Immigration: News NO One Wants To Hear

One of the hot button issues in the 2016 election will be immigration….these people have been demonized and praised….usually at the same time but from different sides of the spectrum…..we have candidates thumping their chests like sex crazed apes telling us that “illegals” are pouring across the border to steal American jobs and get that free ride that they all crave….

And the Right winger talkers spout fact after fact about how these people will destroy this country if something is not done…..the problem with the political rhetoric has overlooked one fact while they are thumping those chests….

This may come as a surprise to anyone calling for a border fence: There are actually more Mexicans exiting the US than arriving here, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Between 2009 and 2014, an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals came to the US from Mexico—but a million Mexicans went back the other way. (Pew admits it’s “challenging” to measure migration flow between the US and Mexico, but explains quite a bit about how it gets the best possible estimates here.) Why? Pew cites a number of reasons:

  • The US economic recovery has been slow, perhaps meaning fewer jobs for Mexican immigrants.
  • US immigration laws have become more strictly enforced, perhaps causing fewer Mexicans to attempt to cross the border. (The number of Mexicans apprehended at the US border was just 230,000 last year, the lowest number since 1971.)
  • There has also been an increase in Mexican deportations since 2005. Even so, most of the million Mexicans who crossed back over the border from the US did so of their own volition, not because they were deported.
  • Interestingly, 48% of adults in Mexico say they think life is better in the US, but 33% say life is neither better nor worse in the US—a 10-percentage-point increase from those who believed life was equivalent in both places in 2007.

The data also show that the number of Mexican immigrants living in the US has declined from a peak of 12.8 million in 2007 (6.9 million of them unauthorized) to 11.7 million last year (5.6 million unauthorized). Read Pew’s full report here.

You can tell when an issue is nothing more than a football for political thinking……when something happens to change the equation….it is ignored!  I realize that this fact shoots a hole, a small hole, in your premise….but ignoring facts does not make one right.

I guess if you want to explain this a way then one could say the Trump’s rhetoric has scared the crap out of people and now they are running back across the border……

Yeah, let’s go with that lie!

Why Abolish The UN? | Ace News Room

For decades now I have heard too many people call for the abolishing of the UN…..many different reasons have been cited but the most often used is that it represents the “New World Order”….you know that impending doom of a single government of the entire world…

I do not agree with too many of these calls and I have written an op-ed for my friends at Ace News Room explaining why I do not think that the abolition of the UN is a good idea….

Please read my op-ed and let me know your thoughts on this situation…..and while you are there take a look around….it is your one stop news source for all the news worldwide……

Source: Why Abolish The UN? | Ace News Room

The GOP’s Guerrilla Warfare

Before I get into the meat of this post….I would like to thank all my readers that viewed and responded my post over the weekend about my granddaughter and her music…..I appreciate all the kind words and the likes….she is thrilled.

Trump has made a meteoric rise to prominence……and many have jumped on the wagon…..their anger at the government has given the air his blimp needed…..the problem is that trump is not someone the stalwart Repubs want to be their nominee……the RNC and other leaders are trying to figure out how to sideline Trump in favor of a more likable candidate……apparently they will do whatever it takes…..even “guerrilla warfare”……

The Wall Street Journal has an inside look at the “guerrilla campaign” being launched against Donald Trump by the GOP establishment. The Journal states party stalwarts are “increasingly alarmed” by Trump’s continued success and dread seeing him move on to the general election. According to a memo obtained by the newspaper, former RNC online communications director Liz Mair has set up Trump Card LLC to unite donors from various campaigns into a single anti-Donald front. “In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” the memo states. “The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president.”

Mair—who lost her previous gig with the Scott Walker campaign over some social-media posts mocking Iowans—describes Trump Card as “loosely organized and highly confidential,” with financial backers remaining anonymous, the Journal reports. Trump Card’s plans so far include comparing the Republican frontrunner to Rosie O’Donnell in an attempt to goad him into a reaction and hiring a Trump impersonator to insult people. Trump Card’s goal, as stated in the memo, isn’t even to get supporters to switch to another candidate; rather it wants to turn them off voting altogether. The Journal reports “the sense of urgency has mounted in part because Mr. Trump continues at or near the top of GOP polls, even after many predicted that the Paris terror attacks would lead voters to turn to a more seasoned candidate.” Read the full story here.

Now it will be interesting to see how successful this campaign can be……and how his supporters will react….

American politics is great….always room for some humor.

Reunited and it feels so good

Reunited and it feels so good

The world seems to have gone batcrap crazy with the war stuff….where ever we look someone is fighting someone else…..but there is one place that the people are trying to stop all the craziness…..this op-ed was written for my friend at Legationes….a great site for info…..chuq

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy

As I have said on many occasions…..2016 will be the foreign policy election……there are few issues more important than our place in this world.

I have spent a bit of time criticizing the GOP candidates for their outlandish stands when it comes to foreign policy…….so to be fair I will write about the Democratic candidates and their policies concerning the US and the world.

First let us travel to the North African country of Libya…..and the recent “revolt” against the “Madman of the Middle East”, Qaddafi…..

At the time of the revolt Clinton was the Sec. of State of the US and had a hand in the destruction and deaths in Libya.  Few want to admit that the revolt was lead by the CIA through their proxy, Gen. Haftar, who had been on the payroll since the mid 1980’s.

The revolt was never about the “Arab Spring” movement but rather a desire “to get” Qadafi since the days of Reagan…..the Arab Spring just gave the US the opening they needed to finish off the leader.

Contrary to Hillary Clinton’s statements in the most recent Democratic debate, Muammar Gaddafi was not “deposed.” He was tortured and murdered, very likely by Islamists allied with NATO forces. The “radical elements” that are causing “a lot of turmoil and trouble” in “this arc of instability” are, in fact, Islamists whom Clinton picked as allies in the region, and she has pressed to supply them with arms in Syria as well as Libya. She really rates mention as an American mover of the “instability” in the region second only to Bush and Cheney. The fact that neither candidate opposing Clinton in the primaries had a word to say about any of this — that they were comprehensively uninformed about the NATO action in Libya and its aftermath — points to an enduring weakness in the disposition and political temper of almost all Democratic politicians of any note.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Libya | David Bromwich

Now the most pressing issue in these days before the election is ISIS…..we have heard what almost every GOP candidate has had to say about the way to handle this barbaric group….but what about the Democrats especially Mrs. Clinton?

Source: Hillary Clinton’s ISIS Strategy is a Warmed-Over Mess But at Least She Wants to *Declare* War… – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Every candidate that is running for their party’s, no matter then party,  nomination is offering nothing that would stand them out as anything but a neo-liberal.  Not one plan offers anything beyond “doing the some things” we are doing now…..and that has not got us any closer to the promised defeat of ISIS.