Surprise, surprise: a David Frum poll of over fifty Tea Party demonstrators found that they don't know diddly-squat about taxes. Long story short: well over two-thirds of Tea Party respondents thought taxes were higher today than before Mr. Obama took over, when in fact taxes are, ahem, lower. I saw my tax cut on my paycheck right away; why didn't they? Go ahead and read the whole article on Mr. Frum's findings, written by conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, and you'll learn so much more about how little some people know. Of course, if Mr. Obama gets his way and Tha Bush Mobb's tax-cuts-for-the-rich expire, then Mr. Bartlett probably won't like it. But those higher taxes still won't affect any rank-and-file Tea Partiers -- though it will affect Head Teabagger and Lexus-user C. Boyden Gray.
Gabriel Arana writes a spirited and thoughtful article condemning Congress's approach to the "illegal" immigration "problem." Sadly, the comment thread is infested by folks who make no effort to engage Mr. Arana's actual points. Look, pimps: either the per-country cap is as useless as Mr. Arana says, or it's not; which is it? Either Mr. Arana is right when he says most undocumented immigrants are formerly-documented immigrants who let their visas lapse, or he's not; which is it? And one commenter (apparently the same one I argued with in this space a few days ago) thinks he's generous in his support for "a system to import highly skilled workers," as if he has no idea that corporations will pay those workers far less than they'd pay Americans with the same qualifications. It's almost like a lot of these folks don't want to offend big corporations or something. I wonder why that is.