The Rabid Independent, Nonpartisan solutions, independent policy ideas

Our political dysfunction is on display (again) as President Obama considers an executive order that would change our immigration policy, or at least the status of many illegal immigrants – perhaps only temporarily. It seems that the Democratic party’s idea of reform can be summed up in one word – amnesty. The only question left is how much. It’s kind of like a Black Friday give-away, guaranteed to earn future (Hispanic) votes.

The Repubs are completely against amnesty and want to keep the country lily white while winking at all the corporations that load up on illegal workers at $5.00/hr. The result is no policy at all and the enmity of the Hispanic population.

Problem: How to counter Obama’s plan/decree?

Answer: Denounce him as a tyrant and hope that no one notices that you have no plan of your own.

As Menken pointed out – there is no simple solution to this problem so it’s hard to come out of this issue with everyone agreeing that your plan is great. Short answers and sound bites make it even worse so one can already feel congress running away from the whole thing. It’s easier to scream “Tyrant!”

My solution includes something that some people feel very uncomfortable about – a national identity card. It must be used for every job application and be connected to a legitimate SS#. It will be legal for a policeman to ask for it during an arrest. Yes it will remind us of WWII movies where the SS keeps asking everyone for their “papers” but we have porous borders and a declining lower class so we have to accept a little discomfort.  Then, we can discuss amnesty, border walls, temporary work visas (to be noted on your ID card) and green cards for physicists.

Democracy Test:

On a separate note – it appears that voter opinion as registered through government web sites is in favor of net neutrality by 99:1 … but a lot of congressman have taken ISP money to allow them to change/destroy net neutrality. What to do? This is a democracy test and Ted Cruz (for example) is either too stupid or too corrupt to pass. Yes he went to Harvard but apparently he doesn’t use the internet. This is a perfect example of where regulation is logical and appropriate, just like the EPA or the SEC. Small brained libertarians have historically been unable to differentiate between the FDA and (say) excessive IRS auditing, so I don’t expect them to get this.

I do however expect them to understand the concept of representative democracy.


Obama is in Beijing and the headlines are making me sick. Business Insider (.com) posts:

China And The US Made A Major Breakthrough On A Technology Free Trade Deal

After all this time and all the self evident clues that have shown us what trade with China does to our economy – the one […]

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Does it matter who wins?

On November 5, 2014 By

This Tuesday we will officially pass over a line where politics in the US will become utterly irrelevant to our daily lives. Power in the Senate will switch to the Republicans but after they win they will do nothing with their new majority. They ran on a platform of “boy, doesn’t Obama suck?” and that seemed […]

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Kenny G is a saxophone player who had a few mini-hits in the 1980’s that some people still remember. He has, ever since, spent his time playing those (elevator) songs over and over again to survive. So this week he went to Hong Kong to show support for the protesters. He tweeted a picture of himself in front […]

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OK – It’s true, actual trade wars aren’t allowed anymore because everyone has bought into the idea that tariffs and import quotas are bad for everyone. Even if your economy is getting destroyed by the global parasite you’re still supposed to sit still and accept your punishment – as though it’s good for you. “It will force […]

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Tiananmen Square Redux

On September 30, 2014 By

The Hong Kong government structure is being altered to match the mainland Chinese model. This doesn’t strike me as a great surprise. Did the residents believe that the communists would allow the British common law system to prevail? They celebrated their freedom from Britain in 1997 but didn’t seem to look ahead very far.

So now […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio went to the climate rally last week and got hammered for being a  hypocrite. Most people, when asked, favor a Buy American philosophy and a Do No Harm to the environment approach. We also eat meat and put Don’t Be Cruel To Animals stickers on our bumpers. When we get to or […]

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Last week Alibaba issued its first listed stock on the NYSE and investors went wild. The P/E came out at 40X earnings and the stock rallied 30% on the first day of trading. Do the buyers know that they actually own equity in a Cayman Islands shell company? The government of China makes it illegal for foreigners […]

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The Middle East is a multi-headed monster. There are so many kinds of bad guys that it fits in with no western paradigm. We just aren’t capable of getting it. Every time a politician asserts with confidence that (s)he has a plan or (s)he knows what any specific group wants, we should tune out – especially if […]

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Every so often we see something so extreme, so far beyond normal that it shakes up our understanding of a subject. The question becomes: What are policymakers thinking?


Many years ago Saudi Arabia began funding religious education in destitute Muslim countries (Madrassas) so as to breed a generation of Sunni fanatics who would attack Shiites and work […]

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


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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