American Elephants


Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week by The Elephant's Child

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It was an unusually interesting week. The Supreme Court handed down major abuse-of-power defeats; tens of thousands of Central American children (mostly 14 and over) are arriving at the border and overwhelming the Border Patrol’s ability to find any place to put them; the new Commissioner of the IRS testified to a disbelieving committee that Lois Lerner’s hard drive has gone to the dump, the U.S. was defeated by Germany in the World Cup; and the terrorists that Mr. Obama said were defeated have emerged to massacre, execute and behead their way across Iraq; and Mr. Obama is expected to do something. Whew!  A very bad week indeed. So naturally, Mr. Obama is out on the stump, making speeches.— his fallback position.

To top it all off, John Boehner announced that the House of Representatives would challenge him in the courts. The president gets petulant when he feels his presumed authority is being challenged by another branch. The Constitution is pretty clear. The Laws are made by the Congress, the President gets to sign them or not—he doesn’t get to make laws himself, nor rework nor fix the laws that are passed by Congress.

The president claims that all criticism from the Republicans is built on “phony scandals.” This is not a new claim. Benghazi—a phony scandal. Several speeches about how we had to trade Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists because we never leave our people behind; but we couldn’t supply security for an Ambassador and forced the Military, who wanted to go to the rescue of a couple of brave Seals, to stand down while they fought on for seven hours.

He claims the economy has created 9.4 million jobs in the last 51 months. Uh huh. We have 17 million fewer working age people with a job than we had in 2000. Fifty-eight million working age citizens are not working. Companies are fleeing overseas because of our uncompetitive corporate taxes. We have about 30% of our normal productivity growth, and we have about 30% fewer startups, but the economy is swell.

The problem is “obstruction” by the GOP. “They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,” he whined.  Republicans, he said, “think we should let big banks, and credit card companies, and polluters, and insurers do only whatever is best for their bottom line without any responsibility to anybody else.”

He not only dismissed any criticism, he completely denied abusing executive authority.

I’m not going to let gridlock and inaction and willful indifference and greed threaten the hard work of families like yours,” Mr. Obama continued. “And so we can’t afford to wait for Congress right now. And that’s why I’m going ahead and moving ahead without them wherever I can.”

Mr. Obama said “Now I’m not saying these are all bad people, they’re not. …but they can’t be too friendly towards me because they’d be run out of town by the tea party.”

It’s all very simple. Everything Obama does is right. All of his ideas are right. His worldview is correct. And the actions he has taken to improve the lives of Americans are all absolutely correct. He does not make mistakes, and be is never, never to blame for anything.  Whatever it is, is the Republican’s fault. After all, everybody says he is the smartest man in the world, don’t they?



All Growth in Employment Since 2000 Went To Immigrants. by The Elephant's Child

A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that:

Government  data show that since the year 2000, all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16-65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working age population. Although there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.

All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth. In addition, natives’ losses were somewhat greater during the recession and immigrants have recovered more quickly from it. With 58 million working-age natives not working, the Schumer-Rubio bill (S.744) and similar House measures that would substantially increase the number of foreign workers allowed in the country seem out of touch with the realities of the U.S. labor market.

CIS draws three conclusions from this analysis:

  1. The long term decline in employment for native Americans across all age and education levels is a clear indication that there is no general labor shortage which is the major justification for large increases in immigration (skilled and unskilled) promoted by the Schumer-Rubio bill and other proposals.
  2. The decline in employment among the native-born over the last 14 years of high immigration is consistent with research that shows immigration reduced employment for natives.
  3. Trends since 2000 challenge the argument that immigration on balance increases job opportunities for natives. More than 17 million immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the last 14 years, yet native employment has decreased significantly.

The unemployment rate that is most meaningful is the group the BLS calls U-6. It includes those counted in U-3 unemployment plus those who indicate that they are available for jobs and have looked for work in the past 12 months, plus those who want full-time work but have had to settle for part-time work. 58 million Americans are not working. There are currently 17 million fewer working age people without a job than there were in 2000.

The article goes on at some depth and length to explain their research and its meaning. It’s a valuable study. Do read the whole thing.

High tech industries want more H-1B visas for workers from other countries. They claim that graduates in high-tech fields here are not qualified. Google has announced that they are hiring people without degrees. There are not enough STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) graduates for the needs of employers. Investigation show there are far more STEM graduates than available jobs. Tech companies say that they need highly-trained people for assuring internet security. The U.S.Chamber of Commerce wants far more immigrant visas. People say the Chamber only wants to drive down salaries. Some say American businesses will not hire those who have lost their jobs in the recession, they assume they have been fired for reason.

Companies and their human resources departments do not know how to hire people who will be an asset to their company in short order, be dependable and not give them any trouble. They have no idea. They devise all sorts of tests and questions meant to weed out the undesirable, but anyone who has worked in a business knows that they really have no clue at all. They hire someone with what seem to be excellent qualifications, and they turn out to be a jerk, someone who is a bully, or a petty thief, a compulsive liar, or not really very bright, or can’t really do the work, or have a flaming affair with a married co-worker. Salaries in the U.S. may be significantly higher than in a worker’s country of origin. Immigrant workers may accept a lower salary and be especially amenable for fear of losing their H-1B status.

The Democrats want more poor and unskilled immigrants who will become Democrat voters and may become dependent on Democrat largesse, and thus reliable votes.

Republicans are accused of hating immigrants, which is absurd. Immigrants have always been a net benefit to America. Republicans believe in assimilation, and want immigrants to become American citizens, not citizens of another country temporarily living in this country. In spite of the Great Recession, America remains the land of opportunity, and far more people want to come here than we are able to accommodate. Illegals shouldn’t be admitted ahead of those who have applied through proper channels, and obeyed the law. Our borders should be secure and well manned, and existing immigration laws should be obeyed.

The Obama administration wants open borders purely for partisan politics. The pressure on Congress to pass a more generous immigration bill is intense. The primary argument is that without it the country faces “labor shortages.” The National Restaurant Association, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Manufacturers, Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce all want more immigrants. That’s a lot of lobbying power. If you don’t agree with them, you should let your congressmen know what  you believe.




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