Friday, June 10, 2016

Email to Speaker Ryan

Speaker Ryan,

I am very distressed by your comments about Trump and the judge. You mischaracterized his comments and slandered him. This is why I don't think you have my back as a Republican. I was not a Trump supporter at any time during the primaries. First Walker, then Jindal, then Cruz. But from everything I can tell you will happily characterize my positions, my beliefs, my (possibly incorrect) facts in support of my beliefs and my word choices as racist, right before you tag me as a racist. This must be some sort of horrible allegiance to extreme bipartisan virtue on your part. I would like you to have the sort of bipartisan virtue which begins with partisan virtue first.

Just say you disagree. I can handle you disagreeing. For example, you are, out of your humanitarian convictions, very pro-immigration. I get that. I am pro-immigrant, but I am in favor of decreased immigration. The first people who suffer when we have too much immigration are recent immigrants. Maybe this is because I work with lots of immigrants and you don't. For a while, of the eight cubes around mine, seven had immigrants sitting in them. (Now they are mostly empty - don't worry, it's a restack, not a layoff.) These people are great to work with and alot of fun to be around.

Soon, I am told, 25% of our population will be immigrants or their children. That might be too many. For one thing, I have noticed that immigrants tend to bring their friends and relatives. If half of that 25% bring a friend or a relative, we are up to 33%! This puts a great strain on our ability to make Americans out of our new neighbors, which we need to do to build trust and unity. My co-workers are, in many ways, eager to learn how to be American, but in other ways they tend to stick to their own (just like my Italian, Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, and well ... me). When they are too numerous, segregation is too easy.

There are many other reasons why America, Americans, and new immigrants might benefit from less immigration.

In any event, please allow Trump to point out that a liberal judge might be biased by his liberal politics, including his liberal racial politics. We all know that actually happens.

This article is very good on the subject:

Tom DeGisi
Former Democrat Voter as of 2004

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Road To Hell Has No Potholes

I like the article, but not because I like doing things badly because of ignorance.

Important sentence at the very end:
Jonathan M. Katz is a freelance journalist and the author of “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.”
Read: How Not to Report on an Earthquake 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why Blacks Vote Democrat

It's not The Plantation Theory, it's that they are risk averse. Democrats market their policies as risk reducing, even though they (mostly) don't work. Conservatives need to develop better policies that actually reduce risk. If we do that, we'll get blacks (and single women) to vote for conservative politicians. See Singapore.

Too Rapid Immigration...

Is bad for America and Americans: The Conservative Populist Breakout

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clinton, See Influence Peddling

Man and Woman Does Not Equal Man and Man Or Woman and Woman

And neither wishing nor wordplay will make it so. I’m Gay, And I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

Democrats Burn Down Democrat City, Blame America

Elizabeth Price Foley opines on Baltimore, the Democrat Problem

And you will want to click on the links.

Key graph:

The men and women in charge have been Democrats, and their governing ideas are “progressive.” This model, with its reliance on government and public unions, has dominated urban America as once-vibrant cities such as Baltimore became shells of their former selves. In 1960 Baltimore was America’s sixth largest city with 940,000 people. It has since shed nearly a third of its population and today isn’t in the top 25.

Sobering, as Usual

A Reason for Optimism

Umm, Social Conservatives Have A Pretty Good Track Record

Ross Douthat points out that our 'wild ideas' have, historically, predicted the future pretty well:

The Wild Ideas of Social Conservatives

Today's Heroes - Perry and Luttrell

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beware Our Angry College Students

Reminder: It Is Hard To Be Clear

Much Worse Than Adams and Much, Much Worse Than Tail-Gunner Joe

This Wisconsin prosecutor is worse than the Alien and Sedition Acts and the 50's Red Scare: Politicized Prosecution Run Amok in Wisconsin

Black Lives Matter


Don't Trust Your TV About CSI

High Crimes And Misdememors

Why Do Our College Students Rage?

Because we taught them thus: "Safe Spaces" And The Mote In America's Eye

Friday, April 17, 2015

Anti-Life Extremists

The Federalist: Meet The Real Abortion Extremists

When you oppose a bill making it murder to kill a fetus without the mother's consent, you just might be anti-life.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Why We Love Socialism But Need To Love Free Democratic Capitalism

Free democratic capitalism is, empirically, the best way to help poor people.

No, that’s not right.

Free democratic capitalism is, empirically, the best macroeconomic way to help poor people.

But families are, empirically, the best microeconomic way to help poor people.

And families are very authoritarian and socialist, not democratic and capitalist.

People have been living in families how long? Since the beginning. But free democratic capitialism is a relatively recent invention. We are wired at a very deep level to understand and love authoritarian and socialist families. Free democratic capitialism? Not so much.

The problem comes when people do the very natural thing, and generalize from the wonderful nurture of their family to the creative destruction of capitalism and well…. Understanding and loving capitalism usually has to be taught. It’s not natural for us, like understanding quantum physics.

This is a failure of the schools.

Liberal policies, governed as they are by political institutions, not free choice, advantage the politically well connected (like middle class people) and disadvantage the politically powerless (like poor people).

The combination of these things explains both the popularity of Democratic policies and their failure.