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2010/8/29-9/30 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Domestic/Immigration] UID:53942 Activity:kinda low
8/29    OC turning liberal, maybe there is hope for CA afterall:
        http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/us/politics/30orange.html
        \_ and the state is slowly turning conservative. Meg 2010!
           \_ We will see. Seems unlikely.
        \_ Yeah, because CA sure has a problem with not enough dems in power!
           If only dems had been running the state for the last 40 years!
           \_ Yes, if only they'd been running the state for the last 40
              years without the GOP blocking every goddamn budget that
              made sense. Blaming the party in power when you keep holding
              them up is a shameful charade.
           \_ CA is doing pretty well compared to most of the nation, believe
              it or not.
        \_ Big parts of OC (like Stabba Ana) turning into a barrio does
           not bode well for California.
           \_ Sure it does, immigrants have always revitalized America.
              The newest wave is no different.
              \_ So you think that the entire State becoming a slum except
                 for a few gated communities here and there is revitalization?
                 Previous immigrants had much different values than the
                 current immigrants do. I do agree that immigrants will
                 help run our economic engine so that we don't become a
                 dying nation like Japan, but the American standard-of-living
                 is taking a dive as all of these Third World immigrants
                 bring their Third World philosophies, diseases, and
                 values into our nation. I see a big difference between
                 Polish Jews, Irish, and even Chinese as compared to
                 immigrants from Africa and Central America - and I don't
                 mean skin color.
                 \_ "Third World philosophies, diseases, and values"
                    Er, WTF?
                    \_ Diseases like tuberculosis are making a reappearance
                       thanks to our new immigrant friends.  Let's just say
                       that immigrants from Japan and immigrants from El
                       Salvador don't bring the same things to the table.
                       There are very large cultural and religious differences.
                       There are large differences in attitudes towards the
                       treatment of women, human rights, education, the role
                       of government, etc.  It is part of the reason why
                       these countries are they way thay they are. If this is
                       these countries are the way they are. If this is
                       not obvious to you I won't waste my time explaining.
                       \_ You sound exactly like the Know Nothing bigots who
                          hated the Irish and Italians at the turn of the 19th
                          century. And the anti-Asian racists who had the
                          Japanese put in internment camps during WW-II.
                          The new immigrants will join American society just
                          fine and renew America with the integration of their
                          values with ours. This is especially true for Latin
                          American immigrants. I don't know who all these
                          African immigrants are that you claim are coming
                          to America, but America still has a problem with
                          race that needs working on.
                          \_ As you point out yourself, America has a problem
                             with race. It was much easier for Irish to
                             assimilate than it will be for Africans and
                             Latinos and this is one of the reasons (but
                             not the only reason) why.
                       \_ El Salvador? Are you nuts? The El Salvadoran
                          immigrant population mostly fled dictators and
                          death squads, and they're a hell of a lot more
                          committed to a free and democratic US than you
                          are. El Salvador is the way it is now because
                          WE, the US, supported dictators and death
                          squads. That's a matter of record. Look up
                          declassified documents on the CIA in El Salvador
                          in the 60s for more.
                          \_ Yes, El Salvador would be a First World nation
                             if not for US involvement in their affairs.
                             Riiiiight.
                       \_ Diseases like tb are making a resurgence because
                          we have a failing health care system. Poor folks
                          can't afford to get immunized, and rich folks
                          are buying up Cipro-- and then not using the
                          right doses to kill whatever bugs they do have,
                          resulting in drug-resistant strains of tb. Also,
                          do you know what you have to do to get a visa
                          in the US? Get a raft of shots and medical
                          exams. As for illegals, haven't you been
                          reading that illegal immigrants have been
                          returning to their countries of origins in
                          record numbers? If any of this is not obvious
                          to you, please, by all means, ask for more
                          explanation.
                          \_ Yeah, soon there won't be any illegal immigrants
                             left here. You know, I have a bridge for sale
                             you might be interested in.
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www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/us/politics/30orange.html
John Wayne, a bastion for the John Birch Society, a land of orange groves and affluence, the region of California where Republican presidential candidates could always count on a friendly audience. More Photos But this iconic county of 31 million people passed something of a milestone in June. The percentage of registered Republican voters dropped to 43 percent, the lowest level in 70 years. It was the latest sign of the demographic, ethnic and political changes that are transforming the county and challenging long-held views of a region whose colorful -- its detractors might suggest zany -- reputation extends well beyond the borders of this state. At the end of 2009, nearly 45 percent of the county's residents spoke a language other than English at home, according to county officials. this county is teeming with Hispanics, as well as Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese families. Its percentage of foreign-born residents jumped to 30 percent in 2008 from 6 percent in 1970, and visits to some of its corners can feel like a trip to a foreign land. The demographic changes that have swept the county reflect what is happening across the state and much of the nation. It has happened slowly but surely over the course of a generation, becoming increasingly apparent not only in a drive through the 34 cities that fill this sprawling 789-square-mile county south of Los Angeles, but also, most recently, in the results of a presidential election. In Irvine, I sometimes feel like I'm her affirmative action program." Manuel Gomez, the vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California, Irvine, said the county where he was born 63 years ago is almost unrecognizable to him today. "With diversity comes more cultural voices and political voices," he said. Orange County is not unique in being a reliable Republican region in California. 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