Saturday, January 07, 2006

An Interesting Observation

The Times of London's editor in America has an interesting observation about illegal immigration in America, as to how Californians and Texans react:

"This latest of Mr Bush’s political problems offers an unusual insight into America’s political geography. Mr Bush hails from Texas, widely seen as one of the most conservative states in the country; yet when he was governor, a tolerant approach to immigration from neighbouring Mexico was widely popular.
Meanwhile in ultra-liberal California, rising public anger has led to some draconian measures to stop illegal immigration from south of the border.
The difference of approach is probably rooted in the role the state plays in the philosophies that underpin two political traditions. In conservative Texas, people have relied less on the generosity of the state for support and therefore see less of a threat and more of an opportunity from immigration. In liberal California, more generous state benefits have the perverse effect of making the population more hostile to sharing those benefits with outsiders."

If this is how people in welfare states react, how are Western Europeans going to react with ever greater flows of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the lands of Islam? A nativist backlash, perhaps?

The full article can be found HERE.

Hat tip to RJM, a contributor on A Tangled Wed.

4 Comments:

At 12:53 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Personally I think they're screwed. That's most of Europe I'm talking about. It's gone too far and those in charge don't have the balls to deal with it.

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Off topic CH. I just found a funny link.

URTexanif

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Chas said...

God Monica, Thanks!! I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes!!! I'm not kidding!

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

It had me going, too. I was sure you would appreciate it!! LOL!

 

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