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The State of the Union 2018 by The Elephant's Child

Terrific speech. Uniting, caring, forward looking. Of course the Democrats are not interested in uniting. I cannot remember a year when the opposing party behaved so badly. They went to great lengths to make clear their hatred for our country and this president.

Progressives’ plain rudeness was on national display. Leftist comments on the speech were startlingly notable for the total absence of any sense whatsoever and their plain fuming hate. Calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome” doesn’t even begin to describe their problem. It’s not interested in our country,our future, our people — just blind fury at being out of power.

The accomplishments of this administration are clear and remarkable. No bragging there, just statement of fact. Senator Schumer remarked yesterday that President Trump should thank President Obama for repairing the economy so that it should show such improvement. Obama had no understanding of how an economy works, but that’s why the record of socialists is so dismal.

The most powerful rebuke in the speech was the line “Americans are Dreamers too.” Good reminder. The illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have shown no particular effort to adapt to or participate in this country. The few who have served in the military should be on a path to citizenship, but the ones who are out demonstrating, screaming, carrying pre-printed signs—demanding citizenship seem to have the illusion that they have fulfilled all the requirements for citizenship by simply being here at taxpayer expense. Many have dropped out of high school, contemptuous of the generosity of the country. We are not a “nation of immigrants.”  We are a nation of Citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson had a column a week ago clarifying the issue, entitled “The Mythologies of Illegal Immigration.” It is well worth your time for a straightforward view of reality. An earlier column this month was “What the ‘Dreamer’ fight is really about.” Professor Hanson’s home is in California’s Central Valley, and he grew up with Mexican immigrants and Mexican illegal immigrants, Some are members of his family. He simply explains the problems in a straightforward manner. He also wrote, with Heather MacDonald and Steve Malanga “The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s” for those who are actually interested in a solution.

One thing Dr. Hanson has often called to our attention is President Trump’s use of the word “our.” He always refers to our workers, our miners, our police officers, our military, and our people. No other president has done that.

Efforts at Unity for the good of the country, will, of course, amount to nothing. Democrats will stand ready to punish any of their fellows who do not understand that our Constitutional Republic is not meant to have anyone but Democrats in charge. It’s entirely about the power of the Ruling class, and what they can do with that power.

 

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For Your Notebook of Quotations by The Elephant's Child

 

“This willingness to accept present discomfort and risk for the hope of future riches that so characterized these immigrants, and the millions who would follow over the next two centuries, has had a profound, if immeasurable effect on the history of the American economy. Just as those who saw no conflict between worshiping God and seeking earthly success in the seventeenth century, those who sought economic independence in the eighteenth had a profound impact on the emerging American culture.”
……………………………………………………………………An Empire of Wealth
……………………………………………………………………John Steele Gordon

“None of this should surprise anyone. Contrary to what they tell you (and tell you, and tell you) Progressives don’t have principles. Rather they have faddish opinions that are highly unstable and often contradictory.”
……………………………………………………………………Kathryn Shaidle
……………………………………………………………………Taki’s Magazine

“I have struggled for years to explain that politicians who cant about fairness don’t mean equal treatment or justice, or indeed, any practical outcome whatsoever, What they really mean is that they’re nice people and they’re prepared to prove how nice they are with your money.”
…………………………………………………………………….Daniel Hannan
…………………………………………………………………….MEP for East Anglia

“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before, and it does not work….We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started…and an enormous debt to boot.”
……………………………………………………………………..Henry Morgenthau Jr.
……………………………………………………………………..FDR’s Treasury Secretary
……………………………………………………………………..Architect of the New Deal

The Liberal project makes no sense. Liberals cannot articulate basic principles such as conservatives do. Conservatives talk about the rights enumerated in the Declaration and argue about freedom and liberty. Liberals, even when requested to come up with principle—cannot. The lesson is simple. Their principles are all negatives: things that are not fair: slavery—race—women as chattel, who could not vote.
……………………………………………………………………..Never Enough
……………………………………………………………………..William Voegeli

You do have a notebook of quotations, don’t you?



Schumer Shutdown IV by The Elephant's Child

The shutdown apparently ended just before 1 o’clock when Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement that Democrats would vote in favor of reopening. The final tally was 81-18.

What Happened?

New polling from Harvard-Harris shows that Democrats following Schumer’s lead to shut down the government on the issue of illegal immigration was wildly unpopular among the majority of Americans.

When asked, “Would you favor or oppose Democrats voting to shut the government down if the continuing budget resolution does not include restoring so-called DACA work permits for undocumented immigrants brought here illegally by their parents?” 58 percent of voters responded with “oppose.”

Polling also showed a majority back White House priorities on ending the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, eliminating chain migration and building a border wall.

OOOps!



Promise Goes a Glimmering If You Don’t Grasp The Basics of Economics and History by The Elephant's Child

Sometimes visitors dredge up an article from our archives that I had forgotten all about. Here is one of them, from July 14, 2016, with some reminders for today.

IN an important article at The Federalist, John Gibbs offers a different view of the racial division in the country.

My view of America is that we are a place of great promise and opportunity, where someone like me, who is the grandchild of illiterate black Southern sharecroppers, can achieve success and reach the American dream. We are a place occupied by fair-minded, hard-working people whose culture and values have built a nation that is the envy of the world. I am proud to be a part of that culture.

Our Founders, while imperfect and a product of their times, were visionary heroes who made hard choices and compromises to give us the successful system we have today. Because Americans are good, we’ve worked hard over time to right the wrongs in our society that our Founding Fathers could not eliminate in their time. In summary, we are a fundamentally decent people blessed to live in a phenomenal land with a rich heritage.

But not so for President Obama. His view of our nation seems to be very different than mine and that of many other Americans. I believe that when President Obama thinks of America, more so than a place of hope or opportunity, he thinks of a place where racist white Christian fundamentalists came here from Europe, committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved and segregated black people, denied women, gays, and other minorities their rights, and used capitalism and a rigged legal system to oppress poor people for centuries. He also believes this is still continuing today.

Do read the whole thing.

Zero Hedge chimes in again with some interesting data points from last week’s June Employment Report. The mid year burst of minimum-wage increases scheduled for July 1st when minimum wages will rise in 15 places: two states—Maryland and Oregon, plus Washington D.C., Los Angeles County and eleven cities, including Chicago, eight cities in California and two in Kentucky, shows what happens when the Left manages to increase the minimum wage. Unemployment for young black males increases sharply.

blackteenMilton Friedman explained may years ago:

The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills. That’s what the law says. The law says that here’s a man who has a skill that would justify a wage of $5 or $6 per hour (adjusted for today), but you may not employ him, it’s illegal, because if you employ him you must pay him $7.25 per hour. So what’s the result? To employ him at $7.25 per hour is to engage in charity. There’s nothing wrong with charity. But most employers are not in the position to engage in that kind of charity. Thus, the consequences of minimum wage laws have been almost wholly bad. We have increased unemployment and increased poverty.

Moreover, the effects have been concentrated on the groups that the do-gooders would most like to help. The people who have been hurt most by the minimum wage laws are the blacks. I have often said that the most anti-black law on the books of this land is the minimum wage law.

 



Common Sense Trumps Environmental Overreach by The Elephant's Child

The good news just keeps flowing out of the Trump administration. Today it is the case of a tiny Aleutian village—King Cove, Alaska.  It is a remote fishing village with around 1,000 inhabitants. The town has a clinic, but no doctor and no hospital. Their tiny airport is often locked in by gale-force winds and fog. When there’s a trauma case, childbirth, complications of all sorts, they must get to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay, 22 miles away for transportation for the 600 miles to Anchorage, hospitals and doctors.

King Cove residents have requested of the Interior Department a 22 mile long, one-lane gravel road to Cold Bay which would allow for all weather access to lifesaving medical care. Here’s the rest of the story I wrote back in 2014:

Etta Kuzakin, a 36-year-old King Cove resident who serves as Agdaagux tribal president, needed an emergency Caesarean section in March after going into early labor with her now 9-month-old daughter. Giving birth in King Cove could have killed her and her baby. Medevac flights into King Cove were grounded by ugly weather. Ms. Kuzakin waited in labor for ten hours until a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flew her out in the afternoon.

“If there had been a road, it would be two hours out,” she said. “I sat there in labor not knowing if I was going to die or my kid was going to die. Pretty traumatic.” Fishing is also hard work, and injuries are common. According to local Aleutian elders, 19 people have died since 1980 because bad weather during emergency evacuations prevented them from getting out.

Sally Jewell, former U.S. Interior Secretary, met with Aleutian citizens in the gymnasium in King Cove, to hear their request for a simple one-lane gravel lifeline to a dependable airport. Ms. Jewell, former head of REI, told her King Cove audience thatI’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals. She rejected the road, saying that it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.”

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will swap federal land with the Aleut of King Cove AK, on January 22, answering decades of pleas from local officials for a road.”

King Cove residents have pursued building an 11-mile, single-lane, non-commercial road between King Cove and the Cold Bay Airport for the past 35 years. In that time, at least 18 people have died from causes attributable to not having a road between the community and airport, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. …

Since 2013, 68 medevacs have evacuated King Cove residents to the airport for life threatening injuries or other immediate medical needs. Because the community is isolated, each medevac costs U.S. taxpayers as much as $210,000 a trip, TheDCNF has learned.

Environmentalists have argued for the purity and preservation of the Wilderness Act, but exceptions are possible, and Ms. Jewell was out in left field. She was a former head of REI, and, I assume, a city person unfamiliar with driving in the country where herds of sheep can often block the road, but even those can be moved off with a little shooing. This was not exactly a freeway that the Aleuts were asking for. Birds, even large ones, are moveable species, and unlikely to build nests on a road. Traffic was likely to be rare.

Democrats are apt to put great weight on their “compassionate” character. They care. Except when they don’t. But they believe that they do, and castigate Republicans constantly for their uncaring nature. Uh huh. You will notice that their fidelity to Green causes trumps compassion every time, except when you are talking about cleaning up your own mess after a demonstration.

Good for Secretary Zinke, good for President Trump, and I’m delighted that the Aleuts will get their simple one-lane gravel road.

You might enjoy William Voegeli’s 2014 book The Pity Party. The subtitle is “A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion.” The Amazon comment “a scathing and reasoned critique of the politics of liberal compassion—and why liberals’ lack of interest in the results of their policies renders them unfit to govern.” It’s spot on.



Former President Obama Simply Can’t Let Go! by The Elephant's Child

I’m still playing around with the “power” theme. That’s what it’s all about now, is it not? The millionaire football players kneeling at the national anthem, the pay gap for women, the claims of racism and white supremacy, the claim that the president said “hellhole” in more scatological terms and should therefore be censured by Congress. What if what he actually said was “hellhole”? Apparently no one but Illinois Senator Dick Durbin actually heard him say the ‘s’ version. It is all about Donald Trump winning the election and putting the Democrats out of power at all levels.

I wrote back on the first of January about former President Obama’s reluctance refusal to return to civilian life, as president’s do when their term of office is done. He is apparently the first, ever, to refuse to do so. Jimmy Carter insisted on commenting frequently, but Obama is doing something quite different, and unprecedented.  It must be a bit galling to find your successor cancelling your misguided programs and having the economy take off as a result. Democrats are insisting that the economy is acting in response to Obama’s efforts, but the people who make the economy go have no hesitation in telling what they are responding to.

Here’s Politico: Since leaving office, Barack Obama has struggled with how to do what no modern president has: take on his successor.

Obama and Eric Holder are fully engaged in the effort to challenge every GOP redistricting effort in court to claim they were (of course) racist and therefore illegal. You have surely noticed the extreme reappearance of charges of racism. It is not due to any evidence of racism, but of the “Black Lives Matter” protest group, which is also orchestrated. Every business in the country is eager to hire minorities, if only to prove that they are not discriminating. Unemployment claims for Blacks are the lowest in recorded history, and Black employment is at all time highs.So that’s not what this is about, it’s about power—having it and losing it.

Do read the whole Politico article. It’s a glimpse into the Leftist view. I wish it was about how to fix things, and get our huge deficit under control, but of course, it is not. It’s just about power.



Jordan Peterson on the Patriarchy and the Pay Gap by The Elephant's Child

Here is Jordan Peterson again, in an interview with a British feminist named Cathy Newman. She is utterly fixated on the idea of the pay gap that favors men and how utterly unjust it is. She has real trouble hearing what Professor Peterson says, expects him to be disseminating and misleading and he actually means exactly what he says. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating conversation and I learned a lot about some real differences between men and women that careful research shows. Especially interesting for women to watch. You may even find it helpful.




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