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Well, Калифорния looks to make itself a “sanctuary state.” At the same time, Congress is trying to figure our what to do with the illegal immigrants who were brought here with their parents.

So the answer is obvious. To avoid deportation from the United States, an illegal immigrant must move to Калифорния before July 1st, 2018. Any illegal immigrant caught outside of Калифорния will, upon first offense, be deported to Калифорния. Upon being caught a second time, he will be deported to the country from which he came.

If Калифорния wants the illegal immigrants, Калифорния can have them.

Where is the compassion for those trying to immigrate legally? The flood of illegal immigrants into this country completely precludes the discussion of making legal immigration easier. Where is the compassion for those who do manage to come here legally, and are thus subject to our employment laws, who are illegally underbid by illegal immigrants? Where is the compassion for the citizen or legal immigrant who loses his job to an illegal immigrant who abide by our employment laws, working for less than Minimum Wage or not requiring that his FICA taxes and unemployment insurance be paid? Where is the compassion for the guy who did not get into college because an illegal immigrant got accepted instead?

One illegal immigrant asked, “Whose job am I taking?”

That’s just it. We see the illegal immigrant who took the job, and the one who took that place on the college matriculation roll. We do not see the unknown person who did not get accepted to college because the illegal immigrant did. We do not see the unknown person who did not get the job because the illegal immigrant did.

By executive order, the Governor of the Virgin Islands of the United States, Kenneth Mapp (R?!) has ordered the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands to “seize arms, ammunition, explosives, [and] incendiary material.”

The full list is “arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material, and any other property that may be required by the military forces….”

Notice that the “arms, ammunition, explosives, [and] incendiary material” part is not even subject to the “that may be required by the military forces” clause.

This is a blatant violation of the Second and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. These are U.S. citizens.

All rhetoric about “rescinding” DACA is just that — RHETORIC.

Trump has NOT rescinded the unconstitutional DACA program, but simply said that he will NOT rescind it for at least six months. If Congress does not put DACA into law in that time, count on Trump to extend it again and again.

It’s a bit old, but a relative linked to it on Facebook, and I thought I would look into it. It is the “Wages Haven’t Kept Up With Productivity” mantra:

productivity-versus-wages

“Something happened in the mid-70′s”

Well, I went to BLS.GOV, and plotted Series PRS85006093 (Nonfarm Business, Labor productivity (output per hour)) and Series PRS85006103 (Nonfarm Business, Hourly Compensation). Guess what? The results don’t match!

In fact, adjusting the index to 100 in 1970, the productivity index was 231.7 in 2016, and the hourly compensation index was a whopping 887.2! Relative to their productivity, people were earning almost FOUR TIMES what they should have in 2016.

productivity-versus-unadjusted-wages
(This is a semi-log scale, which is more appropriate for the data.)

So how could this be? What could account for this discrepancy?

Well, I did more digging, and found Series PRS85006153 (Nonfarm Business, Real hourly compensation). This index is inflation-adjusted, while the others are not. This is the data series they were using in their comparison. They were comparing inflation-adjusted wages with non-inflation-adjusted productivity.

So, what happened in the mid-70′s? INFLATION.

It is said that racism is learned. (Of course, others say Whites are born racist.) If something is learned, then it must be taught, either directly or by personal experience.

Direct teaching occurs when one person teaches another, as in a parent-child relationship or a teacher-student relationship. We could expect racist parents to produce racist children.

Personal experience is altogether different. If one watches the news, and sees that people of one race are over-represented in positions of authority, and that people of another race are over-represented in prison, one might, consciously or unconsciously, develop a racist mindset. If one is in school, and sees one race outperform the others, while another under-performs the others, one might develop a racist mindset.

But what is a “racist mindset”? Is it racist to note that Blacks commit crime at much higher rates than other races? Is it racist to note the under-performance of Blacks in school? Is it racist to note that Blacks are disproportionately likely to be on the dole? Is it racist to note that Blacks are more likely to have children out of wedlock? Is it racist to note that “the black–white disparity in debt is greatest at the highest levels of parents’ net worth”? [^]

No, these are facts. Facts are not racist. The problem comes in using facts about groups to pre-judge individuals in those groups. And that happens. Two identical resumes, one from DeMayne Johnson and the other from Alexander Weinstein, will not be treated the same. Neither will two such mortgage applications.

Affirmative Action just exacerbates the problem. If lesser-qualified Blacks are as likely as more-qualified Whites to be admitted to a particular college, and if that college gives extra help to the Black student to get him through, then equivalent resumes do not really reflect equivalent ability and achievement. If companies promote lesser-qualified Blacks over more qualified White to meet racial quotas, then equivalent resumes do not reflect equivalent ability and achievement.

Affirmative Action in mortgage lending doesn’t help either. Lenders are not in the business of losing money, so are more likely to give sub-prime mortgages to those people who are more likely to default. Research in the industry indicates that “Black households have higher marginal default rates, controlling for differences in borrower and property characteristics.” In this case, as in others, “White Privilege” is the result of White behavior, taken in the aggregate. When controlling for other factors, Whites are less likely to default, so Whites get the privilege of better loan terms.

Is charging Blacks more for loans racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? Lenders make a lot of loans, and the aggregate actions of the borrowers affect the lenders’ returns. If you make it illegal to charge Blacks more, then lenders will find ways to make fewer loans to Blacks.

Black men, even when adjusting for income and other factors, have higher mortality rates than do White men. Should they pay more for life insurance? Of course! It is racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? If charging different rates for life insurance is illegal, then insurers will find ways to write fewer policies for Blacks. (Similarly, women between the ages of twenty and fifty cost health insurers more, and cost car insurers less. The prices of health insurance and car insurance should reflect those facts. Is that sexist? You betcha!)

Now, having higher mortality, do Blacks get more Social Security? No! Is that racist? Do Blacks get better returns on annuities? No! Is that racist?

Racism is, unfortunately, a reality. There are racial gaps in educational attainment, crime rates, life-spans, and loan default rates. The problem is not really racism, but prejudice. PRE-judging people based on race (or sex) is wrong.

Idiots waving Nazi flags probably have no idea that the same prog policies they oppose were policies of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago. Those calling the Nazi-flag-wavers fascists probably have no idea that many of the policies of the Democrat Party are those of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago.

Both are ignorant of history.

Some people blame the police for the violence, because the police did not separate two groups of fascists. Balderdash. People are responsible for their own actions, whether the police are there or not. The police cannot be blamed for not closing roads. The counter-protesters did not have a permit to be on those roads, or they would have been closed. The driver is responsible for driving his car into the crowd, and the crowd is responsible for their illegally blocking the road. All should face charges accordingly.