As a podcast on iTunes, listenable/downloadable onscreen at Taki’s Magazine
, or as a transcript here
In this week’s broadcast I offer a shortcut way to counter the arguments of immigration boosters:
About three-quarters of the arguments made by immigration boosters can be countered with a single word. No, not the word that begins with “b” and ends with “t.” I`m thinking of a different word.The word is “California.”
I then go through some data on the downward transformation of the Golden State by mass immigration. Then:
Now, if you listen to the immigration boosters, this should have done wonders for California: pepping up the economy, funding the entitlements, dynamic young immigrants bursting with entrepreneurial zeal and cultural vibrancy, their energy driving California way out ahead of the sluggish, less diverse, non-California U.S.A. that has not been blessed with so much immigrationExcept that hasn`t happened. Not at all. Quote:“What was once the most prosperous state now suffers from an unemployment rate far steeper than the nation`s and a flood of firms and jobs escaping high taxes and stifling regulations. This toxic combination—high public-sector employee costs and sagging economic fortunes—has produced recurring budget crises around the state.”I took that from an excellent book out this month titled The Beholden State: California`s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It. The book`s published by City Journal and is composed of essays by City Journal`s excellent writers, including Heather Mac Donald, Steven Malanga, and Victor Davis Hanson. City Journal`s a neocon foundation so the writers try to put some optimistic lipstick on the pig, but it remains very plainly a pig—probably one of the Gadarene swine, in fact.
In a final flourish, I refer to the definitive short analysis
of the political roots of California’s recent problems, published here on VDARE last year.