22 December 2007

railing against Other

i'm not exactly well-versed in monetary policy, which is why i'm not overly influenced by Ron Paul's goldbuggerism. still, i'm skeptical of even Tyler Cowen when he disses The Ron. (i have to admit, i tend to believe economists more when it comes to economics.)

more than his monetary policy, the things i don't like about Paul are what i see on his pamphlets. given the small space he has to declare his priorities in easy-to-read bullet points, i'm a bit depressed about some of his choices:
  • stop the financial dependency on China, Saudi Arabia, and other foreign governments.
i'm not exactly sure what he means by this statement. my hope is that it's a denouncement of overspending that forces the gubmint to borrow too heavily. my fear is that it may mean he doesn't want to deal with these countries at all. i seriously doubt he would swing that way, though. i can't help but wonder if his word choice is a tool for drawing in the anti-foreign element.
  • secure our borders and end illegal immigration.
  • end "birthright" citizenship for illegal aliens.
more anti-foreign rhetoric? i'm always wary of any talk against immigrants (being 53% foreign myself): most of it smells like racism couched in jingoism. my take on immigration leans toward letting more people in legally, giving us a measure of regulation. a wall along the border is not a policy. taking advantage of legal, cheap labor that we need is just good sense. the wall simply keeps immigrants from leaving once they get here.

ending birthright citizenship seems a drastic step to me, one i hope we won't have to take. again, i hope his intent is to lessen the burden on our welfare infrastructure. perhaps the issue is the infrastructure itself, though. i can't say i'm surprised if people don't try to take advantage of free money.

1 comment:

  1. I'd rather have hard-working immigrants than slack, entitled, welfare-dependent Americans for our cheap labor.

    The real question is : Does such a statement make me classist simply for acknowledging that cheap labor has a place in our market?