Credit where it is due, as Dana Milbank dismembers Jan Brewer and John McCain:
Last year gave us death panels and granny killings, but compared with the nonsense justifying the immigration crackdown, the health-care debate was an evening at the Oxford Union Society.
Two months ago, the Arizona Republic published an exhaustive report that found that, according to statistics from the FBI and Arizona police agencies, crime in Arizona border towns has been “essentially flat for the past decade.” For example, “In 2000, there were 23 rapes, robberies and murders in Nogales, Ariz. Last year, despite nearly a decade of population growth, there were 19 such crimes.” The Pima County sheriff reported that “the border has never been more secure.”
FBI statistics show violent crime rates in all of the border states are lower than they were a decade ago — yet Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reports that the violence is “the worst I have ever seen.” President Obama justifiably asserted last week that “the southern border is more secure today than any time in the past 20 years,” yet Rush Limbaugh judged the president to be “fit for the psycho ward” on the basis of that remark.
You really need to read the entire thing- I knew Brewer was full of it, but I had no idea she was spewing nonsense about headless people in the desert and other such fairy tales. At any rate, as I was reading it, it occurred to me that this story sounds a lot like the summer of the shark a few years ago. Only difference is then it was news announcers whipping up the scare, now it is our political leadership.