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Peter Morici: Supreme Court Ruling Won't End Affirmative Action

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 08:08 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court's upholding of Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action for public universities may not be enough for conservatives, says economist Peter Morici, a University of Maryland professor.

"A lot of states are going to continue to have affirmative action. Unpopular or not, the folks that run the states and that are in the state legislatures won't be able to muster the votes to change things," Morici told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Remember, it doesn't strike it down … what private actors do. They are still able to continue to discriminate as they do and it won't change the culture of universities," Morici said.

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"There'll still be a lot of discrimination in hiring and there will still be some discrimination in admissions. It's going to be hard to nail down, difficult to catch. It's very insidious, it's in the culture and it's going to continue."

On the issue of Jeb Bush's controversial statement that illegal immigrants are breaking the law as an "act of love," Morici gives the former Florida governor a pass.

"You have to remember what people do for their families on an individual basis is very different than how we see things from the point of view of how society should work," Morici said.

"But if I were Jeb Bush, I would keep my powder dry and stay out of those kinds of issues. I don't think it was a very politick statement to make from the point of view of his ambitions.

"I don't really see Bush rising a great deal to become president simply because of the legacy of his brother. That's just going to be too much of an albatross. It's going to be too much to carry."

Morici was part of a Newsmax panel along with Seton Motley, founder of Less Government, who does not agree with Bush's sentiment.

"Is it an act of love when they destroy American citizens' borders, property, steal from them, assault them – this is a staggeringly dumb statement to make," Motley said.

"It is not an act of love to tax Americans hundreds of billions of dollars a year to pay for social services and other government programs to assist them in coming to this country to them remit money to Mexico.

"The number two item in the Mexican economy is money from the United States of America, which means we're cutting them government checks and they're making it to Mexico. I don't view that as an act of love."

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