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Hey hey ho ho Grover Norquist has got to go.
One of Norquist’s lackeys showed up in the op-ed section at the Daily Caller. Norquist and his group, Americans for Tax Reform, are anxious to downplay the “demography is destiny” argument because it means that tax increases are on the table in order to appeal to the Populist swath of Middle America. And if taxes are increased in any meaningful way – even if they are met with spending cuts – Grover Norquist loses. Joshua Culling wrote:
There’s a political equilibrium here, and it’s a path to citizenship. An immigration reform proposal that truly secures the borders while providing opportunity to those talented and hardworking potential Americans who wish to participate in our economy is the correct policy outline for both parties. Allowing more lawful immigration, a comprehensive and accessible guest worker program open to workers of all skill levels, and a path to legalization would eliminate most unauthorized immigration and grow the economy.
Future immigrants will be more open to the Republican Party because, unlike many immigrants who are already here, they won’t have been harmed or insulted by Republican politicians.
By increasing legal immigration, Republicans will dilute the level of anti-Republican resentment among the immigrant community and its descendants so long as the Republican Party embraces the new immigrants as Americans.
Data from the Pew Research Center should put to bed the notion that Hispanic voters are natural allies to the Republican party. Catholicism isn’t enough to draw Hispanics into the fold. Catholic social teaching has enough wiggle room for adherents to support top-down help from a higher authority i.e. government or Vatican if it matches their current economic need. Though Hispanics might oppose abortion and gay marriage, those issues are further away than identity and economic issues. Culling exposes a naive view of human nature if he thinks that these new Hispanic recruits, who converse in Spanish with other Spanish speakers who support the liberal state, will provide bodies for a new Republican base.
The graphic below shows the huge gap between Hispanics and the general public on the question of the degree of government largesse: