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The Fiscal Con: fiscal conservatives, libertarians shift blame on problems they helped create

Many leading fiscal conservatives and libertarians attempt to shift blame on problems that they helped create. They attempt to use problems the U.S. faces to push one part of their agenda, while ignoring how another part of their agenda helped cause those problems in the first place.

For instance, many fiscal conservative leaders (albeit not many libertarians) supported the Iraq War, which will end up costing the U.S. somewhere between 1 and 3 trillion dollars. Those fiscal conservative leaders (such as Mitch Daniels) complain about massive government spending, without acknowledging the role they played in running up the debt.

Another example comes from a series of articles that those in the fiscal conservative/libertarian/"Profits at Any Price" camp have written about the problems that California faces. They whine about massive spending, as if all the costs California faces just fell from the sky one day. Actually, they didn't: many of the costs that California faces can be traced back to one source: massive low-skilled immigration.

The fiscal conservative types tend to ignore that source because they tend to support massive low-skilled immigration. Their policies helped set the stage for massive spending. Now, they're blaming the victims of their policies.

Massive low-skilled immigration hasn't just increased social welfare spending in California. It's also given more power to the free-spending far-left and even the Mexican government inside California. The far-left uses their increased power to push for more spending. Massive immigration has also led to more spending on schools, teachers, and civil servants. Fiscal conservatives tend to whine about civil servant pensions, without revealing that without massive immigration there wouldn't be such a demand for civil servants in the first place.

Massive immigration has also reduced the quality of life in especially Southern California, leading to many in the middle-class fleeing the state. Even Dan Walters has acknowledged that California is becoming a two-tier society: a small number of rich people, a very large number of poor people, and few in the middle class.

Libertarians, fiscal cons, and others in the Profits at Any Price club have all helped bring California to its current state through their loose borders policies. Take action: use the Question Authority plan to discredit them by asking tough questions on video at their public appearances.

Last modified May 21, 2011
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Why Conn Carroll has no credibility ("California in Crisis", illegal immigration) - 02/26/13

... massive illegal immigration. See Fiscal Con for several examples. However, so far none of those "conservatives" have been bold enough to admit that they weren't going to discuss immigration: they just ignored it completely. That is, until now. Meet Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner, who's practically the poster boy for the Fiscal Con posts. He writes ( washingtonexaminer . com/article/...

How can "conservatives" help California if they support or ignore the root cause? (Conn Carroll) - 11/19/12

Here's yet another entry for the Fiscal Con page (see the link for an explanation and past examples). This one comes from Conn Carroll in the Washington Examiner ("Can conservatives prevent the U.S. from becoming California?", link): Don't think for a second that California's chronic deficits are caused by low taxes. Even before last Tuesday's tax hikes, California had the most progressive income...

Walter Russell Mead blames the victims of globalization, mass immigration (California, The American Interest, Kotkin) - 07/15/12

... while I've been tracking the "Fiscal Con": examples of fiscal conservatives deflecting blame from the impacts of the policies they support or ignore. Now, Walter Russell Meade ("WRM") offers what might be called the "Global Con". From '"Green" Energy Bias Killing California' [1]: The destruction of California isn’t a victimless crime. Millions of low income California residents are trapped in...

Hot Air readers, Erika Johnsen turn their backs on millions of Americans in California ("anti-Arizona" immigration bill) - 07/06/12

... it had received back. And, see Fiscal Con for past examples of fiscal conservatives blaming those victimized by policies they support or won't oppose. --------------- [1] hotair . com/archives/2012/07/06/ california-senate-passes-anti-arizona-immigration-bill

What City Journal doesn't want you to see (Troy Senik, "Worst Union", California, immigration) - 06/14/12

... City Journal and engaged in the Fiscal Con (see the link). Senik went on for paragraph after paragraph - seemingly trying to lay all of California's woes at the feet of the California Teachers Association union - without once mentioning the role illegal immigration has played in this state's problems. In response, I left the following comment [3]. Weeks later, it hasn't appeared on their...

Erika Johnsen of Townhall/Hotair ignores immigration impact on California - 05/03/12

... [1]. But, both engage in the Fiscal Con: see that link and the first link in this post for more. Please take a moment and let all of them know what you think: @erikajohnsen @optimisticcon @EdMorrissey -------------- [1] New York state claimed 49, and Illinois 48; Texas was 1 and Florida 2. Most of the top ten are southern states. If you think living in Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, South Carolina...

HotAir ignores mass immigration's impact on California (J.E. Dyer) - 04/30/12

... page, J.E. Dyer engages in the Fiscal Con. As described at that link, that consists of fiscal conservatives ignoring their role in the problems they whine about and using those problems to push another part of their agenda. In the current case, that consists of pushing lower taxes, fewer regulations, and more oil production as a job creation tool, while ignoring the three million or so illegal...

Joel Kotkin, Allysia Finley grossly mislead yet again ("The Great California Exodus", Wall Street Journal) - 04/21/12

... immigration ideology, and see Fiscal Con for previous examples of fiscal conservatives complaining about problems they helped create.

Teaparty Nation: break California, Illinois into smaller states (Judson Phillips) - 01/09/12

... detailed here many, many times, fiscal conservatives have a neat trick: blaming others for the problems they helped cause. See the Fiscal Con page for several examples, of which Phillips' email is just one. While Teaparty Nation has been somewhat on the right side of immigration, they and the Tea Partiers in general are useful idiots for those on the complete wrong side of the issue: the Koch...

Carly Fiorina misleads: ignores immigration role in California problems (NRSC vice chair, "job creators") - 07/13/11

... also becomes just the latest fiscal conservative to mislead people using the "Fiscal Con" (see the link). She offers "Big government is not way to stronger economy" (politico.com/news/stories/0711/58827.html) which whines about California's problems without revealing the role that massive immigration has played in putting California in its current situation. And, she doesn't reveal that because...

Amity Shlaes dares not tell you a major cause of high teen unemployment (Glenn Reynolds) - 07/04/11

... is yet another example of the Fiscal Con; see the link for a description and other examples. Note also that the dropping youth participation rate is due in large part to the policies supported by those in the Shlaes "Profits at any Price" orbit, and no doubt the rising older workers participation rate is due in large part to other policies pushed by those same people.

Wall Street Journal, Ed Morrissey ignore immigration impact on teen unemployment - 07/01/11

... is yet another example of the Fiscal Con: fiscal conservatives responding to the negative impacts of their policies by placing blame somewhere else. See that link for past examples. -------------- [1] link: Only 24% of teens, one in four, have jobs, compared to 42% as recently as the summer of 2001. The nearby chart chronicles the teen employment percentage over time, including the notable...

George Will misleads about a root cause of California problems - 05/21/11

Fiscal conservatives and libertarians have a cruel trick they like to play on the people of California: whine about the problems California faces in order to push one part of their agenda, while ignoring how another part of their agenda caused the problems in the first place. See the fiscal con page for a detailed description and several examples. The latest pundit to pull the Fiscal Con is...

Why won't Roger Simon reveal his ideology's role in California's problems? - 11/05/10

... [1]. It's yet another article by fiscal conservatives and free market types in which they fail to account for the highly negative role that their support for massive immigration has played in bringing California to its current state. And, not only does he fail to reveal his ideology's role in heavily damaging California, but he even wants us to suffer: The only solution is for California to...

Ask John Yoo about how to save California for real - 10/02/10

Torture memo author John Yoo offers "How to Save California: Outlaw Public Employee Unions" [1]. That's definitely an idea worth considering, but Yoo oddly enough is ignoring a more fundamental issue that would help California even more. That issue, of course, is immigration and specifically illegal immigration. One of the reasons why there are so many public workers is because of massive...

Ed Morrissey, Glenn Reynolds, Newsbusters don't tell whole truth about Bell, California - 09/22/10

Eight public officials in the city of Bell, California were recently arrested regarding the pay scandal in that city (link). Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says they misappropriated $5.5 million from that poor city south of downtown. Some media reports failed to note that the eight charged are all Democrats, and Glenn Reynolds [1], Ed Morrissey of HotAir [2], and Lachlan Markay...

Allysia Finley doesn't tell whole truth about LAUSD spending binge (WSJ) - 09/04/10

Many fiscal conservatives live in a fantasy world where we can have massive immigration combined with low spending, despite there being absolutely no evidence of that ever happening and despite there being countless examples of how massive immigration leads to increased spending. The way many of those people get around this massive flaw in their policy proposals is to simply ignore immigration's...

Bell, California: see who isn't telling you the whole truth (hint: libertarians) - 08/25/10

The city of Bell, California has been in the news lately due to exorbitant salaries that city officials voted to give themselves. Most of those using Bell as an example of failed policies have failed to note that they themselves support failed policies, and those failed policies have played a role in Bell's situation. Two examples will be provided below, and the reader is encouraged to add more...

George Will, blaming California's woes on liberalism, at least mentions role of massive immigration - 01/10/10

There have been a spate of recent articles in which conservatives have blamed all of California's problems on liberalism, with all of the ones I've seen almost completely ignoring the role that massive immigration has played. That massive immigration not only increased spending, but it gave more power to the free-spending far-left. Why they won't mention that isn't exactly clear, but it probably...

Ross Douthat's bogus "War Over California" (William Voegeli; immigration off establishment radar) - 12/24/09

Ross Douthat of the New York Times offers "The War Over California" (douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/the-war-over-california). He gets the first sentence right and then goes sharply downhill, offering a false choice between conservative parsimony and liberal free-spending. He doesn't mention the key role that massive/illegal immigration has played in California's problems and how support for...

Joel Kotkin grossly misleads about California's problems - 07/07/09

At Forbes, Joel Kotkin offers "Who Killed California's Economy? /There are five suspects, from the governor to the constituents themselves" (link). I left the comment below. More could be said about the gross dishonesty he exhibits in the article, and I suggest going there and leaving a comment (quick, free registration required). Comment follows: