August 18, 2003

Fun With Arianna's Immigrat...

Fun With Arianna's Immigration: Over at Hit&Run today I had a little sport with Lady Huffington's evolving views on Proposition 187. Not wanting to over-pollute Reason with my amusements, here's another game of Arianna Now & Then, also about immigration. First, a column of hers in the June 16, 1995 Washington Times:

America today is a nation in crisis, incapable of absorbing and assimilating the 2 million immigrants -- legal and illegal -- who make their way across our borders each year. The problem is not immigration in and of itself, but rather the combustible combination of high levels of immigration and the bankrupt social policies of the last 30 years. [...]

Those who have really been affected are working-class Americans who are being pushed off the ladder of opportunity by illegal immigrants representing an unending source of cheap labor, or who feel it's unfair for them to pay for illegal immigrants on welfare while they themselves can barely make ends meet.

Now, from Candidate Huffington's website, on the page entitled Arianna's Stand on the Issues:
On Immigration
Arianna supports immigrant rights.
As a Greek immigrant herself — one of the 9 million Californians who weren't born in this country — she knows first-hand the difficulties that immigrants face. Arianna supports the push to provide immigrants with driver's licenses.
Not only are her cures changing wildly, so are the diagnoses themselves. The only constant is that "America today is a nation in crisis." I wonder if we'll survive!

Posted by at August 18, 2003 11:30 PM
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There's also this, Matt -- pundits should never run for public office. At best, they've taken rhetorically strong positions on hot button issues; at worst, they've been wildly inconsistant over the course of time. I'm sure Arianna more gems buried in Lexis-Nexis.

Posted by: Howard Owens at August 19, 2003 12:46 AM

Whaddya mean no pundits for public office? I'd vote for Paul Krugman any time... oh, wait... Rush Limbaugh?... Okay, okay. You're right.

Posted by: Roger L. Simon at August 19, 2003 07:33 AM

What possible difficulties did she face? Not getting hitched to a rich guy fast enough? Not getting her own network show? Finally finding a good bikini-waxer? Remind me of the hardships Arianna's faced in the USA.

Posted by: Kate at August 19, 2003 08:49 AM

This is just what happens when conservatives "see the light" and become mish-mush progressives. Arianna should be running ads like the Apple "switch" campaign. She can talk about how her ideological flip flop helped her Not getting hitched to a rich guy fast enough? Not getting her own network show? Finally finding a good bikini-waxer? Remind me of the hardships Arianna's faced in the USA.

Posted by: Kate at August 19, 2003 08:49 AM

This is just what happens when conservatives "see the light" and become mish-mush progressives. Arianna should be running ads like the Apple "switch" campaign. She can talk about how her ideological flip flop helped her save Christmas.

Posted by: Eric Almendral at August 19, 2003 10:52 AM

Arianna's a conservative? Or was a conservative? I always thought that she was one of those whackos that gets trotted out as the token conservative. "See, here's what one looks like."

Posted by: David Perron at August 27, 2003 10:44 AM
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