Strange title, I grant you, as primaries on either side don’t do nuance. They tend to be more about distilling nuances out of the brew so as to provide the base with the undiluted platform. In the general election, hard edges soften, as candidates undertake the delicate dance of holding the base while courting the… Read more
Every once and a while I feel compelled to collect thoughts about immigration, a difficult and touchy subject, with grains of truth scatter about along with gobs of non-truths. Over at PE.
Jon Stewart: “The best defense against bullsh__ is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.” I can think of no better guideline for what we’re trying to do here at OTE, so let’s take Jon up on his parting lead to us and post a couple of pictures regarding a point that most of… Read more
It is a common mistake to overestimate the contribution of immigration to the increase in poverty. Today’s purveyor of this erroneous association is the WaPo’s Robert Samuelson, who writes in the context of a discussion about immigration reform: The influx of unskilled Hispanics has sharply boosted U.S. poverty. From 1990 to 2013, Hispanics accounted for… Read more