The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine

How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They’ve shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a "racist" and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza.

__ Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He’s a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. Lead author Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at Heritage, a former United States Office of Personnel Management analyst and the intellectual godfather of welfare reform. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

Both Democrats and Republicans leaped to discredit the 102-page report without bothering to read it. The Washington Post falsely claimed the study did not take into account increased revenues from amnestied illegal alien workers. It did. Haley Barbour immediately proclaimed that the Heritage assessment of government costs incurred by amnestied illegal aliens was "not serious."

__They want to talk gravitas? Let’s talk gravitas. Blowhard Barbour is a career politician and paid lobbyist for the government of Mexico who has carried water for open borders since the Bush years. Richwine received his doctorate in public policy in 2009 from Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government. He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and political science from American University. Before joining Heritage in 2010, he worked at the American Enterprise Institute on a dissertation fellowship.

Richwine’s 166-page dissertation, "IQ and Immigration Policy," is now being used to smear him — and, by extension, all of Heritage’s scholarship — as "racist." While the punditocracy and political establishment sanctimoniously call for "honest discussions" on race, they rush to crush bona fide, dispassionate academic inquiries into the controversial subjects of intelligence, racial and ethnic differences, and domestic policy.

Richwine’s entire thesis is now online here: Part One reviews the science of IQ. Part Two delves into empirical research comparing IQs of the native-born American population with that of immigrant groups, with the Hispanic population broken out. Richwine explores the causes of an immigrant IQ deficit that appears to persist among Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. through several generations.

The thesis analyzes social policy consequences of these findings and uses a model of the labor market "to show how immigrant IQ affects the economic surplus accruing to natives and the wage impact on low-skill natives."__

The smug dismissal of Richwine’s credentials and scholarship is to be expected by liberal hacks and clown operatives. But a reckless and cowardly pileup of knee-jerk dilettantes on the right — including former McCain campaign co-chair Ana Navarro and conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin — have joined the character assassins of the Soros-sphere, MSNBC and Mother Jones in deeming Richwine a "racist." The drooling attack dogs of the far-left blog Daily Kos have now launched a pressure campaign against the JFK School demanding to know "why the school awarded Richwine a Ph.D. and what they plan to do in the future to prevent it from happening again."__

No researcher or academic institution is safe if this smear campaign succeeds. Richwine’s dissertation committee at Harvard included George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy. The Cuban-born scholar received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. He is an award-winning labor economist, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the author of countless books, including a widely used labor economics textbook now in its sixth edition.

Richard J. Zeckhauser, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at JFK, also signed off on Richwine’s dissertation. Zeckhauser earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He belongs to the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences).

The final member of Richwine’s "racist" thesis committee is Christopher Jencks, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard’s JFK School. He is a renowned left-wing academic who has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He edited the liberal New Republic magazine in the 1960s and has written several scholarly books tackling poverty, economic inequality, affirmative action, welfare reform and, yes, racial differences ("The Black-White Test Score Gap").

The willingness of Republican Gang of 8’ers to allow a young conservative researcher and married father of two to be strung up by the p.c. lynch mob for the crime of unflinching social science research is chilling, sickening and suicidal.

These are serious people doing serious work. The crucifiers of Jason Richwine pretend to defend sound science. But if it is now inherently racist to study racial and ethnic differences among demographic groups, then it’s time to shut down every social sciences department in the country.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


  • Allen Goldberg

    Another example of how Congress, regardless of political party, is corrupt, without core values and merely small mined manipulative evil POS…this report, which I read, makes so much sense, these Senators are committing fraud, but not reading it. FRAUD!!!!

  • Drew Page

    How quick they are to throw the term “racist” at anyone who dares disagree with them. Amnesty will only result in more illegal aliens coming into the country, as has historically been the case. Sneak in, hide out, drop an anchor baby or two, and sign up for the freebies. Once here, demand “your rights”, wave the Mexican flag and protest all the unfair treatment. How many doctors, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, systems analysts or other highly skilled professionals will amnesty bring into the country compared to the number of jobless, unskilled and uneducated people? How many of these newly ‘amnestied” people will find jobs that pay enough to warrant them paying federal income tax versus the number that will pay no federal income tax and be on the all the social welfare programs? Richwine has it right and so does Heritage.

  • Shane

    Yes, liberal scum automatically call anyone a racist who dares to say anything negative about a minority group. However, liberals routinely defame white people as a race. What hypocrites.

  • LennyPincus

    Whatever she says is rendered beyond the pale by the outrageous and uncontrolled anger she spews as a matter of course. If her judgement is so burdened by hatred, how can anyone take those judgements seriously? And if she thinks such righteous anger somehow give gravitas to her pronouncements, she should find another job.

    • Drew Page

      Lenny, anger doesn’t lend ‘gravitas’ to any argument. You seem to think that anger is somehow criminal. If someone routinely steals from you, lies to you and takes advantage of you not only have a right to be angry, you would be foolish not be angry. Michelle Malkin has written about the culture of corruption in the Obama administration. You may not like what she says, but where are your facts to dispute those she cites? I and millions of other Americans, with the exception of the MSM, are extremely angry with Mr. Obama and his administration for a variety of reasons. I, for one, am disgusted with his countless lies and deceits. I am disgusted with his turning Americans against each other, “the poor” against “the rich”; the young against the old; union against non-union; non-Christians against Christians, gays against the straights; illegal aliens against American citizens and liberals against conservatives. I am disgusted with his disingenuous calls for bi-partisanship and then vilifying and blaming Republicans for every problem in America at every opportunity. I am disgusted with his reckless and irresponsible spending which is nothing more than generational theft. I am sick of his apologies to the rest of the world for America. I am fed up with his penalizing success and subsidizing failure. And I am outraged with his failure as Commander-In-Chief who made no move to save the four murdered Americans in Benghazi, then his lie about “doing all we could” to save them. His fund raiser in Las Vegas was more important to him than personally taking charge of the calls for help and sending in the military. Maybe they couldn’t have got there in time to save the Americans, but we will never know, because he never tried.
      Don’t say Malkin’s anger is uncontrolled. She hasn’t committed any acts of violence. She hasn’t spent trillions of taxpayer money, increased the national debt by $6 trillion in four years, presided mover historic unemployment, invested billions of tax dollars in “green energy” companies that have gone bankrupt or signed into law legislation she never read.
      Her comments can and should be taken seriously because they are based in fact. If you dispute that, let’s see your facts that refute hers.

  • Wah

    Recall folks, Malkin defended internment camps.

    • Drew Page

      So did FDR, the god of all liberals.

  • DDG

    Are you really this stupid? My god what an asshole your are!

    • Drew Page

      “Stupid is as stupid does” and your name calling identifies you as not only stupid but identifies you as the name you call someone else.

  • midwesttruth

    That lady is a self hating nut. I find it incredibly amazing that she is
    defending somebody who thinks that she has a below average IQ because
    her parents were immigrants, unless he only thinks that Mexican
    immigrants are genetically predisposed to lower IQs. I bet before
    she goes to sleep at night she prays that when she wakes up she will be
    white. When she is alone she probably sits in front of a mirror and says
    “I wish I were white” over and over again. I bet she throws temper
    tantrums and yells “You should have been white!” at her parents and then
    stomps off crying “Why can’t I be white”

  • magorn

    Richwine posited that the different IQ scores among the races was genetically based. Since there is no genetic basis for race (two Kalahari Bush men from neighboring villages have greater genetic variation than say, an Irishman has from a Pacific Islander). That is, at best, sloppy scholarship, at worst the same line of eugenic thinking that was very popular among some mid-century German politicians

    • Shane

      If there are no races, then how can there be such a thing as a racist? Actually, Eugenics was very popular among American progressives early in the 20th century.

  • I Hate Fascists

    You ferocious little Filipina Fascist you! Why would anyone undertake such a “study” except to perpetrate hatred of an ethnic group. Stereotyping is the very definition of racism. To what end do you propose using this “scholarship” (and it must be scholarship because it is 166 pages right?) other than to discriminate against an ethnic community? Maybe in your Fascist Fantasyland, but here in the Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave we judge people as individuals not stereotypes. All Latins are stupid, all Muslims are terrorists, that is not “scholarship”. Has anyone done such a study on your people? How would you like that?

    • Shane

      You liberals ferociously attack conservatives as racists even when the conservative has the facts on his side. It is liberals like you who are the true haters. What difference does it make that she is from the Phiilipines? You must be a racist against Phillipinos!

  • Deirdre Flanagan

    Ah, this is how the RW takes responsibility for a miscreant among them…..Blame the truth-tellers who hold you to a higher degree of humanity…shame on you Malkin and Goldberg.

  • JohnInMA

    You can always smell a rat when enough Republicans and blogs like Kos or Mother Jones agree in such detail. What is most pitiful and maddening about all this is that all of those engaged in the smear know exactly what they are doing. The initial momentum of the falsehoods almost always outlast the eventual truths and vindications. So, for years to come Heritage, Richwine, DeMint, etc., will be shackled with Wiki entries and Lexis hits galore indicating the worst of the false accusations.

    • Johnconrad

      John – the vindication of Richwine will come eventually.

      It will just be too late to do any good.

      Just like the truth about Benghazi

    • Drew Page

      And you can always smell BS when liberals feign ‘outrage’ when anyone calls them out on their hypocrisy. You equate the calls for the truth about the administration’s lies and cover ups about the Benghazi massacre; the IRS targeting the TEA Party and other conservative groups for IRS audits and harassment; the Fast & Furious “investigation”; and the DOJ’s wiretapping of the Associated Press and its reporters, with a smear campaign
      If you want to know what a real smear campaign is, look no further than the Democrats’ attack ads on Mitt Romney during the last campaign.

  • pupster40

    Turn over a rock voila a progressive, even the snakes won’t cohabitate. It’s hard to believe that people exist that are that repugnant.