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DACA Isn’t the Real Issue-LEGAL Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery Is

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“Legal Immigration”, meaning the granting of permanent residency, adds about 1.2 Million immigrants per year.  But, when you add the immigrants that will be granted residency via chain immigration, this number swells to 5.5 Million new immigrants per year!  (This does not include those granted “temporary” VISAS that allow them to work or attend school in the US.)  In short, through legal immigration, we are adding 15,000 future citizens every day!

Conversation Today:

Are you confused about all of the non-stop rhetoric coming from the Main Stream Media, pundits and your elected officials?  Do you know what a Green Card is?  Do you know what DACA, Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery, Catch and Release and other such immigration terms actually mean?

Today’s rhetoric is focused on the debate surrounding how to deal with the DACA people who were brought into the US as minors by their parents and others.  It is estimated that 1.8 Million people in the US may qualify as DACA applicants if they meet certain conditions.  Of these 1.8 million, only 690,000 have actually signed up as a DACA applicant/candidate.  There is a myriad of reasons why the other 1.1 million potentially eligible DACA people have not signed up.  It is said that DACA eligible people were brought to the US by their parents or others and have not known any other country as home.  This is probably true in some cases while others have actually applied for and traveled back and forth to their parent’s home country which is by definition their home country.  In addition to the 1.8 million DACA eligible applicants, if the current chain migration law is not changed, this could swell immigration by 6.21 million rather than 1.8 million.  This is using a chain migration factor of 3.45 which is the recent trend. (3.45 x 1.8M = 6.21M)  DACA is not the real issue, DACA plus the Current Chain Migration policy is!

If we do not deal with DACA and their related Chain Migration, we will be adding thousands of new potential DACA candidates every year.  Doing nothing leaves the DACA candidates here while their ranks continue to grow!

President Trump and DACA

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President Trump recently unveiled his 4 point criteria for allowing DACA applicant to eventually gain citizenship.  The President actually put forth all 1.8 million potential DACA eligible people on the table to be eligible for citizenship after 10-12 years.  But, they have to apply; have to qualify for the program; cannot be on government assistance during their probationary period; and cannot commit crimes as specified.  The DACA recipients would only be able to “chain migrate” their spouse and their children.

Again, if we do not deal with DACA and their related Chain Migration, we will be adding thousands of new potential DACA candidates every year.  Doing nothing leaves the DACA candidates here while their ranks continue to grow!

The other three legs of Trump’s DACA plan include modifications to Chain Migration; the elimination of the Visa Lottery; and a $25 Billion dollar funding of the wall, additional ICE agents, and major modifications to the current immigration law including the end to the “catch and release” law.  Why did the President add these three components to his DACA proposal?  Let’s look at Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery and the need to tighten border security via legislation.

Catch and Release and Other Policies:

Catch and Release is an idiotic law that allows any illegal alien who crosses our border to stay in the country until he or she has a hearing to determine if they can be deported.  Sounds great but it really means that if you made it across the border you are home free. The overwhelming majority of these illegal aliens never show up to their court hearing and disperse throughout the US.  Minors who cross and are detained at the border receive even more concessions and benefits.  Plus, if illegal alien parents bring their minor children across the border illegally, those children are now potentially DACA eligible kids.  So, without killing catch and release, you are just encouraging illegal immigration and perpetuating DACA.

The law needs to allow immediate deportation when illegals are detained at the border.  The President is asking for additional judges and court to be set up on the border to quickly adjudicate any detainee issues and expedite deportation.  If not, the border becomes a game of “tag” where an illegal alien wins when they illegally cross the border before an agent can stop them!

The use of E-Verify must be mandated for employers prior to hiring and for governmental agencies before social benefits are approved.  This database has to be updated and all VISA recipients must be added as a tracking mechanism.  VISA overstays is a major contributor to our current illegal alien population! 

Chain Migration:

Above is an example of a “Green Card” that is used today.  Please note, this is a card to identify a PERMANENT RESIDENT.

Today, immigrants who receive “green cards”, were allowed to bring in spouses, children, parents and other relatives who qualify for their “chain”.   Following a cursory vetting, those related to the initiating immigrant are granted a “green card” and were eligible to become citizens!  Today, the ratio between new “green card” holders and those they “chain migrate” is 3.45:1.  For each legal immigrant, they are sponsoring an average of 3.45 people.  Those 3.45, can eventually sponsor other immigrants.  Today, Chain Immigrants comprise over 60% of all immigration!  Between 1981 and 2016, out of 33 million immigrants, 20 million were chain immigrants!

Chain immigration of older parents can dramatically impact social security funds and add a burden to our healthcare system.  The average age of “parental” chain immigrants is 50 years of age.  This is only 12 years prior to attaining the age where they would be eligible for social security.  

Chain migration should be eliminated altogether; or, made a criteria within a merit based system; or at the very least restricted to a spouse and minor children.  Without controls on chain migration, no real migration policy reform is possible.  Chain rolls will continue to swell the immigration numbers.  

Visa-Lottery

Ending the Visa-Lottery is an absolute need.  It is an idiotic practice that has no benefit to the US as a nation.  It is a crap shoot as to who will get in and if they will be a net benefit or cost to the taxpayers.  Plus, beneficiaries of the lottery also have the right to chain migrate their families!  The US must take control of its immigration policy and ensure that new immigrants have the immediate potential to benefit this nation, its economy and culture.

Doing Nothing is Not An Option

Immigration is not one of those issues that do not have an impact if you do nothing to correct its issues.  If immigration is not addressed, each year we will add hundreds of thousand more illegal immigrants; allow more illegal aliens into this country; and continue to spend a net $115,000,000,000 (billion) each year to support the illegal alien population.  Plus, the DACA problem will continue to grow as more minor children are dropped at our borders.  Without ending Catch and Release, the problem is impossible to mitigate.  Granting DACA recipients a path to citizenship without fixing our immigration system and border security, is a fool’s errand.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Federal Definition of a Green Card recipient:

“A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. . .You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself…Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing the in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder.”

 

Hat Tips:

https://cis.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/vaughan-chain-migration_1.pdf

https://cis.org/Legal-Immigration

https://cis.org/Report/18-Million-Immigrants-Likely-Arrived-2016-Matching-Highest-Level-US-History

 

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Do You Believe that Obama Deficits were $10 Trillion? Wrong!

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Obama, The Federal Reserve, and Donald Trump

You have been led to believe that the Obama Presidency ran the National Debt to $19.5 Trillion Dollars.  Further, that Obama doubled the amount of US Debt of all of his predecessors combined.  What did you miss?

Remember Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve and his wonderful invention called “Quantitative Easing”?  What?  Well, QE is a shifty way of “increasing” the National Debt without it increasing the National Debt!  Really?  Yep!  What happens is, the Federal Reserve, which is its own government independent of the US Government and can “borrow” money, print money, buy US Treasury notes, Money Backed Securities (remember the crash of 2008 when Freddie and Fannie blew up the real estate markets by allowing the bundling of bad sub-prime loans), and indirectly purchase stocks on the stock market.  Well, Obama and his brilliant team had no idea how to stimulate the economy organically, via tax cuts and investment incentives, so they joined the Federal Reserve and came up with Quantitative Easing.  So, what does this have to do with the National Debt?

Well, the Fed “increased” its securities assets by $4 Trillion dollars over the Obama 8 years.  But, since the Fed and Obama did not want to flood the money supply by printing worthless currency, so they used Quantitative easing to increase the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity!  The end result is the same!  Your dollars are worth $4 Trillion less and the Fed, and you the taxpayer, are on the hook for $4+ Trillion in debt that is not included in the National Debt!  

So, the real Obama National Debt is $24 Trillion!

Why does this matter to you? 

There is no free lunch!

So while the Fed and Obama were able to create a stock market bubble and drive up “preferred” stock prices for preferred companies, and absorb a lot of the residual Freddie and Fannie funny money debt, ($2 Trillion Dollars), they were postponing the need to payback this bubble once the economy got back on track!

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Enter Donald J. Trump and a US Economic Resurgence

So, in November 8th, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected!  Immediately he reversed the Obama business choking regulations and by the end of his first year passed a historic Tax Cut.  The result, the economy immediately responded with new jobs, new business investment, repatriation of corporate money held overseas, and an optimism the country had not seen since Reagan.  Then, last week, the investor community woke up and suddenly remembered the $4+ Trillion dollar debt we have in the Fed Closet! In a few short days, the Dow dropped precipitously to December 2017 highs.

Why did panic set in?  Well, the markets are not necessarily logical and always are driven of EXPECTED future events!  What are the panic drivers?  FEAR of higher interest rates and their impact on the economy and consumer spending, FEAR of inflation as wages increase and more people enter the job market, and FEAR of FEAR!

  Are interest rate hikes and inflation increases fears realistic?  Probably to some degree.  The Janet Yellen Federal Reserve had been slowly increasing interest rates since Trump took office from the Obama zero interest rate era!  Last week, during Yellen’s last Fed meeting, she did not raise interest rates as expected and she should have and irresponsibly stated that the stock market was overvalued!  She was irresponsible because the Price/Earnings ratios of Dow and other markets have not grown unreasonably over the past year in spite of rising stock prices.  Earnings have risen pretty much with stock prices.  The Dow showed the highest gain in 2018 v 2017 with an increase to $25.98 from $20.31, the NASDAQ increased to $26.10 from $24.15 and the S&P 500 actually dropped to $21.71 from $24.18.  

Where will the Market Go and How do we Get Rid of Obama’s Extra $4+ Trillion in Fed Funny Money?

The economic fundamentals are sound.  Companies will continue to repatriate cash into the US, continue to expand manufacturing and other investments in the US, the labor participation rate will continue to add more citizens into the job force, and more jobs will be created.  Would an increase in interest rates kill the economy?  As long as interest rates stay around 5% and inflation stays around 3%, the world as we know it will not end!  Corporate borrowing will be almost nil for global entities due to the piles of cash they have had offshore that they will repatriate. The tax cuts will provide all companies with additional cash flow that will lower the demand for borrowing.  Consumers benefiting from higher wages will stay about where they are in terms of borrowing and interest rate increases will have minimal impact on already high credit card interest.  

If US GDP grows at 4-5%, and President can get his budget through in order to control costs, the Federal Government should generate sufficient tax revenues to start to reverse the National Debt.  As employment numbers continue to rise, payments into Social Security and Medicare will slow than stop the bleeding from these funds. The Federal Reserve has initiated a program whereby it will start to chip away at its $4+ Trillion dollars in quantitative easing debt at the rate of $10 Billion per month.  At this rate of principal reduction, no real impact on the overall economy should occur. 

So, the bad news is that Obama actually topped $24 Trillion in total national debt.  The good news is that Donald J. Trump is the current President of the US now!  If Clinton had been elected, the Obama economy that was based on a ballooning National Debt and a ballooning Federal Reserve debt on its balance sheet would have been perpetuated.  It would have been a matter of time before the US became a rival junk economy to Greece!

It is critical that Republicans hold the House of Representatives and pick up 9+ seats in the Senate during the 2018 mid-term elections.  President Trump will be able to then attack capital gains taxes and complete his revamping of the tax codes.  He will also be able to rebalance Social Security and Medicare funds and put them back on a solvent path.   Welfare reform via work programs will continue the cost reductions for the Federal and State governments.  There are a lot of systemic changes that still need to be made and President Trump needs a Congress that will support his policy changes…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/q/quantitative-easing.asp#ixzz56MKZJa00

 

http://wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3021-peyield.html

P/Es & Yields on Major Indexes

Dow Indexes

Monday, February 05, 2018

P/E RATIO
DIV YIELD
2/5/2018 Year ago Estimate^ 2/5/2018 Year ago
Dow Industrial 25.09 20.31 17.70 2.15 2.39
Dow Transportation 13.48 18.35 16.49 1.38 1.32
Dow Utility 26.56 26.71 17.21 3.53 3.47
P/E data based on as-reported earnings; estimate data based on operating earnings.
Sources: Birinyi Associates; WSJ Market Data Group
Other Indexes
Friday, February 02, 2018
P/E RATIO
DIV YIELD
2/2/2018 Year ago Estimate^ 2/2/2018 Year ago
Russell 2000 151.45 nil 25.65 1.30 1.42
Nasdaq 100 26.10 24.15 20.85 0.99 1.16
S&P 500 21.71 24.18 18.05 1.81 2.08
P/E data based on as-reported earnings; estimate data based on operating earnings.
Source: Birinyi Associates

House FISA Memo-What it Means and What is Next?

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The entire “Russia Collusion” story is so convoluted that it challenges even the most ardent follower of current events not to get lost in a maze of lies, corruption, and outright criminal activities, at the highest levels of the DOJ, the FBI and perhaps even our intel agencies.  The House Intelligence Committee Majority FISA Memo deals exclusively with a FISA warrant application that was sought unsuccessfully by the FBI and the DOJ initially in the summer of 2016 but then subsequently approved on October 21, 2016.  A FISA warrant allows the agencies to electronically surveil US citizens!  In this case, a political presidential candidate during a presidential election…  There is a lot we still do not know but here is what we know from the House FISA Memo (HFM).  

A FISA surveillance warrant targeted Carter Page, a “Trump Campaign Advisor”,  and was based on the unsubstantiated Russian Dossier and a September 23, 2016 article that appeared on Yahoo News based on the dossier information leaked to Yahoo by Christopher Steele, an FBI asset and the author of the dossier.  So, the FISA Warrant was apparently based primarily on the discredited Steele “Russian Dossier” and a “news” article based on that same dossier!  According to Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI when he testified before the Intel Committee in December of 2017, that no FISA warrant would have been sought WITHOUT THE STEELE DOSSIER INFORMATION!  

Who Paid For and Who Created the “Russian Dossier”:

The Russian Dossier was paid for by the Democrat National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton Campaign.   The FISA warrants omitted the fact that the underlying dossier was paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign making it a political document and not an investigative document.

The FBI also authorized payments to Steele for the same information he provided to the DNC and Clinton. 

Christopher Steele was compiled the dossier while also acting as an FBI “source”.  

The purpose of the Russian Dossier was to “obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”  

The FISA warrants omitted that Steele was working for and also being paid by Fusion GPS.

Who approved and signed the FISA Warrant:

There were 4 separate approvals by the FBI and DOJ of the FISA Warrant.  The initial warrant, and three subsequent renewals from the FISC.  On the FBI side, James Comey signed three of the applications and Andrew McCabe signed one.  On the DOJ side, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more of the FISA applications.

The Russian Dossier, Fusion GPS and the FBI/DOJ:

Even after Steele was fired by the FBI, he maintained contact with the DOJ via Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ore.  Ore worked closely with Deputy Attorney General Yates and Rosenstein!  Concurrently, Bruce Ore’s wife was working for Fusion GPS  charged with obtaining opposition research against Donald Trump.  This information was fed to the DOJ via Bruce Ore…  Steele admitted to Ore that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president”.  So, Ore knew that Steele, the author of the dossier, was highly politically biased against Trump; that Steele was the author of the dossier, but Ore specifically made sure that his relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was omitted from the FISA application!

Conspiracy

The HFM laid out a clear conspiracy within the DOJ and its FBI to undermine the Donald Trump Candidacy and then his presidency.  It clearly laid out a conspiracy to obtain the surveillance of a US citizen, who was part of a presidential campaign, the campaign itself, and then a US Presidency, using known, false information, paid for by a political rival candidate and a rival political national committee, to obtain a FISA warrant from a FISC.  It clearly lays out a conspiracy to surveil and gain information on a US Presidency based upon the same known false information.

Comey lied to President Trump when he told the President on January 6th, 2017, that the President was NOT under investigation.  The investigation actually began in mid 2016.  If Trump was not still under investigation, why had Comey and Rosenstein renewed the FISA warrant request multiple times!  Obviously Comey and Rosenstein conspired to continue to investigate the Trump Administration after the election!

Not Known

What is not known from the HFM is WHO was caught up in the Carter Page surveillance.  Or, if there was more than one FISA warrant sought and obtained.  Was Trump Tower caught up in the warrant.  Who else was surveiled and unmasked?  Was General Flynn surveilled and did that surveillance result in Flynn’s charges?

Next?

I hate Special Councils but there is a need to have another SC appointed.  This is due to the apparent lack of independence within the DOJ and the FBI.  How far are these agencies infected?  The Special Council should also be empowered to look at the Mueller investigation and how much of its investigation is predicated on the phony dossier.  Would Mueller even be investigating if the dossier did not exist?  I think not!  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

RINO Watch Weekly Report: “Stupid is as Stupid Does!

At least once a week I will publish a RINO Watch stupidity report.  I know I will never run out of materials as the RINOs always outdo themselves to vie for the stupidity award.  This week is no exception!

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RINOs Respond to 8 Month Old FAKE NEWS Story and Warn Trump Not to Fire Heir Robert Mueller!

Of course the usual suspects, Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins, had to respond to a question from the media this weekend regarding their reaction to Trump wanting to fire Special Council Robert Mueller, or even conflicted Deputy AG Rosenstein.  This, in spite of the fact that this FAKE NEWS story was originally published almost 8 months ago and the President and his staff have denied the story!  Even Senator Grassley felt he had to chime in and warn Trump not to fire Mueller! 

DUH!  Assume the story is true, it has been 8 months and Trump has not fired Mueller yet!  So, Where is the BEEF?

RINOs suffer from the Al Sharpton Jessie Jackson Mic Syndrome (ASJJMS).  They can’t pass up opening their mouth when a mic and a camera are around.  It is like an automatic reflex.  Mic, mouth open.  Camera, mouth open.  Trouble is they never engage their brain before opening their mouths!

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Goofy Special Council Ken Starr-Mueller Should LOOK INTO whether Trump Lied About Wanting to Fire Mueller!

This is separate from the RINO comments above because Ken Starr proved that he is a Eunuch RINO as evidenced by his less than testosterone driven investigation of the obviously hyper-testosterone driven Bill Clinton.  The most NOT BRILLIANT admission by star in the interview was:

“He can ask for Mueller to be fired for any reason.  The president’s power is extremely broad, as long as he’s not engaged in discrimination or accepting bribes.”

Well, apparently he did not bribe himself nor is he discriminating against the old white guy Robert Mueller.  Maybe he is guilty of discriminating against Mueller’s obvious leftist-elite political animus, failure of Mueller to recuse himself in light of his obvious conflicts of interests, or maybe for just being an old white guy!

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RINOs Want to Stop the Release of the Nunes Memo Regarding Possible DOJ/FBI Corruption Regarding FISA Misuse

Lindsay Graham is in the spotlight once again along with the DOJ/FBI trying to Obstruct the Public’s Right to Know if its highest law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been corrupted!  Graham wants to wait to release the information until:

“I don’t want [the memo] released yet,” he said. “I want somebody without a political bias to come in and look at the allegations I have seen.”

And, pray tell dear Lindsay,  just who in Washington is WITHOUT POLITICAL BIAS!  

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S own Department of Justice, through the Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told Rep Nunes, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in a letter this week that releasing a memo  “extraordinarily reckless.”  How about the “extraordinarily reckless” abuses by the DOJ and the FBI to date in the Clinton Non-Investigation MATTER, the IRS Scandals, Fast and Furious Scandals, Benghazi botched investigations, Uranium-One “vetting” and more… 

Boyd thought that it would be a better idea to pass the memo to the DOJ  watchdog, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  This would keep this out of the public for at least another 2 months.  Meanwhile the two Star-Struck lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are still working for the agencies in spite of their obvious bias as set forth in their own text messages.

Hopefully Nunes will get the committee to vote to release the memo this week.  President Trump has indicated that, in spite of the objections raised by his own DOJ and FBI, he would welcome the memo being made available to the public!  AG Sessions and the entire 7th floor of the FBI better not get too comfortable in their lush surroundings. 

The President can’t be very happy about the lack of respect he has been shown by this agencies!  The President has shown a great deal of constraint given that if he did ORDER the DOJ/FBI to release info, then the MSM and the left would cry OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://www.newsmax.com/headline/lindsey-graham-susan-collins-trump-russia/2018/01/28/id/839925/

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/ken-starr-robert-mueller-president-donald-trump-russia-probe/2018/01/28/id/839929/

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article196966409.html

Trump’s Immigration Proposal-Chill Out! Understand the Plan First!

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Trump struck a nerve on the Right and the Left when he had Steven Miller announce his Border Wall/DACA/Immigration Plan yesterday.  Given both wings have slammed this proposal, actually gives this plan more, not less, merit!  Pelosi/Schumer and Ted Cruz all hit the mics to thump their chests and condemn the President’s plan!

But, What are the Facts?

Amnesty Vs Path to Citizenship:

The right is clamoring that this plan is Amnesty for 1.8 million DACA candidates.  Any plan to them is equal to amnesty.  When you press them, they say that rather than amnesty, the DACA candidates should get in line like every other immigration applicant.  OK, I agree, but so does Trump!  An immigration applicant files for immigration then undergoes a medical, criminal, and other forms of background checking.  This takes anywhere from 6 months, if you are married to an American citizen, to 3 years plus. 

TRUMP IS PROPOSING THAT THE DACA CANDIDATES WAIT 10-12 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN DURING WHICH TIME THEY UNDERGO THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A DACA CANDIDATE.  Further, during this period, the candidates can be rejected if they enroll to receive any type of government subsistence; or, if they commit a crime; or if they return to their “home” country without permission.

The right is apoplectic about the 1.8M DACA candidates that were included in the President’s plan.  CHILL!  The 690,000 DACA candidates are those who enrolled in the DACA program.  No one really knows but it is estimated that there are another 1.2M potential DACA enrollees who have not signed up yet.  Before you start screaming, “They had their chance”, there is a small roadblock called the US Constitution and its Equal Protection clause.  If a person otherwise qualifies as a DACA Candidate but did not sign up, the likelihood is extremely high that the Supreme Court would allow those people to enroll in DACA.  You may say that they are not citizens and have no rights.  Sorry but since they are in the US and have been residing here they to inherit constitutional protections.  It may be that rather than there being an additional 1.2M potential DACA enrollees, it may be less, it may be more.  But, the President realistically included actual and potential candidates.  Would you rather have this or have him lie to you and in the end you find out there were really 1.8 applicants!  

Since the President is putting a 10-12 year period restriction on the DACA candidates, I would think they would return to their parent’s home country and apply for citizenship!  It may be faster if this plan is adopted!  Since the President put in a 10-12 year implementation plan, this satisfies the BORDER SECURITY FIRST crowd!

$25 Billion for the Wall and Border Security

President Trump’s plan calls for $25Billion to be set aside, and not subject to future Congressional rescission, to build the wall, add more border agents, provide for additional security enhancements to the Southern and CANADIAN borders, and build border courts.  The President knows that he may or may not continue to have Republican majorities in the House and Senate and wants the funding to be set in stone.  Plus, he knows that he cannot implement all of the needed Wall and security changes in one or two budget years.  He does not want to take a chance on having Congress playing games with this funding.  Republicans or Democrats!

Chain Migration

President Trump included an end to chain migration and will ask that it be replaced with merit based migration requirements.  The only vestige to chain migration will be that an approved immigrant can bring his or her spouse and their children.  This also applies to the DACA candidates.

Visa Lottery Program:

The President is proposed that this program be eliminated totally.  As stated above, visa applicants will be subjected to merit based scrutiny and be required to meet specific criteria that documents that they will be contributory to the US economy.  More later.

Port and Northern Border Security

The President is also proposing measures to beef up port security to eliminate incoming illicit drugs and human trafficking.  These same measures will be put in place along our Canadian borders that span approximately 5,500 miles!  Just think how easy it is to cross the great lakes from Canada and enter the US!  Not hard!

Other Provisions:

Before we finish up with the other provisions, what Trump is actually doing is comprehensive immigration!  If he gets most of what he will finishing outlining next week, there were be few if any real major issues remaining regarding our immigration policy.  But, don’t tell the Left or the Media!

Legal Immigration:

The President will cut back on the numbers eligible to be approved to come into this country.  The President is slowing legal immigration to allow time to assimilate all of the chain, lottery, and refugee immigrants that have come into this country in the past 15 years.  He want to make sure we can ensure that hot pockets of unassimilated immigrants are successfully melded into our society and our economy.  He also wants to make sure that during the growth of our economy, that AMERICANS, not immigrants have priority to receive the newly created jobs!

The President is also proposing to crack down on legal Visa overstays that are the largest contributor to our illegal immigration.  As part of his border security provisions, he will be implementing tacking and apprehension policies to eliminate Visa overstays.

The President will also be proposing to beef up and require the use of E-Verify.  I am not sure if he will not only require private sector employees to use E-Verify, but he should force government welfare agencies, State Food Stamp agencies, and other governmental agencies who approve subsistence or healthcare assistance to use E-Verify.  Once the wall and other security policies are put in place, this will ensure that anyone who sneaks through will be caught by E-Verify and asked to leave or be prosecuted.

There will be other details that will be released next week and as they are I will update this post.  But, take a deep breath and take conservative and liberal media with a grain of salt when they rail against the President’s proposal.  Also, remember, final legislation is up to Congress.  So, when I hear Ted Cruz and other condemn this proposal, I would remind them that the President is trying to get YOU TO DO YOUR JOB AND COME UP WITH A BILL YOURSELVES!  It is easy to run up to a mic and complain. 

Actual work is hard, that is why it called work!

If the President can get his proposal through Congress, he will once again accomplish something no one has been able to do since before 1966, solve many immigration issues and secure this great nation.

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/25/trump-immigration-proposal-could-provide-path-to-citizenship-for-1-8-million-in-us-illegally.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/370811-heritage-calls-trump-immigration-proposal-a-non-starter

 

 

 

The New Wealth Distribution-To Our Middle and Lower Income Levels

What Bonuses and Wage Increases Signal

Nay-Sayers on the Right and Left scoffed at Candidate and President Trump’s insistence and constant promoting of massive tax cuts to individuals and businesses.  Once the tax cuts were ushered through Congress by President Trump, the new mantra was that the tax cuts were for the rich and big business!

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All of these “Henny Penny”, “the sky is falling” idiotic pundits were WRONG, AGAIN ABOUT TRUMP AND HIS POLICIES!

Bonuses VS Wage Increases: (125 companies, 2.3M Employees Impacted Positively)

You may have wondered why many of the early companies who have announced bonuses or wage increases have started with bonuses rather than wage increases.  Simply, bonuses are a one time event where wages carry forward and permanently increase a business ongoing labor expense. 

But, now, with Walmart announcing bonuses and wage increases, companies have finalized their analysis and are seeing short and long-term benefits to their operations.  Their analysis is showing that they will gain not only additional cash flow as a result of lower taxes and regulations but long-term sales and revenue benefits from the economic growth in lower and middle-income wage sectors.  Further, more people will leave government subsistence and join the ranks of the employed where they will have more disposable income.  

The transition from giving one time bonuses to raising wages of entry-level and upper income wage earners is a long-term signal that the Trump tax cuts will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the US economy! Not only are companies “feeling the love” for the tax cuts, voters are feeling that same “love”:

The Hill reported today that:  “Two-thirds of voters polled, 66 percent, said in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday they would characterize the economy as “excellent” or “good.” Quinnipiac noted that figure is the highest rating since it began asking the question in 2001.”

While President Trump’s personal approval numbers remain below 50%, numbers like these point out that people like the Trump economy.  With the mainstream media is skewing its coverage of President Trump with 95% negative coverage versus 5% positive coverage, they are not impacting the perception of voters on the Trump agenda.  

The best part of the Trump Tax Cuts is that the President just reversed the Obama socialist “redistribution of wealth core” by allowing taxpayers, individual and business, to keep their own money and allow the economy to lift up all income groups.  (those in California and New York need to talk to their own governors!)   The reliance on government handouts has already started to recede and will soon be at historic lows.

  The taller Trump becomes, the more diminished Obama becomes!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/01/11/list-companies-paid-bonuses-boosted-pay-since-tax-bill-passed/1023848001/

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/economy/368350-poll-voters-perception-of-economy-at-record-high

 

Trump’s DACA Meeting Trumped Conservatives and Liberals! Killed “Fire and Fury” Narrative

The Art of the Deal Lives On!

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Yesterday you witnessed a brilliant political move by President Trump when he sequestered Democrats and Republicans in his cabinet room and spent 55 minutes in front of national press cameras allowing both sides to state their positions on DACA, the wall, border security, chain migration and the lottery visa program.  After 10 minutes, it seemed that the participants forgot the cameras were rolling and they started sparing over immigration issues ranging from border security to comprehensive immigration reform that would include amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.  It was pure mastery of the media and a showcase of how to completely change the narrative from the anti-Trump “Fire and Fury” book to how presidential Trump looked in bringing all sides together to discuss a contentious issue.  

Trump used this forum to drive home the following issues:

  1. That Trump will consider a DACA solution ONLY if it INCLUDES the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  2. Any DACA deal will be a separate vote from the budget vote.  
  3. Trump allowed the Democrats to drive home their requirement that DACA NOT include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  4. Trump put the onus of dealing with DACA squarely on the House and Senate and that he would support whatever legislation that is passed.

For those who think that Trump’s statement to sign whatever legislation comes out of the Congressional deliberations was a sell out, remember:

  1. The President spent last weekend with Republican Congressional leadership and hammered out the 2018 legislative agenda. 
  2. This agenda included separating DACA from the upcoming government budget vote;
  3. This agenda included a DACA agreement that would include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.

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So, when the President convened the bi-partisan bicameral meeting yesterday, he already knew that the Republican leadership had committed to the President’s agenda!  Even if the Democrats try to severe the DACA legislation components and exclude the wall, border security, chain migration, and the visa lottery program, the Republican majorities could vote them down.  

Also, remember, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate WILL NOT change the voting rules and allow either of these bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority.  This means that the budget and DACA bills will both require 60 votes to pass. 

It is difficult to imagine that DACA, with the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program, will pass anyway! 

  • This will put the onus of not dealing with the DACA enrollees square on the back of the Democrats. 
  • Also, if the Democrats do not step up and fund the government, the government shut down will be square on the back of the Democrats!

Still think Donald J. Trump does not understand the art of the deal and is not committed to his hard-line on border security!  Think again!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

See also our article published this week regarding DACA and its fiscal and political impacts on America:  “DACA is CACA-690 Thousand vs 325 Million” (link:  https://wp.me/pY51c-18E)

 

 

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DACA is CACA-690 Thousand vs 325 Million

Fact:  As of September of 2017, only 690,000 have actually enrolled in the DACA program and potentially eligible to participate in any future DACA legislation including Amnesty and chain migration for at least their parents!  That represents .2% (2 people out of every 1,000) of the total population of the US.  Yet, to hear the media and the Democrat Progressive Left the DACA issue is the most important issue facing this nation and that our very soul is dependent on granting amnesty and family chain migration to this group!  Really?

DACA and Chain Migration-NEVER!

Even mushy conservatives our spewing rhetoric trying to justify allowing DACA recipients to use chain migration to legalize their parents and extended family.  BS!  It was their parents who broke our laws in the first place and brought or caused the DACA “kids” to be here in the first place This is nuts.  Get in line and apply!  It is estimated that if DACA enrollees utilize chain migration, the total number of people granted “amnesty” via a DACA “FIX” would be 10,350,000!  Further, the total NET cost of this program would be $28 Billion in 10 years!  Illegal immigration last year cost Americans a NET $115,000,000,000 ($115 Billion).  Had enough yet!

DACA VS America

HomelessWe have 550,000 homeless men and women in the US today.  OF those, 40,000 are veterans, 54% disabled and  40% are Black.  Over 21% of the homeless reside in the Sanctuary State of California and another 15.7% in Sanctuary State of New York for a combined total of 37.2%.  The two richest States in the Union have the most homeless and no plan to improve the overall economy in order to move the homeless into a sound financial existence.  How about passing laws to treat the homeless who are mentally ill, drug addicted, or otherwise disabled?  Do you know why this is not a priority?  THE ONLY LOBBY GROUPS INVOLVING THE HOMELESS ARE THOSE THAT ARE MAKING MONEY OFF OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION!!!  (Excluding the Veterans groups who are actually working with the VA to solve this problem for vets.)  How about we take care of the thousands of addicted Americans before worrying about 690,000 DACA enrollees?

Drug Addiction:  We are losing 65,000 Americans per year to opioid overdoses every year.  This is the same number of soldiers we lost OVER A PERIOD OF 20 YEARS!  How about we take care of the thousands of addicted Americans before worrying about 690,000 DACA enrollees?

Black On Black Homicide In Our Inner Cities:  We have all read or heard about the daily carnage in our Inner Cities that are run by Liberal Politicians.  A lot of the poverty in these inner cities is due to the influx of illegal immigrants who will work for less money than our own citizens.  Allowing illegals to compete against our own citizens is helping to memorialize welfare and poverty in our inner cities that drives our youth into drug gangs and perpetuates the high Black on Black homicide rates.

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 I could go on for days pointing out areas of our nation that need to be addressed that compete with the $28 Billion that would be spent supporting DACA enrollees if they are granted amnesty.  Why bother!  This is a mid-term election year and the limp-wristed RINOs in Congress would never stand up to the Liberal Left’s assault if the Republicans deferred DACA amnesty past this March. 

President Trump is trying to thread in between the RINOs and the Liberals to get the wall built, end chain migration, and end the idiotic immigration lottery system.  He really wants to include the creation of a merit based immigration system but it is doubtful he could get anywhere near 50, let along 60 votes to get the whole enchilada! 

So, we are probably looking at granting amnesty to 690,000 DACA enrollees and at least their parents who have either committed a felony or aided and abetted in the commission of a felony!  Meanwhile, many American priorities will go unfunded and unresolved.  Until RINOs can stand up to the immigration activists, including those who want cheap labor for businesses, we will repeat this DACA fiasco, or another flavor of DACA, in the near future. 

If the wall is not built and security beefed up ala Trump priorities, we will be staring at even more illegal immigrant challenges.

What if we do Nothing to “Fix” DACA?

Not much!  As long as the DACA enrollees do not commit a felony or leave America to go back “home”, they are not targets for deportation.  The left tries to portray Trump as having a list of names and addresses for DACA enrollees and has ICE on the line ready to deport the DACA enrollees on March 15th if Congress does not act!  BS! 

How about Congress pass a bill that allows the DACA enrollees to stay with a work permit for 10 years.  After 5 of the 10 years they can apply for citizenship and undergo the same process all other immigrants have to go through.  If they do not go through the process, they will be expelled after 10 years to a country of their choice!  In the interim, they are ineligible to receive any benefits from the Federal or State government programs!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/25/key-facts-about-unauthorized-immigrants-enrolled-in-daca/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/07/how-many-people-will-trumps-daca-rollback-affect-about-100000-fewer-than-initially-reported/?utm_term=.686f72816212

https://www.brookings.edu/research/immigration-facts-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca/

https://endhomelessness.org/resource/veteran-homelessness/

 

Obama Reveals His “Thought Police” Bias to Prince Harry

When candidate Obama opined about “FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA”, no one really dreamed he meant that he would seek to overthrow our Constitutional Republic and replace it with a Centralized Socialist Republic…  But he did!  No one can take away from Obama’s ability to deliver words in a way that always sound good… until you read the text carefully and forget the oral delivery!  

This “gift of deception” was ever so present when he was interviewed by Prince Harry last fall and just recently aired.  I just want to focus on about 65 words he spoke during the interview as an example of Obama’s gift for deceiving his audience into agreeing with his principle through the use of verbal deception.  The topic was on the internet and social media but Obama really focused on how to control thought and speech!  Below is the text of his response, sentence by sentence, with my comments below each sentence.

“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities.” 

The key word is “realities” which is Obamaspeak for interpretations that do not conform to his group think comrades!  He considers that dissenting or contrary interpretations of “official” interpretations as DANGEROUS!  Hence, his constant haranguing on Fox News as they have been the only voice of decent to him on wide audience media!  If people can have “entirely different realities”, then it follows that their free speech is really based on faulty facts and is an anti-establishment form of misinformed dissention and even treasonous expression!  According to Obama, these realities represent a real and present threat to world order!

“They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

The key words in this sentence are “cocooned” and “biases“.  “Cocooned” is Obamaspeak for the grouping together of dangerous individuals who share common erroneous interpretations of the good of the world order and oppose its very being.  “Biases” is Obamaspeak for any opinion that does not agree with Obama’s world view and his view of a fundamentally flawed America.  This sentence indicts those who share common ideals based on Constitutional Law and not Obama’s revisionist view of a post-racial America after he purges the biases from the masses.  

“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground,”

This last sentence is the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae!  It shows just how good Obama is at using words to make reasonable people abandon their own intellect and fall in line with ideologies that are totally contrary to their own best interests!  There are several dog whistles in this phrase including “harness“, “multiplicity of voices“, “diversity of views“, “Balkanisation“, and “common ground“.

“Harness” is of course Obamaspeak for control.  Since he was speaking about social media and the internet, he was asking the question “how do we control the content and proliferation of the internet and social media”  for the common good of all who agree with him!  In short, how do we control thought and speech?  Even shorter, how do we rescind the First, Forth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution?  After all, the good of the many shall outweigh the good of the few!

Multiplicity of voices” is Obamaspeak for voices that adhere to the party line and agree with his world view.  He uses nice sounding catch phrases but in the end he only wants to include those voices that agree with him!

“Diversity of views” is merely another way of saying multiplicity of voices with the same goal to use catch phrases to get you to agree to the whole while focusing on just this part of the sentence.  Who would object to “hearing a multiplicity of voices with divergent views“?  He now has the listener hooked so the rest of what he says MUST BE TRUE!

“Doesn’t lead to a Balkanization of Society” is a ten-dollar phrase also intended to make you agree with the need to HARNESS the internet and social media so society is not divided into bigoted groups aligned against one another!  (Webster’s definition of Balkanize is “to break up (a region, a group, etc.) into smaller and often hostile units”, ie break up the US into ethnic, gender, racial, religious groups)  Boy is this rich given Obama’s divisive actions, words and policies intended to destroy race relations in this country and pit one American against one another based on identity to groups, gays, Blacks, Hispanics, Transgender, etc..  

“Finding common ground” is the cap on his rationale for taking over and controlling group think and speech!  Who would object to compromise, common ground, common good?  You better!  He means that you will be forced to conform to his world views and any expression on the internet or social media will be dealt with as an act against the State, AKA, treason!

So, after listening to Obama for 8 LONG years, it is apparent that he was truly gifted in the art of oratory deception and thought control.  He could cast a spell on thousands with his words and enslave generation with his damaging rhetoric.  Be thankful for two truths:

  1. Obama is no longer President.
  2. Trump is erasing Obama’s legacy from American History

God Bless America!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Paul Ryan Wrong to Prioritize “Entitlements” in 2018!

Ryan Is Ignorant of Sound Fiscal Concepts & A Phased Limited Approach Methodology!

Apparently Ryan and McConnell are bickering over Ryan’s desire to push for “Entitlement” reform in 2018, a mid-term election year!  There are a couple of issues with this picture.  One, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States, and he, not Ryan, will set the priorities!  Two, Ryan thinks that Social Security and Medicare are part of his definition of “entitlements” that also include Medicaid, Welfare, Food Stamps etc..  Third, to take on “entitlements” during a mid-term election year shows Ryan’s tone deafness when it comes to hanging onto the third rail of politics (entitlements) while trying to hold onto majorities in the House and Senate!  But, none of these three issues are not really the major issue!

The Major Issue is that President Trump has just passed, with some help from Ryan and McConnell, the largest tax cuts and tax reforms in decades.  The economy needs time to react to these fiscal policy changes so we can determine its impact on the economy and on the so-called ‘ENTITLEMENTS’.  

Change Management Principle:  Engineers know the basic principle of Change Management is that you implement one change at a time and assess its impact before moving onto the next change.  If not, it may be impossible to know which change is really responsible for the desired or undesired results and what the impact of multiple changes are on each other!  The tax policy changes and cuts will begin to be melded into the US economy during 2018 and beyond.  Trying to change a major cost driver in our economy while a major revenue driver is being rolled out is idiotic and fiscally unsound!

Tax Cuts and Tax Reform Will Change the Dynamics and Fiscal Make-up of “Entitlements”:  Tax cuts will allow the GDP to swell to 4%+ adding at least $5 Trillion to our annual GDP over the Obama years.  Tax cuts will increase the demand for goods and services from private sectors corporations and businesses by putting more money in the pockets of 80% of our taxpayers.  Tax cuts for corporations and small business will incentivize them to add facilities, increase production to meet the new demand, and ADD MORE EMPLOYEES.  The more people that are employed, the lower the demand for Entitlements such as welfare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc…  

Since the Tax Cuts and Tax Reform will dramatically change “entitlements”, Ryan will be trying to hit a moving target in terms of the demand for services by the unemployed and under-employed!  As more people leave welfare, more people will no longer need Medicaid.  As more people are gainfully employed, the less demand there will be for Food Stamps.  The Obama era swelled the Food Stamp participation to 47.6 million people and the Trump economic recovery has dropped the usage to 42.6 million people.  President Trump will tweak these entitlements over the next two years as the economy and employment continue to improve.

Social Security and Medicare:  Until the Trump Tax Cuts and Tax Reform impact matures in 2019, it is idiotic to propose any changes to these programs.  The higher the level of employment, the more people will be paying into both Social Security and Medicare.  The Obama normal of a low labor force participation rate, reduced the number of people paying into Social Security and Medicare.  

Also, since disability is a part of the Social Security funds, more able bodies people will be dropping disability!  During the Obama 8 year depression, people who no longer qualified for unemployment benefits applied for and were granted disability payments.  The Trump economy will reverse this trend.

Tweak-Eliminate Public Sector Retirement Systems:  The one tweak President Trump and Ryan can propose is to eliminate the carve out for public sector employees to be exempted from Social Security and Medicare.  It is typical that government treats itself better than it does its citizen tax payers!  Allowing government employees to contribute to a separate Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) is discriminatory and weakens the Social Security system.

Earth to Ryan:

  1. You are not the President, you are two levels below the President.
  2. President Trump is President, you are not!
  3. President Trump received the mandate in the last National Presidential Election, you did not.
  4. Let the Tax Cuts and Tax Reform kick in and jump start this economy.
  5. Follow Trump’s lead, it is a better view than the one you would see from your home in Wisconsin if you lose the 2018 mid-terms.  The President created an $11 Billion dollar empire, you won an election in a small district in Wisconsin and really have never had a real job.

Go to Camp David with the President and Mitch and listen to the President.  Remember this phrase;

YES MR. PRESIDENT!

 

If YOU are talking, YOU are not learning!

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/ryan-mcconnell-entitlement-reform/2017/12/27/id/833921/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/20/food-stamp-use-falls-lowest-level-seven-years/