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February 20th

Don’t blame Octomom for her new found wealth.

Lately, a lot of attention has been given to Nadya Suleiman, aka Octomom. While Octomon becomes the object of scorn for potentially racking up millions in welfare to care for her 14 children, many people on both sides of the political spectrum are ignoring the system that enabled Octomom in the first place. I will focus on the “right” since they should know better.

Michelle Malkin is the face of the movement against illegal immigrants. Now, I think she is a great columnist and I commend her for all the shit she puts up with for standing by her positions. However, I would be agree to her position if she were to argue against illegal immigration within the narrow scope of rule of law. After all, illegal immigrant are breaking the law established currently.

But she goes beyond that starts arguing how illegal immigrants are exacerbating the country’s problems. For instance, this is a column on how illegal immigrants worsened the housing bubble. To be fair, she has spent a considerable amount of time argument against federal bailouts.

But what I do not understand how illegal immigrants are relevant to the overall issue of bad mortgages. In almost every relevant issue somehow she finds an angle on the role of illegal immigration. It’s not that I believe what she writes is false. But the tendency for conservatives like Malkin to focus on the people rather than the system (or even both at the same time) takes away from the goals of the libertarian-conservative movement.

Illegal immigrants and legal immigrants and natives alike are human. If given the chance to take advantage of the system they are all equally likely to do so.

I believe a better way to address the issue is to ask, “when did home ownership become a right?” rather than “why are illegal immigrants allowed to apply for loans?”.

And while we’re on the subject of illegal immigration, one issue I notice Malkin and most other conservatives neglect is the legal immigration process. As a legal immigrant myself, I consider myself lucky that it only took our family around 7-8 years to become a citizens. For many other immigrants, that process takes longer and is more costly. I believe it is this complicated process that many people incentive to come here illegally. Perhaps conservative believe that the process ought to be the total opposite of birthright citizenship. If so then this attitude is why many people believe associate being against illegal immigration with the nativist movement.

I don’t see why the libertarian view of free movement of labor cannot be compatible with conservatives view of rule of law. But in order for that to happen, our focus must be on the system and the politicians, activists, and businessmen that created it, not their beneficiaries.

If you change the game, the players will oblige.

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