Skip to comments.The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine
Posted on 05/10/2013 3:09:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They've shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a "racist" and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza.
Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He's a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. Lead author Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at Heritage, a former United States Office of Personnel Management analyst and the intellectual godfather of welfare reform. He holds a master's degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University.
Both Democrats and Republicans leaped to discredit the 102-page report without bothering to read it. The Washington Post falsely claimed that the study did not take into account increased revenues from amnestied illegal alien workers. It did. Haley Barbour immediately proclaimed that the Heritage assessment of government costs incurred by amnestied illegal aliens was "not serious."
They want to talk gravitas? Let's talk gravitas. Blowhard Barbour is a career politician and paid lobbyist for the government of Mexico who has carried water for open borders since the Bush years. Richwine received his doctorate in public policy in 2009 from Harvard University's prestigious Kennedy School of Government. He holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and political science from American University. Before joining Heritage in 2010, he worked at the American Enterprise Institute on a dissertation fellowship.
Richwine's 166-page dissertation, "IQ and Immigration Policy," is now being used to smear him -- and, by extension, all of Heritage's scholarship -- as "racist." While the punditocracy and political establishment sanctimoniously call for "honest discussions" on race, they rush to crush bona fide, dispassionate academic inquiries into the controversial subjects of intelligence, racial and ethnic differences, and domestic policy.
Richwine's entire thesis is now online here.
Part One reviews the science of IQ. Part Two delves into empirical research comparing IQs of the native-born American population with that of immigrant groups, with the Hispanic population broken out. Richwine explores the causes of an immigrant IQ deficit that appears to persist among Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. through several generations.
The thesis analyzes social policy consequences of these findings and uses a model of the labor market "to show how immigrant IQ affects the economic surplus accruing to natives and the wage impact on low-skill natives."
The smug dismissal of Richwine's credentials and scholarship is to be expected by liberal hacks and clown operatives. But a reckless and cowardly pileup of knee-jerk dilettantes on the right -- including former McCain campaign co-chair Ana Navarro and conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin -- have joined the character assassins of the Soros-sphere, MSNBC and Mother Jones in deeming Richwine a "racist." The drooling attack dogs of the far-left blog Daily Kos have now launched a pressure campaign against the JFK School demanding to know "why the school awarded Richwine a Ph.D. and what they plan to do in the future to prevent it from happening again.
No researcher or academic institution is safe if this smear campaign succeeds. Richwine's dissertation committee at Harvard included George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy. The Cuban-born scholar received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. He is an award-winning labor economist, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the author of countless books, including a widely used labor economics textbook now in its sixth edition.
Richard J. Zeckhauser, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at JFK, also signed off on Richwine's dissertation. Zeckhauser earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He belongs to the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences).
The final member of Richwine's "racist" thesis committee is Christopher Jencks, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard's JFK School. He is a renowned left-wing academic who has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He edited the liberal New Republic magazine in the 1960s and has written several scholarly books tackling poverty, economic inequality, affirmative action, welfare reform and, yes, racial differences ("The Black-White Test Score Gap").
The willingness of Republican Gang of 8'ers to allow a young conservative researcher and married father of two to be strung up by the p.c. lynch mob for the crime of unflinching social science research is chilling, sickening and suicidal.
These are serious people doing serious work. The crucifiers of Jason Richwine pretend to defend sound science. But if it is now inherently racist to study racial and ethnic differences among demographic groups, then it's time to shut down every social sciences department in the country.
Rubio is a worthless fraud. Of all of them, his hypocrisy makes me the most sick. I knew the others were turds. MR pretended to not be....when it was convenient for him to win an election.
Four legs good, two legs bad!
If the current back-biting arguments about whether to legalize, ‘normalize’ as Rubio puts it, or otherwise legitimze these invaders rests on what the additional cost to ‘government’ will be, then we are in deep, deep doo-doo as a sovereign country.
These people, MS-13 Gang of 8 included, don’t even want, won’t accept any conditions such as “the borders shall have been secure for 6 months before any in-country illegal is made citizen”. They say “well, that would delay citizenship to these ‘workers’ indefinitely. INDEFINITELY, did you hear that? Even they quietly agree the border WILL NEVER BE SECURED!
If, IF you irrationally put all that aside and go to their diversionist “government cost” argument, the government is getting and has gotten ALL the damn money they are ever going to get out of these illegals. Government will still get the employer and employee payroll taxes they can’t scheme their way out of, they’ll still have to pay out the EITC, SNAP, WICs, Section 8, and all that other giveaway stuff. If the government thinks they’ll EVER get any income tax money out of these people, they are deluded.
They’ll all do just like they do now - claim so many dependents that their tax bites are miniscule, leaving only the payroll taxes to pay. Net increase? ZIP, NADA, ZED, ZERO, NIL, Bupkiss.
Eight guys trying to give away our hard earned money to illegal aliens in exchange for votes. And they are really naieve enought to think the Hispanic population will vote to keep those frauds in office?! Sorry guys but you will not only be disrespected for what you are doing but will be replaced in short order by many other Garcias, Rodriquezs, and Ochoas.idiots with hidden agendas always arrive at the same destination - higher taxes / more money, more regulations, more power or for more votes.
The fact is that the Gang of Eight....and all Illegal Alien Amnesty supporters....are racist
The Rubio-Obama Amnesty bill gives millions to groups like La Raza. La Raza, in Spanish, means “the race”. La Raza also pushes the racist theories of Reconquista and Aztlan.....Reconquista is the re-conquest of the SW USA by Mestizo/Hispanic/Indigenous peoples....and Aztlan is the name of this conquered territory. This is what La Raza, MEChA, and other Hispano Racist groups believe in....and who the Gang of Eight want to give tax dollars to
La Raza is nothing more than the Hispanic Ku Klux Klan.
And this is a group that will be funded by the Rubio-Obama Amnesty bill.
I was watching as the mother of the Castro boys was interviewed yesterday. An American woman lived in this country all of her life and cannot speak English.
We are losing our country.
The entire purpose of immigration is to change the demographics so that democrats will take over for generations. Costs, terrorism, etc... mean nothing, the goal is worthy beyond anything else. It would not matter if Richwine was Einstein, anyone or anything that steps in front of the demographics juggernaut MUST be destroyed.
An American woman lived in this country all of her life and cannot speak English...................................... They speak Spanish in Puerto Rico, its part of the USA. Also the official language of the USA is No official Language. The original colonialists here were Spanish, we could all be speaking Spanish if it wasn’t for the European Wars 15-18th Centuries.
Revolt is coming.
Early in our history, German was bandied about.
I love the way Cruz figured out a way to implement Rush’s plan to “let them come but they can’t vote for 25 years”. Cruz is even better. NEVER. The Rats would drop immigration like a hot rock.
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Hopefully while we can still defend ourselves.
Err... The US may not have an official language, but several states do, like the state I live in, Missouri.
It is still possible, give it time.
Require a GED (in English) to get a green card.
And retest to get citizenship.
Fact is we don’t and should not. Spanish is not, repeat not, our language. We kicked their arses several times over the last 200 years only to be sold out by our own citizens and trojan horses.