Florida's outreach letter to libertarian economists
As you may have read in my previous post or elsewhere (I read about
it in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal last week),
over 500 economists recently signed on to an open letter about
immigration that was penned by the explicitly libertarian
Independent Institute and sent to President Bush and the U.S.
Congress. I have prepared the following letter which I am mailing to
all the Florida signatories, which includes RLCer Don Bellante of
USF. Here's the full list:
Dominick T. Armentano, University of Hartford (Florida resident)
Donald M. Bellante, University of South Florida
Bruce L. Benson, Florida State University
Joe Calhoun, Florida State University
David N. Figlio, University of Florida
James D. Gwartney, Florida State University
Bradley K. Hobbs, Florida Gulf Coast University
Randall G. Holcombe, Florida State University
William F. Marina, Florida Atlantic University
Robert L. Pennington, University of Central Florida
Christopher R. Thomas, University of South Florida
Feel free to lift this wording if you wish to make a similar
solicitation. Feel free also to alter the Florida version of the
RLC's Statement of Principles and Positions
(http://www.rlcfl.org/positions.pdf) for use in your state. Thanks.
-- Philip Blumel
June 28, 2006
Dear Professor X,
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida wishes to thank you, as a
signatory, for the Independent Institute's recent open letter to the
president and Congress on the subject of immigration.
Like you, the Republican Liberty Caucus believes that immigration is
both a great benefit to the individual immigrant and the U.S.
economy. We favor expanding channels of legal immigration as a
crucial part of the solution to the problem of illegal immigration
in this country.
As an explicitly *libertarian* caucus of the Republican Party, the
RLC is working to dampen anti-immigrant sentiment and promote the
positive, Reaganesque view of immigration as a healthy part of our
American heritage. Because of your stature in your field, your
letter is a great tool in that effort and we will endeavor to
distribute your letter widely throughout the GOP.
Enclosed you will find our Statement of Principles and Positions,
which includes an application for membership to the RLC. If you
would like to support us and be kept informed of our intra-party
efforts to promote the free market and limited government, we would
be proud to have you join us.
Thanks again, and if you would like any additional information about
the RLC of Florida, check out our website at www.rlcfl.org and feel
free to call me anytime at (561) 254-8458.