May 14, 2010

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Two Years After Strict Immigration Reform, Oklahoma Is More Than OK’) Is Up’

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:59 am

oklahomaIt’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.



The column builds on a number of posts from 2-3 years ago concerning “1804,” the Sooner State’s immigration law-enforcement measure.

  • May 19, 2007“Oklahoma’s Brand of Immigration Reform Barely Makes News; Guess Why?” The press mostly ignored what the state was doing, possibly because Congress and the Bush administration were attempting to push slow-motion illegal-immigrant amnesty on the rest of the nation, and didn’t want the rest of us to know that the really is a consensus for enforcing the law, controlling the borders, and keeping people who are here illegally from taking jobs from U.S. citizens.
  • January 10, 2008“USAT Report on Okla. Immigration Law Impact Heavy on Anecdotes, Light on Facts and Stats.” It critiqued a USA Today item that wanted us to believe that work wouldn’t get done because illegals had been chased away. In my post, I noted that “… an admittedly cursory review of statistics at the state’s Department of Human Services, indicates that Food Stamp, Medicaid, and other program participants and costs had been growing significantly for several years until the spring of 2007.” 1804 passed in May of 2007 and became effective in November.
  • April 22, 2008“Oklahoma Unemployment Is Way Down. Will Media Look into Why?” If anyone has, I’ve missed it.
  • April 23, 2008“More on Oklahoma’s Employment Situation: A Graphic I Wanted to Steal ….” The graphic shows how Oklahoma’s unemployment rate went down in late 2007 and early 2008, while the rest of the states, virtually without exception, started to see their unemployment rates rise. The nationwide rise that turned into a rout once the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy started up in June of 2008, creating the recession As Normal People Define It that began in that year’s third quarter.

At the time, the only thing one could say without lots of investigation was that there were a lot pretty interesting coincidences.

Two years later, Oklahoma is clearly outperforming the rest of the country. Absent any other acceptable explanation, it would seem that 1804 deserves a large share of the credit.

Go to the column for the details.



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