On one hand, liberals demand that we spend more money on education because they say that is the only path out of poverty. On the other hand, they refuse to enforce border laws and allow the nation to be flooded with poor, uneducated illegal aliens. And on the other other hand, they bemoan the fact that poverty is a terrible problem.
This is what liberals call "climbing out of poverty." It's what conservatives call "skewing the stats."
Yet somehow our morally and intellectually superior liberal cousins never see the inherent conflict between those three issues.
The good news is that the American people see the issues very clearly:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Adults say if immigration laws were enforced, there would be less poverty in America. Only 19% disagree with that assessment, while 20% are not sure.
The number of adults who feel there would be less poverty is up 16 points from early July 2007 when only 45% of Americans felt that way. At that time, 32% disagreed.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 58% of adults not affiliated with either political party feel there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced, a view shared by just 48% of Democrats.
… Despite the billions of dollars spent on government anti-poverty programs, a majority of Americans nationwide still believe there are more poor people in the country today than there were 10 years ago. In fact, a plurality (45%) of adults thinks the current government anti-poverty programs actually increase poverty in America.
A majority of Likely U.S. Voters feel that the policies and practices of the federal government encourage illegal immigration. Most voters continue to favor strong sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants and landlords who rent to them. Voters also feel strongly that police should check the immigration status of drivers during routine traffic stops.
Fifty percent (50%) of adults say it’s too easy to qualify for welfare in the United States. At the same time, 41% of Americans think it’s too easy to get food stamps in this country now.
Obviously, if you remove 20,000,000 illegal aliens from the poverty rolls in the United States, the stats start to look a lot different and liberal positions on poverty, education, crime and welfare quickly begin falling apart.
Congratulations to Rasmussen for asking the question liberals don’t want asked to the American people for seeing through years of liberal hypocrisy.