American Elephants

California Has Become a National Joke. by The Elephant's Child


Every time you think California has gone round the bend completely, they add something more to make it absolutely certifiable. In this case, California state legislators passed a resolution on Thursday calling on the U.S. Congress to formally apologize, and for President Donald Trump to join them in acknowledging wrongdoing in separating illegal alien family units at the border.

The California Senate resolution calls on Congress to specifically apologize to the children separated from the adult foreign nationals who illegally brought them across the U.S. border. It also petitions Congress and President Trump to acknowledge wrongdoing in separating illegal alien adults and children.

The resolution describes the policy of separating foreign nationals who have crossed the border illegally as “detrimental.” De León described the separations as “government-sanctioned kidnapping.”…

“We should apologize to these children we have permanently harmed,” said Sen. Pan. Pan compared family separation to U.S. WWII internment of Japanese citizens.

Reports say the children are well cared for by child protective services, get good food, taken to the zoo or parks. Democrats are, as usual, reacting emotionally to the initial “ripped from their mothers’ arms” theme, without further information, which apparently shows that the kids are having a good time. I’m beginning to believe that “research” is just too hard for Lefties.

If you get all excited about something you think is wrong, take a deep breath, do a little research, and see if there is actually any basis for your anguish.

It might be interesting to make a list of the things Democrats are introducing into the national conversation that are an attempt to sway votes in the coming off-year elections, that are notably false.  Nancy Pelosi just  laughed at and demeaned reliable, cheap coal powered power plants:

“And it really is a moral issue if you believe as I do that this is God’s creation [and] we have to be good stewards of it,” Pelosi said. “We have evangelicals and others with us — er, some, those who believe in God’s creation. So, in any case this was a big thing for us. I had to fight some Democrats. Senator Byrd had a coal powered plan fueling the Capitol, you know I [unintelligible] that’s gonna go, with all due respect to West Virginia we’re not gonna have a coal power plant floating around.”

President Trump is putting the coal miners back to work. Carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants are greening the earth. Technology exists to capture pollutants from smokestacks, and if needed will be installed. But the Democrats blanket “Coal Bad,  Wind Good” idea does not pass the smell test.

Addendum: New article in the Orange County Register by Joel Kotkin: “California takes the prize for environmental virtue signaling — but not much else”

Overall, California’s drive for environmental perfection — requiring reductions roughly twice that required by the Paris accords — has not been notably successful, notes a recent Chapman University report. Since 2006, the state’s reductions in GHG rank a mere 35th among the states and 41st when adjusted for population growth. Even Texas, that bogeyman of fossil-fuel excess, has been reducing its per-capita emissions more rapidly.

Worst still, this posturing has made California, and other similarly minded jurisdictions, less congenial places for middle-class homeownership or employment. Meanwhile the goodies, such as giving tax breaks from cap-and-trade funds for electric cars — we spend 10 times as much on those subsidies than on forest clearance — or solar rebates that go to generally affluent wealthy homeowners and well-connected corporations.

If you are a former Californian, you might enjoy this one. The outflow of people from California to anywhere else continues.

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I think it’s more “any hammer for a goal.”

They do not care how many of those kids were slaves. They just care that those who are useful were countered.


Comment by Foxfier

You’re probably right. I’m interested in the unaccompanied children, and haven’t yet found out why they are ending up here unaccompanied. I wouldn’t let my high school age kids go off unaccompanied to a foreign country, would you? Many end up with coyotes who claim them as family — but are using them for trafficking of one kind or another. Democrats seem to assume aliens (good people) border enforcement (cruel or mean) but all they really want are more votes or more bodies in the census, thus more political representatives. It’s so self-serving and demeaning for the victims, but anything that represents more power.


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