FRUM – American Immigration; STEYN – Welfare for the World; WILLIAMSON – High cost of stupidity.
LEADS: ALBERTA & LEVINSON – Rubio/Cruz; INVESTORS – See Something; DINAN – Tax goodies; DURAN – Anti Muslim sentiment; ERICKSON – Kid table debates; HAYES & JOCELYN – Lies about Jihadists; COROMOBOS – Climate scam.
END NOTES: LEVIN 12/15/15; STEYN – Deserter in Rose Garden; BRODY – The Donald.
A Cloward-Piven script to fatten BO’s wallet in 2017 . . .
“These cockroaches organized, funded themselves, built a forceful military, started conquering geographic areas all around the world, under [Obama’s] nose. He ignored it. He did nothing about it. He didn’t talk to the American people about it—as a matter of fact, he downplayed it. This is one of the worst military, national security screw ups in modern American history,” Mark Levin
David Frum, The Atlantic: “America’s Immigration Challenge”
“Coming to the United States would benefit millions—but policymakers seldom ask whether their arrival would benefit the United States.
“However one assesses that chain and its consequences, it seems clear that the large majority of legal immigrants choose to come—or, more exactly, are chosen by their relatives—for their own reasons. They are not selected by the United States to advance some national interest. Illegal immigrants are of course entirely self-selected, as are asylum seekers. Even the refugee process, reportedly the most tightly screened, operates to a considerable extent outside national control: The first assessment of refugees is typically made by the UN High Commission on Refugees from within camps it operates. That explains why, for example, Christian Syrians make up only about 3 percent of the refugees admitted to the United States, despite accounting for 10 percent of the country’s population: Fearing violence from Sunni Muslims, they apparently hesitate to enter UN camps in the first place.
“Donald Trump’s noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are literally true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not, about how much immigration to accept and what kind to prioritize—not even for the portion of U.S. migration conducted according to law, much less for the larger portion that is not.
“Nor is there much understanding of what has happened after it has happened. A simple question like, “How many immigrants are in prison?” turns out to be extraordinarily hard to answer. Poor information invites excessive fears, which are then answered with false assurances and angry accusations.
“Nervous about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris massacre? How dare you! Would you turn away Jews fleeing Hitler? Oh, you think that analogy is hyperbolic? Tell it to the mayor of New York City.
“This frequent invocation of the refugee trauma of the 1930s shuts down all discussion of anything that has happened since. . .”
Mark Steyn, SteynonLine: “Welfare for the World”
“I’ve disagreed with David Frum on many things in recent years, but this piece on immigration is great because it’s packed with facts:
‘Minnesota is home to America’s largest Somali community, 33,000 people. The unemployment rate for Somali Minnesotans in 2015 was triple the state average, 21 percent. As of 2014, about 5,950 of the state’s Somali population received cash assistance; 17,000 receive food assistance as of 2014.
A close study of Somali refugees by the government of Maine (home to the nation’s second-largest Somali community) found that fewer than half of the working-age population had worked at any time in the five years from 2001 through 2006.
‘The U.S. unemployment rate of 20+ percent still represents a huge improvement over rates in Europe. Only about 40 percent of working-age Somali men in Norway are employed. In the Swedish city of Malmo, home to one of the largest Somali communities in Europe, only 20 percent work.
“Yeah, I kinda noticed that back in Malmö in September. Swedes are industrious people: During the day there aren’t a lot of them to be seen in the city’s residential neighborhoods, and in the downtown they’re perambulating purposefully. Until you get to Rosengård, where on every corner bearded, working-age men are just hanging out, with all the time in the world.
“Hence Trump. Stop Muslim immigration? According to Paul Ryan, ‘That’s not who we are.’ But increasing numbers of western citizens are less worried about “who we are” than who we will be if this keeps up.
“What could those 80 per cent of unemployed Somalis do? David Frum again:
‘Somalis have so much difficulty finding work in the developed world because their skills badly mismatch local labor needs. Only about 18 percent of boys and 15 percent of girls attend even primary school in Somalia. UNICEF has given up trying to measure literacy rates.
“So enlightened progressive liberals believe, on the one hand, in an America where everyone should go to college and encumber themselves with six-figure debt to the point where the local KwikkiKrap is reluctant to hire a night clerk without a bachelor’s degree. And, on the other hand, they believe in importing immigrant groups in which some 84 per cent of the adult population has never set foot in Grade One. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The High Cost of Stupidity”
“What would the U.S. economy look like if there were eleven new companies the size of Pfizer? “A little back-of-the-envelope math: If those eleven companies each employed about the same number of people as Pfizer, that would be the better part of 1 million new jobs, which would take care of about 13 percent of those Americans currently jobless — and if they got nice Pfizer wages, too, so much the better. There would be an additional $2.1 trillion in the pension funds and individual retirement accounts invested in those companies’ shares. If those firms paid taxes comparable to Pfizer’s, their annual tax payments would exceed the annual total revenue of the National Football League and would by themselves more than fund the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency or the combined budgets of the Small Business Administration and the National Science Foundation. The money their employees paid in individual taxes could fund the entire budget of NASA or the Department of the Interior. “But we aren’t getting eleven new Pfizers. In fact, we’re losing the Pfizer we have. “Pfizer is merging with a smaller Irish pharmaceutical company, Allergan, and the legal headquarters of the new enterprise will be located in the Republic of Ireland rather than in the United States. The main reason for this is the U.S. corporate tax, which is effectively the highest in the developed world (it is exceeded on paper by the corporate tax of one very poor country, Chad, and one very economically weird country, the United Arab Emirates). Worse, the U.S. corporate tax is an especially cumbrous levy, with Washington seeking to tax companies on their worldwide business activities; the international norm is the territorial tax system, in which a company is taxed by any given country only on the business conducted in that country. “Merging with a small firm overseas and relocating the corporate headquarters to a friendlier tax environment is called a “corporate-tax inversion,” and the maneuver, though entirely legal and ethical, cheeses off the sort of people who’d like to get their hands on a chunk of that corporate cash and use it to fund favors for their political supporters. (Also legal, though not obviously ethical.) Notice that U.S. companies are not relocating to Caribbean tax havens but instead to developed, prosperous, high-wage countries such as Ireland, Switzerland, and Canada, which have tax rates that are high relative to Gibraltar’s or Montenegro’s but low relative to the United States’. “The result is that many U.S.-based companies keep their overseas profits overseas, thereby delaying the payment of rapacious American taxes. Apple is the most famous cash-hoarder; if its more than $200 billion in sidelined cash were a separate company, it would be a firm somewhere between Chevron and Exxon in value. . .”
LEADS . . .
“Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907. ‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’” Thanks Barb!
Tim Alberta & Alexis Levinson, NRO: “In Las Vegas Debate, a Rubio-Cruz Showdown Takes Center Stage”
“. . . Tuesday may have foreshadowed a Rubio-Cruz battle for the nomination that more and more Republicans are now predicting, as Cruz continues to consolidate the support of conservative voters and Rubio emerges as the favorite of center-right, establishment-oriented voters. The headlines coming out of the Nevada debate could further cement the narrative of a collision course for the two senators, who presently occupy very different places in the Republican field. Rubio, despite strong debate performances, remains stuck in the mid-teens in early-state polling; Cruz this week surged to the top of several Iowa surveys and is gaining momentum nationally. “The looming threat to such a binary battle continues to be Donald Trump, who continues to place at or near the top of virtually every poll in the early nominating states. But the bombastic real-estate mogul was largely absent from the defining moments of Tuesday night’s debate inside the towering Venetian hotel and casino here on the famed Las Vegas strip. . .
“. . . But the night’s biggest fireworks, and perhaps their fiercest back-and-forth to date, came when Bash raised the issue of immigration and the senators’ respective roles in the 2013 congressional fight over the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill. It began when Rubio was asked whether he still supports a key component of that bill — a path to citizenship for those who entered the U.S. illegally. Rubio, after detailing the preconditions necessary, reiterated that he does indeed support it. Turning to Cruz, Bash asked about Rubio’s assertions that the two senators have essentially the same views on immigration. Cruz smirked and let out a soft laugh. ‘Well, he has attempted to muddy the waters, but I think anyone that watched the battle we had — there was a time for choosing, as Reagan put it, where there was a battle over amnesty,’ Cruz said. ‘And some chose, like Senator Rubio, to stand with Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer and support a massive amnesty plan. Others chose to stand with Jeff Sessions and Steve King and the American people and secure the border.’. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/428598/gop-debate-rubio-cruz-vegas
Investors: “See Something, Say Something (Unless It’s Muslim)”
“. . . Fourteen lives could have been saved if neighbors had reported the suspicious behavior that they witnessed involving a local Muslim family. But they didn’t say anything for fear of being called racist.
“One neighbor reported ‘suspicious activity’ at terrorist Syed Farook’s home before the attack but kept it to herself because she ‘didn’t want to profile.’
“A contractor working in the same neighborhood witnessed ‘six Middle Eastern guys’ going in and out of the home: ‘We sat around thinking, what are those guys doing in this neighborhood?’ But they decided not to alert authorities, either, because they ‘didn’t want to be seen as racially profiling.’ If they’d said something, perhaps authorities could have obtained a search warrant, discovered the weapons and bombs, and disrupted the terror plot.
“That all this suspicion amounted to nothing shows the success of the campaign by Muslim grievance groups and the left to stigmatize as ‘Islamophobes’ anyone who connects Muslims to terrorism.
“They notched similar successes in the Fort Hood and Fort Dix terror cases, where concerned citizens kept silent for fear of offending Muslims. Political correctness officially has become an accomplice in terrorism. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Tax deal doles out year-end goodies for NASCAR tracks, racehorses, teachers, college students”
“Congressional leaders agreed to a budget-busting set of tax cuts late Tuesday as part of a year-end, clear-the-decks deal that marks a major reversal from the last four years’ focus on deficits and streamlining the tax code.
“While the total cost of the package had not been publicly estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, it was expected to total in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade — undoing in one swoop many of the deficit gains the GOP had won under then-Speaker John A. Boehner.
“Instead, the 233-page document moves away from deficit-cutting and embraces dozens of special tax breaks that presidential candidates in both parties had said they wanted to eliminate.
“The deal explicitly exempts itself from budget rules that normally require all new spending or tax cuts to be offset by tax increases or spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
“The bill will be voted on by both the House and Senate later this week, as Congress tried to wrap up business for 2015.
“Negotiators who struck the deal said making some tax loopholes permanent will actually make it easier to do an overhaul of the tax code next year because they’ve narrowed the list of breaks that should be protected. . .”
Nicole Duran, Washington Examiner: “White House looks to curb anti-Muslim sentiment”
“The White House on Monday began “staff-level” meetings and calls with religious leaders to discuss how they could help combat growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.
“Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, and Melissa Rogers, who leads the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, held a conference call with leaders of all religions from across the country.
“Spoke with 890+ religious leaders to thank them for speaking up for every American’s right to be free from religious discrimination,” Jarrett tweeted on Monday.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Please End the Kid Table Debates”
“There are four men on a stage in Las Vegas, NV, none of whom will be President of the United States. “Lindsey Graham appears to be campaigning for President of Iraq.
“Rick Santorum is campaigning for next year’s ground hog.
“George Pataki got lost on his way out of an old folks home.
“Only Mike Huckabee had a viable shot and that is now foreclosed to him with Iowa evangelicals going to Cruz.
“This debate serves no purpose except to expose Americans to four men with egos so big they can look themselves in the mirror every day and say, “Mr. President.” It is an act of hubris and an embarrassment to the rest of the field that these debates continue.
Stephen Hayes & Thomas Jocelyn, Weekly Standard: “Obama Releases Dangerous Jihadists – Then Misleads Country about It”
“. . . “Keep in mind that between myself and the Bush administration hundreds of people have been released and the recidivism rate – we anticipate,” Obama said. “We assume that there are going to be – out of four, five, six-hundred people that get released – a handful of them are going to be embittered and still engaging in anti-US activities and trying to link up potentially with their old organizations.”
“A handful? Obama is woefully ill-informed or he’s being dishonest. According to the most recent report on Guantanamo recidivism, prepared in September 2015 by Jahmes Clapper’s office, Obama’s own Director of National Intelligence, 196 former detainees are either confirmed (117) or suspected (79) of returning to the fight. That’s a recidivism rate of more than 30 percent. Intelligence officials tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that those numbers are almost certainly low, as they do not include jihadists the United States and its allies are no longer tracking. . .”
Greg Corombos, WND: “Climate expert: Obama’s deal a ‘scam from top to bottom’”
“Officials from nearly 200 nations reached agreement over the weekend in Paris to move forward in a commitment to reduce carbon emissions, but with no way to enforce the standards. Secretary of State John Kerry says the deal requires all nations to report on their emissions every five years. Kerry says public exposure will keep nations on the straight and narrow.
“That approach is nothing more than a fantasy for Tim Ball, former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. He is also the author of “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science.”
“Ball said the main accomplishment of COP 21, the meeting in Paris that involved the political officials working in concert with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IGCC, was to establish the Green Climate Fund.
“‘They decided that developed nations had developed by using fossil fuels and the fossil fuel byproduct, CO2, was causing climate change or initially global warming,’ Ball said. ‘Therefore, those 23 developed nations had to pay for their sins.’
“He added, “They had to put money into a fund which was then going to be distributed to the developing nations that were being punished or penalized by those developed nations.”
“This goal is nothing new. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (12/15/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The Bill of Rights was passed 224 years ago today. America needs more politicians like James Madison. Madison pushed Congress to bring up the Bill of Rights, because it was what the people wanted. He is unlike the Congress today who ignores the will of the American people. Also, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all represent three different foreign policy camps in the Republican Party. Rubio wants the same radical interventionism that President Obama used to help create ISIS. Cruz believes in advancing America’s wellbeing in his foreign policy, supporting Israel and is advancing a more Reagan approach.
“In addition, like Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham wants more boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria. Graham is hardly a hawk and just wants to send troops everywhere. He says isolationists are worse than Obama, yet Graham would continue failed interventionist policies.
“Later, Rick Santorum says that not all Muslims are jihadist, but all jihadists are Muslim. He’s right and we can’t ignore that reality.”
Mark Steyn, SteynonLine: “Celebrating a Deserter in the Rose Garden”
“Cynicism about the politicization and corruption of all federal institutions is so widespread that this decision must be accounted something of a heartening surprise: the Army has ignored the recommendations of its investigating officer and decided that Bowe Bergdahl will face a general court martial for desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy”.
“For some of us, who Bergdahl was was obvious from the first day. Yours truly, June 2nd 2014:
‘So the Taliban get five warriors back to return to the battlefield. And in return we get some Stockholm Syndrome deserter-revert to head up the next ‘War is never the answer’ rally.’
“By contrast, the Administration was either deeply stupid, or chose to lie to the people:
‘Bowe Bergdahl was …declared by the laughably misnamed ‘National Security Advisor’ to have ‘served the United States with honor and distinction’.
“She surely knew as she uttered those words that that was the very opposite of the truth. Nevertheless, as others pointed out the obvious, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut chose to double-down on the stupid:
“Really sad to watch Obama haters attack this kid who CHOSE to fight to protect the rest of us, just to score political points.
“What’s ‘really sad’ is that, in a nation of 300 million in which only one hundred get to be senators, Chris Murphy is one of them. . .”
James Brody: The Donald
He’s a barking hound that sniffs opportunities for himself. He has recently advocated single-payer health care, tariffs, and a more lenient immigration policy. As Barry and Billy reminded us, not much happens to you once you’re President. Even W bought his legacy by selling us “compassionate conservatism.” The most frightening fact: we are one judge (Valerie Jarrett?) away from a liberal majority on SCOTUS. A second frightening fact: it is easier for candidates to learn bluster instead of sticking to their basic ideas.