Jeb Bush says immigrant women are more “fertile” than American women

Let’s continue our fertility theme today.  Earlier I wrote about the Republican congressman who is pro-life, he says, because fetuses masturbate.  And now it’s Jeb Bush, brother of Georg W, and possibly GOP presidential hopeful, saying that immigrant women are more fertile than our boring-old American-born ladies.


Bush made the remarks a few days ago at former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Conference:

“Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, over the last 20 years. Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

Beyond the bizarre notion that immigrant women are more fertile than American women, note the construction of Jeb Bush’s sentence.  Each item he mentions is something that immigrants have more of, do better, than regular old Americans.   Immigrants are more fertile than Americans, they have more intact families, they’re younger, and… immigrants love their families more than you love yours.  Apparently because Americans are lacking in love for their families.

That should fit well on a campaign poster.

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17 Responses to “Jeb Bush says immigrant women are more “fertile” than American women”

  1. karmanot says:

    Don’t forget his Uncle Fester moment lumbering about the Indonesian tsunami ruins. He lasted only a few hours before freaking out.

  2. BeccaM says:

    I’ve been working on various denigrating nicknames, should Jeb actually re-enter active politics. Many of them are riffs on the ‘Shrub’ diminutive I usually assigned to his brother.

    – Shrub-ette
    – Mini-Shrub
    – Bush III – The Re-Shrubbening
    – George the Third
    – Scrub
    – Not Barbara’s Favorite Child
    – Governor Dim
    – Governor Schaivo (for signing the blatantly unconstitutional ‘Terri’s Law’ and inserting himself and the state government of Florida into a family’s private tragedy)
    – Mr. Pouty-Face (there’s a classic photo of him wearing an epic pout)
    – Michael Ellis (it’s a Monty Python thing, given Jeb’s middle name is Ellis)
    – Uncle JISTY (Jenna Is Still Too Young (as in too young to run for public office))

  3. Monoceros Forth says:

    Thank Victor Hugo. :)

  4. BeccaM says:

    It’s what the entire immigration bill is about. Sure, it’s attempted pandering to the Latino community, with the GOP trying desperately not to piss off their xenophobic racist base too much.

    But most of the bill’s real intent is to triple H1-Bs and drastically reduce the restrictions on how hard a company has to try to hire an American first (thanks Orrin, for your one and only ‘must have or won’t support it’ demand), and make legal (and immune to the state ‘papers please laws) all those Ag and service industry workers, while locking them into more than a decade of non-citizen second class status. Proles, in other words.

  5. karmanot says:

    Exactly. Cuba is an extraordinary country and its people have weathered oppression from both Castro and the world’s super power with great resilience and dignity. Cuba’s universal medical care and education systems are first rate. I’m very pro Cuba and hope relations are normalized soon. Obzo certainly lacks the vision or competency to see the future. But, I suspect the Republicans will at some point.

  6. karmanot says:

    Ain’t that the truth!

  7. Naja pallida says:

    Which is kind of sad, considering if a few serious politicians supported normalization of relations with Cuba, there could be a lot more money to be made on both sides.

  8. karmanot says:

    ‘Bush le petit’ That is hilarious!

  9. karmanot says:

    His run will also raise his business and financial ties to Cuban right wing terrorists.

  10. karmanot says:

    Shrub II’s remarks are a buildup to an immigration program that the the GOP will will eventually accept and name “Work Makes You Free.”

  11. Indigo says:

    I fully agree with your sentiments. Living here in Florida, there’s plenty of opportunity to hear Jeb on the Spanish language stations. He sounds perfectly sensible in Spanish, a nice guy with a smooth accent and a good Catholic, easy to vote for. And then he turns around and says the most astonishingly stupid crap in English, his mother tongue, and spoils it for everybody. Jeb’s alleged to be the smartest in that family. I think that’s what’s known as a low threshold. But I’ll give him this much, he’s more sincere than Marco Rubio.

  12. BeccaM says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but the subtext seems rather plain to me.

    Immigrants = Latino and Hispanic immigrants. Those are the only birth numbers currently alarming to the GOPers, hence the convoluted attempt not to sound racist while simultaneously trying to say they have larger families than white Americans (which, when you think about it, is still a rather racist stereotyping remark to make). Same thing with this weird phrase about saying they “bring a younger population.”

    “They create more businesses” + “love their families” + “have more intact families” = (translated) “C’mon, they ought to be a perfect religiously-conservative pro-business Republican demographic!”

    The “more fertile” and “larger/intact families” remarks are directed in particular to the Conserva-Christians to whom Mini-Shrub was speaking. Exegesis: “These (…yes, Latino, but don’t say that word…) immigrants don’t use birth control or get abortions. And they don’t get gay married or have divorces — so there’s your proof right there that they’re actually fine, upstanding religious people just ripe for GOP and conservative Christian coalition recruiting.”

    Never mind the fact that much of what Shrub-ette is saying is unsupported assertion and false generalizations, or the fact that polling indicates a decidedly progressive lean among the Latino community. He’s been a fairly consistent voice for the last several decades for his position that the GOP should be wooing Latino immigrants rather than bashing them. (No doubt motivated in part by the fact his wife was born in Mexico.) Unfortunately for Shrub Jr-Jr, he continues to fail to realize that his position is entirely at odds with the racist xenophobic dogma that’s come to define the GOP base.

    I’d say that fortunately for the rest of the country, any aspirations Jeb might have for higher office than former Gov are basically doomed. He’s unacceptable to the GOP base for his heresies and his name remains mud for anybody with a working memory.

  13. Monoceros Forth says:

    OK, I’ll have to concede, Jeb Bush’s remark isn’t quite as bad as the headline makes out. There’s still something creepy about it, akin to Mitt Romney’s “binders of women” and Bush le petit’s comment about gynecologists “practicing their love”.

    Also it’s a disquieting quality by which to rate peoples and communities. Seriously, given the way things are, is superior fecundity supposed to be a measure of social worth?

  14. Naja pallida says:

    I don’t doubt Jeb’s sincerity for a moment, he knows the Republican party is doomed to a generation of the political wilderness if they do not get on board with immigration reform. He’s always been a strong supporter of immigration in general. The problem is, lately every time he opens his mouth in public, he says something stupid. His political hopes were shattered by his brother, now he’s trying to don the role of some kind of party elder statesman, which just doesn’t fit… mainly because he keeps trying to straddle that line of crazy to be accepted by his “peers”, instead of just standing up for what is sensible and right.

    On the note of the topic he brought up, I realize there is a large cultural and religious aspect to it, but I also wonder if there is any correlation between the size of immigrant families and lack of adequate access to family planning, and inability to afford birth control? Low-wage immigrant families make up a sizable chunk of those people who can not afford health insurance, and do not even have it offered from their employer. Of course, someone always says “they shouldn’t be having children they can’t afford…” but sorry, people are not going to stop having sex just because they are poor. When we encourage poverty, and the exploitation of the poor as the societal norm, we can’t be surprised with the result we get.

  15. FLL says:

    Jeb Bush is the only candidate that could carry the primary votes of what is left of the Republican Party. He is the great evangelical hope. I’ll censure House Republicans because they’re still in charge. But the Republican presidential candidate? He’s more to be pitied than censured.

  16. Steven says:

    I left a similar comment on another site: I have ZERO desire to see another Bush in the White House, and I’ll vote against Jeb with as much passion as I did against W. But please let go of this speech. It’s obvious what he meant: immigrant families tend to be larger (higher birth rate) than families of citizens. There’s nothing sinister in these comments. In fact, he’s arguing a very valid point, likely to a very unreceptive audience: we NEED these types of immigrants, those with initiative, drive, strong family structure. So what if he used the wrong words? Jeb Bush is many things I don’t like, but I don’t get the sense he’s a race-baiter.

    There’s no way any immigration plan passes the current Congress. I’m puzzled why the Republicans are even discussing it. Whatever gets through the Senate, it will die in the House, where these gerrymandered Tea Party types won’t allow anything to pass that will benefit the brown folks in any way. It would kill them with their base. But I am thrilled to keep the issue in the news, because anything that moves more people into the Democratic camp is fine by me!

  17. Indigo says:

    Oh, good grief! Male menopause? It drags out far too long.

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