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Politifact’s Creepy Vindication Of Jeb Bush’s ‘Fertility’ Remark

From the Department of Head-Hitting-Desk, Politifact recently scored Jeb Bush’s fertility comment a ‘mostly true’:

“Immigrants are more fertile,” Bush said. “And they love families and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”[...]

Bush said that immigrants are more fertile and the data back him up.


Immigrants are fertile, y’all. They’re having babies like nobody’s business, and if your business is outreach to women and minorities, then this a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the social engineering of future Republican party voters.

The only problem is the fertility rates have declined all across the board:


Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

There are many factors which can account for the declines: Declining economic conditions and job opportunities that come with a recession may have some influence on the downward fertility rate, especially for Mexican immigrants who see doors of opportunity closing with more xenophobic policies being pushed in America.

There are also more women getting an education and entering the workforce, with better access to contraceptives. And, in 2010, interracial marriages show an increase of 9%, tripling since 1980.

Politifact contradicts Jeb Bush and nearly debunks their own Mostly True assessment:

While birth rates for all women dropped between 2007 and 2010, it fell much faster among immigrant women. It declined by 14 percent compared with 6 percent for women born in America.

In their haste to play along with Jeb Bush’s statement they went ahead and let him off the hook for his ridiculous, misleading observations. And an honest assessment would have concluded that Jeb Bush wasn’t talking about all immigrants. He was referring more specifically to Mexican immigrants.

As a matter of policy, this is what puts the GOP in a compromising position because they call themselves “Pro-Life,” but being pro-life and anti-Mexican immigrant in this regard is like watching someone punch themselves in the face into reluctant submission.

But Jeb Bush’s policy ideas toward women and Mexican immigrants in general are less noble than simply advocating for immigration reform as a means to humane treatment of Mexican immigrants, and more like some weird, Rosemary’s Baby cult of social engineering– nurturing the precious wombs and delivery of the next Satan baby Republican voter.

Saying “immigrants are more fertile” simply neglects fertility trends, cause and effect, and throws the Mexican immigrant babies out with the bathwater. Because it’s not necessarily that “immigrants are more fertile,” but more like white women of child bearing age in America are making decisions, some out of necessity, to put off having children due to careers, or personal choice, while better access to birth control tends to result in less pregnancies.

I have to wonder what Politifact does better: Assessing facts, or playing rhetorical games. In this case, it seems to be the latter.

  • muselet

    Jeb Bush said ridiculous things about fecund immigrants, and for that he deserves all the laughter directed at him.

    However, the context of his ridiculous comments is the standard-issue Republican/Righty insistence that Mexicans, being good Catholics, are pro-life conservatives at heart. They’re not. In reality, Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans are, if anything, slightly to the Left on social issues.

    Jeb is supposedly the smart Bush brother.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Politifact is a waste of bandwidth.


    • mdblanche

      Some people think think that the smart Bush brother is whichever one did not just finish speaking. But the smart brother is in fact Neil, who just took the money and ran.

    • JozefAL

      Yeah. People tend to forget that the majority of Mexican immigrants tend to NOT be “white” Latinos but rather “Native American” Latinos–IOW, a lot of Native American blood flows through the Mexican immigrants’ veins. As to the “good Catholics,” that’s not really the case nowadays. While Roman Catholicism remains the overwhelming denomination in Mexico, nearly 10% of the population are Protestants (and, in general, the younger the Mexican, the greater the chance of being a Protestant).

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Republicans are obsessed with other people’s sexual activities.