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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List of Publicity-Seeking Illegal Aliens Who Trump Should Deport Immediately Upon Taking Office

Most lawbreakers try to keep quiet about their crimes, at least in police society. But not all.

In recent years I have encountered a special breed of illegal immigrant — the brazen scofflaw who wears his lawbreaking as a badge of honor, and spits all over those Americans who pay their taxes, play by the rules and expect their neighbors to do the same. These people organize pressure groups, give on-the-record press interviews, and behave with an astonishing sense of entitlement. Which is astounding, really, because these people are breaking the law very seriously.

I have no sympathy for such open and notorious lawbreakers, and in a just world they’d be the first suffer the consequences of their illegal actions. President-elect Donald Trump should strive mightily to have each and every one of these people rounded up on his first day in office and, with great publicity and fanfare, immediately deported. We are a nation of laws, and that point has been ignored for too long. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Especially don’t give an on-the-record interview to the New York Times after having done the crime!

So I’ve got a little list: Below I am assembling a list of every illegal immigrant who has gone on the record to the press acknowledging his or her illegal alien status. These are the people who have to be put on a bus or a plane home as a top priority.

I will be updating this list from time to time and welcome submissions from my readers. Note, however, that I do not wish to invade the privacy of any person who has the decency to mind his own business, no matter his immigration status. So I will not publish the details of any person who has not already gone on the record. Nor will I publish information concerning children, even when it appears in the press — for they know not what they do. Don’t turn in your neighbor’s landscaping guy (at least not to me) and send links to your sources.

P.S. I will not be adding self-volunteered names to this list (a few have been cropping up in the comments section). I am not a newspaper reporter and I have not met or interviewed any such posters, nor verified any names or personal details in a way a reporter world.

But nice try, guys, for some cheap “courage” points. Of course, if you had any real courage you’d do the honorable thing: Move back to your country of citizenship, apply for admission to the U.S. in the legal way, and wait your turn. Which you won’t do, of course.

Personal confession: I was once invited, in an official letter sent to me by the local immigration authorities, to leave a foreign country where I had been living. This was due to an inadvertent visa snafu. I was very cross with my employer’s HR department for failing to file the appropriate papers at the appropriate time, but that didn’t change anything: I had to leave. Accordingly, I departed that country within the specified time limit — leaving my wife behind — and returned to the U.S. Once there, I filed papers for a new visa. I then waited my turn, got the new visa, and finally returned to my adopted home.

It’s called playing by the rules, guys. Try it sometime.

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America Votes For Brexit

That’s what electing Donald Trump amounts to, after all.

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There have been reports of mass weeping at Hillary HQ in response to the Trump victory. To which I say: If you can’t stand defeat, don’t run the race. Viewing the photo below, I now think I finally understand the concept of schadenfreude.

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Weeping at Hillary HQ: Do these people really have the strength of character required to guide a major world power?

 

Get Out And Vote

For Donald Trump, obviously

Today is Election Day. The choice facing the nation in the presidential race is stark: On the left, you have a corrupt, bought-and-paid-for Lady Macbeth who spent years openly helping to run a pay-to-play boondoggle while occupying some of the highest positions of trust and authority in the land. She promises to do little more than pander to her paymasters and fringe constituencies, continue the misguided and divisive policies of the current president, and insult the people and weaken the very fabric of our nation. On the right, you have a cartoonishly garish blowhard who, in the autumn of his years, stumbled into his most unlikely final role as the last champion of the average working American. He promises to enforce the laws on our books, look out for the interest of the common man, and stand up to the special interests that would hold sway over a more conventionally ambitious career politician.

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Towards a Better Free Trade

Equal Trade for Equal Partners

The North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — ties Canada, the U.S. and Mexico together into a free trade zone. Have you ever wondered why U.S. critics of NAFTA focus overwhelmingly on the downsides of trade with Mexico and say virtually nothing about Canada? Read on to find out.

Donald Trump has gained much attention during the recent presidential campaign with his promises to renegotiate many of the international trade deals in which the U.S. participates. Establishment Republicans have tut-tutted his protectionist stance as bad for the economy (by which they really mean bad for the CEOs and private equity overlords who extract so many rents from our economy), and the Democratic establishment (you know, the same people who conspired to derail Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign in favor of the bought-and-paid-for Hillary Clinton) has done similar. Meanwhile, Donald’s message has resonated with wide swathes of the American public, who intuit that his plans hold out the possibility of making the average worker better off in a day-to-day sense, even if headline macroeconomic or stock-market figures look negative.

In this essay, I intend to explore a few key concepts in international trade theory, which will provide the background for me to set forth a basic rule of thumb which I think would enable a President Trump to make good on his campaign promises in a constructive fashion. To ruin the surprise a bit, my proposal boils down to: “freer trade between economically and socially similar countries, less free trade between less similar countries.” To coin a catch-phrase, I summarize this as “Equal Trade for Equal Partners.” Read on to understand why this is a good idea.

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