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  •  repubs fear the stupid, should also fear the smart (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn, Aquarius40

    You point is really interesting.

    There are a lot of immigrant sub-groups. National origin is one division. Economics and education creates others.

    Some people are coming to find a job, any job. They may have limited skills, but they have immense willingness and NEED to work. They are heavily exploited by the Republican base - and they increasingly understand who is doing it to them.

    Others are coming because there are high-skill jobs here that they really want as career choices. These are generally well educated and come from nations that align much more closely with progressive values. They don't fear government the way earlier waves of immigrants (e.g., from Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe) did.

    The problem for Republicans is that both will likely vote disproportionately for Democrats. In fact, just about any inbound immigration flow is going to work against the GOP.

    Tough place to be :-)

    Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

    by grapes on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:07:54 AM PST

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    •  I was thinking that British soccer hooligans might (4+ / 0-)
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      be a possibility for Republican-leaning immigrants. But I am afraid that many of them are on the dole.

      Maxine Le Pen has some promising supporters, but unfortunately they are French.

      Silvio Berlusconi would fit right in (I am assuming Italian is OK these days), but he doesn't have any supporters any more.

      In Israel there are many who share their values, but they are somewhat Aryan-challenged.

      The Taliban are the only group that I can think of that would truly fit in. They are Aryan, want to destroy the US government, won't put up with feminists, don't like science or liberal education, and are enthusiastic about gun rights. They already hate Indians and would probably be willing to extend that to blacks, Hispanics, and any other minority group. Where is not to like?

      •  By George (W), I think you've got it. (2+ / 0-)
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        Andrew F Cockburn, wlkx

        That's how we can get out of Afghanistan without "losing" the war.

        Bring all of the Taliban and their families to the US and put them up in 'villages' that we set up in foreclosed suburban McMansions.

        Think about it. Bail out the banks by buying up of their foreclosed properties and bury the cost in the DOD budget. You can do anything and not hurt the deficit or anything else if you put it in the DOD budget .. don'tcha know?

        Now all of the teabaggers in the suburbs will have new neighbors that have AK-47s locked and loaded.

        Just think of the militias you can raise!

        [point of order: is a snark tag always required?]

        Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

        by grapes on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:04:08 AM PST

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