I was wading through some blogs, and it appears that someone named Brad DeLong has made the extraordinary statement above. Read the link for context, of course, to be entirely fair. What makes this sentence worthy of examination is that he is a Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, and was even Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury. A brilliant economist to be sure. And yet :
"Nobody Who is an Immigrant or the Descendant of Immigrants has any Business Voting Republican. Nobody."
Saying immigrants are often better served by Democrats is one thing, but saying something this absolute is quite another. As someone who is a US-born child of immigrants from India, I hope Professor DeLong can provide guidance to help me decide how to vote in the future, by answering the following questions :
1) Aren't over 90% of Americans the descendants of voluntary immigrants? Don't almost all of those Americans have ancestors that immigrated after the Civil War? Does Professor DeLong wish to amend his statement in any way to be more specific?
2) Given the first question, does that mean that immigrants and descendants of immigrants should not vote for even moderate Republicans like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani, or John McCain, under any circumstances?
3) If I believe in low taxes, and I support both Clinton's tax cut on capital gains in 1997 and Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, am I wrong to do so? Isn't that a moderate position if both Clinton and Bush have cut taxes?
4) Why are Indians so supportive of George W. Bush? Are they just uninformed, or is this position consistent with their cultural identity and socio-economic value system?
5) There are Republicans in congress who are the children of immigrants, such as Bobby Jindal, an Indian-American. Is his decision to be a Republican uninformed, or can his choice be respected as a well-considered one, given that he is a Rhodes Scholar as well?
6) I was a swing voter in the 1990s, but the events of 9/11/01 are what turned me into a supporter of Republican candidates. Issues like abortion, gay marriage, etc. don't inspire me to come out in support of either side, so I am primarily a single-issue voter. Why, given my background, is my choice to vote Republican the wrong one?
I request that Brad DeLong answer these questions, and engage me in a polite debate on these points. I might learn something, and Brad DeLong might too.