Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cruising the Web

Mona Charen fights back against the accusations of heartlessness being leveled at Republicans over the crisis on the border.
E. J. Dionne, like the president, thinks Republicans are cruel, but as he acknowledged, unless you are prepared to permit unlimited immigration, you must make “agonizing choices about whom to let in and whom to turn away.” Yes, the circumstances from which these unaccompanied children fled are terrible. But so are the home situations for many of the 4.5 million people worldwide currently waiting, legally, for visas to enter the United States. And while Central America is poor, corrupt, and crime-ridden, it cannot be the case that those conditions alone guarantee entry into the U.S. Most countries on earth meet those criteria.

Jason Riley points out that we had a similar problem back during George W. Bush's presidency and an influx of immigrants from Brazil.
The U.S. faced a similar challenge in the mid-2000s, when border patrol was caught unawares by a surge of Brazilian illegals. The Bush administration determined that word had gotten back to Brazil that people apprehended at the border would be released and able to stay, so the Department of Homeland Security initiated an operation dubbed "Texas Hold 'Em."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff explained the results during a Senate hearing in 2005. "We prioritized the existing space, dedicated bed space and began detaining and removing all of the illegal Brazilians we apprehended," said Mr. Chertoff. "The word spread surprisingly swiftly; within its first thirty days, the operation had already begun to deter illegal border crossings by Brazilians. In fact, the number of Brazilians apprehended dropped by 50%. After 60 days, the rate of Brazilian illegal immigration through this sector was down 90%, and it is still significantly depressed all across the border. In short, we learned that a concentrated effort of removal can actually discourage illegal entries by non-Mexicans on the southwest border."
I don't remember this incident with Brazilians at all; maybe that's because the government handled it expeditiously and didn't let it build up into a crisis with tens of thousands of people stuck in camps awaiting some action from the government.

This just in from Illinois.
According to a recent study, corruption in the state of Illinois costs each person $1,308.
How long will the people of Illinois keep electing the same sorts of people from the same party?

Ron Fournier chastises the President for thinking that everything is about him.
"They don't do anything except block me and call me names," Obama said in Minneapolis after House Speaker John Boehner threatened a lawsuit over the president's use of executive authority.

"They've decided to sue me for doing my job," Obama groused. The president also has said, "Middle-class families can't wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me. As long as they're doing nothing, I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama would argue that he's fighting for Americans and is blocked by a stubbornly conservative House. It's a point worthy of debate, but it's argued poorly, because Obama leans on three words that should be virtually banned from the vocabulary of any leader: I, me, and my.

The day after that speech, a Tawas City, Mich., plumber told me he was a lifelong Democrat who had voted twice for Obama but had grown disenchanted. He pointed to a local newspaper headline about the Minnesota address and said, "It's not about you, Mr. President."

Obama's message also dismisses the enormous number of voters—on some issues, a majority—who don't habitually agree with him, and who will never be won over by condescension.

Obamacare is providing insurance for only about half the number that they claimed would be covered by this point.

Do the Obama spokesmen have any idea of how ridiculous some of their claims are? Dana Milbank has some fun with press secretary Josh Earnest's latest assertion that Obama's foreign policy has "substantially improved the — you know, the tranquility of the — of the global community.” That was so ridiculous that Earnest had to drop that claim. But in what world would that word even have entered his mind? I guess reality is irrelevant for the administration PR people. Gosh, why would anyone want that job?

Gosh, Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa Bruce Braley has to be one of the most inept candidates. First he was caught making fun of Senator Grassley as just a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school. That doesn't go over well in Iowa. Now the story has come out about how he and his wife have raised a kerfuffle in the neighborhood association about their neighbor's chickens that are being raised comfort children with mental illness and disabilities.
“It [is] very important the citizens of Iowa know who they would be supporting and voting for to represent their best interests and the interests of farmers, and in [this] particular case, the support of children with mental illness and disabilities,” Hampton, the hens’ owner, said. “It’s sad this situation is based on something as simple as a chicken-at-large situation.”

This isn’t the first time the Democratic congressman has ruffled the feathers of Iowa farmers. Braley found himself in hot water when video surfaced of him disparaging Republican senator Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” at a fundraiser in Texas.

Braley’s efforts to walk that comment back included calling himself a farmer at a recent parade, even though there are no records indicating he manages and owns any farming operations.

Braley also came under fire for a sexist campaign ad portraying Republican opponent Joni Ernst as “a chick.” A Braley surrogate also revealed the campaign’s lack of familiarity with the sometimes unpleasant facts of life on a farm when he said Ernst, who famously referred to her background castrating pigs in her first ad, engaged in “animal mutilation.”
There was no comment from Jodi Ernst who is spending a couple of weeks serving with the Iowa National Guard.

One thing people forgetting about Hillary Clinton - she's a horrible politician. All she has going for her is her gender.

John McWhorter writes about those African Americans who will work so hard to find a racist root for the most benign aspects of life. Did you know that the music from the ice cream truck is racist?
The typical statement in this vein is, “America needs to have a conversation about race,” now a keystone of educated black discourse. Is the proposal about reality? Who seriously thinks any amount of argument about “collective responsibility” could ever convince today’s diverse American populace that it owes black people for slavery and Jim Crow? Some even insist that this new American understanding would be necessary before any real change can happen, but the logic is unclear. Once all Americans could recite basic information about race riots and redlining, then somehow, wealthy and influential people would open the financial floodgates and heal black America? In most other contexts, one is to dismiss cynically the possibility of this ever happening, since whites, as the thinking goes, are determined to hold on to their privilege. How would a national history lesson or conversation change that? And if we all know it wouldn’t change anything, then what is the goal of having the conversation?

In any case, let’s say that somehow, this psychological revolution came about, with the ensuing opening of the cash and policy floodgates for black Americans. What, precisely, would happen, that hasn’t happened yet, because America wouldn’t go down on its hot-dog-scarfing knees to “understand”? As Jason Riley’s Please Stop Helping Us points out, our nation’s record of helping black people become significantly less poor is not encouraging. And it’s not because malevolent forces have prevented the pursuit of obvious solutions. Anyone with an ear cocked to issues such as education and poverty knows that answers to the problems are maddeningly elusive.

If we could do the Great Society again, what would be the magic bullet this time? “More programs,” some advocates say. Perhaps. But at this point, we lack a plausible plan. Programs doing what, based on what track record? And as such, the key question is: how would Americans’ knowing more about their racist past make those programs more efficient or successful?

Gosh, why is Senator Elizabeth Warren seen as such a towering figure for the Democrats that there are some who wish she'd run for president? What has she ever done except spout leftist rhetoric totally remote from reality. Now she's blaming last Fall's government shutdown on the supposed desire of Republicans to deny women access to birth control. Of course, anyone who was paying attention would remember that the shutdown arose when Republicans tried to defund Obamacare. But why let reality interfere with an opportunity to unleash another missile in the Democrats' never-ending desire to cast everything Republicans do as a war on women or some other favored group?

In case you miss President Obama's next speech, you can spend a minute and see every Obama speech all together.