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The Argument Is Not What It Seems by The Elephant's Child
September 29, 2017, 8:02 pm
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President Donald Trump promised to build a wall—a great big wall. That has been scaled down a bit, as the reality of the terrain becomes clear. Portions of the border are reportedly not suitable for either a wall or fence, and remote.  But various proposals are being built as demonstrations to test and see how they will work and what’s possible. There will not be a huge concrete wall after all, but lots of use of the most advanced contemporary technology. Walls work in Hungary. Walls work in Israel. The Great Wall of China worked for a time, as did Hadrian’s Wall. The Saudis have built a wall.

Democrats continue with all the usual epithets: Racist, sexist, bigot, and big meanie. Cruel, uncaring. Walls don’t work, (yes they do), too expensive, useless, and so on ad-infinitum. That is not the real argument.

Democrats want open borders and lots of immigrants, legal or illegal, because warm bodies don’t have to be legal to get counted in the census, and a vastly increased population in states that currently vote Democrat will mean more seats in Congress in 2020.That’s what community organizers do.

They are working on lawsuits about redrawing voting district borders to gain political advantage. Obama and Eric Holder announced that they would be working on redistricting cases where Republicans have drawn district borders to their advantage. In Veith v. Jubelirer (2004) the Supreme Court held that as opposed to racial gerrymandering or “one person, one vote” equal protection claims, political gerrymandering claims are non-justiciable. This is because federal courts generally lack the authority to hear disputes raising political questions that are better left to the political branches. Will that hold?

Here is what should be the controlling fact.  Illegal immigration costs U.S. Taxpayers a Stunning $134.9 Billion a Year, according to a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that include education, medical, law enforcement and welfare.

Please remember that the federal government has no money of its own. It all comes out of your pocket. There are 4.4 million people who want to legally immigrate to the United States and are patiently waiting their turn. But there are limits on the number of new immigrants that the government believes they can handle.

Why should those who have been waiting for years have to wait while we admit others who have crossed the border illegally? Should Silicon Valley be able to increase the number of H-1B visas in order to import workers from other countries who will work for less?  Does a nation have a right to control their border? Do we admit the richest who can add to out wealth? Or your tired and poor as Emma Lazarus suggests? These are all complicated and   difficult questions, that should not be settled by changing the language (dreamers) suggesting that (against their will) should rank over a long legal wait.

Secretary Price Has Resigned From Health and Human Services by The Elephant's Child

Secretary Tom Price has resigned from Health and Human Services, and his resignation has been accepted by President Trump.

One of the most important notions of the Trump campaign was that of ‘draining the swamp.’ The nation’s capitol has become too expensive, too self-important, too unresponsive to the people. The Democrats in general, and the media in particular, have become consumed with hatred for the man who, in winning the election, has taken away their control in numbers, ideas, and power across the nation.

The Democrats not only confidently expected Hillary to win and continue their power in government, and to have their own way, but they were astonished to see the Trump victory echoing through the states down to the local level. They lost 13 seats in the Senate, 69 House seats, 910 State Legislative seats and 30 Legislatures. The Media no longer had powerful people in government eager for their attention.  From remarks from the media, it seems that the Obama administration was in constant contact trying (mostly successfully) to manage the news.

So you have probably not noticed that President Trump’s goal of making America great again involves cutting the cost of government. Cabinet officers and Congressmen who direct the work of the government have been excused for far too long for their carelessness with the taxpayers’ money. Secretary Price, who is also a wealthy man, may have thought nothing of chartering private jets for his travel, and billing it to the government, but the department’s inspector general did. It is unfortunate because Dr. Price is a good man, and was a good appointment as a physician,with long Congressional experience to Health and Human Services.

The media recently attacked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who was flying on a private jet to her meetings all over the country, only to be terminally embarrassed to find that it was her own plane, and she was paying for it. So much will be made of the Price scandal. Other Cabinet members are looking closely at their own travel.

You will find that most of President Trump’s actions are based on ordinary common sense. Which is why he won the votes of a great many Americans who were fed up with “the swamp.” You will hear plenty about this ‘scandal’ and its reverberations.

Here’s How Hurricanes Form and Where They Come From by The Elephant's Child

This has certainly been an interesting hurricane year, with Irma, Juan, Lee, and Maria, Hopefully, Maria will be the end of it for this season. But what is a hurricane, where does it come from and why do they do so much damage sometimes? Here’s an article from Popular Science that explains all.

The NOAA/NASA satellite image of Hurricane Jose (left), Tropical Storm Maria (center), and Tropical Depression Lee (Right) on Sept 17, 2017. Now we have hurricane hunters who fly over the storms to determine what’s happening, and satellite  pictures and even Space Station pictures plus instant communication. 1933 was supposed to be a bad hurricane year, and they had none of that — except radio. But hurricanes have been around long before radio. Imagine how terrifying when such a storm appeared with little warning and no real preparation—just a devastating natural disaster, with little help, much too late.

Victor Davis Hanson Explains the Media Hysteria Over Trump And the Reality by The Elephant's Child

I think most of us have noticed that the American media seem to have slipped a cog. They are no longer the serious observers of government, exposing wrongdoing and praising praiseworthy ventures. They were supposed to serve as the watchdogs, alerting us to error and triumph, but they have instead become highly partisan purveyors of platitudes, or as President Trump tweets—fake news. That is perhaps too strong a term, but they are clearly partisan, and getting a lot of issues just plain wrong. If the media cannot get things right, the people have lost their guidelines.

People don’t seem to know quite what to make of President Donald Trump. Dr. Hanson gives the best explanation I have seen anywhere. Trump speaks differently. Dan Bongino who is from Queens, says simply that Trump talks like someone from Queens. I think a goodly amount of press angst comes from President Trump’s tweets. No president has tweeted before, and Trump says what he thinks. The media expects measured and carefully prepared speech, and don’t know what to do with such revelations. Salena Zito, outstanding reporter, says to ‘take Trump seriously, not literally’.

Victor Davis Hanson is an American classicist, military historian, columnist and farmer, professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and currently a fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, This is a clip from a longer speech given at Hillsdale College on May 26. 2017.

The Destruction From Hurricane Maria Has Been Massive in Puerto Rico by The Elephant's Child

The media has been trying desperately to prove that President Trump is callous and ignoring the needs of the citizens of Puerto Rico in their hour of need, but the facts are quite different.

“FEMA has provided more than 4.4 million meals, 6.5 million liters of water, nearly 300 infant and toddler kits to support 3000 infants for a full week, 70,000 tarps and 15,000 rolls of roof sheeting to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall.” Food and water is being distributed from seven municipal locations in Puerto Rico. There will be more distribution points as areas open up. It’s going to take a long time to put this mess back together.

In Puerto Rico, fuel has been delivered to 19 hospitals for power generators, 200 gas stations have received fuel for distribution to residents. President Trump waived the Jones Act, a obscure regulation from the 20’s involving shipping and tariffs which interfered with getting aid to Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico are American citizens, in case anyone is confused.

I tried to look up the nationalities of the islands of the Caribbean, but it is far too confusing. There’s the U.S., the British, the French, the Dutch, and most of the islands have islets or rocks around them that have names and nationalities, and some are independent, and nothing I found was simple or clear, so you’re on your own. Remember, Puerto Rico is 1200 nautical miles from Miami.

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