discuss working things out with immigration, to protect both the immigrants and the native Americans. But if we're going to deal with immigration, we need to look at ALL immigrants, not just a select type of immigrant. That just seems reasonable to me, I don't get why it doesn't to other people.

I've held that belief about immigration for as long as I've been able to understand the issue, which is pretty much nearly my whole 27 years on this earth. So if I drank any kool-aid I apparently did it pretty young.

Or, you know, I was just raised with a sense of fairness. Whichever.
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It is different for the likes of Anitram or Irvine - it suits their interests to argue in favour of mobility of labour, and unsurprisingly, they do. Actually, the metropolitan liberal upper middle class elite are laughing at people like you, while pretending to be your friends and allies.
You're really starting to piss me off.

"the likes of" - what is that?

I am in favour of globalization and fairly open immigration policies not because I'm upper middle class elite but because I came to Canada as a homeless refugee with NOTHING but my life and the clothes on my back and worked three times as hard as anyone to make it to where I am. It's incredibly rude and insulting of you to suggest that I laugh at the "lower classes" which I was a part of for most of my life and with whom I feel more culturally and socially at ease to this very day. My fight is for others like me to have similar opportunities and to succeed and join me where i am today. You have no idea what you're talking about on this topic and are exhibiting typical ignorance of a person who assumes and categorizes others. Give it a rest already.
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