55 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-6-17

  1. Tychicus, Like his father, Rand Paul will be the best on that subject. Ryan is more conservative on spending than McConnell. We will need Senators like Paul and Cruz to try to keep the Senate from drifting left.

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  2. Meanwhile our 5 year old president-elect tweets on:

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  3. And on:

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  4. Sure, Donald. And students can become rich by attending Trump University and you were going to stay with Ivana till death do us part and confessions of sexual assault were just “locker room talk”.

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  5. I never expected Mexico to literally pony up cash in advance of border security (the wall). But if we can get the American jobs to stay on this side of the border, personally, I will consider the payment to have been made in full.

    That being said, I harbor no hostility toward our southern neighbors, and hope we may yet have mutually beneficial agreements in the future. But what we have now, is not mutually beneficial. We have people fleeing northward–not because we have such a great economy or because we are so welcoming, but because there is so much want and instability south of the border. To many people, working under the table in the US has got to seem preferable to the mass graves and terror of the cartels. One can hardly blame them.

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  6. If we can bail out banks, insurance companies and wall st cowboys, we can bail out our own tangible infrastructure. Debits and credits can be negotiated; falling bridges and collapsing dams can not.

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  7. We spent over $200 billion on infrastructure at the federal level last year. Do you really think Trump can spend $1 billion efficiently, especially if he tries to send the Mexicans who actually do the work back home?

    Did we not learn anything from Obama’s shovel-ready jobs?

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  8. Debra, The problem is not jobs on this side of the border. The problem is finding Americans who will do them. The percentage of young black males and young poor white males who aren’t working is huge. The majority of those groups do not want to do hard work, so Thank God for Mexicans!

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  9. Prior to the election, I heard an interview in which DJT said that the wall would be paid for by deductions from money sent by Mexicans from the U.S. back home to relatives. On the surface, that sounds like a win-win. However, how in the world would you do that?

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  10. I just find it amusing to think of the geographic logistics of the whole thing such as: So, which side of the Rio Grande are they going to put the wall? Also, they’ll have to build it out of the flood plain, which means that somebody’s going to lose a lot of land. Already, with the border fence, there’s a golf course that is in no-man’s land: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/fence-protecting-usmexico-border-puts-golf-course-out-business. By the way, I’ve seen that border fence, when I went from El Paso to Cuidad Juarez and vice versa en route to and from Chihuahua. It is a double chain link fence in that area, with rows of barbed wire at the top. A wall really wouldn’t be much better. It would be much less effective, since you can see what people are doing on the other side with a chain link fence.

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  11. I don’t think anyone really cares if there’s “a wall” or not. Most voters just want the nation to get more serious about enforcing the border and applying the laws that are already in place. The concept isn’t that complicated.

    I’ve always said make legal immigration easier (if that is needed), illegal immigration harder. Problem solved. But don’t just look the other way and ignore the fact that there is a border.

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  12. I voted for Trump, and have no problem admitting it. It was still the right call, and his opponent, the only other REAL choice, was/is worse.

    And Ricky,

    That BS may fly down where you live, but up here in Yankee territories, those of us who didn’t allow the Mexican hordes in like Texas, we know better. I can name 10 men, myself included, who’s industry was decimated by low skill, low wage, criminals from south of the border, while clueless people like you cheer them on. They worked hard too, only to be undercut by criminal laborers who didn’t worry about things like paying taxes and being legal.

    If states like your’s and the feds had done their job, they wouldn’t even be here.

    And you wonder why people voted for Trump. It’s attitudes like yours they were rebelling against.

    Is Trump gonna be like the next Civil War with you? You know, where you whine endlessly because you lost? Sure seems like it.

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  13. While there’s everything in the world to be said for honest immigration, there’s nothing praiseworthy about fostering illegal immigration. There are no mitigating circumstances that make that cool.

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  14. Before the election, I used strong language to refer to Trump, who I despised as a candidate, although I tried not to just call him names, but now he’s elected, I don’t even think the strong language is appropriate (yet)–that approach is based on how I read various Scriptures. In the same vein, I’m not going to belittle fellow believers–or call them names (like Trumpkins or whatever)–because that’s simply crass.

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  15. AJ, You and your buddies should just pretend you are first generation Indian immigrants or immigrants from South Africa or the Philippines. As we noted earlier this week, those people are making very good incomes.

    Old Trump is a great Al Sharpton for white folks who want to blame others for their problems.

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  16. From Daily Bellweather’
    Even after the turmoil of the 2016 presidential bout, political hubbub continues. Consider that Hillary Clinton is now considering a run for New York City mayor in an election that will take place in just nine months. No, really. She is being urged by “major Democratic donors and leaders” to challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio, says John Gizzi, White House correspondent for Newsmax who cites unnamed sources in local Democratic and media circles and suggests that Mrs. Clinton’s famous “inner circle” is intrigued by the whole idea ……

    She just won’t go away.
    Nobody talked about a mayor running for president since LaGuardia. You don’t remember him. He was mayor of NYC. But I don’t think he was born in the USA.

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  17. It’s official….

    Dems of course, are still not happy about it. 🙂

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ELECTORAL_COLLEGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-01-06-13-42-39

    “It’s official: Congress has tallied the Electoral College votes and Donald Trump has been elected president.

    Mike Pence was elected vice president.

    Democrats raised plenty of objections as the votes were counted Friday in a joint session of Congress. But they didn’t have the votes to sustain them.

    All 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes. Friday’s vote count, led by Vice President Joe Biden, made it official.

    Trump finished with 304 votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227. There were 7 protest votes for other candidates.”

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  18. Did they really think the idea that everyone wins and gets a trophy wouldn’t end with a bunch of whiny youngins’? They just never think things thru to their obvious consequences.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4093670/Millennials-entitled-narcissistic-lazy-s-not-fault-Expert-claims-child-wins-prize-social-media-left-Gen-Y-unable-deal-real-world.html

    “Leadership consultant Simon Sinek has been told that millennials – people born after 1982 – are ‘entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy’ – but he believes it is not their fault.
    The author’s response to the ‘millennial question’ on Inside Quest ‘broke the internet’ after he revealed why many young people may display the undesirable qualities listed by their bosses.
    He explained millennials grew up in an environment where ‘every child wins a prize’ only to find the ‘real world’ after school is much different.

    Where they were told they were special all the time, they were told they could have anything they want in life just because they want it.
    ‘Some of them got into honours classes, not because they deserved it, but because their parents complained,’ Mr Sinek said.
    ‘And some of them got As not because they deserved them, but because teachers didn’t want to deal with the parents.

    ‘(They were) thrust into the real world and in an instant, they find out they’re not special, their mums can’t get them a promotion. And by the way, you can’t just have it because you want it.’
    The 43-year-old Englishman said he researched millennials after constantly being asked by business-leader for help dealing with them at work.”

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  19. Joe Biden plays the adult in the room.

    Or he’s doing his Captain Obvious impression. 🙂

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/biden-shuts-down-electoral-college-challenges-it-is-over/article/2611113

    “Vice President Joe Biden on Friday shut down a Democratic challenge to the congressional certification.

    “It is over,” he said when the third challenge was lodged by a House Democrat, to a rousing cheer from Republicans.

    Biden later gaveled down similar protests from Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. Jackson Lee stood four times to protest, but each time was shut down by Biden.”

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  20. In order to have Mexico pay for the wall, Trump or his advisers have suggested taxing the wire transfers of money migrants send back home. I imagine this would be fairly simple to monitor and bears a slight resemblance to the leftist idea of a tax on short-term currency or stock transactions to prevent speculation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobin_tax

    Its an easy tax to collect except it would violate most trade agreements and international market rules. In addition, it would be hard to tax only remittances to Mexico families as opposed to business transfers, American citizens transferring money, etc. The tax is easy to implement but the target is difficult to hit.

    The idea also goes against current free market thinking as it taxes and/or places a barrier on the movement of capital. A big no-no in modern capitalist theory. Now it wasn’t unusual in the post war era for western European nations to place barriers on currency exports — Dutch immigrants were only allowed to take a limited amount of cash and a limited amount of goods when they came to Canada. The communists continued this practise right up to 1991 in the USSR (and China still pegs its currency) hence a black market for western currencies.

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  21. Sears is closing 150 stores. I know, shocking, considering our robust economy. 🙄

    But it’s not all bad news.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/01/05/sears-kmart-stanley-black-decker-craftsman/96191312/

    “Department-store chain Sears Holdings is seeking to stem its bleeding by closing another 150 stores, including 108 Kmart locations, and selling its Craftsman brand to raise cash.

    The ailing retailer said Thursday that it had reached a deal to sell the tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker for a net present value of about $900 million, including future royalty payments.

    The move came several months after Sears put the Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands up for sale as it seeks an elusive turnaround.”

    “Selling the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker bolsters the balance sheet for Sears, which reported a $748 million loss in its fiscal quarter ended Oct. 29 as sales at stores open at least a year fell 7.4%.”
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/01/05/stanley-black-decker-sears-holdings-craftsman-donald-trump/96192526/

    “One of the nation’s best-known toolmakers, Stanley Black & Decker, said Thursday that it will move more manufacturing back to the U.S. from overseas, including construction of a new $35 million factory after acquiring the Craftsman brand from ailing retailer Sears Holdings.

    Expanding American manufacturing makes “business sense” amid “pervasive” uncertainty regarding the future of U.S. trade with China and Mexico, Stanley Black & Decker CEO James Loree told investors Thursday in a conference call.

    Although he did not mention Donald Trump by name in his remarks to investors, Loree hinted that the move has the side benefit of inoculating his company from the possible effects of the president-elect’s threatened “border tax,” a tariff on imports.

    “It’s going to be advisable to have more manufacturing in the U.S.,” Loree said.”
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    The Trump Effect .

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  22. Illegal immigration or more accurate migrant labour exists in the US because of market demands. Its the free market at work. If you want to curb migrant labour and the free market, then you have to accept the notion that gov’t intervention is not only necessary but a good thing.

    First of course even a limited state enforces law and order and patrols its border. Second, the interior needs to help enforce the border patrol — hence strict enforcement of labour law is needed. The federal gov’t needs to be expanded to better ensure only legal labour is used — surprise inspections of workplaces, expanded IRS audits, etc.

    And to ensure that not only is the labour used legal but also is safe and well paid, unionization needs to be easier — unions will ensure companies are complaint with the law. The jobs available will then be attractive to young Americans fulfilling the demand for labour — instead of borrowing tens of thousands of dollars for an overrated and probably unnecessary degree.

    If all Trumps does is build a wall then nothing will change — Ricky will like these hard working Mexicans putting the border fence in Tijuana to good use.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32577571/ns/world_news-americas/t/police-nabbed-stealing-pieces-border-fence/#.WG_pJMdlnVo

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  23. Clapper’s replacement.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/05/donald-trump-intelligence-briefing/96199740/

    ” Donald Trump prepared to nominate former Indiana senator Dan Coats as his own director of national intelligence, aides said Thursday, as the president-elect planned for a pivotal intelligence briefing.

    Coats served two stints in the U.S. Senate, including experience on the Intelligence and Armed Services committees. An official familiar with the transition confirmed Coats’ likely selection, speaking on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Coats would replace James Clapper, one of the officials who will brief Trump Friday in New York City about hacking activities by Russia — and also someone who has pushed back on Trump’s criticism of intelligence agencies over the Russia investigation.

    The director of national intelligence leads the efforts of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies and oversees the coordination of information between various agencies. It was created in 2004 following the investigation into the causes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

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  24. The leftist news groups were all abuzz with the notion they could throw out close to 50 of Trump’s electoral votes for procedural reasons — the electoral lived in the wrong district, held political office, etc. However they needed a Senator to object along with a House member and that didn’t happen. Perhaps an early indication Democratic senators will play ball with the Republicans.

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  25. Look folks, this isn’t that hard to accomplish. Here’s an easy way to make Mexico “pay” for The Wall.

    In 2013 alone we gave them 51 million in tax dollars. Just start shorting them there until they get tougher on their side of the border. It really is that simple. At most, we’d have to withhold it for a year or two, for them to get security up to snuff. And it gives us over 50 million to upgrade and add border security to our side.

    But targeting the flow of money south of the border would work as well. But in that instance I think the people of Mexico would suffer more than their govt. I don’t see a need for that. Punish the govt of Mexico instead, because they’re largely responsible for allowing the flow thru Mexico to us.

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  26. HRW,

    I was mostly with you…..

    And then you you pulled your Union card….. 🙂

    Sorry, I don’t want to pay $16 dollars for a head of lettuce.

    I don’t disagree that they should be paid a fair, market bearable wage, but unionizing just adds excessive layers of waste and nonsense. No thanks.

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  27. The video referenced in AJ’s post at 2:02 was all over my Facebook feed as colleagues and friends shared all in agreement with the so-called expert. I tend to be a bit suspicious of older people complaining about “kids these days” and new technology as I remember the complaints when I was growing up. I post the video on my daughter’s Facebook wall asking her and her friends to comment. Needless to say they weren’t impressed calling him rude and cited older people for being more tech obsessed and impatient to consume. They also thought he was rather clueless about the economic challenges the ordinary twenty-something as he came from a white upper middle class background and the millennial behaviour he cites is class based as is his critique. (Yes, I raised a good Marxist). (Oh and the feel good participation ribbon wasn’t for the children it was for parents who couldn’t accept that their child lost)

    Here’s an excerpt form on of her friends which is a good summary of their thoughts;

    “I actually find the whole “reckless use of technology” a lot more in the baby boomer generation. A sort of consume it all because it’s there mentality. Some interesting points but for the most part the guys a white privileged male with a very surface view of it all . “Millennials are lazy ” “parents fail them” blah blah blah…without looking at the fundamental structures that accelerate neo liberalist crap that favours an oppressive environment for most”

    And some more;

    “When it came to job and work habits, I thought he was only addressing a certain sector of millennials, i.e. white upper middle class. Those are the individuals who can afford unpaid internships and quitting when they feel unfulfilled. I did think his comment, “Mommy can’t help get you a promotion” was rude and not relevant. After all, mommy and daddy do help you get a job (connections are the most important thing) and the reliance upon parents is not confined to this generation.”

    “Most millennials are very hard working people, but there is a jaded quality because the previous generation ruined an economy to line their pockets, and started 2 wars that we are still fighting (but that’s another debate entirely), and they are still dealing with the after effects. It’s great to say “oh if they’ll just put down their phones and communicate, and if they’ll just be patient, it’ll all work out”, but that misses a big chunk of what’s actually going on in the world today.”

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  28. I did vote for Trump and have no regrets. (Please, the man hasn’t even become president yet—can we wait a year or two before we burn his effigy?) I thought he was the best option on either side of the aisle, both before and after the primaries, and might actually do the job the Federal Government is supposed to be doing in looking after the interests of the United States as opposed to always preferring any and every other nation on the planet.

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  29. More good news….

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/06/grover-norquist-why-repeal-obamacare-means-giant-tax-cut-for-middle-class.html

    “President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on cutting taxes for Americans of all income levels. This year he has the opportunity to do so multiple times.

    Most notably, Trump in the White House means that comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform is now a priority in the first hundred days of the new administration.

    But this is not the first tax cut Congress will send to Trump’s desk. By passing legislation repealing ObamaCare through budget reconciliation, lawmakers have an opportunity to remove nearly 20 taxes which will save taxpayers more than one trillion dollars over the next decade.

    Repealing these taxes is a huge win for middle class taxpayers, who were hit with an avalanche of tax increases despite Barack Obama’s “firm pledge” not to sign “any form of tax increase” on any American making less than $250,000.

    The trillion dollars in higher taxes have restricted health care choice, increased costs, made saving more difficult, and granted government more control over care at the expense of individual control.”

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  30. The market may create a demand for labor, but there’s nothing inherent to that demand that the labor consist of illegal immigrants, nor of redheads or hockey fans or whatever. The demand is for *labor.* And there may be people who want to “curb migrant labour and the free market,” but the issue being debated is the *illegal* part. Kind of important distinction.

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  31. Ricky, despite what you may think, I also thank God for Mexicans… and Indians and all other hard-working immigrants in this country. We are a nation of immigrants. But let’s be lawful while we’re at it…as much as possible. Political and economic instability can breed contempt for the law. The time may come when Americans won’t have much choice ourselves but to work under the table and, in that way, be as unlawful as any immigrant who every slipped over the fence in search of a stable life. But let’s work and hope for better things…for all of us. :–)

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  32. Completely detached from reality.

    http://nypost.com/2017/01/05/obama-ignores-facts-with-boastful-greatest-hits-list/

    “Flip on your TV and the news is grim. Wall Street soars while small towns shutter Main Street stores. Our government’s computer systems are regularly hacked, the IRS is targeting citizens instead of just (over)taxing them, and the VA is killing the veterans they’re supposed to heal. Racial tensions are through the roof, with another city going up in flames every few months. Our leaders blame the heavy hand of police instead of mobs hurling Molotovs.

    Syria, Iraq and Libya are in ruins as ISIS inspires terror around the globe. The Russian bear is on the prowl, and China continues to expand its military influence in Asia and beyond. As our enemies slap each other on the back, our allies weep at our incompetence.

    The American people had gotten so angry at the record of our so-called elites that they elected outsider Donald Trump to “drain the swamp” and “burn it down.”

    But close your lying eyes and take a step back. Barack Obama’s eight years in office have actually been fantastic. Don’t believe it? Just ask the president himself.

    On Thursday, the White House released a self-congratulatory list of all of Obama’s amazing accomplishments in his two terms in office. Apparently, in 2008, America was a smoldering hellscape ravaged by bloodthirsty neocons, greedy banksters, and intolerance lurking behind every Bush. But then the clouds parted, a rainbow framed the warming sun, and the smartest, kindest, boldest leader ever rode into our imperial capital on a white gender-indeterminate unicorn.

    In less than a decade, he fixed the economy, delivered health care, united Americans, granted peace to the world, and healed the planet itself. My name is Obamandias, President of Presidents; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

    You gotta hand it to the guy: He’s not encumbered with excess humility.”
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    Who ya’ gonna believe, Barry, or your lyin’ eyes?

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  33. solar — The terms legal and illegal immigration are created by the gov’t interfering in the labour market. If you don’t mind gov’t intervention into the economy then welcome to the dark side. However, even I will admit that gov’t intervention while good must listen to the market place and right now it doesn’t appear to be listening.

    Its obvious there is a demand for labour and thus we have a migrant labour force moving to where there are jobs — an ordinary market response. Now if we insist that the gov’t respond on the basis of defence, national interests etc, we will describe this labour force as illegal. We can, then, respond with the heavy arm of the state as I describe at 2:21. I insist on easier unionization much to AJ’s dismay because it creates a secondary check on the employers (if they hire illegals, the union will snitch). This free secondary check will make it easier and cheaper for the federal gov’t to enforce the law. Now if we do all that and the illegal disappears, will there be a legal workforce ready to take the illegals place? Ricky will say no but with unionization and a higher minimal wage, perhaps. Currently the US unemployment is officially 5% (and probably higher) and thus with enough carrots to the worker and sticks to the employer the gov’t may be able to intervene and erase the need or desire for illegal labour. Perhaps.

    Personally, I think migrant labour is a good thing for the economy while at the same time increased unionization will provide the necessary checks on employer exploitation — its a win-win since migrants are legal, law and order costs go down, and the different groups self-regulate with minimal gov’t interference. And if the economy slows down, the migrants will leave.

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  34. AJ — there are lies and there are statistics. Its hard to tell them apart sometimes especially if your don’t share the same political opinion. One can have a positive assessment and one can have a negative assessment of Obama’s time in office — just pick the right stats to support your argument. But if the free market ideology is correct, and most here think it is, then Obama really isn’t responsible for the economy nor can he take credit.

    However, as an individual and a family, the Obamas handle their eight years in office with class and dignity, and truly representative of family values. Ignore political ideology, the Obamas were dignified in the face of some not so pleasant opposition. I don’t think the next four years will have the same dignity and class, if Trumps’ twitter is any indication.

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  35. hwessseli, the term illegal immigration is a product of countries having borders, a phenomenon which is not inherently “dark.” If there is no distinction between illegal immigrants and citizens, a country effectively does not have borders. Repeat your appreciation for “migrant labor” as often as you like, because nobody else is objecting to that, either.

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  36. The “dark side” is a reference to my side of an economic argument — gov’t intervention is necessary its only a matter of how much, what type, and for whom. When you label migrants illegal — you want the gov’t to intervene in the labour market and are now on my side (the dark side) of an economic debate.

    The idea of illegal immigration as we now view it is relatively new. Its not a product of a country having borders but rather a gov’t deciding there were two different ways to cross the border. In pre-WWI Europe it was possible to travel from Moscow to Paris without a passport, people moved freely encumbered only by language and finances yet the borders were recognized. By the end of the WWII, Europe tightened and regulated its borders. North America isn’t much different — the migrant labour force which works along the west coast picking fruit and vegetables from Mexico to Oregon predates border regulations — they’ve been doing it for generations probably as soon as the US took the land away from Mexico. I didn’t need to use a passport to enter the US until about 2004 — just a driver’s license (and perhaps a birth certificate) was good enough. Sometimes they just took my word that I was a Canadian only going to Buffalo. Yet now if I cross without a passport I am illegal. The point is simple — the border doesn’t produce illegal immigration, gov’t policy does, change the policy and the illegals will disappear either by making them legal or changing internal conditions. A border can exist without labeling those who cross it, legal or illegal.

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  37. I understand the dark side reference. I reject its assumptions. I never advocated anarchy.

    Based on your second paragraph and some of what you’ve written in this thread, you seem to have an extremely narrow perception of just what it is people who object to “illegal immigration” actually object *to.* I’d be curious to hear you formulate that objection.

    And borders ARE government policies.

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  38. I’m sure people object to the added labour force, the loss of control and scrutiny, violation of sovereignty etc all of which results in a lowering of labour standards, law and order issues away from the border etc. Since we acknowledge the border, migration labels etc are all matter of gov’t control, we can simply discuss the type, how much and for whom of gov’t intervention to resolve immigration to the nation’s interest without worrying about the label.

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  39. hwesseli
    I never liked my school teacher’s union. It spent money on POLITICAL things. As a matter of fact, that seemed to be what it was all about. They took MY money to spend on THEIR politics. That was always wrong. Still is.

    As for Millenials, look at their reactions to a campus speaker they don’t like; shout them down!
    Condy Rice, disinvited. Justice Thomas disinvited. Yet a plagiarist, Joseph Biden, was fawned over. A criminal who attacked a policeman, twice, became a movement, Black Lives Matter.

    Where is my safe space? I need plush toys! I am afraid! Snowflakes! Babies!

    Bragging about your daughters friends being semi-Marxists. Did they never meet anyone who left a Communist country? Did they never talk to someone who suffered under Communist rule? Haven’t you? No boat people? No one who left Cuba? No one whose family walked out of Russia in front of the retreating German Army? No one who walked out of Russia as the Communists took over? No Poles or Czechs? I know a Lithuanian in town…

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  40. Great video, Tychicus. Bonner got to play a lot in a Spurs/Thunder game my son and I saw a few years ago. He and Nick Collison fought an epic battle of slow white guys.

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  41. For 5 weeks my wife and I have been in an apartment in North Fort Worth since the old house sold in two days and the new one is not built yet. This is about a 24 square mile (4 mile x 6 mile) area just north of the loop. It is really an amazing place:

    1. 25 years ago, it was basically all vacant land. I think at least 150,000 people live here now.
    2. It is really all middle class. Probably 15% of the people live in apartments, but they are pretty nice, new ones. The homes are nice, but I doubt there is a single one worth over $400,000.
    3. The racial breakdown is probably 60% white, 5% black, 20% Hispanic and 15% Asian, and they are from all over Asia.
    4. On Sundays, the church parking lots are full and running over.
    5. The Asian and Hispanic kids work – at restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, etc. They work hard and they have great attitudes.
    6. No one has visible tattoos or piercings. It is like I have been transported to Utah or 1960.
    7. The Asian and Hispanic adults have a work ethic and they are entrepreneurial. Small businesses of all types abound. There is not a single factory, large office building or industrial complex in the whole area. I am certain the hospital and the high schools are the biggest employers.

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  42. Meanwhile, approximately 300 Mexicans supervised by about 6 large white Southern men are simultaneously building our new house and 95 others in an outer suburb/exurb. Every Sunday after church we go to the new neighborhood along with scores of our future neighbors to see what the Mexicans have accomplished. No one who has watched a Mexican brick or roof a house can call them “low skilled”. I hope our new neighborhood turns out to be as nice as our temporary home here in Fort Worth.

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  43. Bob – I think we shouldn’t lump the immature college students in with the rest of the millennials. They are young & immature, buying into the leftest of the left, but most will eventually grow up.

    Most of the millennials I know are trying to live responsible lives, with some succeeding better than others. Many may be liberal, but not the same kind of far-left liberal as many college students. (Although there is one almost-30-year old who embraces anything far-left, no matter how nutty it is.)

    My 27-year old daughter, an LPN (who will continue her education to be an RN), is also liberal, but she has a maturity & a willingness to try to understand the other side. She & I have had some good conversations on various issues, & we almost always agree that the issues are more complicated than many seem to think.

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  44. Ricky – You recently made a comment about the Libertarians & Greens being funny on Facebook. (Or something like that.)

    Of the handful of FB friends I have who have interesting & respectful discussions on their posts, two of them are Libertarian, & they are the most intelligent & intellectual of my friends. Their comment threads often are quite long, with people of various opinions weighing in, most of them being polite & respectful. I see people (including the friends I’m referring to) even saying that someone with a differing opinion has given them something to think about, being willing to look into a different line of thought. I have learned a lot from them.

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  45. One of their friends wrote this about the different kinds of libertarians. . .

    “I divide libertarians into three varieties…

    — Voluntaryist (favoring non-state institutions of governance)

    — Limited State libertarians (they want a State to provide police, courts, and national defense)

    — Quadrant libertarians (those who land in the libertarian quadrant when taking a Nolan Chart quiz, but who are willing to let The State do more things that the other two libertarian variants would. Gary Johnson is an example of a quadrant libertarian.)

    I am a voluntaryist, but I embrace all of these types of libertarians, and consider them all allies.”

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  46. Kizzie, A number of the young people I have taught in Sunday School over the years have moved in a libertarian direction. When they finish school and start earning their first nice paycheck and see the huge deductions for income tax and FICA, they seem to move to the right. I have been pleasantly surprised at how many of them have studied and now understand the basic economics of Social Security and Medicare. Most of my friends my age have strong opinions about Social Security and Medicare, but are very misinformed about those two programs.

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  47. Construction is skilled labor and it’s honorable work. My brother worked at a factory in Chattanooga 20 yrs ago, but after NAFTA, they moved to Mexico. He is very good with his hands, so he was never unemployed for long. Twelve or fifteen years ago he started with the construction crew he works with now. But currently he’s looking for something else. He said a few years ago the owner started threatening to replace the crew with undocumented Mexicans. Apparently you can turn a bigger profit if you don’t pay taxes. I have a contractor friend who confessed he had done the same from time to time, supplementing his crew with undocumented workers. Everyone has to make a living….

    As for my brother, I’m telling him if he complains about his employer, I am recommending he be deported to his country of origin– (he was born in Germany when Dad was in the Air Force) . Unfortunately, he said he was offered and declined German citizenship when he turned 18. I guess we’re just stuck with him now.

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  48. There are always jobs for people who are good with their hands. You can not outsource plumbing, car-repair and similar work to Mexico or India.

    I had a very interesting experience a couple of weeks ago. I had an alternator go out on the Mustang. I tried to get to a car repair place but couldn’t quite make it. After “jumping’ the battery a couple of times I was stranded in a busy street. My wife went to a nearby auto parts store, got a card for a guy named Al and called him.

    1. Five minutes later Al shows up, takes his battery out of his truck and puts it in my car while his truck is still running.
    2. I start the Mustang and pull into the auto parts parking lot.
    3. Al tells me to buy an alternator from the store. When I come out with the new alternator, Al already has my alternator nearly off the Mustang, has switched the batteries back and is charging mine.
    4. In the parking lot, Al replaces the alternator in 30 minutes and I wind up paying $100 less than if I had made it to the car repair place.

    It turns out Al was an Iraqi who used to work on military vehicles. Al used to rebuild alternators in his home and would have had a supply in his truck, but his wife made him stop because of the smell. I have no idea if Al is a legal or illegal immigrant, but he is a fine businessman and auto mechanic.

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