A Second Brief Question

Yesterday, I had a little fun contrasting how liberals tend to prefer different ways to deal with skyrocketing costs in two fields near and dear to their hearts: health care and higher education. The common factor in them — which several commenters pointed out — was a preference for having government “fix” the problem.

It was so much fun I want to do it again.

Yesterday, the Boston Globe had an editorial denouncing the trend of towns and cities deciding to take upon themselves the responsibility for dealing with the illegal alien problem. In a nutshell, they’re against it. They want Congress to deal with the matter — preferably, by either passing an amnesty bill or, at least, not dealing with it. (They’re happy with the status quo.)

The editorial is another example of the gross slur they like to perpetuate, conflating legal immigrants and illegal aliens. Note the line: “Meanwhile, in a move that embraces immigrants, the city of New Haven is issuing identification cards to residents, including undocumented immigrants.”

But that’s not my point here.

Communities expressing opinions and passing measures on national issues is nothing new. I recall a whole bunch of municipalities declaring themselves “nuclear-free zones” a couple of decades ago. Many have declared themselves as “sanctuary cities,” proclaiming that they will not under any circumstance countenance the enforcement of immigration laws.

And recently, the city council of the resort city of Telluride, Colorado passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

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