President Trump Ends DACA

Shockingly, The Atlantic, of all outlets, gives a relatively factual and unemotional account of the facts:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation, with a six-month delay.

The administration’s decision to end DACA means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services won’t consider new applications, but will allow anyone who has a DACA permit expiring between now and March 5, 2018, to apply for a two-year renewal by October 5. Thousands have already applied for renewals. Between August and  December 2017, 201,678 recipients are set to have DACA expire. Of those, 55,258 have pending requests for renewal, according to DHS officials. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to operations per usual, assessing DACA recipients as has been done in the past.

On Monday, Sessions sent a letter to Duke with his legal determination. He cited previous legal challenges, noting that because DACA “has the same legal and constitutional defects that the courts recognized as to DAPA, it is likely that potentially imminent litigation would yield similar results with respect to DACA.”

The administration’s decision now puts the onus on Congress to find a legislative solution. “Congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people,” Sessions said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job—DACA!”

I congratulate President Trump for doing the right thing.

DACA was a legally unsound executive overreach on the part of President Obama from Day 1. Yes, setting enforcement priorities is the prerogative of the executive. At most, that justifies a memo to the immigration authorities saying: “I don’t want to hear of a single non-criminal childhood arrivee being deported until you tell me that each and every criminal alien has already been deported.” It never justified the creation of a whole new federal bureaucracy to hand out work permits that were not authorized by statute and which, in fact, contravene the law establishing which people do and don’t have work rights in the United States.

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Joe Arpaio Pardoned!

A few weeks ago, I put up a blog post strongly recommending that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be pardoned after he was trumped up on misdemeanor contempt of court charges.

This past weekend, President Trump did just that.

Thank you, President Trump, for doing a good and humane thing.

For posterity, I post here the statement released by President Trump explaining the decision to grant this pardon. Reading through it, I’m forced to the realization that Joe Arpaio was probably one of the most upstanding citizens ever to find himself in need of a presidential pardon. Certainly more deserving than pretty much any of those hardened death row cases that the Looney Left loves to fawn over.

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Now THAT’s How It’s Done!

On August 17, 2017, a suspected “Irish drunk driver” rammed a van into a crowd of tourists on a major shopping street in Barcelona, Spain. Thirteen people were killed and at least 50 were wounded. I pause for my usual statement: May God have mercy on the souls of the dead, bring healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved.

This is just another in a seemingly endless list of such attacks, so there is very little I feel like adding to the main topic at hand; that is, to the unusually strong propensity for people from certain religious and ethnic backgrounds to run around murdering their fellow townsmen seemingly at random. Anyone who hasn’t by now concluded that the incremental risk posed by such populations is hardly worth the virtue-signalling benefits of encouraging more such people to move to town will never learn. A Goodwhite of that purity will go to his dying day wishing for more — whether that dying day is peaceful, in bed at a ripe old age, or whether it is untimely and violent, met on the streets or in a theater or cafe, and at the point of a jihadi’s knife, or under the wheels of his van, tasting hot lead from his semiautomatic rifle, or blasted with shrapnel from his suicide bomb vest. Some people will never learn. But the rational among us have concluded: Stop inviting more in. Kick out the ones who may legally be kicked out. And try really hard both to assimilate and police those who remain. There’s little else that a sane man can do.

This incident brings us back to reality. It reminds us what real terrorism is. After the unfortunate ramming incident in Charlottesville less than a week ago, where a disaffected participant in the right-wing protest apparently rammed his car into a crowd of left-wing anti-protesters, killing one and injuring 19, there were howls from the idiot leftist press to hold this incident up as “Radical White Terrorism.” This was a silly label to whip out so quickly and gleefully, and President Trump was right to avoid it.

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Onion Singularity — Military Edition

As I’ve said many times, I believe we reached the Onion Singularity years ago. The Onion singularity is kind of like the Turing Test — it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between “serious journalism” and satire.

This week brought yet another example of it.

Back in the 1970s, this (see below) was considered fun, family-friendly slapstick humor:

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And The Hunt Continues For The Great White Defendant

Narrative collapses… time to move on.

Over the past month, numerous Jewish Community Centers (“JCCs”) across America received hoax bomb threats. These frequently triggered building evacuations, police responses, security sweeps and a whole lot of general consternation. A number of Hebrew graves in St. Louis were also vandalized at the time, which was viewed as somehow probably linked to the bomb threats.

Our hysterical friends in the mainstream press, who still fixate daily on Adolf Hitler, lost no time rushing to insinuate that these anti-Jewish incidents were the fault of some very-bad no-good right-wing Trump-supporting cisgendered heteropatriarchical White Men, and that our sitting President bore responsibility for unleashing these menaces on an unsuspecting population. For instance, the Washington Post wrote, on February 21:

The remarks by Trump [denouncing the JCC bomb threats] also appear aimed at easing pressure on his administration, which faces claims from opponents that it has failed to distance itself from extremist ideology and has emboldened right-wing groups through its populist, America-first themes.

Got that? According to conventional wisdom, the chain of causation is:

Election of Trump –> fails to distance himself from “extremist ideology” (note the use of the same phrase typically reserved for guys like Jihadi John) –> Emboldened right-wing groups –> White guys intimidating Jews.

You know the guys that the Washington Post has in mind. They’re thinking of the guys in this photo, when they get a little too boozed up:

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Emboldened right-wing Trump supporters who were no doubt behind the JCC hoax bomb threats.

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One Victory At A Time

Back in November, shortly after Donald Trump’s election, I wrote a very popular post in which I called upon the President-elect to deport every publicity-seeking illegal alien who was audacious enough to flaunt his lawbreaking habits. I even helpfully assembled a list of such illegal aliens based on press articles, where such aliens tended to give sob-story interviews in a misplaced attempt to garner sympathy.

While President Trump did not manage to deport everyone on my list during his first day in office — and while he has been disappointingly slow and equivocal as to what policies he will adopt with respect to Obama’s lawless DACA program —  I must give credit where it is due. After years of anarch0-tyranny, his administration is showing signs of cracking down on the proper object of Federal law enforcement: the brazen and the lawless.

Today’s Washington Post provides an excellent example: Daniela Vargas, 22, late of Jackson, Miss., and former participant in the DACA program (she allowed her DACA status to expire last November) spoke at a news conference on the steps of Jackson city hall after her father and brother — also illegal aliens — had been detained by the immigration authorities. Shortly after speaking at that news conference she was detained by the immigration authorities as an “unlawfully present Argentinian citizen.”

Hallelujah!

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Gas and Payroll Taxes

Raise one, lower the other

The Federal gasoline tax currently stands at 18.4 cents per gallon, and the diesel tax stands at 24.4 cents per gallon; these taxes have been set at this level since 1993 and collectively brought in $35 billion in fiscal year 2014.

Federal payroll taxes amount to 15.3% of wages for most workers (half of which is “paid” by the employer without worker visibility, and half of which shows up explicitly on a worker’s paystub), and brought in $1.02 trillion in fiscal year 2014.

So here’s a wacky idea for the incoming Trump administration: Triple the Federal fuel tax rates while knocking a percentage point off the payroll tax, specifically the part that shows up on paystubs. This would be approximately revenue neutral in the short term — about $70 billion more in gas taxes offsetting a $67 billion reduction in payroll taxes — with a lot of long-term upsides. At $2.15 per gallon, gas prices are lower than they’ve been in years, making this the least painful time to do it.  A few years ago, people would have killed to see gas prices as low as $2.50 per gallon. And of course, even after such a move, we’d still have the cheapest gas of any first-world country: Canada is a bit over $3 per gallon these days, and Great Britain is somewhere around $5.50 — all because of incredibly high taxes, of course.

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