Would you be willing to flesh out your background so as to better understand your positions in your research and blog postings?
Where were you born?
Where were your parents born?
Do your parents espouse your same political leanings?
Do you intend to remain in Wisconsin after you retire?
If not, where do you intend to move to?
I think this comment highlights the sad state of policy discourse, at least on one side, has descended to. At the very least, it demonstrates an inability to discuss issues on their own merit without bringing into play the personalities. At the worst, it demonstrates a nativist attitude which is all to pervasive these days. John comments again, in order to justify his questions:
Why do I care? Well, let’s see. Dr. Chinn collects 2 salaries from the University of Wisconsin system in his current position. I don’t know the specifics, but I believe his position ties into the State of Wisconsin Pension System, which, unlike most states, is 100% funded. Now, as Dr. Chinn continues to advicate for more and more and more state taxes to continue to feed the state government beast (of which he profits handsomely), I am intensely curious if he intends to stay around post-retirement. I am willing to bet not. I would be shocked if he did not take his state pension payout (based upon two University salaries) and move to a much more favorable tax state, rather than take his retirement in Wisconsin and continue to pay the enormous taxes. He indirectly advocates for these continuous yearly tax hikes by attacking anyone who dare suggest goverment restraint. But for those of us who continue to live here and pay the taxes funding Dr. Chinn’s lifestyle, his posts are something other than purely ‘academic’.
So, what I’m trying to figure out is where his posts are coming from. I suspect that he is arguing from a position of pure self-interest. More taxes = more raises = (eventually) more pension payouts that he can collect in another state with lower income tax rates.
Yet, I cannot rule out the possibility that his parents grew up in some communist, repressive country, and influenced his politics in that way. But, probably not. He’s most likely couching his self-interest behind ‘academic’ posts.
’nuff said. I wonder whether other bloggers get similar question, or I’m just lucky. I guess I have to be thankful that at least he didn’t claim to have “a list”.
I think we should be fighting the war of ideas with facts and logic (and perhaps with correct spelling), and not impugning the motives (and patriotism) of those who might hold different views.
Oh, and just to be clear, I do not collect two paychecks from the state of Wisconsin.
Update, 8/11, 11:45 AM Pacific: On a side note, Steve King has just reiterated his belief:
“for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
King said his statements were accurate and have been misconstrued.
“My numbers have not been debunked. I said valedictorians compared to people who would be legalized under the act that are drug smugglers coming across the border. My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers,” King said.
Update, 8/24, 7:30PM Pacific: After a long discussion of how birtherism is an acceptable perspective, I thought this example of cognitive dissonance should be exhibit 1 in the rebuttal. From “Cruz’s Supporters Don’t Question Eligibility,” Texas Tribune:
When Democrat Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Republican voter Christina Katok of Walden said she believed he was ineligible for the job.
She reasoned that he was born in Kenya and therefore wasn’t a “natural born” American — one of a handful of constitutional requirements for the job. (Obama’s birth certificate shows that he was born in Hawaii, but some critics do not accept that as fact.)
Fast forward six years and another freshman U.S. senator, Canadian-born Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz of Texas, is being mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. But Katok, who would vote for Cruz in a heartbeat, doesn’t have any concerns about his eligibility.
“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she said. Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,” the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race.
Cruz, who recently released his Canadian birth certificate, is at least “up front about it,” she said.
I think this story summarizes the nature of the birther movement comprehensively.