Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Stupid politicians, part 2: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

The things our congresscritters say when they think they can get away with it...

Iowa Congressman Steve King writes the following for the Des Moines Register. I am just going to bold the really crazy wingnut parts:

What would that May 1st look like without illegal immigration? There would be no one to smuggle across our southern border the heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines that plague the United States, reducing the U.S. supply of meth that day by 80%. The lives of 12 U.S. citizens would be saved who otherwise die a violent death at the hands of murderous illegal aliens each day. Another 13 Americans would survive who are otherwise killed each day by uninsured drunk driving illegals. Our hospital emergency rooms would not be flooded with everything from gunshot wounds, to anchor babies, to imported diseases to hangnails, giving American citizens the day off from standing in line behind illegals. Eight American children would not suffer the horror as a victim of a sex crime.

On the negative side, the price of a pound of tomatoes might go up from $0.79 to $0.80. That is unless you have a garden. But I'm guessing that the Mexican drug lords are not taking May 1st off. Neither will the 11,000 illegal invaders that pour over our border every other day of the year. It is a safe bet that the U.S. Border Patrol will have a very busy "Nothing Gringo Day."

Since September 11th, it remains true that OBL is the greatest threat to America. I will leave it to the reader to decide if the greatest threat is Osama bin Laden or the Open Borders Lobby.
There is so much that is xenophobic and just plain wrong about this op-ed, and I don't currently have the time to unbox it, or to distill my rage into a fine laser beam. I mean, is it a really constructive form of debate to say that undocumented immigrants are drug runners, murderers, and sex criminals? Well, at least Biden said we were productive members of society.

But I do have a question that perhaps a more rational person than Steve King can answer for me: what are "anchor babies" and why are they comparable to hangnails?

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