Thursday, December 15, 2005


Between January 2000 and March 2005, 7.9 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country, making it the highest five-year period of immigration in American history. Nearly half of post-2000 arrivals (3.7 million) are estimated to be illegal aliens. Immigrants account for 12.1 percent of the total population, the highest percentage in 8 decades. If current trends continue, within a decade it will surpass the high of 14.7 percent reached in 1910.

Of adult immigrants, 31 percent have not completed high school, three-and-a-half times the rate for natives. Since 1990, immigration has increased the number of such low-skilled workers by 25 percent, while increasing the supply of all other workers by only 6 percent. Immigrants were once significantly more likely to have a college degree, but the new data show that natives are now as likely as immigrants to have a bachelor's or graduate degree.

The proportion of immigrant-headed households using at least one major welfare program is 29 percent, compared to 18 percent for native households. The poverty rate of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) is 18.4 percent, 57 percent higher than the 11.7 percent for natives and their children. Immigrants and their children account for almost one in four persons in poverty. Immigrants make significant economic progress the longer they live in the United States, but even immigrants who have lived here for 15 years still have dramatically higher rates of poverty, lack of health insurance, and welfare use than natives.

The low educational level of many immigrants, and resulting low wages, are the primary reasons so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, or lack insurance - not their legal status or an unwillingness to work.

Immigration accounts for virtually all of the national increase in public school enrollment over the last two decades. In 2005, there were 10.3 million school-age children from immigrant families in the United States.

Recent immigration has had no significant impact on the nation's age structure. Without the 7.9 million post-2000 immigrants, the average age in America would be virtually unchanged at 36 years.

More here



Major Leftist German newsmagazine Spiegel is condemning America for the execution of the murderous Tookie Williams. The Left have always liked murderers. No mention of Tookie's victims, of course.

The stupid Left again: Spiegel has another an article on "THE EMPIRE OF SHADOW - The worldwide operations of the U.S. Secret Intelligence Service", and the picture on the cover shows ... members of the Canadian military!" Reminds one of the recent case when the American Left mistook British soldiers for Americans, despite the different uniforms

Government Intervention Makes Houses More Expensive: "Escalating prices that have made houses unaffordable for many people in Washington are mostly the result of homeowners using political and regulatory means to block construction of new housing, economic studies show. . . . Economists increasingly are concluding that the shortage of affordable housing in Washington and other major U.S. cities on the East and West coasts is a result more of man-made restrictions on development than high construction costs or other market forces."

Hooray! 20 years for Muslim animal: "A Muslim father was sent to jail for at least 20 years yesterday for ordering his sons to kill a teenager who was going out with his daughter in defiance of his wishes. Chomir Ali, 44, recruited his sons to murder Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, 19, after discovering that his only daughter, Manna Begum, also 19, was pregnant by him. Mr Ghorbani-Zarin, an Iranian Muslim who was studying at Oxford Brookes University, was found in November last year with his body tied to the driver's seat of his car. He had been stabbed 46 times. Mujibar Rahman, 19, and his brother, Mamnoor, 16, were given minimum terms of 16 and 14 years respectively. Ali, a waiter from Bangladesh who settled in Oxford, and his sons were found guilty of murder at Oxford Crown Court last month. Mr Justice Gross, who passed sentence yesterday at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, said: "Far from vindicating your family's honour, you have permanently dishonoured your family with the stain of murder."

Another reason for the Left to hate Wal-Mart: "The U.S. economy entered its fifth year of expansion in November, with non-farm payroll employment, a broad economic indicator, having expanded by 4.5 million jobs (3.4 percent) since bottoming in May 2003. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, the nation's largest private employer, has been creating new jobs at a much higher rate. Data obtained from Wal-Mart show the retail giant expanding employment by 15 percent in the same two-and-a-half-year period. That's only part of the incredible success story being told by the Arkansas-based retailer. The Wal-Mart employment effect, rarely examined by economists, is so strong that it is counter-cyclical. In other words, the retailer has created new jobs in every recession since it went public in 1971... this point is clear: A corporation that adds new jobs in periods of recession, while many others are laying off workers, is good for the U.S. economy.

Australia buys Boeing: "QANTAS says it will acquire 115 Boeing 787 aircraft as part of its fleet renewal program in a deal worth up to $24 billion. Qantas will take delivery of acquire of the first 65 aircraft from 2008 at a list price of $13 billion. "Obviously with the 115 aircraft it gets up to about $23 to $24 billion," chief executive Geoff Dixon said".

Spengler has some scathing comments on irrelevance to mainstream America of the latest films out of Hollywood -- including comments about Spielberg's film on the massacre of Israeli athletes by Arabs at the Munich Olympic games. He points out that the script for the Spielberg film was written by "the world's worst playwright" -- homosexual Marxist Tony Kushner. Kushner was not even fazed by the downfall of the Soviets, whom he supported until their downfall. Reliapundit has an extended reply to Kushner's raving.

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. On Social Security see Dick McDonald and for purely Australian news see Australian Politics (mirrored here).


Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country's labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and "helping" them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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