Too bad America’s left isn’t more militaristic. Missiles and uniforms would add some flair to this year’s May Day rallies. Russia is way ahead of our liberals on this one. How can you celebrate May Day without a show of right wing force? Strength in numbers sounds impressive, but when all you are doing is demonstrating with no power and nothing to back up your anger, the numbers only make things worse.
What do a death row inmate and a Democrat have in common? When the end is near they do unexpected things. Killers find God. Desperate Democrats worry about spending too much. That’s the kind of absurdity we are faced with as Congress fights over the Trump wall. The cost to taxpayers is suddenly a worry for Capitol Hill spenders who usually regard Americans as a convenience to fund their agenda.
At first I thought the Recognizing America’s Children Act (“RAC”) was a Democratic ploy to keep DACA alive in case President Trump and Jeff Sessions turned their attention to deferred action. Not so. H.R. 1468 is a GOP creation. It’s what a Republican amnesty bill looks like. The RAC Act reads a lot like DACA and has something in common: it talks about children but the people it benefits aren’t kids.
Free college is a bad joke that refuses to die. Senator Bernie Sanders just joined Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to have another try at a federal promise of college for the masses.1 Sanders’ press release about the College for All Act talks of how things are different from the days when a high school diploma was enough.
Angry thoughts went through my head as I signed my tax check to Illinois. We don’t have a budget. Legalizing marijuana is seriously being considered to bring in more revenue that will be an excuse to spend more. Every taxpaying 401(k) employee in the state owns a share of our enormous public pension debt. Lawmakers are getting fat and happy while Illinois’ finances deteriorate past the point of recovery.
There are some things you can’t do if your job is talking to the press, especially if your audience and the surrounding real estate are filled with hostiles. For starters, you can’t talk about Hitler. It’s like trying to explain away the “N” word. No matter what you say, you are going to get into trouble.
Is there a better reason to build a border wall than the data on illegal reentry of deported aliens? The numbers are going down, but that didn’t stop 15,744 individuals from being convicted of illegal reentry in 2016. 97.7% were sentenced to prison for an average of 14 months.1
We can’t stop deported aliens from coming back to the U.S.
NOTE: Shortly after this post was published President Trump announced U.S. action against Syria. An update follows.
In the great scheme of humanity the Syrian gas attack victims are already forgotten. The parade of atrocities big and small over the ages will march on. If anything, they will get worse as civilization refines its ability to kill.