Patterico's Pontifications

1/8/2004

COUNCIL WINNERS

Filed under: Watcher's Council — Patterico @ 10:40 pm

The winning entries in the Watcher’s Council vote for this week are The Face of Stupidity Evil by Alpha Patriot, and Anything Bush Can Do, Dean Can Do Better by Little Tiny Lies. Congratulations to both.

BUSH IMMIGRATION REFORM — NO REFORM AT ALL

Filed under: Immigration — Patterico @ 9:47 pm

I think I disagree with everyone on the Bush immigration reform proposal, which is a neat trick, because everyone disagrees with each other. Citizen Smash has a good list of links showing how varied opinions are on the topic. But I haven’t seen anything yet that really replicates my opinion.

My view is that our problem is not so much illegal immigration as the increasingly socialistic nature of our economy. There are certain things that we want done, but nobody wants to do them, because government makes it easy not to. So we let illegals do those things, for wages we would never tolerate for ourselves, and look the other way. As long as this is the case, there can be no solution to the problem. The very second that we legalize one set of people, for humanitarian reasons, we will immediately require a new class of illegal people to take their place — because in our increasingly socialistic economy, it is precisely the illegal status of illegal immigrants that makes them so attractive to the economy.

Let me explain in more detail.
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ACCEPTED WISDOM™

Filed under: Accepted Wisdom,Immigration — Patterico @ 7:46 pm

(Accepted Wisdom™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)

It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:

Able-bodied unemployed Americans are, by and large, not out of work by choice, but due to a lack of jobs. Accordingly, social programs should not be reduced on the theory that people ought to work for a living. Such assumptions are insulting to unemployed people.

And at the same time:

The federal government needs to reform laws pertaining to illegal immigrants. They are necessary to our economy, because they do jobs Americans just won’t do.

LIFE ON MARS — SORT OF, IN THE FUTURE, THAT IS

Filed under: Space — Patterico @ 7:27 pm

Bush says we should send people to Mars. Sounds good to me. (Via Calblog.)

He also says we should build a permanent station on the moon. That sounds good too.

Lethal Injection as Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 6:01 am

The AP reports:

A federal judge granted a stay of execution Wednesday for a man scheduled to die early Friday, siding with attorneys who argue that lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

(Via How Appealing.)

To paraphrase Churchill, lethal injection is the cruelest method of execution used nowadays — except for all the others. If the court ultimately rules that lethal injection is unconstitutional, what methods would remain?

I suppose there is always death by starvation, which has the advantage of being supported by liberals as “merciful.” For the particular criminal discussed in the AP story, those who appreciate irony might favor another possible alternative: shooting the murderer in the face, shooting him a few more times, and finishing it all off with a few kicks to the head.

Ultimately, I don’t really care how it happens. Just get it done.

P.S. This reminds me of a post I have been meaning to write about the way we handle executions in this country. The focus is all wrong. If I get time soon I’ll explain what I mean.

P.P.S. Unreported in the AP story is the fact that the judge is a George W. Bush nominee. When Republican appointees are signing onto this kind of nonsense, we have a lot to worry about.

UPDATE: In the comments, Kevin Murphy notes that the Supreme Court overturned the stay (in a 5-4 vote).

UPDATE x2: Again through Kevin Murphy comes the news that the man has been executed — in a manner (lethal injection) far less cruel than the way he killed his victim. Good riddance.


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