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Wieseltier on Ryan & Self-Reliance

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I have no idea how I missed this essay on Paul Ryan and his cult of "self-reliance" when it first came out. Leon Wieseltier is one of the finest writers and finest thinkers in the liberal tradition. Obviously, I disagree with Wieseltier about the transformative power of suffering, but then I worship a crucified God and Wieseltier does not. But, his critique of the Randian worldview is breathtakingly spot-on.

2013: Immigration Reform

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Will this be the year? For those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, that question changed on election night. Before the election, we were hoping for some kind of incremental changes, perhaps passing the DREAM Act, and laying the groundwork for more comprehensive efforts down the road. But, after President Obama took a stunning 71% of the Latino vote, a margin that makes it almost impossible for a Republican to win the White House, the possibility of enacting comprehensive reform became thinkable.

 

What We Spend on Immigration Enforcement

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From this morning's Washington Post:

U.S. government spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement in 2012. That is 24 percent more than it spent collectively for the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Yet, our system is broken. Anyone who thinks we don't need comprehensive reform of our immigration laws needs to explain how we can continue to fund this enormous expense of enforcing our current immigration policies. More on this issue tomorrow.

Notre Dame Football

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Well, the season did not end as I had hoped. But, last night's loss to Alabama does not take away one iota from the fact that this year's Notre Dame football season kept many of us glued to our television sets every Saturday afternoon. The fact that a Mormon from Hawaii was the face of Notre Dame all autumn was an especially charming side story, and what an outstanding young man he is, going through extreme personal tragedies with dignity and faith. The Fighting Irish were no match for the Crimson Tide, who deserve the crown they have won.

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