Friday, April 20, 2012

As with the Irish who came before them

If you are a political junkie and are following political infighting in the Raja/Mustio Republican primary race for PA state senate, it really is history repeating itself.

As I read it, the debate is over whether the Mustio adds are anti-Indian. I suppose it should be no surprise that it has all come down to this.  The immigration stats I put up last week which showed a rapid increase in permanent (and by very definition legal since that is what those stats are for...) residents coming from Asia.  Those Asian immigration numbers are indeed being driven primarily by new immigrants coming to Pittsburgh from India.  It is not a coincidence that population growth for the region is turning around right as those immigrant flows are increasing.

update: It just occurred to me how sad this whole little tempest is.  The race here is for Pennsylvania's 37th Senate District which is represented by John Pippy...   who only incidental to his whole CV happens to be Asian American, which has to be a rare thing in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Could we be becoming less tolerant?

It really is an issue far beyond this one race.  So even in a region which ranks about as low as you can get, you can still find angst over the most legal immigration flows that exist.  I will admit getting annoyed at people who say they are all for 'legal' immigration, but are just opposed to 'illegal' immigration.  Yet when push comes to shove their rhetoric against legal immigration is unabated.

As low as international immigration is into Pittsburgh, it still is a big part of the turnaround observed in net migration into the Pittsburgh region.  American demographics are pretty simple in a sense these days.  Growth is really only coming from immigration.  If you don't want immigration, that is your perogative, but you should plan on decline.

It really is time for Pittsburgh to stop being afraid of the future.  It is either that or we start to plan on not having a future at all.




13 Comments:

Anonymous Infinonymous said...

The Mustio ads rely on bigotry, which is an effective tactic, particularly in this region and especially in a Republican primary. Spare no sympathy for the Raja team, however. Raja's campaigners wish they were playing offense on this issue.

Neither of these candidates is fit to carry John Pippy's shoes. Raja's candidacy, in particular, is nothing more than the second stage in a large-scale wealth redistribution program (from affluent, naive ego to hungry, ambitious political ids).

Pittsburgh has a future. Just not one anyone sensible would choose, at least not along the region's current trajectory.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Well the trajectory on that graph certainly appears to be positive, and sustained to boot.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Infi got paroled?

Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bigotry from Mustio is astonishing given his own ethnicity- the people who gave us organized crime, who continue to this day to loot billions of taxpayer dollars out of the state treasury (how many years did Sen. Vince Fumo get?), who have charities set up just to benefit their own, whose businesses give the best paying jobs to their own kind, and he's criticizing a man who created several hundred jobs here in America and maybe a few back home in India?

Saturday, April 21, 2012 3:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Infinonymous said...

The period of inactivity has been self-imposed, MH. To be blunt: At times, attempts to salvage Pittsburgh just doesn't seem to be worth the time or effort.

Selecting Infytunes is sorely missed, though. That might resume at some point. There is no rule that a funeral can't have good music.

(If anyone else has the question that was asked by e-mail: The dopey ego is Raja, the id hustlers are Mark and Mike.)

Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I rarely ask questions I don't (think I) know the answer to already... but in this case I do not. Who is managing the Mustio campaign seems to be a legitimate and unaddressed question.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 2:01:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Salvatore Gupta is all about doing the job regardless of his own personal conflicts.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Looks like Raja Dakshinamurthy won. Maybe there's more racial tolerance in the Pittsburgh area than some believe there to be.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:03:00 PM  
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