In a previous blog post, I presented some polling data from Latino Decisions. Its numbers make the case that embracing broad immigration reform would be a vote getter among Hispanic voters. The firm then offers some messaging advice:
At least that was my initial reaction. And LD’s messaging advice certainly reflects the idea, argued in NR by Heather MacDonald, that it “is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation.”
Yet if immigration reform is not sufficient, it certainly seems to be necessary. So too more hospitable rhetoric. But then what? Well, how about a pro-growth, pro-market, pro-family economic agenda that appeals to middle-class voters of whatever race or ethnicity: a) an expanded child tax credit to offset both income and payroll taxes for parents, b) financial reform to end crony capitalist bank subsidies, c) the elimination of investment taxes, d) education reform beyond private school vouchers, and d) a plan for transforming the PPACA into true consumer-driven health reform.