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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:13 PM
ericynot get a clue? Do you know what illegals cost just the State of Arizona? Add Texas and California and you might get an idea of real costs. So the poor folks pay into SS with illegal SS#'s from bogus papers and they can't collect. Boo hoo for them---not! BELIEVE ME---they collect alright... from every entitlement they can get their hands on during their "working" life while a citizen (like me) has to wait until I'm old to get back what was unlawfully taken from me during my work years. Fat chance I'll see it let alone an illegal!

With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different.

If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible."

I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Scott...