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  •  because they're about controlling costs (1+ / 0-)
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    SadTexan

    and illegals, in their mind, cost money for services. The benefits of low prices, unfilled jobs being filled, etc never gets mentioned.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 12:15:17 PM PDT

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    •  Is it really economic? (1+ / 0-)
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      Or is it mostly xenophobia?

      •  mixture (3+ / 0-)
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        jxg, SadTexan, ppluto

        it not entirely xenophobia, and it's not all Republican.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 12:19:41 PM PDT

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        •  It's not, but if more immigrants voted republican (0+ / 0-)

          this wouldn't be an issue. It's unfortunate, I have seen some of the wonderful things that the 1986 Amnesty bill brought about - but it's never in the corporate media. Immigration is a big issue for some voters, and for years the repuplicans tried to say they opposed it while taking money from the industries that rely upon it.

          . There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. Mahatma Gandhi

          by Sacramento Dem on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 12:35:34 PM PDT

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          •  actually, it was heading that way (2+ / 0-)
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            jxg, Pluto

            In 2000, 30% of latinos voted for Bush.  In 2004, it was 40%.  He was really making good headway with the community, until the Tancredo wing of the GOP started freaking out about it.

            I sometimes wonder if they just need someone to hate.

            Osama bin Laden thought Americans were cowards. He was wrong. We're fools.

            by Leggy Starlitz on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 12:44:02 PM PDT

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      •  the economic angle (2+ / 0-)
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        SadTexan, Pluto

        I saw a bumper sticker the other day that says "At least the war on the middle class is going well".  Life's been hard for the middle class... wages are stagnant, fixed and semi-fixed costs like fuel, health care, and education are increasing at double-digit rates, job security is down, and now many are stuck with too much debt and dwindling property values.

        They need a scapegoat.  So the economic angle LEADS to the xenophobic angle.  They're looking for someone to blame, not solutions to the real problems, which are more existential in nature.

        Osama bin Laden thought Americans were cowards. He was wrong. We're fools.

        by Leggy Starlitz on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 12:33:50 PM PDT

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