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With the notable exception of Gina Rinehart, the ten richest women in the world all inherited their billions, while the ten richest people (all men) all earned their billions.  Yes, Rinehart did inherit her three-quarters of her father’s company, Hancock Prospecting, in 1992.  But she turned her $A75 million inheritance into the $A10B it is today.  That’s a 20+ percent annual return for 25 years!

The other nine — not so much.  There is nothing wrong with inherited wealth.  The idea of leaving something for our children and grandchildren drives many of us to work and save and invest.  But inheriting wealth and creating wealth (even with the intention of passing it on to your heirs) do not benefit the world the same way.  Creating wealth for oneself invariably requires that one create wealth for others, too.

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First, I hope President Trump has learned a lesson from the Shithole Shitstorm — don’t trust demonrats. I you have a closed-door, off-the-record meeting with them, they will get together after the fact and manufacture lies about what happened in the meeting. NEVER have a closed-door, off-the-record meeting with demonrats.

So, they lie about what he said, then say that it was racist.

But how can that be?

If they take saying that Haiti, Nicaragua, and various African countries are shitholes as racist, then THEY are asserting that those countries are shitholes because the race of the people in them.

THAT is racist.

But the whole reason we have so many people trying to get here from those shithole counties is because they are shitholes. That’s why we have a problem of illegal immigration from those countries in the first place.

We had waves of immigrants from Europe when the National Socialists made that a shithole. We had waves of immigrants from the Warsaw Pact countries when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics made them shithole countries. We have had a wave of immigrants from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Are you seeing a pattern here? It’s not race that makes a country a shithole. It’s SOCIALISM.

In 1986, Reagan signed his biggest mistake, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The deal was that, in exchange for amnesty for illegal immigrants (as an ex post facto law, it was unconstitutional, but there was no-one who would challenge it in court) there would be tougher border security and greater enforcement. Naturally, the demonrat congresscritters would never vote for the money for such border security or immigration enforcement. So they got what they wanted, and the problem increased with the prospect of future amnesty programs.

Now here we are facing yet another amnesty. (Being another ex post facto law, it would still be unconstitutional, but Congress has never been concerned with the constitutionality of the laws it passes, and the courts would just claim that no-one has “standing” to challenge it.) The proposed “deal” is that people who are here illegally, and who were brought here as children, would get amnesty and be allowed to stay. In exchange, there would be funding for a wall on our border with Mexico.

There is simply no reason to trust the demonrats to keep their side of the bargain. And, frankly, there is no reason to trust the repubicans to hold to it, either. They will grant these illegal immigrants amnesty, and allow them to sponsor the parents who brought them here illegally. And the wall will never be built.

The only way this deal should go through is if amnesty only happens after it is impossible to travel by land from Mexico to the United States without going through a checkpoint.

President Trump has followed the will of Congress and fulfilled a campaign promise (not just his own, but that of President 0bama) by recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

The whining leftist nay-sayers, including those in Congress who voted both for the law President Trump is following and for the Senate Resolution of July 2017, say that the status of Jerusalem should be decided by a treaty between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The question arises, “How’s that been working for you?” The so-called “Palestinians” (Levant Arabs) rejected a two-state solution, and refuse to negotiate. The president is spot-on here. The Levant Arabs like the status quo, and are not going to come to the peace table to lose it. So they must be forced to the table by making them lose again and again and again until they having nothing left to bargain with and have to beg instead of bargain. Build settlements in the West Bank. Won’t come to the table now? Then it will cost you even more to get the West Bank back from the Jews who are going to live there. Declare Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Won’t come to the table? Then it will cost you more to get us to move our embassy again.

President Trump, keep making the Levant Arabs lose.

The Trump/Russia collusion story is starting to turn into a constitutional crisis. Not because President Trump colluded with the Russians. He didn’t. Not because NOT-President Clinton paid Russians for a dossier so fake it wouldn’t even get published in Penthouse Letters. No, the constitutional crisis comes from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s witch hunt.

There is a real problem when unaccountable and infinitely funded government agents are assigned to investigate people looking for crimes they may have committed, rather than to investigate crimes looking for the people who may have committed them.

Such witch hunts serve to discourage those who work for Trump, and any who would work for any Republican presidential candidate in the future. The only crimes we see in the Russia collusion investigation are the fake dossier, which was apparently paid for by the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the FBI that refused to indict Clinton when it should have, and the use of that fake dossier to get wiretaps on Trump’s campaign staff. Those crimes need to be investigated. If we don’t get to the bottom of it, and put the people responsible in prison, we can kiss the Republic goodbye.

The premise is that more diversity in a particular occupation, the better. “Strength in Diversity” is the mantra.

Now, no-one’s fighting for more women in the fields of plumber, HVAC, or construction. Where they want more “inclusion” is in medicine, law, and “STEM” — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. So the question arises, WHY?

If we use the mantra “Strength in Diversity,” applied to such fields, the only way women could add anything is if they think differently than the men already in the field. This brings up the logical inconsistency. If men and women have, in general, similar thought patterns, then bringing more women into the field will not change things much, and if men and women do not have similar thought patterns, then the notion of sex parity in these fields goes out the window.

Some studies do suggest that men and women do, generally speaking, think differently. Obviously, there are outliers in both groups. In the technology fields, most of the women think more like their co-workers than like typical women, and often have more male friends than female.

While there may be some benefit to ensuring that young girls do not exclude themselves from STEM fields because “girls don’t do computers,” I do not think that that attitude is really prevalent anymore. Girls know that they can study Computer Science, or Math, or Engineering, but just aren’t that interested. Pushing them into fields in which they have no interest will not be doing them any favors either.