It’s screwing up the short-term that kills you. Without a successful short-term there is no long-term.
Refugees “dashing for the border” was last night’s report on Fox News showing illegal aliens trudging through northern New York snow to cross our unfenced border with Canada. They claim to fear being apprehended by our ICE and returned to their native lands. Well enough, but no one on FN was sufficiently bright to question why their desire to leave the US was written up as a “dash”, as if American authorities were in hot pursuit attempting to catch them before they were pro forma handcuffed by waiting Canadian authorities and whisked away to a hastily established welcoming center for processing. Why would our feds want to catch a fleeing illegal and start lengthy deportation court proceedings, suffer the political fallout, and then either release them again, or fly them home? And given Canada's open arms policy, why was no one smart enough to question why our federal government doesn’t advertise and offer free bus service to ALL illegals who want to cross into Canada. I mean let’s give them an 800 number and offer them curbside pick-up and real comfortable transportation to newly constructed waiting lounges located within a few feet of the open boundary, facilities that provide a warm place where they can refresh themselves with a bit of coffee and a light snack, sweets for their kids, and receive a sincere farewell before they walk across to be welcomed as new immigrants by our northern neighbor. What could be a more civil and commodious departure? There is absolutely no need to dash.
[24feb17 update] Protectionism and isolationism. In his ‘Confessions of a Free-Trade Lobbyist’ former Caterpillar exec Bill Lane pours some cold water of reality on the White House lovefests with business leaders on creating jobs. “During my 40-year career at Caterpillar, I don’t recall ever being in a management meeting where the sole objective was creating American jobs. …Mind you, I’ve been in countless meetings where the objective was increasing sales, reducing costs, improving quality, promoting safety or encouraging diversity. There were meetings that focused on embracing innovation or attracting and retaining the best employees. Some meetings were on hiring veterans. Others were about opening foreign markets while trying to keep the U.S. market open. And many were about customers and how our success was linked to theirs. … No boss ever said, ‘Your annual review will only measure the number of U.S. workers added.’ … Business leaders politely clap as the president puts exports at risk. Yet they know ‘Fortress America’ would be a disaster.”
[27feb17 update] Transgender phollies. The Washington Post reports (here) that a high school girl on the way to becoming a boy (kids don’t have their plumbing modified until they achieve age of consent) has won the girls state wrestling championship in Texas. However, this high schooler "whose transition from girl to boy began two years ago and now includes testosterone injections, won (that) championship." Controversies about the victory aside, a ‘brave new world’ question, or is it a conundrum?, occurred to me. What if the young intact female who ‘identifies’ as a male also now declares that ‘he’ is gay and throws a lip on another boy? Since homosexualism is the new norm to be tolerated under pain of law, how will these ‘gender identification’ vs ‘sexual orientation’ issues be resolved, especially if they arise during the transition phase when the physiology is still a work in process? And, of course, this question will just as easily arise going the other way. Oh what tangled web we weave … .
OK, you got that? Now let’s leave The Washington Post and meander over to The Blaze covering the same championship but getting the gender change all turned around. The Blaze reports (here) on the young person as s/he “transitions from female to male”, pumped with body altering hormones that supposedly gave s/him unfair advantage wrestling other ‘stock model females’ still sporting their original factory equipment. No matter, the confusion will ultimately be sorted out and my above question still stands – inquiring minds want to know.
Mexico meddles in America’s internal affairs while the progressives fiddle or worse, they actively support the Mexicans. Union columnist George Boardman writes an excellent article (here) about the whole affair in today’s paper. But when he talks about ‘The Wall’ Mr Boardman appears to let the perfect become the enemy of the good – no wall will stop them all, and it probably will not be a wall at all that goes the whole way from the Pacific to the Gulf. Most are beginning to understand that it is the porosity of our entire border – crossed by legal and illegal entrants – that is the problem to be solved. Mr Boardman concludes that gaining control of our alien entry problem is an “issue (that) has nothing to do with racism (we already have the most diverse population in the world) or preserving our Eurocentric traditions, or any of the other guilt trips apologists for illegal immigrants like to lay on the rest of us. It's about retaining the core values of America and controlling our own destiny.” And here I thought we all were agin furriners meddling in our internal business; not only agin, but downright agitated enough to call for congressional investigations to get to the bottom of such monkey business. Has anyone heard of any such investigations about Mexico's role in these doings? - or better yet, investigations of patriotic Hispanic Americans acting in league with a foreign government as it conspires to violate our federal laws?