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"Republicans plan to transform the electorate by turning them all into investors. Democrats hope to transform them by mass immigration. Guess who's winning?" So a journalist colleague remarked to me as we discussed the Presidential voting breakdown. The answer is, of course, that the Democrats are winning. Indeed, they seem to be winning even when the immigrants become keen investors, at least when those immigrants are Chinese.
[VDARE.com note: News from the year 2000! This, one of our earliest articles, is being pinned to the front page on election day, 2012, to remind you, as Steve Sailer blogged today, that no one seems to have drawn any lesson from the failure of so many minority voters to pass the intelligence test represented by a (slightly) confusing ballot.]
Having recently published a five part series in VDARE on the plight of the intellectually challenged in modern America, I was pleased that so many Al Gore supporters in Florida's Palm Beach County have chosen to make themselves the poster children for the easily confused. By their willingness to go on national television and proclaim their failure to understand that an arrow pointing from Al Gore's name to a punch hole means that they should have punched that hole ... well, I never expected my argument to get that much free publicity. [For a picture of the baffling ballot, see here.]
As IQ researcher Linda Gottfredson has pointed out, "Life is an IQ test." Performance on practically every task that has ever been studied is positively correlated with IQ. Thus, it's by no means surprising how much trouble the elderly and the permanently dim experience trying to decipher a new ballot design, no matter how simple.
Of course, stupidity is not confined to Gore supporters. While 19,000 ballots were screwed-up in Gore-loving Palm Beach County, the heavily Republican voters of Florida's Duval County botched 22,000 ballots—an astounding 8% of the county's total.
Democrats in Palm Beach complain that it was confusing to have t
(Harold Brewer was born in Wichita and raised on a farm in central Kansas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. After leaving military service, he attended the University of California and received degrees in agricultural engineering from Berkeley and Davis. He has done research at the university and federal government levels on advanced agricultural systems.
By Dan Seligman
Remember the "Lost Boys"? - the gang of child soldiers that the media discovered in the Sudan a couple of years ago?
Well, they're coming here. All of them. As part of the refugee inflow authorized by the 1980 Refugee Act and set by the White House in consultation with Congress every year.