Gilgamesh on Immigration
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The writer of the engaging blog The Epic of Gilgamesh has turned his attention away from guns, literature and daily life on an Appalachian mountain and back to the impact of immigration:

Why Georgia's HOPE scholarship is running out of money –February 18 2005

In the mid 1980's, Georgia started a statewide lottery, the proceeds of which were to guarantee a college education to every Georgian who wanted one. It was not means tested…In 1993, when we sold our business in Appalachia, one of the primary considerations that kept us in Georgia was the availability of the HOPE scholarship for our kids…Then, in the mid 1990's, politicians in Georgia began pressing for inclusion of those who couldn't claim resident status in the program. Why? Because the big poultry companies, like Fieldale, Purdue, Gold Kist and others wanted the kids of illegal immigrants to be eligible…Unfortunately, the money from the lottery wasn't enough to cover this big new influx of ‘students’…next the plan is to ‘means test’ which means if you are middle class, you are out. So the money that should have paid for my kids college will now go to pay for illegals kids
I have no insurance, and I pay. Illegals have none, the state pays with my tax dollars – February 18 2005-02-18

When I was injured and in the hospital, a lady working there told me that the hospital passed on the costs of treating illegal immigrants to local people. If the person had insurance, then the insurance got stuck. If they didn't, then they just had to pay on a weekly basis. The hospital knew who the locals were and where they lived, and they never saw or heard of the illegals again once they left the hospital.
Reading these and the two other stories Gilgamesh posts I am struck by a pair of thoughts:

(a) The savagery of the redistribution burden of immigration—from working Americans, to the owners of capital and, of course, the immigrants.

(b) While America has thinking men like this, all is not lost.

[PermaLink] [Top] [Blog Home] Wall Street Journal Party [James Fulford] - 02/19/05

The WSJ is mostly subscription only, but their OpinionJournal webzine seems to always feature their most vicious and stupid pro-illegal immigration editorials.(The countervailing facts of the matter, from the news side, are kept safely behind the subscriber wall.)

Their latest shovelful of opinion, delivered to subscribers on the 17th, was posted today. The WSJ comes out strongly for States Rights (Not!): bullet So last week's House vote to require costly and intrusive federal standards for state drivers licenses is a measure of how far the [Republican] party has strayed from these federalist principles. National ID Party | Republicans betray their federalist principles again, February 19, 2005

Wrong. The whole point of driver's licenses for illegal aliens is that it's a way for the state governments to aid and abet illegal immigration. State governments have no right to help illegal immigrants gain entry to the entire country, any more than they'd have the right to side with Mexico in an actual war.

Other false claims: bullet "all of the hijackers entered the U.S. legally, which means they qualified for drivers licenses."

No, they came on tourist visas, obtained by fraud, which they overstayed, because of lack of exit tracking. Other Arab terrorists have legalized themselves during by falsely claiming to be agricultural workers.

And finally, (self-refuting, just click on the links:

Homeland security is about taking useful steps to prevent another attack. It's not about keeping gainfully employed Mexican illegals from driving to work, or cracking down on the imagined hordes gaming our asylum system.

Wrong again. They're acting on the assumption that no illegal immigrant would ever kill anyone; and they will continue to ignore or mock evidence to the contrary.

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