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https://bearingarms.com/erika-h/2017/08/11/walmart-is-running-an-ongoing-investigation-after-backlash-from-display/?

    Walmart is Running an Ongoing Investigation After Backlash from This Display.

One poorly placed sign has landed Walmart in some seriously hot water.

Walmart recently launched its superhero-themed back-to-school campaign. The slogan “Own the School Year Like a Hero,” looks great above a rack of Wonder Woman t-shirts or a stack of Captain America backpacks.

Where it REALLY  looks great is above a display case filled with firearms.

But not to others who asked what are you suggesting?  The image quickly went viral, sparking outrage on Twitter.

 “What’s seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores,” Charles Crowson, a spokesman for Walmart said in a statement. “We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened.”

Leeanna May, the customer claiming she took the photo, told The Washington Post she was at a Walmart in Evansville, Indiana, early Wednesday morning when she and her husband walked by the sporting goods section. That’s where she saw the “disgusting” display. May said she alerted a store employee, but was unable to find a manager.

   *** THAT'S BECAUSE SHE IS A DUMBASSED LIBERAL, AND DIDN'T KNOW HOW! ***

People don’t seem to honestly care,” she told the Post***  SHE'S  CORRECT. ***

We have already lost so many innocent lives to guns,” she added, referring to school shootings.

Shortly, after posting the photo, Walmart responded on Twitter, asking May for the store’s location.

We appreciate you letting us know about this display. Which store location was this? -Vik— Walmart (@Walmart) August 9, 2017

About an hour later, Walmart tweeted that the sign had been removed.

*** IT TOOK  AN HOUR FOR VIC TO CONTACT WALMART IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANNA. ***

I’m happy to tell you our store manager Christina has removed the sign from the display. Thanks again for alerting us to this. -Vik

However, Crowson told the Post that the company does not believe the display was found at the Evansville store, as May claims.

Photographs and surveillance video of the Evansville store supposedly do not match the configurations of the sporting goods section in May’s photograph.

May still insists the display was at a Walmart in Indiana, but according to Crowson, the investigation is ongoing.

It is also unknown whether an employee placed the sign above the display case, or if a customer purposefully moved it.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Walmart has received flak for it’s alleged poor marketing decisions.

Last September, a Walmart in Panama City Beach, Florida, received widespread criticism for putting up this display.

Florida c’mon man, Ugh.    

 pic.twitter.com/HU4y2rxgFG            

I checked the Twitter feedback. Many that feel it was a click-bait hoax.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/08/11/virginias-largest-health-insurer-drops-out-of-obamacare-exchange-for-2018-n2367548?

     Virginia's Largest Health Insurer Drops Out of obamacare Individual Market For 2018

Virginia's Largest Health Insurer Drops Out of Obamacare Individual Market For 2018

Just weeks before the 2018 obamacare open enrollment period is set to begin, Virginia's largest health insurer has pulled of the individual marketplace
  Anthem is leaving the system, citing overwhelming costs and unstable markets.
“Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating Individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Friday afternoon.  “As a result, the continued uncertainty makes it difficult for us to offer Individual health plans statewide in Virginia.”

Effective in January of 2018, Anthem said it will "not participate on the individual exchange in Virginia and will reduce its plan offering and will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington and Scott Counties and the city of Bristol, VA."
 

The news comes as Republicans struggle to find a solution to the obamacare disaster and failed to get a "skinny repeal" of the legislation through the Senate in July. President Trump has repeatedly called on Republican leadership to revisit the issue in order to fulfill the longtime promise of repeal and replace. 

Earlier this year Virginia's other major insurer, Aetna, also pulled out of the market

Aetna is throwing in the towel in Virginia after suffering big losses in its obamacare business.

The company said Wednesday that it won't participate in the state's individual market -- either on the obamacare exchange or outside of it -- in 2018. Though it has greatly downsized its participation in obamacare, Aetna (AET) said it could still lose more than $200 million in its individual market products this year. That's on top of the nearly $700 million it's lost in the three years after the exchanges opened in 2014.

Anthem said Friday afternoon it planned to scale back statewide individual coverage in Virginia on the public exchange under the Affordable Care Act amid inaction by the Donald Trump White House on cost-sharing reduction subsidies.

Anthem, which operates under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan in 14 states, has already scaled back its Obamacare offerings in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin amid an unstable individual market for plans operating under the ACA.

Joseph R. Swedish (L), CEO of Anthem, Bernard Tyson (2L), CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Daniel J. Hilferty (2R), President and CEO of of Independence Blue Cross listen while President Donald Trump (R) speaks before a meeting with health insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

“Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating Individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Friday afternoon.  “As a result, the continued uncertainty makes it difficult for us to offer Individual health plans statewide in Virginia.”

Effective in January of 2018, Anthem said it will "not participate ... and will reduce its plan offering and will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington and Scott Counties and the city of Bristol, VA."

Of the insurers that are continuing to offer Obamacare coverage on the ACA's public exchanges, Anthem, Centene, Molina Healthcare and myriad Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans have been pressuring the Trump administration for a decision on the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. 

Two weeks ago, Anthem CEO Joe Swedish warned the insurer may leave more markets if...“If we aren't able to gain certainty on some of these items quickly, we do expect that we will need to revise our rate filings to further narrow our level of participation,” Swedish said.

CSRs are used to help millions of Americans who purchase Obamacare pay their co-payments and deductibles. Without CSRs, which are used by eligible purchasers of low-cost silver plans, these Americans face premium increases of 20% or more.

In the short term, the Trump administration has been able to hold up paying the CSRs, causing an unstable individual insurance market. Meanwhile, there have been some bipartisan proposals to fund CSRs over the long-term that have come after the effort to repeal the ACA failed in the U.S. Senate, leaving the door open to fix the health law rather than replace it.

Funding the CSRs costs about $7 billion a year and paying for them is a part of bipartisan bills in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Hearings on fixing the ACA are expected next month. “The cost-sharing reductions over time need to be eliminated but we can't just all of the sudden pull the rug out from underneath an industry that has had this in place for about seven years,” Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican said last Sunday on ABC News "This Week.



https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/08/11/virginias-largest-health-insurer-drops-out-of-obamacare-exchange-for-2018-n2367548?

     Virginia's Largest Health Insurer Drops Out of obamacare Individual Market For 2018

Virginia's Largest Health Insurer Drops Out of Obamacare Individual Market For 2018

Just weeks before the 2018 obamacare open enrollment period is set to begin, Virginia's largest health insurer has pulled of the individual marketplace
  Anthem is leaving the system, citing overwhelming costs and unstable markets.
“Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating Individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Friday afternoon.  “As a result, the continued uncertainty makes it difficult for us to offer Individual health plans statewide in Virginia.”

Effective in January of 2018, Anthem said it will "not participate on the individual exchange in Virginia and will reduce its plan offering and will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington and Scott Counties and the city of Bristol, VA."
 

The news comes as Republicans struggle to find a solution to the obamacare disaster and failed to get a "skinny repeal" of the legislation through the Senate in July. President Trump has repeatedly called on Republican leadership to revisit the issue in order to fulfill the longtime promise of repeal and replace. 

Earlier this year Virginia's other major insurer, Aetna, also pulled out of the market

Aetna is throwing in the towel in Virginia after suffering big losses in its obamacare business.

The company said Wednesday that it won't participate in the state's individual market -- either on the obamacare exchange or outside of it -- in 2018. Though it has greatly downsized its participation in obamacare, Aetna (AET) said it could still lose more than $200 million in its individual market products this year. That's on top of the nearly $700 million it's lost in the three years after the exchanges opened in 2014.

Anthem said Friday afternoon it planned to scale back statewide individual coverage in Virginia on the public exchange under the Affordable Care Act amid inaction by the Donald Trump White House on cost-sharing reduction subsidies.

Anthem, which operates under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan in 14 states, has already scaled back its Obamacare offerings in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin amid an unstable individual market for plans operating under the ACA.

Joseph R. Swedish (L), CEO of Anthem, Bernard Tyson (2L), CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Daniel J. Hilferty (2R), President and CEO of of Independence Blue Cross listen while President Donald Trump (R) speaks before a meeting with health insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

“Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating Individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage,” Anthem said in a statement Friday afternoon.  “As a result, the continued uncertainty makes it difficult for us to offer Individual health plans statewide in Virginia.”

Effective in January of 2018, Anthem said it will "not participate ... and will reduce its plan offering and will only offer off-exchange plans in Washington and Scott Counties and the city of Bristol, VA."

Of the insurers that are continuing to offer Obamacare coverage on the ACA's public exchanges, Anthem, Centene, Molina Healthcare and myriad Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans have been pressuring the Trump administration for a decision on the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. 

Two weeks ago, Anthem CEO Joe Swedish warned the insurer may leave more markets if...“If we aren't able to gain certainty on some of these items quickly, we do expect that we will need to revise our rate filings to further narrow our level of participation,” Swedish said.

CSRs are used to help millions of Americans who purchase obamacare pay their co-payments and deductibles. Without CSRs, which are used by eligible purchasers of low-cost silver plans, these Americans face premium increases of 20% or more.

In the short term, the Trump administration has been able to hold up paying the CSRs, causing an unstable individual insurance market. Meanwhile, there have been some bipartisan proposals to fund CSRs over the long-term that have come after the effort to repeal the ACA failed in the U.S. Senate, leaving the door open to fix the health law rather than replace it.

Funding the CSRs costs about $7 billion a year and paying for them is a part of bipartisan bills in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Hearings on fixing the ACA are expected next month

“The cost-sharing reductions over time need to be eliminated but we can't just all of the sudden pull the rug out from underneath an industry that has had this in place for about seven years,” Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican said last Sunday on ABC News "This Week.

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/08/13/why-is-this-not-a-story-n2367602

                                                                Why Is This Not a Story?

WASHINGTON -- Rep. debbie wasserman schultz, D-Fla., the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman known in political circles as DWS, is knee-deep in a scandal that involves a laptop, money and possible foreign entanglements.

Unlike the Trump Russian scandal, however, The Washington Post and New York Times have barely reported on the story, which has conservatives observing -- with President Donald Trump's Twitter account concurring -- that the mainstream media have a double standard.

In February, the House sergeant-at-arms yanked House computer network access for five information technology staffers who worked as shared employees for some 30 House Democrats.

Capitol Police told members that the five were under criminal investigation for possibly violating security policies -- and asked members to update their security settings.

By March, most Democrats had fired the five.

To the puzzlement of many Democrats and Republicans, wasserman schultz kept one of the five, Imran Awan, on the payroll, even though he could not do standard House IT work.

On July 24, federal authorities arrested Awan at Dulles Airport as the naturalized citizen was about to board a plane to his native Pakistan. According to an FBI affidavit, Awan had just wired $283,000 to Pakistan, $165,000 of it from an ill-gotten home-equity loan. The feds charged Awan with bank fraud, and then released him under supervision.

Only then did wasserman schultz fire Awan.

Awan's wife, Hina Alvi, who was one of the fired IT workers, had left the country for Pakistan in March. While she had bought a round-trip ticket with a return date in September, FBI Special Agent Brandon C. Merriman wrote he "does not believe that Alvi has any intention to return to the United States."

 wasserman schultz is no obscure member of Congress. Last year she had to resign as DNC chair after WikiLeaks revealed that she had tilted the Democratic primary in favor of killary clinton, even though the national committee was duty-bound to remain neutral.

Earlier this month wasserman schultz told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that she kept Awan on the payroll because she had "grave concerns about his due process rights being violated," and stated her belief that the Capitol Police actions could be the result of anti-muslim, anti-Pakistani profiling. She kept Awan on the payroll by switching his role to an advisory position.

Awan's attorney Christopher Gowan released a statement that blamed the firings on "a frenzy of anti-muslim bigotry," charged that "extremist right-wing bloggers" forced Awan's family to leave the country and voiced confidence that Awan "will soon be able to clear his name and get on with his life."

 

It is important to note that federal authorities have not charged any of the IT five -- Awan, Alvi, Awan's two brothers or a friend -- with any crime directly related to their House IT work.

But Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, sees Awan's continued presence on the payroll as a violation of House ethics rules. "After Awan was barred from accessing the House computer system, Wasserman Schultz continued to pay Awan with taxpayer funds for IT consulting - a position he could not possibly perform," Whitaker wrote to the House Ethics Committee.

Awan's salary also is an issue. Politico reported that Awan made nearly $2 million since he started working for House Democrats in 2004. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote that over 13 years, Awan, his brothers and wife "collected more than $4 million," which he said is "three times higher than the norm for a government contractor."

There is enough smoke to this story to merit intense news coverage. Yet The Washington Post, the federal government's hometown paper, had published only two stories on the Awan saga as of Tuesday, when the Post ran an explainer that looked at the story through two lenses -- one conservative, one liberal.

The "conservative media" angle: "A powerful Democratic congresswoman refused to fire an information technology aide after he's accused of stealing House computer equipment and potentially breaching security protocols."

The "liberal media" angle: "Powerful Democratic congresswoman protects Muslim IT staffer from what she suspects is religious discrimination. She fires him after he is charged with a seemingly unrelated crime."

For this story, the Post simply could not take a side. Its coverage of the Trump Russia probe shows no such hesitation.

Likewise The New York Times began a July 28 story with a warning of sorts -- that "conservative news outlets have built a case against Imran Awan, his wife, two brothers and a friend, piece by piece." Hmm. Could it be that conservative outlets built the case because most liberal organs didn't see much of a story?

When Trump has railed against leaks from the intelligence community, cable pundits routinely have slammed the president for not appreciating members of the intelligence community who put their lives on the line every day.

When wasserman schultz has accused the Capitol Police of racial or religious profiling, the biased newspapers have simply repeated her accusation.

The twin papers focused on how the fringe has framed the story -- one "YouTube conspiracy theorist" accused Awan and friends of being "Pakistani spies" -- as if fringe opinion absolves them from having to follow the story where it leads.

It is impossible not to see a double standard. The Democrats' IT guys enjoy the presumption of innocence.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/12/awful-one-dead-after-car-plows-into-protesters-in-charlottesville-n2367770?

 Awful: One Dead After Car Plows Into Counter Demonstrators At White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

Awful: One Dead After Car Plows Into Counter Demonstrators At White Nationalist Rally in Virginia

UPDATE: Two troopers have died in Charlottesville after a VA State Police helicopter crashed near the protest site.

MORE: Virginia State Police say "two confirmed fatalities” after helicopter crash in Albemarle County, Virginia; crash under investigation. pic.twitter.com/jumeHFum0H— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2017

VA State Police release details of helicopter crash killing two police officers. pic.twitter.com/ijrFg7FnWl

Jen has been covering the chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia, where alt-right activists descended into the city to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statute. The event began last night with a night rally and plenty of torches.

 Attorney General Sessions' statement: https://t.co/c2Ku4D95MC pic.twitter.com/GXKZnqG3Ky

"We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other."

WATCH: @POTUS's full remarks on #Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/kzO5XMoYh8

 Today, violent clashes broke out between counter protesters, which led to Gov. Terry McAuliffe declaring a state of emergency.

Over 1,000 police were deployed to try and keep law and order. President Trump and other congressional leaders have issues statements of condemnation of the bigotry and violence that has occurred.

 Attorney General Jeff Sessions, contrary to claims by liberals, has also condemned the violence as “contrary to American values.”

Tragically, scores of people were injured when a car plowed through counter protesters in the city. Nineteen people were injured and one person has died.

The driver in is custody, but we don’t know much more than that.

At least one person was killed and several others were injured Saturday when a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that he was "heartbroken that a life has been lost here" and urged "all people of good will to go home."

The crash occurred approximately two hours after clashes in which hundreds of people screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other ahead of the scheduled noon demonstration.

Trump condemns "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in Virginia.

Trump on Virginia: "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. Americans must come together with love for our nation ... and true affection for each other."

 Brennan Gilmore, the former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), took video of the incident. It’s quite ghastly.

  Video of car hitting anti-racist protestors. Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism. My prayers with victims. Stay home.

pic.twitter.com/MUOZs71Pf4

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/12/virginia-white-nationalist-rally-driver-who-plowed-

       Virginia White Nationalist Rally: Driver Who Plowed Into Counter Protesters Identified

The driver who plowed into counter protestors at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been identified and charged with second-degree murder. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio was arrested shortly after the incident that left a 32-year-old woman dead. Nineteen others were injured in the crash. It marked a dark day in the city, where dozens were injured in melees.

Two troopers were also killed when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed.    

View image on Twitter

Booking photo of James Alex Fields, Jr. 

Via CNN:

The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.

Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a car rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the suspect was taken into custody not far from the crash site.

Thomas told reporters a 32-year-old woman was killed while she was crossing the street. Her name was not released.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/12/virginia-governor-to-white-nationalists-go-home-and-get-the-hell-out-of-my-state-n2367793?

          Virginia Governor to White Nationalists: Go Home; You're Not Wanted Here!

Virginia Governor to White Nationalists: Go Home; You're Not Wanted Here

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, and Police Chief Al Thomas held a press conference about today’s violence in the city that resulted in three fatalities.
 At the presser, Gov. McAuliffe was blunt and straightforward, telling the white nationalists and the Nazis who came to Charlottesville to go home and never come back. McAuliffe, still commenting on the white nationalist rally, said everyone else’s message is clear: we’re stronger than you. Take your hatred and your bigotry with you because there is no place for it here.

 He added how they only made the Commonwealth of Virginia stronger. You will not succeed, and there is no place for you’re here in America. He reiterated how we’re a nation of immigrants, and that the white nationalist fringe won’t be allowed to destroy this mosaic tile that makes America great.

 In closing, McAuliffe said he spoke with President Trump, where he mentioned a need for a movement that brings people together. The governor commented on how the rhetoric has become so toxic and divisive, while calling for an end to the hate speech. We have to bring people together. 

The mayor of Charlottesville, Signer, said this isn’t what the city is, or stands for, and that they will overcome today’s tragic events.

Police Chief Al Thomas said the violence that occurred today was not acceptable. He said city officials treated 35 people for injuries, 14 were the result of individual engagements, and the person killed in the car crash has been identified as the 32-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk. The crash is being considered a criminal homicide investigation.  

No injuries occurred as a result of confrontation with law enforcement.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/12/sen-cruz-calls-on-doj-to-investigate-charlottesville-car-crash-as-an-act-of-dome-n2367814?

Sen. Cruz Calls On DOJ To Investigate Charlottesville Car Crash As An Act Of Domestic Terrorism.

Sen. Cruz Calls On DOJ To Investigate Charlottesville Car Crash As An Act Of Domestic Terrorism

 Of course, counter protesters arrived. Fights broke out and people were injured.
Tragically, one case resulted in a fatality. A 32-year-old woman was killed when 20-year old James Alex Fields Jr.of Ohio plowed into counter protesters.
 The woman’s identity has yet to be revealed, as authorities haven’t successfully contacted her next of kin.

President Trump condemned the violence,  other congressional leaders and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also condemned the bigotry and violence; with Sessions saying it was antithetical to American values.

Now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is demanding the Department of Justice investigate the car crash as an act of domestic terrorism.

 Source with direct knowledge tells me Sen Cruz will call for DOJ to investigate Charlottesville domestic terrorism incidents.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/jennifervanlaar/2017/08/12/congressional-gop-leaders-speak-out-against-white-nationalist-rally-n2367737

       President Trump, GOP Leaders Speak on White Nationalist Rally

President Trump, GOP Leaders Speak on White Nationalist Rally

As law enforcement officers are working to calm the situation in Charlottesville, 
where a white nationalist rally turned violent, President Trump and GOP leaders are denouncing the violence and hate.  "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"  
 First Lady Melania Trump also took to Twitter.   "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence!"
  Vice President Pence retweeted President Trump, adding that "we should oppose those seeking to divide us.
I stand with @POTUS against hate & violence." 
 Trump didn't specifically called out the white nationalist views, but Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Orrin Hatch did.
"The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry." Rep. Paul Ryan
 " Their tiki torches may be fueled by citronella but their ideas are fueled by hate, & have no place in civil society. Racism and violence have no place in America. All of us must condemn hate wherever it is found." Sen. Orrin Hatch
Progressives have been demanding that conservatives denounce the violence and hate, as if conservatives are responsible for the white nationalists' hateful attitudes.
 Conservative politicians and pundits have nearly unanimously done so! - and not because it was a demand.

https://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2017/08/13/changing-our-open-door-immigration-policy-n2367008?

                                 Changing Our Open Door Immigration Policy

President Trump endorses the RAISE Act put forth by two U.S. Senators (Cotton and Perdue), that is meant to create legislation regarding just one facet of our immigration policy, and the world goes off its axis. What would happen if we confronted our national challenges regarding this issue?

President Trump campaigned on shutting down the inflow of illegal people principally from our Southern border, but has met resistance on measures proposed for accomplishing his goal.

Forget his campaign pledge of having Mexico pay for the wall.

There are three ways to cut the flow of illegals into this country:

  1. Scare the dickens out of them and they will not come. That appears to be working to some extent since Mr. Trump ended the cavalier attitude of his predecessor toward enforcing our border laws.
  2. Construct a barrier (wall, fence - whatever you want to call it) that deters people from coming in.
  3. Hire more patrol guards to catch those who are coming illegally from doing so.

Even if you are an open borders person, you should endorse steps 2 and 3 as we have serious problems with criminals (MS-13, for instance) and drugs (heroin, cocaine and fentanyl) flowing in and harming our citizens.

Yet Mr. Trump has met heavy resistance to doing both 2 and 3, largely from people saying neither is necessary.

I would love to hear their solutions, as there never seems to be any except charges of racism.

Then comes a real proposal by two U.S. Senators which is endorsed by the administration. It is a starting point for discussion on one of the central aspects of how many people should be allowed to become members of our community – the United States of America.  

The rules really go back to the mid-1960s. First, President Johnson killed the Bracero program in 1964.

 It was originally initiated in 1942 and then expanded and successfully operated, allowing temporary workers to fill needs in certain seasonal industries. Johnson killed it to win the backing of unions in his upcoming election.

Though the numbers had slimmed down, Bracero program numbers of participants reached over 400,000 in some years.

If businesses have temporary employment needs, why did we never reestablish this program?

It is because of continuing union resistance.

The Immigration Act of 1965 changed the flow of immigrants from being based on country of origin to focus on skills and immigrants’ family relationships. That may have worked in 1965, but the world has changed a tad since then.  

Not only did we have 194 million people in 1965 versus 325 million now, but also our needs have changed. Our economy is largely skills based and our under-skilled people are already losing their jobs to machines, giving them fewer options just to find a job. No amount of training programs will solve all of that. It has not yet; why would it in the future?

 Stephen Miller shows up to answer questions on this preliminary proposal that needs to work its way through committees in both the House and Senate, to the respective bodies, to a conference committee, back to the House and Senate and then the President’s desk. Miller answers questions for 28 minutes. They were mostly just tough questions from the White House Press Corp. They did skip essential and basic questions. For example, why was the level of 500,000 legal immigrants chosen?  Why did they choose to emphasize knowledge of the English language as a key skill?  

Miller starts the press conference for five minutes explaining calmly, plainly and coherently the proposal which alters the existing program by establishing a points-based system including skills, will they be paid a high wage, can they speak English and will they be immediately employable. The point system mirrors one established in Canada and Australia.

Let’s first address the English speaking rule (which is not all determining). This is not the 1880s. English is the language of the world. My wife and I are near traveling to 70 countries.  We have only once have had a problem – in Japan – which is fascinating because every one of the Japanese studies English in school.  We were told it is a cultural thing; they do operate a fairly closed society.  At least they speak the world’s other most important language – baseball.

 As for how many people around the world speak English: we just visited a country (India) that probably has more English speakers than we have in our entire population.

Yet, a reporter went after Miller because of this and his perception of why the French built and gifted to us the Statue of Liberty. What was skipped over in this highly-unprofessional encounter with Miller was the reporter’s biggest act of unworthiness; He told the story of his father arriving in the U.S. in 1962 as a refugee from Cuba. Thus, we should base our public policy 55 years later on his family’s experience at that time. Maybe we have become unhinged. At least a new term entered our lexicon from this encounter – cosmopolitan bias. 

 Their use of terminology such as “undocumented workers”, and their reflexive hysteria upon use of the legal term, “illegal aliens”, accentuates that desire. Most frequently, they just use the term immigration with zero differential between the two facets, acting as if there exists a universal right to take up residence in our country.  

 Addressing the issue of how many new immigrants we should have each year, could someone explain to me why in the state of California such a high number of people who work for our tax agencies not only are foreign born, but speak less than comprehensible English?

Is it because these are jobs no Americans will take?  NO!

Maybe as part of this discussion we can do a study of what jobs these immigrants are taking to provide background as to how many we should bring into the country and with what skills. Wouldn’t that be rationale policy?  

We are at historic highs in the history of our country for legal immigration. This has been going on for 25 years. We might consider higher levels of legal immigrants, if we did not have so many illegal immigrants. That needs to be discussed.

For 50 years the means by which we have prioritized our immigrants has been one way. Does that way still make sense? These are vital questions for all of us to review and answer.

This has nothing to do with race, gender or religion, the fallback position of the weak.

Our Congress needs to commence a responsible, grown-up discussion. The future of our nation depends on it.  

    F.Y.I.

We are under a flash flood warning til 7:30 am.  I'm headed back to bed. LOL

Night all.

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