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Quote of the Day 08/29/15

If there is one thing that seems to be overlooked about legal and illegal immigration reform is the American Citizens right to vote is being diluted by immigrants who will be given the right to vote immediately. Our forefathers paid for that right through blood sweat and tears. The right to vote must be earned by showing they are Americans first and fore most – The Bear

Dear Corporate America by Daniel Greenfield

Dear Corporate America,

I haven’t written to you in a while. At least not since my television broke down, my toaster developed a taste for human flesh and my phone company ran away with my phone number to Mexico.

Rachel Maddow says we’re both on the right and are really close together. But then again Rachel Maddow also says the Republican Party drinks the blood of small children. So she can be a little factually challenged on occasion.

Still I’m on the right and you’re occasionally sort of, but not really, on the right. I support lower taxes. So do you. At least for yourself. I support deregulation. You only support deregulation when it suits your narrow interests, but not when it lets smaller businesses and freelancers compete against you.

What you seem to want is a country with low taxes, your preferred forms of deregulation and the population of Mexico.

These things are not compatible. Mexico is currently governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party; a member of the Socialist International. It has a multi-generational teachers’ union whose members pass on their jobs to their children and whose riots have to be put down by armed force.

When it comes to ease of doing business, the United States is ranked 4th, Mexico is ranked 48th, coming in ahead of Kazakhstan. A Comparmex report showed that companies spend 10% of their revenue on bribes.

Is this what you really want for America?

Your lobbies and associations keep pushing for amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens even while your companies keep fleeing California.

If you don’t like doing business in California, which is turning into the American version of Mexico, why do you want to turn the rest of America into California?

You keep talking about how we need “immigration reform” to be more globally competitive. Are there superpower rivals desperately trying to import 12 million people whose great dream is to put their entire families on social welfare? Are there Chinese recruiting agents showing up at the border to urge the DREAMERS clambering over the fence to try Shanghai instead?

I understand why you would rather pay a Pakistani or Chinese programmer on an H-1B visa half of what you would pay a talented American programmer. And that’s your choice. And paying fifty bucks for the full version of that programmer’s work, instead of ten times as much on your licensed edition based on a program once created by American programmers but reassembled into an update by H-1B employees until it has more bugs than features, is mine.

That’s how the free market works.

But while those H1-B employees will forward all your confidential information back to Chinese intelligence and occasionally set off bombs while shouting Allah Akbar, they don’t threaten your ability to do business.

Sure one of your execs might be flying on the plane that goes down in a burst of exploding underwear and next month a bunch of programs that look suspiciously like yours will come flying out of Zhong Guan Cun undercutting your international market share. And the next time you’re negotiating with a Chinese company, they’ll just happen to have access to all of your corporation’s emails.

But you can live with that. Can you really live with full amnesty and the consequences of destroying the Republican Party as little more than a protest vote in a Socialist International America?

You spent the last election whining about how hard it is to do business in America under the Democratic Party. You hate ObamaCare, despite promoting it, and then you do everything in your power to make Democratic Party rule permanent through amnesty.

I’m not a psychiatrist and it would be hard for me to get all of Corporate America onto a couch for a session, but it seems to me that you’re suffering from a severe bout of schizophrenia.

You want workers who will take low pay without complaining about working conditions. And you can get that with illegal aliens who don’t speak the language and don’t know their rights, until they hook up with community organizations backed by the entire Democratic Party and then you’re up to your neck in lawsuits and minimum wage bills.

At which point you’ll threaten to move to Mexico or China… to escape a problem that you caused.

Maybe I’m misjudging you, but I don’t think you really want an open economy where deregulation cuts out the government bureaucracy and makes it possible for both workers and corporations to do business on better terms.

I think that Mexico is exactly what you want. Sometimes in business you have to take yes for an answer. And I think that in this case yes is the answer.

You want a closed system where there is no competition and cronyism is the only way things get done, where the corporate taxes are a bit lower, but the difference is more than made up by bribes, a society sharply divided between the vast armies of the unprotesting poor who are resigned to their fate and a small wealthy elite that enjoys its superiority in ways that it can’t on this side of the border.

You don’t really want to build things. You want to keep other people from building them while you enjoy a monopoly on the things that someone innovative built twenty years ago before he was forced to leave the country.

Paul Ryan is your boy and few other politicians represent the complete disconnect between the economic and immigration policies of your kind better than him. Ryan wants to cut social benefits and legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. He wants to cut money for the “takers” and add million more takers to the voting rolls to ensure that any legislative changes he makes will vanish in a wink.

So what does Paul Ryan really want? Does he want to cut spending more or does he want amnesty more? He’s willing to sacrifice his budgets for amnesty, but not amnesty for his budgets.

Ryan may spout nonsense about how this generation of “family-oriented” illegal aliens will start lots of business and keep social security afloat, and how they, in a complete reversal of history, will be all for cutting social spending and voting Republican. But I doubt that he or McCain or anyone else is stupid enough to believe that nonsense.

Given a choice between America, the Republican Party and Amnesty, they’re willing to sacrifice America and the Republican Party, not to mention Conservatism, on the altar of Amnesty.

The real question is why. Not why Ryan is choosing such a course, but why his backers who claim to want legislative reforms and economic freedom are pursuing an aggressive and well-funded course that will ensure that America will never have any more economic freedom than can be bought by a bribe or a family connection? Why are the people who claim to be concerned about our debt and our unsustainable spending determined to take both up to eleven?

Maybe we’re all part of the problem. Maybe as a society we’re no longer capable of producing leaders capable of thinking in terms of long term consequences. We want what we want and we want it now.

Corporate America has decided that it needs cheap labor now and the tens of millions of unemployed and unskilled Americans don’t do. In the long run, amnesty will make America all but impossible to do business in for any company that doesn’t have General Electric, Duke Energy or Tesla in its name. But in the long run, the sun may go nova. That’s how people like that think.

Maybe it’s as simple as pumping and dumping America, cashing in on a few years of cheap labor and then heading somewhere else and profiting from selling the last remnants of the collapsing economy to Qatar or Saudi Arabia. It appears to be happening in Europe. Why not America?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for capitalism in the same way that I’m for democracy. As Churchill said, it’s the worst possible system except for all the alternatives.

Capitalism, like Democracy or Wikipedia, isn’t innately good, it’s just better because it’s decentralized and that allows people to pursue their own dreams, agendas and anything else they like. The sum total of this crowdsourced wonderland is sometimes good, sometimes bad, often in-between, but on average better than any tyranny of politics, economics or articles on breeds of armadillo would be.

Democracy gave us Barack Obama. Capitalism gave us GE. Wikipedia lists a blue armadillo that doesn’t exist in nature. All these flaws remind us that crowdsourcing is imperfect. It doesn’t give us good results. It gives us better results.

But dear Corporate America, despite what Rachel Maddow says, I kind of like you. You make decent toasters. Or at least you design decent toasters that China makes. And if you ever decided to dump the Green energy labels, the abstract art and the million dollar donations to gay rights groups and turn into the monstrous cryptofascist conspiracy that liberals claim you are, we might get somewhere.

But we both know that’s not going to happen.

You’re not conservative. You’re certainly not right-wing. There are exceptions, but they’re not the rule. Like most of our elites, you’re liberal. At best you’re occasionally libertarian, but in a limited way. You’re all for opening up the borders, but you’re all for requiring businesses to get permits if they’re in a competing line of work. And you feel guilty, about ice caps, black kids in the inner city and all the other stuff that comes in your mail.

But don’t feel too bad, Corporate America. You’re not uniquely awful. You’re just part of a society whose best and brightest have lost their way and whose proud and prosperous have spent too much time listening to them.

In a decaying society, you have learned to grab what you can without believing that the society and the nation are worth protecting as more than sources of loot. In your comfort zone, the transnational idea has come to seem plausible and the world and its many nations seem infinitely redundant to you. If America doesn’t work out, try China or Mexico or Qatar or Singapore.

That comfort zone in which you can thrive on transnational fantasies while still vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard is brought to you by a Pax Americana. The peace of the American mercantile empire that your forebears put into place with sailing ships and armed men enables you to sell and buy across the globe, to jump in a jet plane and pop from airport to airport and from luxury hotel to luxury hotel.

All this is not the fulfillment of some Tom Friedmanesque fantasy about the inevitablity of globalism and the flattening of the world. It’s not a new era of history. It’s the last days of a peaceful empire that made your wealth and power possible. And that you are destroying the same way that the Romans destroyed theirs.

Yes, for a time you will have your estates in Gaul and compliant barbarians who will clean your floors and look after your kids at cut rate prices. The wine will be plentiful and the circuses shocking. And one day you will wake up and discover that your grandchildren have become barbarians, that the civilization you knew is gone and the virtues that made your way of life possible are gone with it.

I won’t preach to you about sacrifice.I’ll leave that to Elizabeth Warren and her ilk who will bleed you for every cent you have unless you pay her off first. I will tell you that actions have consequences and not just of the class action lawsuit kind. Power is not the same thing as control. That’s not only a lesson that Obama must learn. It’s a lesson that you must learn as well.

To build a thing, you must know what it is you are building, you must test the structure, practice with the tools and make it real. Destroying a thing is easier. All you have to do is tear down what works and replace it with a slipshod structure made out of poor materials and tools you don’t know how to use as cheaply as possible.

That’s what your amnesty push will do to America. And when it’s done, when America is California and California is Mexico and organized crime is indistinguishable from government and the only way to do business is with a handful of bribes, then you really will have built that.

On that day, there will be no Tea Party to save you and no Republican Party left to defend you.

You will flee to Singapore or China or Africa, only to realize that you are no longer a wealthy American, but the citizen of a fallen empire without protection in a world where the old rules made by the Pax Americana no longer apply. When the last bribes have been squeezed out of you and your company has been taken over and looted by the son of some government official, perhaps you will finally come to know the worth of the civilization you so foolishly destroyed.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure my DVD player no longer works.

best

Daniel

Source: Sultan Knish

Return to Makin Island

A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us.

Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on,their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job. As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing “The Marine Hymn”……….gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed.Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WW2!

The Prime Importance of Private Property Rights By Abigail Hall

Imagine for a moment you decide to rent out a room in your home to another person. There are two parties in the contract—the landlord (you) and the tenant. You both agree to the lease and sign the contract.

Things are going fine, but then, your tenant stops paying their rent.

The solution to this situation is relatively straightforward. You serve the tenant notice that they will be evicted if they do not pay. As the landlord, you will incur the costs of evicting them, but are likely compensated for the forgone rent by your tenant’s security deposit. You have the option to sue your former tenant if you incurred greater losses.

In many places, however, this process isn’t so easy. Imagine that, instead of evicting your delinquent tenant, you must instead keep providing them living space because it is against the law to “make someone homeless.” Eviction requires producing countless documentation, multiple court appearances, and spending ample amounts of additional time and money to remove the problem tenant. In some cases, the process takes years.

Although the illustration above may seem exaggerated, it is the reality in many places. Venezuela, for example, maintains a law similar to the one described above. A landlord cannot evict a tenant if the tenant does not have other arranged housing. The issue has become a serious problem. In 2014, multiple outlets reported some 3,000 squatters were living in a 45-story building in the capital city of Caracas.

This issue of eviction is illustrative of the broader importance of private property rights. Issues of tenants’ rights are often the subject of news. Everyone has heard stories of the “terrible landlord,” the tenet who was wrongfully evicted, the security deposit that was never returned. Perhaps this is why there are frequent proposals in the U.S. and elsewhere to make it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants, limit the prices they charge, and so on. Certainly, tenants’ rights are important. Renters do, after all, pay for their right to live in another person’s property.

It’s this point that many often forget, and it’s important. Private property means that an individual has exclusive rights to use a particular asset. He doesn’t have to worry about someone else using his assets without his permission. As a result, the owner internalizes whatever action he takes with regard to his property. If he takes good care of his house and makes improvements, for example, he benefits when it comes time to sell. If, by contrast, he allows the home to fall into disrepair, he will face the negative consequences of his actions in the form of a lower selling price.

This dynamic benefits not only the individual, but society as a whole. Private property rights provide incentives for individuals to take care of their property and to consider both the present and future value of their assets. In the context of housing, these rights induce owners to care for their property and increase its future value.

Violating private property rights can sometimes sound like a noble idea. After all, most people do not like the idea of people living on the street, or spending most of their monthly income on housing. But the broader implications of denying or limiting private property rights are disastrous. Without private property rights, the above incentives to care for and enhance the value of property are weak or all together absent. If a landlord knows he cannot reap the full benefits from his property, what incentives does he have to make repairs to his property? If individuals know landlords cannot evict problem tenants, they are much less likely to rent their property. This is exactly what has occurred in Venezuela, where a housing shortage has resulted in not only the confiscation of homes, but also the use of metal from old automobiles in a desperate attempt to erect more housing.

Though not as extreme as the Venezuelan case, attempts to undermine private property in the U.S. occur regularly. Rent controls are a prime example. As recently as this spring, groups in San Francisco urged the city to further restrict apartment prices. The use of eminent domain laws that allow the government to take individual assets is another illustration. It is important to remember that even though such policies may sound appealing, they have serious consequences. For those of us concerned about the wealth and well-being of all individuals, protecting and strengthening private property rights is of the utmost importance.

Source: Independent Institute