I seldom post on day-to-day political developments. What is this, a real blog? But, here are two really good comments on Arizona’s new illegal mmigration ilaw.
The first does what much liberal commentary on the AZ law has not done: Acknowledge that illegal immigration is a real problem in Arizona and the Feds have not acted. But, he still gives the new law the condemnation it deserves. The second gives some recent history of Arizona politics, and shows that this kind of thing is hardly new there; e.g., last month AZ eliminated a health care program for 38,000 poor children and considered a bill to end welfare benefits for anyone who purchased cigarettes or cable TV. Also, where is tea partiers’ outrage about government tyranny when AZ passes a law letting the police arrest anyone who cannot prove on the spot that they are citizens?
Also, Oklahoma just passed a law restricting abortion. Among other goodies, the law shields doctors from legal liability if they fail to tell pregnant women that their fetus has a birth defect! OK doctors can now lie to their patients in the interest of perventing abortions.
I read stuff like this every day. I just don’t put it on the blog. I swear, one of these days I’m gonna catalogue all the outrages I read about for a week and then list them for you.
Update: Here’s how the AP describes the new law’s provisions. Notice that it makes just not having ID papers on you a crime, whether or not you’re here illegally! The first time the police catch you without papers you can get 6-months in jail. The second time it can be a felony. Am I reading this wrong?