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.”