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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The exposure of a Heritage Foundation research analyst as a proponent of racist theories reopens a troubling intellectual history that the right-wing think tank and its Republican allies would rather not discuss. This fresh embarrassment poses yet another obstacle for Republican leaders who are supposedly seeking to erase their party’s polarizing reputation and to connect with non-white voters.

Now led by former South Carolina Republican senator Jim DeMint, the team at Heritage – a lavishly funded Washington outfit long known for propagandistic research studies – certainly didn’t advance the Republican outreach effort last week. With a thinly sourced new study that claimed immigration reform would bankrupt the country with trillions of dollars in additional social welfare costs, they undermined Heritage’s fragile integrity and offended the Latino voting bloc.

However flimsy, the report certainly reflected a deep split within Republican ranks over immigration policy. What made matters far worse was the subsequent revelation in The Washington Post that Jason Richwine, the study’s co-author, had asserted in his 2009 Harvard doctoral dissertation that Latino immigrants are not only less intelligent than America’s “white native population,” but that their descendants can be expected to suffer from “low average IQ” – a condition he described as “effectively permanent.”

Following the Post article on Richwine’s dissertation, Yahoo News reported that he has posted inflammatory articles on a “white nationalist” website, Alternative Right, comparing crime rates among Hispanics, whites, and blacks. “The reality of Hispanic crime,” he concludes, “should be one of the many factors we consider when setting immigration policy.”

Seeking to control the damage from these revelations, Heritage quickly released a statement disowning Richwine’s racial theories. “This is not a work product of The Heritage Foundation. Its findings in no way reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation,” said Heritage official Mike Gonzalez in a statement. “Nor do the findings affect the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to the U.S. taxpayer.”

But the true history of the Heritage Foundation – and of the American Enterprise Institute, the other major think tank where Richwine enjoyed a sinecure – reflects the ugly racial bias that has long disfigured the right in this country.

  • For “conservatives”, ethnic minorities are just a commodity to be used in the pursuit of larger goals. If in doubt, take a close look at the people that participate in Tea Party rallies, and focus carefully on their message.

    • lana ward

      Take a good look at the Tea Party. decent, law abiding citizens that PROUDLY fly our flag and love America!! Now look at OWS. They are violent and destructive. They are nasty, shitting on anything, raping and they HATE our flag and country. BIG difference wouldn’t you say??

      • ram1020

        Both extremes live under the notion that the country lives according to a 50yr old paradigm. We are not a country made up of mostly middle class nuclear families, and the trends are moving even more quickly from that model. Recent reports stated that over 40% of the babies born in 2011 in the US were to unwed mothers, and that the number is as high as 70% in some communities. Add to that the fact that more than 50% of marriages end in divorce, and the new norm is no where near the self supporting middle class nuclear family. Add to that the drop in average inflation adjusted wages and the historic low work force participation, and it becomes apparent that the basis for some demands is no longer valid.
        The Tea Party may think that closing Pandora’s Box will make things revert to the old ways, but we know that is foolish. OWS may think that there still is a majority that can/should support a needy minority, but the current demographics and demographic trends do not support that basis.
        I don’t know what it will take for people to quit focusing on demonizing the opponents, and start focusing on reality so we can come up with some sustainable solutions.

        • CPAinNewYork

          There are no “solutions.” The entire world is prejudiced against one group or another.

          • ram1020

            The whole world may be acting in their self interest instead of the common good. Anyone that finds that acceptable is insuring that there is no solution.

          • CPAinNewYork

            ram1020:

            It is naive to think that a rational person will act contrary to his or her own self-interest.

            Your desire that humans act for “the common good” reminds me of the line in The Communist Manifesto: “To each according to his needs. From each according to his ability.” That epitomizes for me the futility of utopian economic social schemes. It’s truly a shame that it took over seventy years for Communism to collapse because of its inherent philosophical shortcomings and the corruption of its leaders.

            Finally, it doesn’t matter how many people find the drive to attain their self-interest “acceptable” or not. It’s human nature to act in one’s own self-interest and any system built solely around the desire to act for “the common good” is doomed to failure. There must be a balance. We haven’t found that balance yet.

            Adam Smith had it right when he referred to “the unseen hand” in explaining in Wealth of Nations how “the common good” will be served best by everyone acting in his or her own self-interest.

          • LittleGnatCatcher

            Adam Smith also said:

            “How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.”

            – The Theory Of Moral Sentiments, Part I, Section I, Chapter I, p. 9, para.1.

          • CPAinNewYork

            Ok, LittleGnatCatcher, you adopt that philosophy as your life’s guiding principle if that makes you feel good, but keep in mind the old saying that a fool and his money are soon parted.

            As I wrote in my previous posting, utopian economic schemes are futile. I cannot recall any that have been able to exist on their own.

          • LittleGnatCatcher

            It is not the whole of my life philosophy. But I do think of it every time someone misrepresents Adam Smith by reporting from only one side of the ledger of his philosophy, as you did.

            And since you live in New York, you have an excellent example of both principles at work. The skyscrapers that were built by economic self interest contrasted with Central Park, which is built on some of the most expensive real estate in the world. And it was built for specifically for the common good.

          • Sand_Cat

            Thank you. I didn’t see this until after I wrote, but it does at least partially support what I said.

          • Sand_Cat

            Nevertheless, some people do act for the common good. Perhaps they do so for the good feeling it gives them, or to prove they’re better than the opposition, or because they consciously or unconsciously believe – rightly, in my mind – that the common good is in their own interest, or more likely from a blend of these and other reasons. Adam Smith was no divine figure, and overreliance on his – or anyone else’s – pronouncements is reminiscent of the political right’s imputation of omniscience and omnipotence to Lenin, at least when it suited their arguments (hence, liberals were the “useful fools” or “idiots”), at least one example of which still lurks among the trolls which inhabit this site. I have never read Adam Smith; I believe I have read others who have, claiming that his philosophy was significantly different from that usually attributed to him, but I cannot comment on that one way or the other.

            I do believe that expecting people to behave with selfishness, reinforced with constant disparagement of the “common good” and claiming striving for it to be synonymous with totalitarianism, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. A certain party in this country has adopted such a philosophy with such tenacity and success that – in my opinion – they have played no small part in the moral decline about which they they constantly blather, leading them to then project their own faults on the opposition, also with an unfortunate amount of success.

            Being “Rational” is a virtue only when reasoning based on valid premises; certainly the selfish person will “rationally” act in what he perceives to be his own self-interest, but both his premises and his belief about what constitutes his own self-interest may be flawed and distorted by his personality faults.

          • plc97477

            “It is naive to think that a rational person will act contrary to his or her own self-interest.”

            Then why do they vote for the complete idiots they vote for? I guess we can say they are not rational when they do, but is that enough?

          • CPAinNewYork

            They do that because many people do not vote rationally. They vote emotionally or just plain stupidly.

          • rothgar

            Adam Smith also said that if two business people meet for lunch you’d better watch out for they;d be conspiring to control some market or somehow cheat the markets (massively paraphrased).

      • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

        “Take a good look at the Tea Party. decent, law abiding citizens that PROUDLY fly our flag and love America!! ” Loving America is respecting ALL of the Constitution, which Tea Party does not, respecting the laws of the land which Tea Party does not and respecting our Democracy which the Tea Party does not. Wanting to over throw the Government because it is not dictated by the Republican Tea Party is not loving America.

        • Betta

          HELLOOOOOOOOOOO! We are a Constitutional Republic – Rule of Law! We are NOT a democracy, which is MOB RULE.

          You REALLY need to know what the difference is. Most of our politicians do not and is why they never get my vote unless they understand this very important issue. Any politician who even utters the word “democracy’ when referring to the United states is an ENEMY of the United States in my book.

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            I stand corrected we are a Constitutional Republic, however I am not an Enemy of the United States and I suggest you rewrite your book.

          • rustacus21

            … Firstly, U need to RE-READ U’r Constitution. Then, READ the complete (NOT just the sections U think/feel are APPLICABLE to the conservative PROPAGANDA U’r repeating) Federalist Papers, which itemizes – BOTH – ideologically & philosophically (which, on BOTH counts may prove for IMPOSSIBILITY for ALL current conservatives), the definition of ours as a ‘DEMOCRATIC Republic’. Period. U’r complicating this far more than necessary. The Liberal/Progressive nature of our Constitution/Bill of Rights seeks an EXPANSION of INCLUSION of our DEMOCRACY to ALL – NOT FEWER citizens. Conservatives ideology seeks in every manner, the opposite of democratic governance outcomes. Anarchy is ‘mob’ rule, which we’re moving closer to, by way of CONSERVATIVE belligerence & opposition to the inherent functioning of our Constitutional, Liberal/Progressive Democratic governance model. Oh, name me the parts of the Constitution AND Bill of Rights that ARE conservative, for those ‘PERCEIVED’ unsophisticated Liberal/Progressives commenting here… PLEASE!!! Even PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!!! I even DARE U!

          • idamag

            She is another person whose mouth is bigger than her brain.

          • Liberal progressives are nothing but Statists. There is nothing Liberal or progressive about the constitution anywhere, including, and especially, the bill of rights. In case you didn’t know, when the constitution was ratified, only landowners could vote. There is no where in the bill of rights that there is any expansion of anything. The Bill of Rights was written to constrain the government. It said what the government could NOT do, This is the quintessential argument of conservatives. Small government and maximum freedom for the citizens, not big government and tyranny against those citizens as Liberal/ Progressives would have. They think they know better than the rest of us. They don’t

        • lana ward

          It’s your Obama that doesn’t respect the Constitution. And did you hear, Obama secretly brought in a Muslim Cleric to curse the bodies of our slain Seal Team 6 members at their Memorial Service??

          • Lynda Groom

            Good lord lady do you really get your delusional information from Freedom Watch and Joe Miller’s blog? If you actually read their claptrap, the first thing that jumps out at you is that military brass may have allowed the cleric to attend….NOT Obama himself. Get a grip on reality before it destroys you entirely.

          • idamag

            I won’t do you any good to use intelligent reasoning with lana. She has defective wiring and cannot understand you.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Wow — has Obama been scanning your brain again? Better put on your foil hat so that you can continue performing Satan’s work.

          • idamag

            I think she should stay inside and put foil over her windows in case the telephone poles, outside her house, are able to see and hear everything that goes on in her house.

          • plc97477

            Where do you find this BS?

        • lana ward

          Our Government with Obama and his communist terrorists running, ruining it, any decent person would want them out!!!

          • Lynda Groom

            The talking point you are reaching for is Obama’s ‘socialist’ terrorist..not communistic. LOL

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            Please take your meds and let your doctor know your current meds are not working.

      • Arakiba

        If the Tea Party loves America so much, why do they keep talking about seceding?

        • idamag

          or arming themselves against the government.

          • Betta

            The government is arming itself against YOU. That is the reason for new gun laws when they don’t even enforce the ones we already have. Same for our immigration laws. Our dear gov’t wants to give lawbreakers a path to citizenship, which will cost us dearly as the taxpayer will pay for ALL of their multitude of children. You do know this, right?

          • rustacus21

            Duh?! The GOVERNMENTS JOB (U being Government & the ‘need’ being U’r civic support…) to be armed for the sake of DEFENSE of the nation, spells a word I dare not use, for the sake of offending. But the Constitution opens w/several crucial passages, which supercedes any excuses penned to the obsession over the 2nd Amendment – a Constitutional ‘AFTER-THOUGHT’, in 1787 parlance for being on guard against encroachments by those remaining CONSERVATIVE loyalists to the crown – who actively FOUGHT AGAINST the Revolutions Patriots, who fought w/blood, sweat, tears & Divinely inspired INTELLECT, to create what would be ratified in its entirety in 1789, as our LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE Constitutional Democracy. There nothing conservative about it, xcept the ‘Republican’ name theft by current conservatives! Find me the ‘conservatism’ therein & I’ll bow down, kiss U’r feet in submission to U’r superior INTELLECT & knowing of this more than I… If I’m right, all I want is that U read these documents w/a simple & CLEAR open mind…

          • plc97477

            Your foil hat seems to have slipped again.

          • idamag

            Like lana, maybe you should cover your windows with foil to protect yourself from government spying by using the power poles by your house.

          • cats33

            With Obama, our Government is a Hitler Regime

        • Betta

          “If the Tea Party loves America so much, why do they keep talking about seceding?”

          To remove themselves from a tyrannical government like they did when freeing themselves from British rule.

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            Please secede to another country. We do not have a tyrannical government – It amazes me that when someone expresses a different opinion than Tea Party members they become rude and offensive. Do you not stand by the 1st Amendment? The costs of immigration reported by the Heritage Foundation is questionable, considering the person who came up with those costs is affiliated with a White Nationalist Group and has made derogatory comments about Latinos.

          • docb

            The costs are outright lies that do NOT account for the benefits of taxes paid into the system..The bigot resigned from Heritage today but Deminted and his sponsors approved the trash report1 Lies, Liars, and damned bigot liars!

          • Sand_Cat

            We only have a tyrannical government when there’s a Democratic president. Then all the wing nuts get nervous that he’ll use all the repressive laws and orders they put in place to use against Democrats against them. Although Obama is a saint compared to W, Romney, or any other Republican candidate of recent years, he does seem to me all too fond of those executive abuses of the Bush administration, though I would say he has a very long way to go to be a tyrant.

          • a tyrannical government would have you imprisoned (or killed) for saying we have a tyrannical government. The simple fact that you idiots are allowed to compare Obama to Hitler is proof this isn’t a dictatorship. Just a few years of a President you disagree with.

          • Right. The tyranny of what, losing the election? Or paying your damned bills? You DO know that conservative values tend to be bad for business – shown by the fact that red states, even red regions within states take far more than they give to government, don’t you? The reason you don’t secede is that you can’t afford to do so, so you whine, complain, and try to make everyone miserable.
            Truth is our president is far from a socialist. Hell, he’s not even liberal. But he’s been the best available option TWICE, and you’re just pissed because you couldn’t gerrymander your choice to victory. We may still have problems and Obama could have made better choices – but they were ALL better choices than your side would have made; better choices than they made for the previous two terms. The real problem is you can’t argue from logic or evidence, so you resort to name calling, conspiracy theories and wild accusations because your side didn’t just lose, it lost big. Face it, when people saw through your agenda of hate, racism and crony capitalism you couldn’t handle it. Rather than even consider the notion that you might have been wrong you resort to throwing tantrums to get what you want. That’s pathetic. Go away until you grow up. The adults have a lot of work to do cleaning up your mess. When you can discuss things in a mature fashion we’ll be happy to have you – even if we disagree.

          • rothgar

            Very well said. There are plenty of times we wish the President HAD been more the Progressive he played to win election. Still been the better choice between a pair of privileged sons.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Today’s Tea Party has nothing in common with early Americans. It’s a gaggle of disgruntled bigots who are greedy, selfish, and hateful. This country would be much better off if they all went back to whatever shit-hole they spewed in from.

        • cats33

          We want to secede while Satan Obama is destroying everything. At least some states would be saved from Islamism

          • plc97477

            Good bye. don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Good riddance. Please leave sooner rather than later. Real Americans would be ever so grateful.

      • roguerunners

        Yeah, that’s why there was a huge rush on flags after 911. If you were so proud to fly OUR flag, why didn’t YOU already OWN ONE??? We owned 8 at the time.

        • cats33

          Take them down. If you believe in what Obama is doing to my country, you don’t love my country!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            Go back to whatever European shit-hole you slithered in from. Real Americans don’t want you and don’t need you. Bye-bye now.

      • LittleGnatCatcher

        The OWS camps were open to anyone and attracted a lot of homeless and people with mental disorders. But the people who were there for the political aspect of OWS cared very much about America and were mostly college educated, well behaved individuals.

      • howa4x

        The tea party has become the American Taliban. all they do is to march around with the constitution, wear 3 corner hats and try to take people’s rights away. Tea party governors are union busters. they do this at the request of billionaires who ship jobs out the country. It is called right to work for less with no benefits. the Tea party wants every American to be paid what wal- mart pays, so low most need food stamps to feed their family. The Tea party is against health care reform, even though when it was enacted 32 million lacked insurance and out of that number 50k died each year from lack of access. 62 % of all bankruptcies were caused by medical bills. Got a better idea how to insure them?. Let’s hear it. Come up with a better Idea than let me keep my gun!

        Scott in Fla. another tea party governor has refused to take federal aid for the drinking water problem in South /fla. That area of the country is in danger of running out of drinking water, and the funding is not coming again. The height of stupidly by the tea party is to think global climate change is a hoax. So no matter how destructive the tornados have become and how far north hurricanes, migrated, you still deny it exists.
        This is why people question your collective intelligence. You don’t have any idea how to fix anything except cut cut cut

        • LittleGnatCatcher

          Cut, cut, cut. That’s how you make a Tri-Cornered Hat!

        • lana ward

          In the end times that which is good will be called evil, that which is evil will be called good–that is what you just did. YOU are fulfilling Prophecy, Satan!!!

          • You do realize that you are a complete lunatic, right?

          • WhutHeSaid

            Satan is surely beaming over your lies and hate at this very moment. He will have an especially hot pit for you to roast in when you finally return to your eternal home. I hope you’ve stocked up on asbestos bloomers!

          • howa4x

            You have no idea what the meaning of what Jesus said really is. You in the tea party loath the poor which Jesus loved and cared for. He went to leper colonies and said if any among you are with out sin then throw the 1st stone. By hating the poor you show everyone what greedy people you really are. You would rather give corporate exec’s a tax cut for private jets and they take food out of the mouth of a poor child. You only care about the unborn but could care less after the child is born. Most of the welfare goes to single mothers and you want to cut that along with head start which helps kids learn and will lead to an end to the cycle of poverty. All to give greedy people like the Koch bros worth 31 billion each a tax cut. How about the Walton’s? Are they good Christians? They made their employees go on part time so they would have to pay medical benefits. The wages are so low that these people qualify for food stamps. Each Walton heir is worth over 25 billion. You in the tea party want to give them tax cuts for their greed and then turn to the rest of us wave your guns around, and call yourselves good Christians. You are the real pagans, you worship the golden calf, and look up to people with wealth and look down are those with out. If Jesus came back like you all wish for in the rapture, do you really think with your upside down value system, contrary to everything he preached, he would actually take the tea party members. Do you think he would choose you bigots and racists, who lack compassion and empathy? He is not going to take people who worship Ayn Rand who was an atheist.
            You are making me laugh. You don’t have a clue what real Christianity is.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            You are an ignorant fool. Satan loves ignorance.

            Satan Loves You.

          • WhutHeSaid

            How right you are!

            Lana is Satan’s favorite imp, and I have no doubt that he’s set aside some nice lakefront property (lake of fire) where she can retire (and roast) after a hard life of lying and hating.

      • WhutHeSaid

        The Tea Party is nothing more than a gaggle of vile and despicable bigots who hate everything — especially the black man in the White House. They have no love for anything, including America, and America returns the favor by despising the Tea Bigots. They are the most reviled political group in existence today. THAT’S the difference.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Every time I read your post I really have to laugh.

          That “Gaggle” word really is a good one!

          Yep, these Republicans do remind me of a Gaggle of Drunk Geese:)

    • As I remember, it were demoncrats that owned slaves, and demoncrats that tryed to keep it that way. Funnier still most blacks vote demoncrat. Just goes to show how ignorant, and easily lead they are.

      • What an ignorant remark, and our votes will prove it.

      • you are a prime example of ignorance breeding ignorance!

      • Suralin Kotare

        You know as well as anyone else that the parties switched places, especially after the passage of civil rights legislation in the ’60s.

        And stop calling us demons.

      • CPAinNewYork

        In the antebellum days, the Republicans, formed in 1854, were the liberals of the day. The party was formed to embrace abolition and as an alternative to the Whigs.

        The Democrats of antebellum days were the conservative slaveholders and their apologists, i.e. Southerners. Now, the Democrats are the liberals, so the tendency of blacks to vote democrat is logical.

        • idamag

          The reason so many minorities vote Democrat is because a Democrat signed the civil rights act into law. That infuriated the deep south so much, they switched from being Democrat to Republican.

      • lol the parties switched and you act like you don’t know that happened. Or maybe you’re really dumb and actually don’t know that. Either way, you’re just proving why minorities don’t side with the Republican party.

      • You are correct but the fact that the democrats change their ways to help all people even blacks is when the republicans change and became against all miniorties. But you see that now it is republicans who is actually against all people who don’t believe in what they say and is not part of the 1%.

        In their eyes it doesn’t matter the color of the person skin but how much wealth they have that is important to them. They see 99% of the people are either poor or middle class and will never make it. What they don’t realize is that it is those 99% people who have made it a lot better than 1% because we don’t have to worry about making ends meet and getting ahead. The super rich is going total crazy about trying to find ways to keep their money but the ones they will move heaven and earth for is always the one planning on ways to get their fairshare of the money and will do anything to get it even if it means getting rid of their parents.

      • midway54

        Yesterday’s Democrats became today’s Republicans when the sun rose on Dupedom South (the old confederate States) the day after LBJ signed the civil rights act. They have ever since then remained the reliable majority of incredibly ignorant clods who continue to send dedicated right wing buffons to Washington to represent them. It must be hell for the sensible, educated minority enduring life among them, particularly during the political season in the home stretch approaching election day.

      • ococoob

        You must be an ignorant idiot who doesn’t even know how to spell right.

      • jarheadgene

        Give me a break…the ONLY reason the P.O.S.G.O.P. still claim their pride in being “The Party of Lincoln” is because Lincoln is so popular; however, if you knew your history, you would know that when LBJ signed the civil rights laws he stated, “I just gave away the south to the Republican Party.” He knew the racism the party is filled with. The parties swapped then….who’s the “ignorant” one now Mr. Ladd?

        • idamag

          Not to mention the senator from Kentucky who said, while he was campaigning, that he would like to see the Civil Rights Act repealed. He was playing to his base in Kentucky.

      • idamag

        There were Democrats who owned slaves. There were Republicans who owned slaves. At the time of the abolition, pro-slavery advocates were from both parties.

        • Sand_Cat

          I believe the Republican platform at the time was to prevent the spread of slavery to territories, which the bigots correctly understood would eventually lead to the extinction of slavery. There are always some members of a party who make one wonder why they remain members (though few in the modern Republican party), but it’s hard to imagine that Republicans who were actually “pro-slavery” were much more than a fringe. It’s true the party went to considerable pains to assert that they had no abolitionist sympathies, but that’s not the same as being “pro-slavery,” in my mind.

      • LittleGnatCatcher

        Yes, and all those slave owning, racist Dixiecrats joined the Republican party. And you know this.

      • Betta

        No more ignorant and easily lead than YOU who thinks only democrats owned slaves. Damn near EVERY white man owned slaves – democrat and republican alike.

        • oldtack

          Betta
          Better go back and do your antebellum research.The wealthy owned the majority of slaves. The majority of those in slave owning States were just one step above slavery. The ones that weren’t share croppers were mere day laborers. The only difference between them and slaves was they were not chattel and they didn’t have to have a pass to leave the area.
          If you can’r research then check census records and slave schedules.

          Under the Tea Party goals – you will end up just like the day laborers unless you are the privileged elite.

      • Barbara Morgan

        Republicans owned slaves as did free blacks and Native Americans owned black slaves. The only reason that some slaves were freed by Lincoln in January of 1864 was because he figured they would leave the plantations and the black men would join the Union Army to fight against their former owners. Which some did and but many didn’t. The only slaves tha Lincoln actually freed was only in parts of the 11 Confederate states that the Union army wasn;t in control. If any part of a Confederate state was controlled by the Union Army the slaves weren’t freed. Slavery was not completely abolished until December 1865 months after Lincoln’s murder. Don’t believe it, goggle Lincoln and the freeing of the slaves.

      • Sand_Cat

        Yes, and it was racist Democrats like those you mention who fled en masse to the Republican Party when they discovered the Democrats no longer supported treating other persons as chattel or worse. I gather from your comments on this site, and especially this one, that you are one of them.

      • So you’re an idiot AND a racist? Neat!

      • WhutHeSaid

        No, it just goes to show you that they understand who the racists are no matter how often they switch parties or how hard they try to hide. It’s not hard to spot redneck goobers, you know — they’re the ones with filthy pickup trucks, 3 teeth, and disgruntled sisters.

    • ORAXX

      It isn’t limited to ethnic minorities. It applies to the working class in general.

    • Mulligatonney

      And, of course – since EVERYBODY knows that is not possible for a Democrat to be a racist, or a communist like yourself to ever stretch the truth, the Monthly Vila Racist Prize goes to a surprise winner…

      THE CONSERVATIVES! Of course….

      Never mind that the Democrat Party has fooled these same “ethnic minorities” that you refer to into thinking that they are on their side – you are no doubt hoping these minorities don’t remember that War was declared on poverty in the 60’s and earlier by Roosevelt – and there are more poor now then ever.

      Now – all you have to do is tell them that the Rich are responsible for their poverty and you will be able to convince enough of them that they are victims in sufficient numbers for the next election.

      So now – you blame the Tea Party… Instead of the failed policies of the present administration. I wonder how much longer the ethnic minorities are going to believe you?

      I would surmise that you are hoping they will believe you long enough for a real socialist, marxist or communist regime to take control of the U.S. Government.

      Maybe not – I think the tide is beginning to turn on your bullshit rhetoric. Talk is cheap – I think people are beginning to realize that there are no results behind that crap that comes from your pen – and your mouth.

      Only more debt, less liberty, and greater poverty.

      How much longer do you think you can keep the ethnic minorities at bay with those empty words? They are not nearly as stupid as you think they are…

      • mrbeenie

        When you are done posting inane rants, you might read the book called “Who Stole the American Dream.” It is about exactly how the REPUBLICANS and BIG BUSINESS destroyed the best economy this country has ever had,

        Read it. It will do wonders for your IQ.

        • Mulligatonney

          Unfortunately it will not do much for your IQ, butt-face…

          Let’s see… Who Stole The American Dream? Probably people like Hedrick Smith, a Sotsman and writer for the New York Times…

          I actually did read his book, and remain unconvinced… He has a right to his opinion, but is a liberal through and through – just like almost all of the writers for the New York Times… no surprise there.

          But congratulations on your use of the word “inane” – it sounds very – “intellectual”…

          I am sure your fellow liberals in this “circle jerk” of “inane liberal meanderings” will congratulate you as well…

          • mrbeenie

            So his being a Scotsman somehow makes him less convincing to you?

            Whats wrong with being intellectual, except in conservative circles? Do you think there is something wrong with being smart?

            You seem to think being liberal is a bad thing. Get out some more, talk to liberals and hear what they are saying. Because what you are saying makes no sense.

          • Mulligatonney

            Being a liberal, or more accurately, a statist, in the sense of the recent socialist movement in this country, is a very bad thing – in my opinion. And also in the opinions of the founders of this country.

            Being intellectual isn’t bad – and you are certainly not that.

            So let’s talk about this Scottish socialist writer for the New York Times in the context of you being an ignorant socialist, and we may be able to shed a little more light on just how people got to the point in this society where they would consider socialism preferable to the founding principles.

            Maybe you should “get out” some more. Talk to people who are not “university flavored pseudo-intellectuals” and socialist writers for rags such as the New York Times.

            Get out to some of the rural states. Ask those people what their notion of liberty is all about and how it relates to some liberal sitting in his cubicle on the 100th floor of a New York City skyscraper. Or some keyboard whacker in the ‘burbs who never gets away from his Facebook, Twitter, Video Games and computer screen long enough to see the world as it really is – someone like you, odds are…

            Talk to some veterans… Ask them what they think liberalism is doing to our country.

            Maybe things will “make a little more sense” to you then. Maybe then you will formulate a slightly different opinion on “Who Stole The American Dream”…

            You stupid, arrogant bastard.

          • I was raised in a conservative, middle-class family, but spent most of my adult life as a hard left liberal democrat. Due to disgust with both parties, I am now a left leaning independent. I am a veteran and have been both well off as well as very poor.

            There are some issues I agree with the democrats and others I agree with the republicans.

            But you, sir, are totally ignorant. You appear to cherry pick the facts that you agree with and ignore the ones you don’t agree with.

            It will do no one any good to debate issues with you, as your opinions are planted firmly in cement, along with, it appears, your brain.

          • Mulligatonney

            Well, Mr. Blackhead,

            I’m very gratified to know that you have a wonderful history, and based upon that heart-wrenching tale you just related to me how you came to be a socialist, I finally understand – thank you. I am now willing to change my point of view on everything I believe – because I simply cannot have someone of your intellectual caliber calling me ignorant.

            …and to top it off, you are a VETERAN! That makes all the difference in the world! Why didn’t you say so in the first place? Now I must surely go even further and become a…a…a… LEFT-LEANING-INDEPENDENT!

            Now that we both agree that it’s MY brain that is “planted firmly in cement”, how do we explain the manure pile that OBama has put the country in, all the lies, debt, deficits, socialist policies, etc. etc. ad infinitum…? Wouldn’t “left-leaning” thought be responsible? Nope… Not with you commies… You won’t take responsibility for anything.

            I KNOW! IT’S BUSH’S FAULT! IT’S THE TEA PARTY’S FAULT! IT’ THE RIGHT WIND RADICALS’ FAULT! RUSH LIMBAUGH AND GLENN BECK ARE AT FAULT! THE SKY IS FALLING! IT’S THE NRA’S FAULT! RELIGION IS TO BLAME! JESUS IS TO BLAME! CRUCIFY HIM!

            Do you need an extra bag of cement, you stupid bastard? Maybe two bags – your head must be larger to hold all those extra brains…

            Oh, I’m sorry – you stupid VETERAN bastard?

          • WhutHeSaid

            Wow — you have some nerve to talk about intellectuals.

            Yes, by all means get out to some rural areas and see how those redneck bigot goobers slurp up all of the tax dollars from the ‘liberal’ states while talking about self-reliance. Yee-haw!

          • Sand_Cat

            Well, at least you read.

            I do love how you trolls charge in with all kinds of insults and obvious contempt for us, then get all offended or act like you’ve proved something when you get it back.

            I believe that in fact there was some reduction in poverty, but whatever advances were made were wrecked by the Vietnam War deficits and trashed by Reagan and the Bushes and quietly pushed down by conservative Democrats like Clinton and moderate (by today’s standards) Republicans like Nixon. Why do you think the Republicans are so hell-bent on destroying Social Security? And please don’t insult our intelligence by denying it.
            Social Security is pretty much the last of Roosevelt’s programs to survive, and those other anti-poverty programs that still exist now have been choked off for so long in the name of reducing deficits – even though according to my recollection no Republican president since Eisenhower has actually reduced deficits – that many of them have become the wastes of money that Republicans always claimed they were.

          • Mulligatonney

            Keep dreaming about actually making a point.

            Entitlement spending is at its apex and there are more “poverty” stricken Americans than ever before, at least according the the whining liberal politicos…

            There sure are a lot of fat people on food stamps, disability and welfare… don’t you ever bother to try to think for yourself? What could this possibly mean?

            NONE of the presidents have reduced the debt or the deficit.

            What the hell IS your point? You speak well of the Liberal Democrats and denounce all things conservative. That’s not news – those are the words of one who is a believer… A religious zealot blindly following the One they have put their hopes (and their change) in.

            This is nothing new – this is just garden variety socialism.

          • WhutHeSaid

            My goodness — you go on as if you actually had a clue!

            Obama HAS reduced the deficit! Were you too busy guzzling beer to notice? In fact, it’s the Republican administrations that are the flat-out champions of runaway federal spending — that’s a fact. Every Republican President in the last 30 years increased federal spending faster than every Democrat. Learn to use Google and perhaps you won’t sound so much like a fool.

            You redneck goobers get a new ‘puter and you think it means you’re smart. Sheesh. Go find something useful to do with yourself — this debate thingy appears to be a little over your head.

        • InsideEye

          Racism has gotten worse, enabling Anti White Sentiment from “Obama and Friends, Al Sharpless, Chris Matthews. Democratic Party started this trend of Economic slavery. Slaves of old had it fairly good., learning a trade, treated well by most owners. Who allowed them to come here?? , Arab / English
          and Euiro- traders and some local African chieftains.the strongest survived and now the Democrats are holding them in bondage as Joe Biden stated. No slave = no Democratic Party….just examine their policies

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Why should anyone be surprised that the right wingers are racists? In order to feel superior, these ego maniacs have to lay claim to people they can point to as “inferior.” This includes the slaves they brought here and used for free labor. When they lost the Civil War, their source of free labor dried up and it has been a thorn in their sides that the human beings they “bought” and “owned” should dare to now be their equals. This is the same attitude they have of the illegals they use and exploit. Illegals to the right are as near to free slave labor as they’re going to get. Hence, the right wing’s opposition to any immigration reform. Peel back the skin of a rightie and all you see is $$$$ in their veins. If it can’t earn them a profit, it’s no good to them.

    In a way, most of us can laugh at these inbred loonies of the right. They now have to do all that “dirty” work their former free slave labor did…This they do not like. Such is the superiority attitudes of these bigots. It’s why when their plantations all failed when the free labor was gone, they cried “poor rich” and claimed they couldn’t afford to pay white sharecroppers.

    If the only way these racists can claim superiority is by denigrating other Americans they need to label “inferior,” this proves their gross insecurity and classlessness.

    • You are so right Eleanore, so right.. You could not have put this more clearly. It was ok to let Latino’s cross the border on Bush’s watch, because they could exploit them as cheap labor, now we want to give them citizenship on Obama’s watch and they are all against it. They are some of the most hard working people I have ever worked with. And if I remember correctly, when they started passing all their racist laws in the south and the immigrants fleed to other states, the crops rotted in the fields because they didnt’ want to pay a livable wage.

      • Catskinner

        It was never okay to let Latino’s cross the border on Bush’s watch. He tried to get a ridiculous amnesty bill through too, remember? Neither major party is looking out for the American people.

        • CPAinNewYork

          “Neither major party is looking out for the American people.”

          True. Always has been that way.

          • Sand_Cat

            Unfortunately true, but despite the narrowing differences, one party as a whole has been at least slightly less enthusiastic in screwing the public. Implying there’s no difference can only accelerate the narrowing

      • Betta

        “They are some of the most hard working people I have ever worked with.”

        Yes indeed they work hard and are great people. However, they are also ripping off the American taxpayer to the tune of over $4.1` BILLION/year via income tax return fraud claiming nieces and nephews who live in MEXICO! They are receiving checks upwards of $29,000.00 and more! When was the last time YOU got a tax return check for $29,000.00? Never? Me neither and I’m a born and bred American citizen!

        Read all about it here http://videos2view.net/tax-fraud.htm

        You and me can’t even get all the silver platter benefits they are giving illegals. We’ll promptly be told “NO you’re not eligible.”

        An income tax preparer reported this FRAUD to the IRS, who said “Nothing we can do about it.”

        Illegals are robbing us BLIND! Not to even mention the free healthcare, food stamps, welfare checks and the infamous obamaphones that they get 5 minutes after illegally crossing our borders.

        Howz that grab ya?

        • mrbeenie

          Do you even know what you are talking about?

        • Barbara Morgan

          There is no such thing as an Obamaphone. That program was started by the phone companies when Regan was President and was called a lifeline. The phone companies installed land lines for seniors that lived along and didn’t have any way to get help if they needed it, the phone companies did the same for people with young children that couldn’t afford a phone. Then in 2004 WITH THE APPROVAL OF GEORGE WALKER BUSH REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT THEY STARTED INCLUDING CELL PHONES. President Obama has no control on these phones on who does get one and who doesn’t that is handled by each one of the the 50 states. Also if the IRS told an income tax preparer that they could do about the fraud, why did the IRS along with local police just arrest 2 illegal aliens in Nashville for sending in fradulent income tax returns and are searching for others invovled with these 2 in their fraud.

          • LittleGnatCatcher

            A word of advice…if someone says “Obamaphone” you can assume they are already brainwashed. No amount of facts will change that. But good for you for trying!

    • adler56

      good post Eleanore

    • lana ward

      If you don’t like the patriot Tea Party that love our flag and country, you are for the violent, destructive, nasty , America hating OWS. It is decent people that rape and shit on anything they can find. YOU are a disgrace, Eleanore!!!!

      • jmprint

        You make NO sense, go back to bed.

      • Go talk to your mirror! Your are the only one listening!!

        • midway54

          Oh, we are reading her stuff in amazement, all right. It is a sterling exemplar of a warped mental state that results to one who is so willingly being indoctrinated by constant and daily exposure to the utter propaganda of the plutocrats and their propagandists. We are reading the work of an automaton programmed to screech knee-jerk, inane responses to any criticism of rightwingers and their war against the middle class.

      • kidlantern67

        I like reading your posts. I use them to show friends for a laugh. Also so that they know what a crazy person types out of their mother’s basement.

      • Lana, you are, pure and simple, poor white trash.

        • Lynda Groom

          I don’t know about being white trash or poor, but certainly in need of some serious help.

      • WhutHeSaid

        The Tea Bigots aren’t patriots — they are vile and despicable canker sores on the ass of America. You’d better be ready when Satan calls you home — he’s surely stoking the flames for you.

        I have a question for you: When did you first realize that you’d become a hateful old bigot? I mean, surely you weren’t born so vile and despicable — spewing lies and hate over and over like some Satanic parrot. When did you first decide to devote your life to evil?

        • plc97477

          roflmao. Great post I will be laughing into the next week. Thank you .

    • jarheadgene

      And when that doesn’t work they outsource to places like Foxconn and Bangladesh. GREED is the enemy of GOD. Beware you greedy P.O.S.G.O.P’ers “The Day of The LORD” is coming.

      • Sand_Cat

        No offense intended, but if we wait for god’s – or anyone else’s outside ourselves – help, we’re likely to wait a very long time.

  • O..M.G. Are they trying to be funny? This is the same B.S. they used to say about African Americans; the exact same thing. They are the most bigoted group of people, they are basically an undercover “White Supremisist Group” they truly are. What morons.

  • The_Magic_M

    Many right-wingers are obviously convinced that they will never win a significant part of minorities anyway and therefore need to go full-tilt the other way, courting as many whites as possible by building xenophobic straw-men of the “immigrants = potential criminals” kind.
    It’s cruel political logic – whites *are* the clear majority, and if they can win them over in large numbers, it doesn’t matter if minorities voted 100% Democrat.

    • adler56

      You must have missed all the articles talking about the white population
      rapidly approaching minority status. There aren’t enough whites left to win elections for the right- that’s why repugnants are attacking black and latino voting rights. Asians are too smart to be caught by their BS- except for bobby (booby) Jindal.

  • adler56

    That’s why decreasing numbers of whites has these racist rednecks in a tizzy.
    Even they can see that whites will soon be a minority in this country- so they continually attack voting rights of blacks and latinos- money sure can’t buy happiness for them

  • charleo1

    The Republican Party is not averse to race baiting, and covert racism.
    Sent loud and clear via dog whistle, to their 98%, non immigrant, Whites,
    that is the core of the Party. And like everything else, that is corrosive, and
    and, stands in stake contrast to the traditional values of America. It has only
    gotten worse since the T-Party takeover. The underlying message, and, sometimes, not so underlying. They will, like this Paper from the Heritage Foundation, just come out, and say it. A hoard of racially inferior people are invading the Country. And
    always, with the, “they,” versus,”us,” mentality. Us being the, “real,” Americans,
    (read that as European Whites,) And, them supported by the Left, wants to buy
    their loyalty, and votes with your tax dollars! And create a welfare state, they
    control. This, by the way, is why, personally, I do not see them getting immigration
    reform done. Just one in any number of things the GOP finds impossible to do,
    since their primary process for choosing candidates has been overrun by some of
    the most extreme, and radical people in the Country. It’s a big problem for them.
    And one, I don’t believe GOP leaders have any ideas on how to deal with it.

  • Catskinner

    The Heritage Foundation is right. This amnesty bill will destroy America.

    • Ken Larson

      Can you cite some “credible” source for your reasoning.. or is it your”thoughts.” Slave owners used the same logic in the 1860s and before.. In the early 1900s Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft took back the pledge of the US to just “help” Cuba and Philippines be free of the Spanish then we would let them determine their own destiny.. so as William Howard Taft said.. that our “little brown buddies” will not be ready for self government for generations.. even for a hundred years..”… Imperialism and illusions of Superiority are the tactics used by those conservatives then and by Conservatives now. Not much is new.. In the Southwest… who was there first?… do you even have a clue of History..?

      • Catskinner

        You, Ken Larson, seem to be the one who needs to visit history. The Heritage Foundation wasn’t in business until 1973.

        • plc97477

          I see you can’t read either.

    • jmprint

      Then move to Russia.

      • Why don’t you? You obviously are hell-bent on destroying America with your ideology. This is as much my country as it is yours, and I am proud of it. That’s why I spent 22 years in the Army to defend American principles, not to see it destroyed by a bunch of wackos.

        • Catskinner

          You’re right, Melvin Miller. …jmpint’s ideology will definitely destroy America.

      • I apologize for my previous post, jmprint. That remark was not intended for you.

        • jmprint

          Thank you for your patriotism. God bless you and your family.

    • The Heritage Foundation and other institutions like it perpetuate hatred and is what is destroying America.

      • Catskinner

        Actually, it’s the NAACP and La Raza who perpetuate hatred. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be out of business without it.

        • mrbeenie

          And…. There goes what credibility you had.

          But seriously, do a little bit of reading up on the organizations and people you say are perpetuating hatred. You may learn something.

          • Catskinner

            Jackson and Sharpton would have to go out and get real jobs without the hatred they stir up, mrbeenie. And Jesse Jackson Jr. gained his understanding of morals and ethics from his father.

          • mrbeenie

            They don’t stir up hatred, except in your imagination.

          • plc97477

            Why is it that all the crazies seem to be affiliated with cats. Are you all lana’s new name?

          • old_blu

            Poor cats they didn’t have anything to do with this.

  • ram1020

    What would really be refreshing would be an analysis that shows the flaws in the report, as well as the flaws in reports that state that amnesty will be a major plus in growing the economy. My gut feeling is that both sides are putting out bias reports that underestimate the already realized costs and benefits of immigration.
    The public is not stupid, and would appreciate if journalists would do the investigative reporting that would point out any questionable bases for the findings. If they would, we who live outside the ivory towers could judge the assumptions based on REAL LIFE experience, and make an informed opinion on the pros and cons of the proposals.
    Journalists that resort to name calling are not serving the public, and are demeaning both their readers and their profession.

    • LittleGnatCatcher

      You inspired me to take a look at the actual report.

      The problem with the report is that is lopsided. It only counts the costs and does not count any of the benefits. For example, when discussing the difference between the cost of all government services received per household versus taxes paid they give these figures:

      “Unlawful immigrant households have the largest annual fiscal deficits at $14,387 per household. Lawful immigrant households have an average annual fiscal deficit of $4,344…”

      -The report fails to calculate the savings of moving households from unlawful to lawful, which by their numbers is a $10,000 reduction in the deficit per household. This amounts to a savings of $34.5 billion per year, every year going forward.

      -The report does not calculate the fact that immigrants in the program are barred from receiving many government benefits for 5 to 10 years. This makes the $34.5 billion a year savings much larger for that 5 to 10 year period because they are paying taxes but barred from most benefits during that period.

      -The report states that 45% of unlawful immigrants work “off the books” and thus pay no taxes. It fails to calculate the tax revenue government would receive by putting those workers on the books, and fully paying taxes.

      -The report includes the costs of educating the US born children of the unlawful immigrants (who are US citizens), which is a cost we pay for whether or not amnesty is given to the parents.

      -The report calculates the cost of the parents and one generation of children, but fails to calculate the benefits out to the second generation (which is the generation most economists consider “assimilated”). Similarly, it calculates the costs all the way out to retirement but does not balance this against the financial benefits over the same time range.

      -The report fails to consider the larger positive economic effect of moving millions of households into the formal economy, with all that that means: access to banking and the ability to save; access to credit and ability to make larger purchases (cars, homes, etc.); increased job mobility and wage potential (and thus paying more in taxes); and whatever other benefits we get by moving people into the formal economy (I’m no expert on these things, but I know economists have concluded it is very beneficial).

      I’m sure there are other things the report missed, but those are the errors I saw on a first reading of it.

      I agree with you. Someone should take information from both sides and make a report that accounts for both sides of the ledger.

  • lana ward

    You people on this site are America haters. Get out of my country, communists!!!! NOW!!!

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Excuse me, please show me your Deed to the Country since you claim it is yours and are kicking law abiding citizens out. See you do not respect the 1st Amendment – either everyone things the way you do or they hate America and are communists (do you still live in the 50’s?). You should consider relocating, perhaps to Cuba, N. Korea, China or Vietnam – they have the type of Government you love and respect – Regimes.

      • It is his country, juat as it’s your country. oh, by the way, do you know what the word deed means? i do, I’ll bet you don’t.

        • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

          You lost that bet Mr. Ladd, a document that shows the terms of an agreement, in particular one that details a change in the owner of property. Your friend said “Get out of my country” a phrase taking ownership, and indicating that she has the power to export those who do not agree with her.

      • idamag

        A person who loves their country works to make it a better place for everybody no matter race, political party, ethnic group, or religion. They would endeavor to understand other people, not resort to hateful name calling. However, we have a person, on this site, who has never been liked. She is obviously not smart or sane.

        • Barbara Morgan

          Lana Wood is a male so he posted in March of last year going crazy when someone called him a her. Which he hasn’t done this year, unless we have two people using the name Lana Wood one male the other female and who need mental help.

          • plc97477

            Maybe he/she has multiple identities.

    • Dana Es

      Lana, you don’t have a clue. You didn’t have a clue yesterday either. Or last week. Or last month. Or probably last year. You are and will probably remain clueless, because that’s what you choose. However, you cannot choose our country to be yours alone. For one thing, you don’t deserve it. For another, you’re just, well, clueless.

    • HA, HA, HA!!!!!

      YOU ARE STUCK WITH US!!!!

      And this is OUR COUNTRY, more than it is yours.

      HATE AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE, BUT LOOK ACROSS THE STREET; WE ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!

      In YOUR schools, churches, malls, Government buildings, Doctors offices, EVERYWHERE!

      AND WE ARE GROWING!!!

      When you die, we will bury you. And throw dirt in your face.

      Think about that when you go to sleep tonight.

    • Lynda Groom

      Honey if you want to find a communist you’ve got to go to Cuba. Even the Chinese aren’t true commies anymore.

  • JohnRNC

    I’m less concerned about the damage to Heritage and more concerned that Harvard accepted Richwine’s dissertation. I thought they had higher standards than this. Most “top-flight” universities are careful about PhD dissertations since they are representative examples of the level of scholarship of the institution. When things like this happen, simple-minded folk like myself say: “Hmm, does this mean that Harvard is a proponent of racism and racist propaganda?”
    My expectations for what comes out of the Heritage Foundation are far lower than for what comes out of Harvard – but not for long.

  • roguerunners

    Was it Glen Beck who said: “Mexicans come here because they can’t make a living in their own dirt bag country.”? That must sound familiar to the Native Americans. The biggest genocide in human history didn’t occur in Nazi Germany, but on American soil. 100 million Native Americans were slaughtered and lost their homeland.
    I was brought up to believe that all are equal. All are sacred. We are one…

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      You are very wrong claiming Mexican Americans are native Americans.

      Yes, many of the immigrant Mexicans and Middle Americans have roots in native tribes. Most have roots in the Inca, the Aztec also.

      But, hardly any the current Mexicans coming here today would have any connections with any of the North American native tribes.

      They may have a few genetic connections between their peoples and those of the tribes around the US and Mexican Border.

      • roguerunners

        They are Native. Before the “white man” came there were no borders and the Natives roamed the whole continent. And yes, there are genetic connections. You said it yourself.

  • midway54

    It came as no surprise to many of us when Heritage brought in this rightwing lunatic as its leader. Now comes this incredible report on his watch that is being highly criticized by both the left and the right. Except for the mindless dupes and yahoos comprising the Teabaggers (whose crackpot activities are promoted and financed by the plutocrats aided and abetted by their media and political propagandists that keep these pathetics in a wilderness of raging ignorance), this report, both left and right agree, has severely damaged the reputation of Heritage as a credible think tank.

    • Sand_Cat

      Did they ever have a reputation as a “credible” think-tank? Maybe as one that attempted to dress up the same old crap in credible-sounding “studies,” but not much else.

  • montanabill

    Interestingly, the group that seeks to keep captive and in slavery, a substantial segment of the population via government controlled welfare, is the very group that sees racism in others.

    • jarheadgene

      BILL…..hmmmm “government controlled welfare” sounds like a page out of a Mitt Romney 47%er speech. By percentage….of the only two incomplete tax returns he made public….he paid less taxes ….way less than I did. And I don’t make anywhere near what he does. I would say that makes him the bigger gov’t freeloader, as he uses the same ….and more….services than I. Gov’t controlled welfare is more like the corporate tax loopholes those fancy boys are so addicted to. You are smarter than that BILL and so are the people that read the “MEMO”.

      • montanabill

        Welfare has been a pretty effective way to control people.
        You are doing pretty good, jarheadgene if you paid more than $1,935,708. That would mean that you had earned income of more than $5,000,000. But that is still less than Romney’s $13.6 m. I am envious though, because my income was also less than Romney’s but not only was my tax rate much higher, but the amount I paid was also higher. Dang, you can buy a lot of government services for $1.9 m!

        • WhutHeSaid

          You may be envious of Romney’s tax rate, but what really winds you up and makes you spin is people like Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, who make your income look like pocket change but still have a sense of social responsibility to the country that made their success possible. They make you look like a bitter old Scrooge.

          • montanabill

            Most of us have a sense of social responsibility, but exactly like Buffett and Gates, it is not obtained through the paying of more taxes.

          • WhutHeSaid

            It’s not gained by whining incessantly over indigent children getting help with food to eat either. When did you first become inflamed with jealousy towards poor people?

          • montanabill

            I guess it was when I was one of them, or maybe it was about the time you were overcome with silliness.

          • WhutHeSaid

            You know, it’s funny — except for becoming overwhelmed with jealous rage over Warren Buffett, you don’t seem to mind when the wealthy game the system and cheat the country out of millions of dollars, yet you complain bitterly about hungry children who are one meal away from starvation getting a little help. Why is that?

          • montanabill

            Everything you claim comes from your rich imagination. As I said, silly.

          • InsideEye

            Does everyone realize that all of these off-shore and other finacial loopholes are approved by the congress and are de facto OK.

            If Everyone would pay a National sales tax..then
            All citizens would have to pay into and support the system including Corporations , unless they are investing in future growth. This way everyone would have to pay, even the free-loaders. It seems the Middle is supporting the Extreme ends of the financial spectrum…The high earners weasel their way thru laws (loopholes) ….written by our Congress!!, IRS Code would be only 2 pages…….the lower earners do not pay anything either. a Fair Tax is a Flat tax for everyone…no more politics or , CPA’s. 10 percent seems like a good number….even God likes
            that.

          • montanabill

            Couldn’t agree more, though I have more faith in a flat tax than the fair tax simply because the fair tax is easier to get around. But think how nice it would be if those giant IRS buildings were turned into something useful.

          • InsideEye

            Plenty of Parking Spots could be made available in DC, Is there a legislator that can introduce this type of system…..How simple it would. We would be able to read it before implementing….unlike Nancy Pelosi type Bills

  • ococoob

    Is this the re-birth of Nazism and it’s “ethnic” cleansing happening in America?! God help us!

  • Heritage Foundation and integrity is an oxymoron. They have never had any and this new report is just another example.

  • Lynda Groom

    Gee and I thought that in the 21st century racist would at least try and disguise there racism in pretty prose. Not so with these sad group.

  • Betta

    “Bigoted Heritage: Racism As Usual At Washington’s Right-Wing Think-Tanks”

    Oh please. This BS goes exists on BOTH sides of the aisle. Get off the Repub vs democrat crap. It is about We The People and fighting for our freedoms that are slowly being stripped away. I don’t care what side of the fence you fall over.

    You guys just don’t realize that with all their new laws there’s the devil in the details. Hidden things they won’t tell you about. Remember Piglosi’s “You have to pass it to see what’s in it” bullhockey? And look at what we got. A toxic health care TAX that NO ONE can afford and your elected representatives tried to exempt themselves from!

    The “affordable” health care plan is another of Obama’s LIES, just like his LIE about not raising taxes on the middle class. He did just that and now already struggling folks are seeing an average of $40 LESS on their paychecks per week. All to pay for obamacare and illegals like himself. This has slowed down the economy considerably. People have LESS to spend! When will you guys do your research and wake the hell up? When obamacare finally hits, the economy will utterly DIE. Is that what you want? Looks like it to me.

    Stop supporting a well documented and well known illegal alien LIAR. He’s not even a US citizen for crying out loud! He is a British subject who got his education here in the US as a FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT from Indonesia!!!!! PLEASE wake up and do your research! All this info and MORE is online if you care to LOOK!

    • Barbara Morgan

      Betta you need to stop drinking the tea party tea and do your own research. It has been proven that he is an American Citizen time and time again. His mother who was white was born and raised in Kansas. He was born in Hawaii where his maternal grandparents ( who were white) raised him after his mother died. Althrough your are first one to claim he is a British citizen, where did that fairy tale come from?

  • jimgordo1

    Richwich’s doctoral dissertation proclaimed the inferiority on non-whites? Which school did he attend: Liberty University or Bob Jones University? I can’t imagine him receiving a favorable grade on that from any reputable main-stream school, even a reputable conservative one.

  • ORAXX

    No organization can put Jim DeMint at its head and claim to have any intellectual authority.

  • Jack Wormer

    History shows many instances where the worst of the worst, especially in ethnic and racial matters, were themselves tinged with their perceptions of “inferior” DNA….
    So, Sen. De Mint and bros-in-misery, what’s with your wavy, dark hair and receding chin?

  • elw

    The GOP needs to some real soul searching as a Party and on individual levels. No matter how much money they spend on outreach and research, they cannot hide who they are. They need to figure out what people of color, women, and all the others who will not give them their vote don’t like about them and change that if they want their attention. Until they can do that they will continue to lose on a National level and the local levels will begin to follow. Look, no matter how dumb the GOP thinks the rest of us are, clearly we are smart enough not to give our precious votes to a party that only has a negative opinion of us and does not have our best interests in mind, which has been clearly demonstrated in the last two elections.

  • Wade Hilton

    Jason Richwine’s an outright racist and Latinos should be bold and forgive him for he’ll only make the worst for the Republicans. http://www.author-wadehilton-from-jamaica.com/

  • It is very sad how people are and how they treat their fellow man. The average person pretends that they are good and decent but whenever you scratch into their beliefs you find a great deal of ugliness, ignorance, prejudices, bigotry, greed, narrow mindedness, and deep seated hatred for those who are not like themselves. Older people are often the most ridged in their beliefs and fight to retain what they have and see any change as a threat to what they have.

  • howa4x

    Given some of the statements by notable tea party favorites like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, I sincerely question that whites have an intellectual superiority. Palin did know why Paul Revere took his famous ride, something that most 5th graders know. She claimed in front of cameras upon exiting his house, that he rode to warn the British not to take away the American’s guns. Not to be outdone, Michelle Bachmann offered that the revolutionary war was fought to free the slaves.
    DeMint should have 1st hand knowledge about just how dumb whites are, since he ran from a state that is not ranked in the top 25 in intelligence tests, and the old deep south has some of the lowest educational rankings in the free world.
    This is what the republicans have done for decades, convincing stupid whites that they are better by the mere fact that they are white, even though to spell cat you have to spot them the C and the T. Racism sells when you have nothing else to say to people to make their lives better. Republicans have always won by making people afraid of other people. These antics by the Heritage Foundation come from a long deep strain of this type of behavior. Right wing conspiracy theories work on people who don’t have the intelligence to think out what the problems are, and to come up with workable solutions. It is always easier to find the boogey man.

  • This article is itself offensive.
    There are valid arguments both ways regarding whether immigration has net economic benefit or harm. I would let the economists publish their work without calling any of them racist.
    There are absolutely valid environmental arguments regarding the carrying capacity of North America. What fool believes that North America can support an infinite number of people? Wouldn’t immigration have to stop somewhere short of mass famine or disease outbreak regardless of whether the immigrants are black, white or purple? At what level of crowding and pollution does immigration change from a racial issue to one of sheer survival?
    Anyone who claims that immigration cannot have negative effects is either an idealogue or a fool. Why are those who are not idealogues or fools and who attempt discussion of those negative effects labeled as racist? How can one prevent or correct a problem if one is castigated for even admitting that it exists.
    It strikes me that those who cannot argue intelligently are too quick to hurl epithets.

    • roguerunners

      We are all human beings, living OFF OF this planet. The planet has provided for us in abundant ways but we have trashed our planet. We did this because we thought we OWNED HER. The only thing that sets us apart is our blood type. We need to take care of our MOTHER. And my guess would be that she wants us to LOVE EACH OTHER. Can you even imagine how it would be if we did? I dare you…

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        I totally agree with you.

        But, try to get other people to realize it. Good Luck!

        Haven’t you figured out yet that people, in general, would rather hate than love. It’s also in mankind’s nature to destroy, not build. And, as a result, mankind will not only destroy himself, but his mother earth.

        If society (all societies) were to find out that somehow overnight there was no laws, no police forces, no way of making people accountable for their actions, the very next day, society would be cut in half by the other half killing them.

        Religion and/or politics would have no power over anyone. Mankind would revert back to his basic nature of death and destruction.

        • plc97477

          I am sorry but I refuse to believe that humans are that base. I like to think I am a good person. I know I am not all people but why can’t we all strive to be better?

  • Sand_Cat

    Forget the Heritage Foundation. We all know they’re work is pure delusionist propaganda, and always has been. The real question here is: has education in America sunk so low that this creep got a degree as a result of his “dissertation”? My faith is already shaken after hearing that Ted Cruz and some other right-wing idiot got their degrees there.

  • angelsinca

    It is SO unlike the Left to claim racism and bigotry toward ALL conservatives and republicans and tea partiers. Wait a minute, that’s bigotry.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    Actually folks, you’re all wrong.

    It don’t matter if we are a Republic or a Democracy. The “real” people in power is our Corporations and in this country, the top 10% of our society.

    We’ve all been fooled for the last 300 years to believe that the Constitution stands for the average man on the street. Well, it don’t. It never did and never will. Our Supreme Court just made that statement even more truer than it ever had been before by giving Corporations human rights. It took them 300 years to finally have the balls to admit it. This fact alone can’t be any more plainer than the nose on your faces.

    The enemy which we all face, whether we are liberal, conservative, communist, or fascist, or no political affiliations at all is the Corporation. The Corporation seeks world dominance, in short a One World Government, which when perfected, they will control totally and absolutely.

    If you want to fight, have a civil war?, fight for something worthy of dieing for. Fight against the Corporate Control of this country. Nothing else is worthy of getting killed for.

    • I AM Hillary_UR_Next President

      We are ALL WRONG?? Oh let us all BOW to Michael!! I believe CARLIN has the patent on telling us the corporations own us.. Good job for riding his coattails of someone ELSE’S idea, plagiarizer.

  • clarenceswinney

    Tjhe GOP has always been the Country Club Party of whites.
    The Democratic party has gotten legislation that helps all Americans.
    Obama has achievements but does not brag on them.
    Obamachivements.org
    Where would we be without Social Security, Medicare. Medicaid, Minimum Wage,
    Veteran Hospitals on and on.

  • clarenceswinney

    Since 1980 to 2009 Republicans held White House for 20 years
    and :
    increased spending budget 600B to 3500B
    Deficit from surplus to 1400B
    Debt from 5800B to 11,900B
    Job growth from 218.000 per month (Carter) to 99,000.
    Initiated our involvement in 10 Foreign Conflicts that killed hundred of thousands of innocents. Invaded two of the poorest most unarmed nations. Big bully as seen by outside eyes

  • montanabill

    Wow! A Republican racist behind every tree. Conason must be really proud himself for making sure that mean spiritedness remains alive and well through his pathetic writing. No sense in letting a little disavowal get in the way of a hatchet piece.

  • Sue Rehnberg

    There is no such thing as a “white native population” in America. America’s whites are all immigrants. The difference being, we didn’t ask, we just took.

  • irishtap

    ‘Condition is effectively permanent’ huh? What’s galling to me is the fact these despicable racist thugs, are allowed to dump this swill onto the public for no other reason than to stir social unrest. Imagine these parasites, sitting in high end comfort and sipping the good stuff while putting their best effort into finding ways to foment hatred against a proud, hard working people. In this day and age, when we seriously must get our act together – this is all they have to offer mankind?! Planned intense hostility? Koch funds this “absence of thought tank”, we have to expect the worst I guess, since the Kochs are known pathogens to representative government. The Tea Party Taliban and billionaire funded “Tanks of Hatred”, is what plagues this country. But it is our ethnic diversity that will ultimately prevail and deliver us from their Godless ‘permanent condition’.

  • I AM Hillary_UR_Next President

    LOL TRILLIONS of dollars?? LOLOL Who is their economist? Alfred E Newman?