Thursday, May 18, 2006

Ideological Test

Something that's been making the rounds.

This is a one-question, multiple-choice examination. Complete the analogy:

undocumented worker : U.S. citizen :: __________ : homeowner

Answer choices--

a. guest

b. burglar

The theory is that your answer to this question tells where you stand on the issue of immigration policy. Probably this could use some refinement. Probably the fallacy is that the whole truth falls on one side or the other. Probably there is a maddening amount of hypocrisy and posturing among our politicians on this issue.

It seems to me that good analysis on this issue begins with facts. Here are a couple of facts: law that governs citizenship and immigration is a fact; 12 million undocumented immigrant laborers are also a fact. There are more, but that's a good start.

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