So have you heard that "Revenge of the Sith" is anti-Bush and anti-American? After all, Michael Medved said so! Hearing of this outrage perpetrated on good Americans by left-wing Hollywood bigots (George Lucas has an office in SAN FRANCISCO in case you aren't convinced he is evil.), I took off to see the cheesy flick and can report that Darth Vader did not, I repeat did not, have a Bush-Cheney bumper sticker on the back of his head. However, I'm pretty sure I did see Yoda sporting a very handsome Kerry-Edwards shirt at one point. And, of course, there was that scene where Michael Moore stood outside the senate attempting to cajole senators into signing up their children as storm troopers.
Paul Craig Roberts does seem to think that Dubya resembles Palpatine.
The GOP and pornographers. Well, what's the big deal? Is there a difference, really, between Mary Carey and Tom DeLay?
Over at his blog, Al Mohler upbraids faculty at Calvin College who had the temerity to voice dissent as the imperial brigade descended upon the little town of Holland, Michigan. Nearly one third of Calvin's faculty signed an open letter protesting the President's visit to the campus. Mohler says:
This is a sad spectacle and an inappropriate politicization of an academic ceremony. Without even addressing the over-the-top language and claims made in the statement [hardly worthy of serious political engagement], the protest should be an embarrassment to all who supported it. No political leader is above criticism, and President Bush's policies--like that of every President--draw both praise and lamentation. But the President of the United States is more than a political leader, he represents the nation as Chief Executive. President Bush did not go to Calvin to deliver a political speech, but to take part in a formal academic ceremony. Even the local newspaper saw the issue more clearly than the childish faculty members who staged the protest. As the paper editorialized, a graduation ceremony is no place for this kind of protest.
Mohler also was excited that the president referenced Abraham Kuyper in his speech. Al, I doubt that Mr. Bush has been intensely coming to grips with a deeper understanding of sphere sovereignty.
William Grigg addresses the statist gospel according to Hannity.
Here is more libertarian nonsense on immigration from the good folks at the otherwise helpful Independent Institute. Benjamin Powell says that there are no economic consequences to immigration:
Common complaints against immigrants are that they depress wages and take away jobs from Americans. Both claims are unfounded. Economists studying the impact of immigration have not found conclusive evidence that a larger supply of immigrant workers lowers American wages. Furthermore immigrants do not create unemployment. The total number of jobs in our economy and the size of our labor force have tracked each other closely over the last fifty years despite significant changes in immigration policy. When we have more workers, we find more jobs for them to do.
Although there is little evidence that they harm U.S. workers, immigrants do bring economic benefits. Overall gains to the U.S. economy from current immigration are estimated at about $20 billion even by critics of immigration. Some estimates are much higher. Either way, allowing more immigrants into the United States would increase these gains even more.
Of course, this is nonsense. Even if Powell is correct that immigration adds $20 billion to the economy, that amounts to a whopping $60 per person. I guess the going rate for giving up your country is pretty low these days.
Let me quote an authority, myself, to debunk the rest of this nonsense:
One myth Borjas explodes is that immigration adds substantial wealth to the American economy. In fact, as Borjas says: “All the available estimates suggest that the annual net gain is astoundingly small, less than .1% of GDP.” In real terms, that translates into approximately $10 billion dollars added to the overall economy, just $30 per person. It has also been estimated that between $6-$10 billion dollars is remitted to Mexico by immigrants working in the U.S.
But that’s not the end of the story. The relative skills and economic performance of successive waves of immigrants has continued to decline. Immigrants arriving on American shores in 1960 had more education and earned more money than natives. By 1998, the newest arrivals earned 23% less than natives. They also had acquired two fewer years of education than natives.
As low-skill immigrants have flooded the labor market, opportunities for the least skilled among us have markedly decreased and the most vulnerable Americans have seen their wages decline as a result. Indeed, Borjas estimates that immigration is responsible for half the decrease observed in the wages of high-school dropouts.
Moreover, mass immigration plays a significant part in increasing health and education costs and increasing the poverty rate, thus leading to greater intervention by the state and the demise of a free economy.
The American Psychiatric Association endorses same-sex marriage "in the interest of maintaining and promoting mental health."
This sounds like an interesting book.