NRO guy Mayflower Mark Kirkorian is Mad at George Bush's Speech Writer. And as usual, when Mayflower Mark is Mad it is likely about immigration:
What is it about the immigration issue that brings out the worst in pundits?[ed note- See Kirkorian, Mark aka "Mayflower" Mark] Michael Gerson proves today that he’s given immigration policy no more thought since his last sanctimonious and sneering column on the topic. His writing on the subject reads almost like a Mad Lib, where you fill in the words to complete the sentence: “(Name of Republican politician) is a (contemptuous adjective) (contemptuous noun) because he opposes the provision of (taxpayer-funded benefit) to undocumented immigrants.”
In this piece, the GOP presidential candidates are “vicious” and “repellant” because some of them oppose taxpayer subsidies for the college education and medical procedures of illegal aliens. Oh, and Americans of Mexican origin will vote Democrat if Republicans don’t start sluicing tax money to illegal aliens.
[Bush Speech Writer] Gerson scoffs at the idea that taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal aliens are a magnet, saying that jobs are the real magnet. So, if jobs are the real magnet, then why isn’t he praising Romney for supporting E-Verify and criticizing Perry for opposing it? Because he doesn’t want mass immigration to stop and opposes anything that impedes the untrammeled movement of people into the United States. In other words, if more people want to move here than the law provides for, then the it’s the law that has to give way. If he would just fess up to wanting open borders, rather than engaging in tendentious debate over specific policies, his commentary might be less irritating, and certainly more honest.
My two cents.
Both should be Honest. Bush Speech Writer Gerson should admit that he wants open borders and untrammeled immigration. Mayflower Mark should admit that he is vicious, repellent and wants emergency room patients turned away if they don't have papers. If he'd rather that hospitals roll these patients out to the parking lot to die, he should admit this and in doing so his commentary might be less irritating, but certainly it'd be more honest.
On the other hand, everyone knows that the overwhelming majority of folks cross the border in order to find work that pays more than what is available at home. They also come here because, like Marco Rubio's parents decided before Castro came to power, things are relatively good here. However if there were no jobs available to undocumented workers, there would be little immigration because one can not feed a family on free emergency room care or by obtaining instate tuition for your child in 18 years. Besides, don't wingers believe in Federalism? If folks in Texas want extend instate tuition to all residents, why can't they do this? This is not rocket science. Really it is not.
Next, if Mayflower Mark is serious about reducing immigration, he needs to call for a Reagan Style Asset Forfeiture Program for all business that hire undocumented workers. Treat employers like drug-dealers. If an employer stands to lose everything if he hires an undocumented, he will likely not hire an undocumented worker. No jobs equals very little immigration. Problem solved.
Third, where the hell did Kirkorian or his family immigrate from anyway? Now that I think about it, I doubt his ancestors walked down the gangplank of the Mayflower. They must have gotten here some other way, I suspect. But I guess it really doesn't matter.