GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

2019-Jun-09

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The Headline

Latest iteration of DREAM Act offers citizenship status to 2.7 million illegals

The Grind

House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 237-187 in favor of a bill that would cancel deportations and grant citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants.

The proposal offers “Dreamers” conditional permanent residency for 10 years if they meet the following criteria:

— Arrive in the US before age 18

— Live in the US for four years before proposal is enacted

— Have a GED or high school diploma

— Pass a background check

To obtain full citizenship, “Dreamers” must fulfill one of four requirements:

— Earn a college degree

— Complete a two-year program in technical school or other institution of higher learning

— Serve in the military

— Work in the US for at least three years

The bill offers permanent residency to TPS and DED recipients if they meet the following criteria:

— Live in the US for more than three years before proposal is enacted

— Do not have felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors

The Details

The Dream and Promise Act is the latest version of a sweeping legalization proposal introduced in 2001. As estimated by the Migration Policy Institute, it could grant legal protections to 2.7 million people.

“This is a day that glorifies what America is to the world,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “A place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity.”

Republican critics who supported previous efforts to grant citizenship to “Dreamers” oppose this bill because it fails to address the emergency at the southern border and provides no strategy to reduce illegal immigration.

If passed, the Dream and Promise Act would produce even greater numbers of illegal immigration. Another sticking point for Republicans: the bill does not exclude immigrants with gang ties or DUI convictions.

The Takeaway

Democrats know the Dream and Promise Act will never make it through the Senate. What we are seeing here is a policy statement to voters ahead of the 2020 election: keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.

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I think that this captures the essence of the issue.  The D’s want more “illegals” voting; look at Wisconsin with the Muslim importation.  Swung the state.  And, it’s happening elsewhere.  End welfare and see how many stay?  And, it seem that most of the “immigrants” both here and in Europe are healthy young men with name brand sneakers and cell phones. I don’t see the “yearning to be free”.  End the deceptions  welfare / warfare D’s and the warfare / welfare R’s!

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Political Capitalism” is the death of “Market Capitalism”

Thursday, May 16, 2019

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1403-the-origins-and-evils-of-crony-capitalism/

I heard a great podcast episode that really cleared away some fog in my understanding of “what’s wrong with the USA”!

The guest, Randall Holcombe, made the point that we no longer live under the system of “Market Capitalism”, but under a NEW system of “Political Capitalism”.

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Political capitalism is an economic and political system in which the economic and political elite cooperate for their mutual benefit. The economic elite influence the government’s economic policies to use regulation, government spending, and the design of the tax system to maintain their elite status in the economy. The political elite are then supported by the economic elite which helps the political elite maintain their status; an exchange relationship that benefits both the political and economic elite.

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He translated Karl Marx’s “oppression of classes” into “those with political influence oppress those without it”.  Occupy Wall Street’s “the 1% oppress the 99%”.

It makes perfect sense as an explanation of how things are now working.

  • Argue against smoking but then giving tax subsidies to tobacco farmers.
  • Decry obesity but give “parity payments” to sugar producers.
  • Ethanol in gas means a payoff to farmers and raises food prices.
  • Bailouts of the “fat cat Wall Streeters” as opposed to the people being foreclosed on.

And on, and on, and on!

I didn’t hear a lot of solutions except for: (1) strongly objecting to anyone seeking “transfers from the public to the privileged individuals; and (2) opposition to every extension of Gooferment into every day life.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

2019-May-02

FROM DGiT Daily 

How NASA’s two failed rocket launches came from fraudulent metals

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An incredible story of deception emerged in full yesterday, as NASA revealed the details of a decade-long investigation into two launch failures.

The cause? A metal manufacturer, which produced poor quality materials and then deliberately faked the test results to make sure they got paid.

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What NASA and the DoJ said:

“For nearly 20 years, Sapa Profiles and Sapa Extrusions falsified critical tests on the aluminum they sold—tests that their customers, including the U.S. government, depended on to ensure the reliability of the aluminum they purchased,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski in a DoJ statement.

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So you mean to tell me that for TWENTY YEARS no one thought to verify what was being presented as true?

Didn’t  Regan say: “Trust; but verify!”?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Federal Gooferment should impose the same accounting standards on State Gooferments

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2019-Feb-07

https://nypost.com/2019/02/05/why-the-public-pension-timebomb-is-growing-even-more-deadly/

Why the public-pension timebomb is growing even more deadly
By Steven Malanga
February 5, 2019 | 7:24pm

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The study found that, on average, female teachers were living 90 years, while male teachers lived 87.7 years. Female government workers in the general public-pension plans lived to 88.5; male government workers, 85.5.

By contrast, the Social Security Administration’s life expectancy tables show that men who reach 65 can expect on average to live 84.3 years, and women 86.7 years. A Society of Actuaries study of private-sector pension plans shows that members live longer than the general public but shorter than many government workers: men in these systems live on average to about 85.6 years old, and women to slightly more than 87.6 years old.

Workers’ life expectancy is an important factor, of course, in a pension fund’s financial picture. In the private sector, defined-benefit pensions must follow mortality tables issued by the federal government. No such strictures bind public pensions, and as the society’s study suggests, the rates used by government pension systems vary widely.

In 2014, several communities in Illinois discovered that officials were using mortality tables from 1971, when life expectancy was much shorter, which vastly underestimated pension costs. The resulting outcry forced those communities to update their calculations, and led to average increases in costs by about 20 percent.

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As a little L libertarian, I have little use for the Gooferment. But if I am forced to live under their tyranny, then I’ll try to make it “better”.

As an fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income, I am concerned for myself and our posterity by the the current 121T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities.

Perhaps, the Federal Gooferment should impose the same accounting standards on State Gooferments as it does on corporations. I’m not sure that aligns with the idea that States have rights. It would seem that requiring all actors to use the latest statistics would at least help define the problem.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Better that the homeless and needy starve?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2019-Feb-05

https://www.theadvocates.org/2019/02/california-charity-becomes-casualty-city-regulators/

A California Charity Becomes a Casualty of City Regulators
Remso Martinez•February 3, 2019

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Charity is a beautiful thing that everyone tends to support, regardless of creed or partisan slant. However, there is a strange concept of “forced” charity that both Republicans and Democrats try to enforce in their own various ways. Whether it is through entitlements, bailouts, or pork spending, some in government think that their involvement makes everything better, but in reality, those good intentions more often than not have adverse consequences.

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The primary change for Deliverance is the requirement that no food may be prepared in a volunteer’s home, which has been our primary method of food preparation. The Board of Directors discussed options for utilizing an existing food prep facility, but due to the distributed nature of the organization, this option would prove to be cumbersome and perhaps only a short term solution to the problem. As a result, Deliverance, San Diego can no longer prepare hot meals for distribution to the homeless population of downtown San Diego without incurring significant logistical and financial costs.

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If the government can create laws that restrict free people from providing a home cooked meal to the homeless, what is there to stop them from crafting a law that prohibits me from giving a pan of brownies to a neighbor? Or an office potluck where everyone brings a meal? This example might sound exaggerative but this whole situation creates a slippery slope for more state intervention in consensual and voluntary exchanges.

While the intentions of the regulators might be good, the homeless and needy probably would prefer a free meal instead of going hungry.

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Remember this “homelessness” crisis was caused, at least in part, by the Gooferment closing mental institutions while promising community support, high property taxes, rental regulations, and the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.

So naturally we can’t have any solution other than a Gooferment one!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Stadium Deals” should be outlawed!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

2018-Dec-22

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-marlins-david-samson-brags-about-12-billion-team-sale-10956381

Ex-Marlins President Brags About Fleecing Fans, Taxpayers in $1.2 Billion Team Sale
JERRY IANNELLI | DECEMBER 18, 2018 | 1:18PM

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At this point, every single person who worked for the Miami Marlins when Jeffrey Loria owned the team should be under strict FBI surveillance. Robert Mueller should be stalking these people. They keep revealing themselves to be vampires.

Case in point: Loria’s former team president, David Samson, hopped onto a stage at ESPN personality Dan Le Batard’s birthday party over the weekend and bragged about fleecing Miami taxpayers and sports fans after Loria sold the team for literally a billion dollars. Samson then flipped off the crowd. Had there not been security, he might have been guillotined, though Le Batard and Samson now claim that this was some sort of planned “skit.” If true, the skit sucked.

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When will “We, The Sheeple” realize that the politicians and bureaucrats do NOT have the Taxpayers’ best interests at heart.

Surely, there must be some way to “claw back” these ill-gotten Crony Capitalist “gains”.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Doyou have a right to be free of searches without a warrant?

Friday, November 30, 2018

https://theappeal.org/man-convicted-of-obstruction-for-refusing-to-open-his-door-for-police/

MAN CONVICTED OF OBSTRUCTION FOR REFUSING TO OPEN HIS DOOR FOR POLICE
Levi Pulkkinen   — Oct 17, 2018

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If his conviction stands, it could criminalize people who refuse to do things like unlock their phones or garages at police request.

Shouting voices coming from an apartment building broke the suburban quiet in the early hours of March 1, 2016.

A man walking past called officers to the Seattle-area apartment, reporting a loud argument. The yelling had stopped when police arrived outside Solomon McLemore’s Shoreline home, but was replaced by amplified demands from police that McLemore come out or let them in. As the incident stretched on, frustrations grew.

“Open the fucking door,” one officer demanded during the 15-minute exchange.

McLemore declined and stood by as police, having heard glass shatter inside the home, broke down the door. No one inside was hurt. But McLemore was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a law enforcement officer for failing to open his home to police. He was convicted as charged on Sept. 29, 2016, following a three-day jury trial. Sentenced to 20 days under house arrest, McLemore began a series of appeals that landed his case in the Washington Supreme Court, which is expected to hear oral arguments Thursday.

If McLemore’s conviction stands, Washington would most likely be the only state to criminalize the refusal to assist police in a warrantless search.

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Iannotti and the ACLU contend the framework put forward by prosecutors could lay the groundwork for obstruction charges against people who refuse to do things like unlock their phones or garages at police request. It makes it dangerous for residents to stand up for their rights.

“You have a right to be free of searches without a warrant,” Iannotti said. “A person shouldn’t be penalized for exercising that right.”

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I wonder how this went.  If badly, I hope it gets appealed to the Supremes.

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