It’s our world, the CBO just lives in it
The first thing to keep in mind about the Congressional Budget Office estimate of costs and benefits for the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill – or any other estimate the CBO prepares – is that Congress is very good at gaming CBO estimates. There are lots of little tricks that can be used to hide costs and inflate benefits, once you understand how the CBO | Read More »
The 2016 GOP platform: equality and the rule of law
I agree with Erick’s point this morning that Senator Marco Rubio does not deserve tar and feathers for something one of his aides said. The quote in question went as follows: “There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it… There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get | Read More »
Congress is currently convulsed in a titanic struggle over immigration reform… a topic that rarely cracks the top-10 list of top concerns for the American people, and never gets into the top 5. Border security polls far higher than anything else in the “comprehensive immigration reform” basket, particularly among those Americans who actually live along the border, but that’s the one thing the ruling class | Read More »
Human assets and liabilities
Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform does not think much of the Heritage Foundation’s recent projection of the total cost of amnesty. Heritage figured a taxpayer cost of about $6 trillion over the next 50 years. Norquist takes many issues with this figure, including some that aren’t really problems with the report itself – for example, he criticizes the way other people have presented its conclusions | Read More »
No Problem With Immigration
The debate on immigration reform has been getting a lot of press lately due to the bi-partisan immigration reform bill presented by the “Gang of 8″ in the U.S. Senate. Members of this “Gang of 8″ include Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), Sen. Jeff Flake (R), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), Sen. Robert Menendez (D), Sen. Michael Bennet (D), | Read More »
“Immigration Reform” and Political Parlance
The best way to win a political argument is by manipulating the rhetoric used to describe the two sides in a debate. The Democrats and the Chuck Schumer Republicans have done a marvelous job hijacking the term “reform” and deriding those who oppose their bill to grant mass amnesty, double record immigration levels, and hamper future enforcement, as anti “immigration reform.” They have repeated the | Read More »
National Security: Yes, Yes, Yes, No and Maybe. Sadly it’s a Partisian Issue.
Well now we know. The Sunday shows made it crystal clear that national security is mostly based upon Party affiliation and protection of the president by the Left but then again, what’s new in our twisted political world. It’s hinged upon gun control per a leading Democrat, Sen. Durbin. He said: ” background checks will make us a safer nation”, referencing the gun control bills that failed. On the Boston bombing he said, | Read More »
Government without objective
Big Government programs never seem to have any definite objectives. There are no victory conditions, no exit strategies, no test a program could fail that would result in its termination. This is one of the many reasons it is obscene for socialists to appropriate the language of business and “investment” to peddle their schemes. Investment is voluntary, and every investor envisions some level of failure that | Read More »
Thoughts On The Immigration Proposal
So the Gang of Eight (I prefer Banda de los Ocho myself) is about to release their plan for immigration reform, after months of behind closed door dealing, leaks, intrigue, accusations, and other nonsense. According to the National Review, these are the key points to the proposal: 1. Modernizing the legal immigration system There will be a shift away from the current family-based system, and more emphasis on giving visas | Read More »
Calculating The ‘Prevailing Wage’ Costs Of A Bad Immigration Compromise
On Friday, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber head Thomas Donahue reached a “compromise” that would allow up to 200,000 immigrant workers (the numbers dependent on the industry) work visas, so long as a government-imposed wage rate is applied.
Aside from the basic problem of the government dictating artificially high wage (and benefit) rates–known as prevailing wages–the problem is that most do not know what constitutes a “prevailing wage rate.”
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The Slipperiest of Slopes: Immigration ‘Compromise,’ A Really Bad Deal In Any Economy
Although details are still somewhat sketchy at this point, based on press reports, it appears that AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Thomas Donahue reached a deal Friday night on immigration reform.
If, by what is being reported, the deal reached on low-wage immigrants is true, the impact on the private sector–and, thus, the economy–may be profoundly and negatively impacted for years to come as the deal reportedly establishes premium wage prices for those employers who traditionally employ low-wage immigrants.
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Union Briefs for Wed., March 27, 2013: SEIU’s Immigration Ad Buy, Teamsters vs. UPS & More…
After spending millions on Barack Obama’s re-election, the SEIU is now ramping up its campaign to see immigration reform passed. The problem? Three hundred thousand seems like a paltry amount to spend on a campaign of such importance to unions.
It’s Wednesday, March 27th, and here are your Union Briefs…
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Immigration Reform: Are Obama & AFL-CIO Bosses Using ‘Poison Pills’ To Kill Latinos’ Dreams Again?
While many immigrants–legal and illegal–are pinning their hopes on Washington politicians enacting some sort of bipartisan immigration reform legislation, recent actions by the AFL-CIO and Barak Obama’s surrogates, the Democrats in the Senate, in three areas signal that there may be more interest in keeping the political problem out there for Democrats and unions to cynically and calculatingly use for the next several election cycles.
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Union Briefs for Mon., March 24, 2013: AFL-CIO Boss Wants Immigration Reform to Include Workers’ Families?
With the immigration debate front and center, union bosses are on the march to get as broad an immigration measure as possible in any deal that politicians come up with–including, apparently, a pathway for any new immigrants to bring their families too.
Of course, eight million “new progressive voters” (and their dues) is incentive enough any union boss to be excited.
It’s Monday, March 25, 2013 and these are your Union Briefs…
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, immigration reform
, Richard Trumka
, Union Briefs
, United Steelworkers
The “Good” Republicans Kill Conservatism
Step forward, Senators McCain and Graham: we hear That you are good men. You cannot be bought, But only because the McCain-Feingold Law prohibits those who would spend their money to inform the electoral process from speaking. You hold to what you said. But what did you say? Or do you even deign to address those who you consider to be silly, or hobbits? You | Read More »
, immigration reform
, John Brennan
, Rand Paul
, Ted Cruz