n Emma Lazarus’s 1883 poem The New Colossus, the United States offers a “world-wide welcome” to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” One suspects that, were the poem written today, it would be rather more prosaic. “The golden door,” Lazarus might surmise, is open principally to those who happen to have a family member in the country or are fortunate at lotteries. When discussing any aspect of immigration policy, politicians shrewdly chatter on about “skills.” An immigrant “inventor” — of which there is an apparently unlimited supply — will create manufacturing jobs for the natives;
Comments: Note well the observation of Milton Friedman contained in the article.
The liberal Democrats will not give up the family reunification programs as there are too many potential new Democrat socialist oriented voters in that class of alien, that is why Ted Kennedy greatly expanded family reunification back in the 1960´s. The liberal Democrats will play bait and switch with the Republicans on this issue but usually end up getting more poor unskilled aliens into the USA after they outwit the Republicans. In fact the liberal Democrats in their current amnesty bill are all for removing the current family reunification quota system used to regulate the numbers of foreign family members that permanent resident aliens (green card holders) can bring to the USA each year, and allow unlimited family reunification of foreign spouses with new marriages to current permanent residents. Of course, related foreign children could also come. That could quickly amount to a huge mass of very poor aliens getting to enter the USA in the years ahead, as there are now probably 25 million permanent residents in the USA, along with quickly becoming a huge loophole in the immigration laws that is bound to create a lot of fraudulent immigration marriages between aliens.
The Republicans have usually always gone along to get along with most liberal Democrat immigration law liberalization efforts in the past, because they greatly favored all the cheap foreign labor that is generated through the family reunification programs. Now there are so many aliens involved in the immigration amnesty process that when the liberal Democrat make them US citizens and register them to vote in the years ahead that the Republicans will no longer be able to win national elections.
One poster commenting on the NR article cited as an example Canada, "where a skills-based immigration system has led to an immigrant population that is now (get this, America!) actually voting conservative in major elections."
-- which, ladies and gentlemen, is precisely why the U.S. under its current political bosses will never, ever, ever enact a skills-based immigration system.
We are less than one and a half weeks from the Showdown at the CR (Continuing Resolution) Corral, and establishment politicians, of both parties, are panicking. The latest turn of the screw came last week, when opposition from 43 apparently non-establishment Republicans forced Speaker Boehner to cancel a vote on a CR because that CR would have continued to fund Obamacare. Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume concisely captured one source of GOP panic over the weekend, on Fox News Sunday: [T]he axiom in Washington that when the government shuts down, it doesn´t matter who causes it, Republicans get blamed, is
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De-funding Obamacare is tough politically. It is not complicated, though, even though some want you to think that. De-funding is a simple idea surrounded by political jargon and double-speak. If voters are convinced that the task is too complex, they might forgive politicians for not going all-out to de-fund it. De-funding in turn is still second-best to outright repeal. So here is an “Idiot’s Guide to De-Funding Obamacare.” The title isn’t intended to call anyone a dummy, but to stress that this is not rocket science. Anyone who understands how a checking account works can understand how to stop Obamacare
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Charles Barkley was right. Athletes shouldn’t be role models. Many of those who have been blessed with great athletic ability are flawed as human beings. It plays out in headlines on almost a daily basis. But then there is Jack Nicklaus. He is my hero. He was when I was a kid, and he is now. That is saying something, coming from a jaded old sportswriter like myself, who long ago lost any illusion that those I cover are heroic. But Nicklaus, who won a record 18 golf majors, is different. Jack gets it. Rewind to a few years ago.
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