The Rabid Independent, Nonpartisan solutions, independent policy ideas

History is replete with periods of economic weakness where workers stood against immigration because jobs were so hard to find. You may say that you know that all those unemployed people were really just racists looking for any excuse to keep out “the others”. If you do then you need a lot of evidence. It is true that if I have a good economic reason to want to keep people out then it’s easy to demonize nonwhite immigrants. It serves a purpose. In fact their desire to come here and take your job may make you into a racist but it all began with economic insecurity.

I have no evidence to support the assertion that Donald Trump is a fascist or a racist. He is against immigration just like his constituents and immigrants tend not to come from England. There is no hate speech about Jews, African Americans or Chinese people. There is no assertion that the real America is just made up of people from Western Europe. That’s what a fascist would be saying.

If Hillary looks to attack him by conflating an anti-immigration stance driven by anemic wages, with fascism – she will fail. David Duke may like Trump but the people that have nominated him are not a bunch of David Dukes. America is not that evil.

The 100th Anniversary of Sykes Picot!

Yes it’s 100 years since those two guys helped draw country borders in the Middle East – with the help of Churchill and T.E. Lawrence. Every challenged historian wants to denounce them as fools who didn’t understand the region. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have all these problems … really? Let’s say you wanted to draw those lines today – where would you put them? Is Syria one or two countries? Is Iraq a country at all? Do the Kurds get their own borders? If anything we should be able to look back at their herculean task with a little humility and give them credit for trying. No matter where they drew those lines, even if they did it today, we could easily say they were wrong.

Bernie Sanders is becoming toxic, and you’re surprised??

Bernie refuses to stop campaigning even though he has no chance to win. Every day is a new attack by this fellow Dem. against the presumptive nominee. Oh, sorry – he’s not a Democrat. He was always a malcontent independent, socialist, obsessively repeating his talking points. He doesn’t know how to stop and he doesn’t care about the team. He deliberately chose not to be on the team.

If you like his message then I have good news – it will be repeated ad nauseam throughout the election cycle and well after. The Clintons pulled the party to the center and abandoned the working class. That left a huge hole to be filled. The party’s base has been craving such a leader for almost twenty years. Now that they found him they should recognize their own party has utterly failed to provide such an instrument of change.

The lesson of this election cycle is that the two party system we backed into, is desperately lacking.

 

 

 

The New York Times came out recently with an essay supporting the role of government to pay people money if they get displaced by offshoring. The idea is catching on. This sounds compassionate but it’s like the guy spreading the plague offering you a band aid for your bleeding boils. The government’s trade policy has […]

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The H1-B Demand Scam

On April 8, 2016 By

The Wall Street Journal has another article describing the huge demand for skilled workers coming primarily from the technology sector. (Go Here). The shortage is so severe that the government is instituting a special lottery to help out all those poor companies that just can’t get any work done.

If the cost of an imported […]

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Many years ago I had a good friend (Bob) who was a high end real estate salesman in Connecticut. He didn’t have a fancy education and never got the respect of local investment bankers or doctors but he didn’t care. It brought in good money with relatively little stress and left him lots of free time for […]

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It’s much easier for Hollywood to play to existing tastes and beliefs than to create new ones. It’s hard to be a trend setter. Donald Trump knows this as well as anyone. He is not a leader, he just morphs into the crowd that has been prepped by Rush and Glen. Someone was bound to go […]

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We all know the saying: “If you’re young and conservative you have no heart; If you’re old and liberal you have no money.” Millennials are not doing some of the things that previous generations of young people used to do – they (virtually) don’t get married, they don’t buy houses, apartments, or cars and they […]

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The Apple Window is Closing

On January 20, 2016 By

I’ve described the Apple Computer method of generating extraordinary profits:

Make everything in the third world. Sell everything you can in the first world. Depend on other entities to pay those buyers first world wages. Pay your own first world workers as little as possible, regardless of profitability.

This has worked like a dream and […]

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So we hear that our giant blood inflated parasite has a cold or it may be worse – a disease based on corruption. Will any of this reduce its need to suck our (economic) blood – hardly. If anything it makes China scared so it devalues its currency, thereby opening up the vein a little more.

If […]

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A Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia called for the elections in Saudi Arabia back in 2006 so the Saudi monarchy has been after him for some time. Wikipedia describes him this way:

He was popular among youth[1][6] and critical of the Saudi Arabian government,[1] calling for free Continue reading

The Paris climate talks ended with no agreement of any kind – none. The “deal” is to allow every country to set its own happy level of CO2 emissions. Isn’t that friendly? Go ahead China, India, America – knock yourself out. Pollute away. There are voluntary guidelines and NO penalties.

This is of course no different […]

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Irritations

Here’s my list of things that bug me. Some are big and some are petty. Feel free to offer new additions.

Irritations

Mottos, Creeds, Rules

As we search for legitimate solutions to America’s problems everyone must obey these rules or we’ll never get anything done.

Mottos, Creeds and Rules

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