WBEZ | Heritage Foundation http://www.wbez.org/tags/heritage-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en GOP leader quits amid eugenics-fueled immigration report http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/gop-leader-quits-amid-eugenics-fueled-immigration-report-107158 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7234_jason-richwine-heritage-foundation_0.jpg" style="float: right; height: 210px; width: 280px;" title="Jason Richwine (Heritage Foundation)" />Last week, the Florida Republican Party&rsquo;s <a href="http://thefloridanation.com/?p=555" target="_blank">Hispanic outreach director</a> quit his job and switched sides.</div><p>According to Pablo Pantoja, the final straw came in the Heritage Foundation&rsquo;s immigration report, a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/heritage-immigration-scholar-race-differences-iq-jason-richwine" target="_blank">screed authored in part by a racist</a> named Jason Richwine who&rsquo;d once told the American Enterprise Institute that &ldquo;decades of psychometric testing has indicated that at least in America, you have Jews with the highest average IQ, usually followed by East Asians, then you have non-Jewish whites, Hispanics, and then blacks. These are real differences, and they&#39;re not going to go away tomorrow, and for that reason we have to address them in our immigration discussions and our debates.&rdquo;<br /><br />Sound familiar?<br /><br />Perhaps it should. It&rsquo;s an echo of arguments against immigration that go back more than a century. At the beginning of the 20th, Henry Goddard &ndash; the father of American intelligence testing &ndash; had very similar words about the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/nov/12/race-intelligence-iq-science" target="_blank">immigrants coming through Ellis Island</a> when he concluded that &quot;83 percent of the Jews, 80 percent of the Hungarians, 79 percent of the Italians and 87 percent of the Russians were feeble-minded.&quot;<br /><br />It&rsquo;s funny, you know, how in about one hundred years &ndash; to use one example &ndash; Jews have gone from being considered near imbecilic, according to Goddard, to the smart leaders, according to Richwine.<br /><br />The history of race and intelligence testing is so fraught that it boggles the mind the GOP would dare allow it, even indirectly, anywhere near arguments against immigration. But intelligence testing and race have always been intimately related, and the issue of race has never been a subtle shadow in Republican politics.<br /><br />In fact, Richwine, the Heritage researcher behind the recent controversy, had included these claims in his Harvard dissertation (which cited<a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/05/13/2004031/24-harvard-student-groups-graduating-jason-richwine-debases-all-of-our-degrees/" target="_blank"> discredited sources</a> such as J. Philipe Rushton and has caused academic protests at Harvard). And he had published tracts on the same ideas on <em><a href="http://alternativeright.com/" target="_blank">AlternativeRight</a></em>, a white supremacist website that describes itself as &ldquo;paleoconservative&rdquo; and questions the fact of the Holocaust.<br /><br />Even now, as the Heritage Foundation&rsquo;s VP in charge of communications, Mike Gonzalez (another Cuban &ndash; because the GOP seems to only have Cubans &ndash; undeportable and immune to most immigration politics &ndash; to deal with immigration matters) tries to distance his organization from Richwine, you just have to wonder: Did Heritage not know about Richwine&rsquo;s doctoral work? About the stuff on <em>AlternativeRight</em>? What was the basis of the hire if not his previous research?<br /><br />&quot;Its findings do not reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation or the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to U.S. taxpayers, as race and ethnicity are not part of Heritage immigration policy recommendations,&quot; Gonzalez said of <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/10/as-controversy-swirls-heritage-report-author-resigns/" target="_blank">Richwine&rsquo;s doctoral work</a> in an effort to keep it from totally sinking the Heritage report.<br /><br />My suspicion is that, in fact, Heritage knew quite well about Richwine&rsquo;s work and wasn&rsquo;t in the least bit bothered by it until it became a liability. The GOP likes to ignore the inconvenient, just as it massages history and the societal treatment of groups to explain so-called deficiencies in people it considers undesirable.<br /><br />Pantoja, the <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/former-rnc-hispanic-outreach-director-in-florida-switches-to-democrat/2120764" target="_blank">Republican-turned-Democrat</a>, addressed some of these matters in a letter he wrote to the <em>Tampa Bay Times</em>:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Although the (Heritage Foundation) distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn&rsquo;t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten &hellip; We are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, &lsquo;In California, a majority of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That&rsquo;s a lot of Democratic voters coming&rsquo;. The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality. &nbsp;Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted &lsquo;For giving him shelter and food for all those years?&rsquo; while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for &lsquo;all the things you did to me&rsquo;. I think you get the idea.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>But do we? Because they just keep coming back, over and over and over.</p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 01:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-05/gop-leader-quits-amid-eugenics-fueled-immigration-report-107158 Scorched-earth Tea Partyer Jim DeMint resigns from Senate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/scorched-earth-tea-partyer-jim-demint-resigns-senate-104253 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jim%20DeMint%20AP.jpg" style="height: 456px; width: 620px;" title="Jim DeMint will leave the U.S. Senate to head the conservative Heritage Foundation. (AP)" /></div><p>The Senate&rsquo;s scorched-earth Tea Party godfather &mdash;&nbsp;Jim DeMint of South Carolina &mdash; has stepped down to head the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.</p><p>DeMint is the always concerned-looking, handsome Club for Growth elder statesman who stood by Todd Akin when every Republican walked away, channeled funds to Akin and said, &ldquo;We <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/25/1082501/despite-legitimate-rape-comments-right-wing-groups-continue-to-spend-for-akin/">support Todd Akin</a> and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse.&rdquo; Never mind that the problem with Akin wasn&rsquo;t his fiscal policy or that he was anti-abortion, but that he was idiotic about the female reproductive system.</p><p>The same Jim DeMint favored&nbsp;<a href="http://www.goupstate.com/article/20101002/ARTICLES/10021004/1002/SPORTS04?p=2&amp;tc=pg">barring gay teachers</a>&nbsp;from schools because &ldquo;if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn&#39;t be teaching in the classroom&rdquo; &mdash; just like an unmarried woman who&#39;s sleeping with her boyfriend &mdash; &ldquo;shouldn&rsquo;t be in the classroom&rdquo; either,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />And the same Jim DeMint tried to tack an anti-choice amendment on to a farm bill that would <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/10/19/347993/jim-demint-prohibit-internet-abortion-discussion/">ban discussing abortion</a> between a woman and her doctor over the internet and through video conferencing &mdash; even if the woman&rsquo;s life is at risk.<br /><br />That guy, <em>that</em> Jim DeMint! The one who backed, not just Akin, but Sharron Angle and Christine O&rsquo;Donnell, without hesitation or shame.&nbsp;</p><p>The man who managed <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/browse?sponsor=400105">to pass not a single piece of substantive legislation</a> in his eight years in the Senate is now headed off to head a policy institute.<br /><br />The man whose greatest achievement in the U.S. Senate was to be in perpetual opposition, whether to the Democrats or his own party, and who helped land the <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/jim-demints-greatest-hits-and-misses.php?ref=fpa">GOP exactly where it is now</a> in the fiscal negotiations, is now going to step out of the fray and throw bombs from the sidelines.<br /><br />Expect to see Jim DeMint, one of the most radical political figures ever elected to the U.S. Senate, on television more than ever. Expect journalists who should know better to quote him breathlessly as a legitimate policy expert. (Ezra Klein has piece in the <em>Washington Post</em> about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/06/jim-demint-and-the-death-of-think-tanks/">politicizing and decline of think tanks</a> that&rsquo;s worth reading.)<br /><br />There&rsquo;s no question that, especially post-election, DeMint will have greater influence outside the Senate &mdash; where Dems just increased their number as DeMint&rsquo;s candidates got trounced &mdash; than in it. Moreover, if he stayed, he risked becoming ostracized by traditional Republican leadership, which is scrambling to find anything that looks like a compromise to demonstrate some bipartisanship, anathema to DeMint.<br /><br />What happens next? South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a place holder, quite likely U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, making him the one and only African-American in the Senate. Then South Carolina voters will have the pleasure of electing a governor and two new U.S. senators in 2014.<br /><br />The luckiest guy in all of this? Lindsey Graham, the state&rsquo;s other Senator, will now be involved in one of many hot races and can safely assume that whatever crazy right wing money was going to be used against him in a primary challenge will be split at least in two.</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-12/scorched-earth-tea-partyer-jim-demint-resigns-senate-104253 GOP Lt. Gov candidate gets clever listing government experience http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//jason-plummer-final.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-14611" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" title="jason-plummer-final" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//jason-plummer-final.jpg" alt="" width="159" height="227" /></a> Now that the clamor has died down for the IL Democratic Lt. Gov candidate Scott Lee Cohen, let's turn our attention to the elected nominee from the GOP side, <a href="http://www.jasonplummer.com/" target="_blank">Jason Plummer</a>.‚  All we really‚  know about Mr. Plummer is that he is wet behind the ears. He won the election though, and the GOP are excited about the young blood. So where is he from? A quick <a href="http://www.jasonplummer.com/about-jason" target="_blank">scan of his bio</a> online give him some notable credits, including work served with Senator Peter Fiztgerald and separately, with the Heritage‚  Foundation. Work served is a weird phrase and it grabbed my attention. Upon second look (and second Google search), it turns out that Plummer <a href="http://www.jasonplummer.com/in-the-news/news-releases/doc_download/1-jason-plummers-biography " target="_blank">served as an intern for both Fitzgerald and the Heritage Foundation</a>. In a very informal survey of the WBEZ City Room staff, seven staffers have worked as interns for the government (and one worked in Americorps), which gives them similar work experience as the GOP Lt. Gov. candidate. <!--break--> I also asked the WBEZ staffers how they put that information on their about pages/resumes. Most don't even put their experience on their resumes anymore. Those who do list, listed the work experience as "intern", not "served." What do you think? Is Jason Plummer being sneaky/disingenuous with his bio? Or is he just being clever? [poll id="72"]</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience