Saturday, May 11, 2013

Another Reminder That Some People Get It And Gordon Howie Doesn't

P&R and Ken Santema are both right to rail against low level IRS officials targeting conservative groups. The IRS should never engage in political activity.

Gordon Howie, however, continues to show his inability to understand reality when he touts a discredited Heritage Foundation study that claims that immigration reform will cost $6.3 trillion.

First, the Social Security Administration has released a study that indicates immigration reform will produce an economic net benefit:
The Social Security Administration finds that by 2024, the immigration bill will have created 3.22 million jobs, and boost GDP by 1.63 percent.

The study was requested by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a key Senate immigration negotiator who has touted the economic value of comprehensive reform. He had furiously pushed back against a report released earlier this week from the conservative Heritage Foundation, which argues that the Senate immigration bill will cost $6.3 trillion due to new spending on entitlements and social programs.
Then of course, there's the problem that Heritage Foundation's study's co-author wrote articles for a racist website:
Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, the co-author of a study claiming the immigration reform bill pending in the Senate would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion, wrote two articles in 2010 for a website founded by Richard Spencer, a self-described "nationalist" who writes frequently about race and against "the abstract notion of human equality."
There's also his dissertation that speculated that Hispanics have a lower IQ than Caucasians:
In a 2009 dissertation for a public-policy doctorate at Harvard University, Jason Richwine, the co-author, wrote that Hispanic immigrants generally had an I.Q. that was “substantially lower than that of the white native population” — and that the lower intelligence of immigrants should be considered when drafting immigration policy.
“Immigrants living in the U.S. today do not have the same level of cognitive ability as natives,” wrote Dr. Richwine, who is a senior policy analyst at Heritage. “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach I.Q. parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-I.Q. children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."
Richwine has thankfully resigned:
Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation who argued in a graduate school dissertation that Hispanic immigrants were less intelligent than white Americans, resigned from his post with the foundation on Friday.
“Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position,” the Heritage Foundation said in a terse e-mail statement. “He’s no longer employed by Heritage.”
Any South Dakota blogger or South Dakota blogosphere reader want to guess when Howie's site will have a Brad Ford post defending Richwine? If we start a pool, I'm taking Tuesday.

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