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 »

    Here are Some Dynamic Scoring Ideas for the Immigration Deform Bill

    The coalition of leftists, big labor, big business, and big GOP consultants who are pushing this immigration bill, which is antithetical to reform, are terrified of the upcoming cost study from the Heritage Foundation.  That’s why Marco Rubio is asking them to employ “dynamic scoring.”  In the minds of his supporters, we should focus on the alleged benefits from the bill with regards to the | Read More »

    They Lied to us Then About Immigration; They are Lying Now

    “First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived | Read More »

    The Fundamental Flaws with Comprehensive Immigration Deform

    There’s one overarching problem with all of the proposals for comprehensive immigration reform.  They are being drafted by the same La Raza/big labor/big corporate welfare coalition that blew up our immigration system and engendered this problem in the first place.  Having a couple of Republicans lend their names to the pack of wolves guarding the henhouse of “reform” will not change the fact that these | Read More »

    America: The Welfare State

    The United States has a big problem. The rise of the welfare state has driven this country into the ground. America as we know it is going bankrupt. The main cause of this bankruptcy will be the fact that we have allowed ourselves to turn into a welfare state. The government has failed in providing only its core functions by trying to become something it | Read More »

    The View From The Border: The Gang of 8 Offer A Failed Plan

    So there’s a big push these days to reform immigration laws. Given the importance and sensitivity of this venture, maybe the eight leading lights of the US Senate putting together a grand strategy should invite over the people who actually enforce the border and hear some words of wisdom from those whose boots are on the ground. You would think. But somehow that hasn’t transpired, so the National ICE Council (a union representing about 7,000 border guards and staff) decided to opine at large. Christopher Crane offers their perspective.

    “The plan of the Gang of Eight appears to be legalization, or amnesty first, and then enforcement. That is a big problem for us,”… “If we don’t take care of the enforcement part of this first, it will never happen. The only thing that will happen will be that 11 million illegal aliens will be legalized, and 10 to 20 years from now the nation will again be facing the influx of another 10-20 million illegal aliens,” he said. “And all the problems and expenses associated with that we will be right back to where we are right now, with a failed immigration system.”

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    The $20 Trillion Welfare Question

    Drudge has linked to several articles this morning reporting on the record number of people below the poverty line in the country.  The latest numbers from the Census Bureau show that 50 million people, including 20% of children in the country, are living below the poverty line.  The poverty rate is at its highest levels since the ‘60s. The amazing thing about all these articles | Read More »

    Illegal Immigration and the Pesky GOP Base

    When Lucy kept tricking Charlie Brown with the football, at least she pretended to place the football on the ground each time he kicked it.  Obama has never even pretended to start enforcing our immigration laws, yet one Republican after another is committing to amnesty – I mean pathway to citizenship – I mean – never mind.  In fact, as Republicans are committing to legalization | Read More »

    Immigration as a Public Charge

    Our immigration system is broken, but not in the way that those who utter such declarations believe it to be.  Immigration can be an integral part of a pro-growth economic agenda.  It can also become a public charge.  When liberals lament our broken immigration system, they are suggesting that we don’t admit enough low-skilled immigrants who will become a public charge and vote Democrat.  The | Read More »

    The Time to End Agriculture Dependency is Now

    The Time to End Agriculture Dependency is Now

    Despite the electoral failures of the past two presidential elections, we can still take solace in the fact that there are more red states than blue states; more red districts than blue districts.  Hence, there are more parts of the country where people are intuitively suspicious of a large federal government than where there are people who are overtly appreciative of the federal leviathan.  So | Read More »

    CBO: Government to Spend $47.2 Trillion Over Next 10 Years

    We’ve all been waiting to see the updated CBO Budget and Economic Outlook for 2013 and the next ten years.   Most of the news articles are focusing their headlines on the deficit and debt numbers projected in the CBO report.  But remember that the reason why CBO deficit projections always understate the reality is because they overstate the amount of revenue they expect to come | Read More »

    A Rejoinder to Senator Rubio on Illegal Immigration

    Senator Marco Rubio was gracious enough to engage our conservative community with his thoughtful comments on his framework for immigration reform.  I’d like to respond to some of the points made in his post. “and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty.” The | Read More »

    Immigration and the Right path forward…

    John McCain has been a lost cause for years.  And now so is Marco Rubio.  I hope that he sees the light, but I also know that this is an issue that Republicans somehow don’t know how to communicate well to the country as a whole. We need to insist on border enforcement as Part I of a process.  We can make this point readily | Read More »

    Amnesty and the Welfare State

    As we contemplate granting full citizenship to millions more legal and illegal low-skilled immigrants, it would be wise to review the status of the current welfare state.  Robert Rector and Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, two of the leading experts on welfare policy and poverty, have put out an informative report on the welfare state and where we are headed in terms of reform | Read More »

    The Demon Behind the Benevolent Mask of the Welfare State

    We all get bent out of shape over politicians that lie to us. It offends the sensitivities that we get babied by these people telling us only what we want to hear. That is until a serious political leader drops all sense of pretense and diplomacy and tells us exactly where he’d like us to disembark the trolley. The quote below just means more, given that it comes from a person steeped in the cultural history of Bushido.

    “Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government,” he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. “The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.”

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