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GWB and the Help

A reader:

“John Podhertz can snicker about the Bush/servants comment all he wants, but I lived in Texas for seven years and there is a lot of truth to it.  I lived in San Antonio and as a white person I never left the North side of town.  Illegals mowed my yard and cleaned my house, but I never saw the South side of town where they lived or experienced any of the social costs associated with them.  I think Bush is a do gooder at heart. He has lived in Texas, seen hard working Mexicans work on his ranch and thinks ‘hey, what’s the problem?’  Bush is completely out of touch with reality when it comes to immigration.”

[Derb]  Looks like wonkery to me.  Wonks are interested in, among other things, seeking out the causes of social & political phenomena.  GWB’s reluctance to authorize enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is a major political phenomenon.  That he loves his servants, and has never thought any deeper into the matter, is a plausible explanation, given what we may reasonably surmise about his thought processes in general.  Sorry, JPod, I don’t really see your point here.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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