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Immigration Enforcement on the Job Site…Works

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Immigration Enforcement on the Job Site Works
It looks like the Democrat canard, “Americans just won’t do those jobs,” has been put to rest—and it didn’t take long at all. As I predicted, rounding up illegals working in American facilities and sending them home would likely have a positive effect on the prospects of some American workers. From yesterday’s WAPT Channel 16 ABC News

FOREST, Miss. —
A Mississippi food plant that was part of one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history held a job fair Monday.

Looks like Koch Foods is trying quickly make up for that sudden worker shortage. As I predicted, this would cause the hiring of more Americans and likely have an impact on wages.

From USA Today

Kamerio Whitley, a resident of the nearby town of Morton, spoke to reporters after he left the building. He said there were several positions available at the plant, including forklift operators. Whitley said he applied for a job working at the plant’s rehang table, where workers hang frozen chickens. The job starts at $12 an hour, which is decent pay for the area, Whitley said. “That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up,” he said.

“Decent pay for the area…That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up.” Indeed. My bet is that it will indeed go up. If President Trump continues these type of operations that protect American workers by rounding up illegal aliens and sending them home, then there will be somewhat of a labor shortage. That will cause a number of things to happen:

—Increases in starting wages to get Americans off the bench and back into the workforce.

—This might cause some modest price increases, which in turn will…

—Cause some investment in technology to support those higher wages.

—Workers re-entering the workforce will take some pressure off of the “safety net,” translating into Federal & State budget savings (which will, of course, be promptly spent by both sides to purchase more votes).

By attacking multiple issues simultaneously, President Trump has had the effect of throwing three strikes in a row in bowling, where he gets more “points” for each policy he executes than he would if these policies weren’t all mutually supportive. And just think, it all started with some modest regulatory and tax reform.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

Follow him on Twitter: @MikeFor10394583

You can find his other Red State work here.

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Monopoly: ’One Size Fits All’ – Fits Hardly Anyone At All

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I’m 6’5” – and a bit of a weight gym rat.

“One Size Fits All” – just about never, ever fits me.

In fact, “One Size Fits All”…is a monopoly – and thus fits hardly anyone at all.

One-size-fits-none monopolies – are always a bad idea.

Government monopolies are particularly awful.

To wit: Government-medicine Medicare.  How’s that going?

Medicare Faces Unfunded Liability of $38.6 Trillion

10 Reasons Why Your Doctor Won’t See Medicare Patients:

“#1: Medicare does not pay enough to cover the expenses associated with the services provided.

“#2: Filing Medicare insurance is more complex than any other insurance.

“#4: Medicare patient care often involves taking more time to deal with the same issues.

“#8: Regional Medicare carriers (MACs) create their own local rules for Medicare patients in specific states.

“#9: Medicare requires physicians to adhere to a number of specific program requirements or lose…(part) of their payment.”

What Is Cost Shifting?:

“‘Cost shifting’ is a term used in the world of health-care payments, insurance and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements….

“Cost shifting occurs when a hospital or other health-care provider charges an insured patient more than it does an uninsured patient for the same procedure or service. Those with health insurance, in effect, pay for the financial loss hospitals incur when they provide services to those without insurance.”

Monopoly Medicare is a titanic disaster – on the verge of sinking the nation.  How do we accelerate the submersion?  I know – let’s add EVERYONE to Medicare.  #MedicareForAll

Private sector monopolies aren’t any better.

You certainly see it with the Big Tech companies.  The likes of Google and Facebook are each near-trillion dollar monopoly mega-monsters.  Who with impunity illegally squash any prospective competitors and censor ideological opponents, mass-heist Intellectual Property (IP) – and violate a whole host of other laws.

What to do?

Government monopolies shouldn’t exist – because per the Constitution the government should be doing hardly anything at all.

Private sector monopolies – can be a real problem.  Government shouldn’t allow businesses to reach monopoly status.  And when they do – government must address them.

Please note: My joint is called “Less Government” – not “ No Government.”  There are certain things government is supposed to do.

And when government is as titanically huge as ours are – you quite often need a little more government here…to get a whole lot less government there.

To wit: A little more government at our borders – gets us a whole lot less government inside our borders.

To wit: The arcane world of music licensing.

While this corner of the private sector is a duopoly rather than a monopoly – the same one-sided domination can occur:

“Behold ASCAP and BMI – who together control the performing rights to approximately 90% of all songs….

“ASCAP and BMI have 90% market share not because they’re excellent at what they do.  They have it because they are a cartel – created by the music publishers.

“Music publishers – should be free market rivals.  And they are – except in music licensing.

In music licensing, publishers combined their market share into these two institutions – ASCAP and BMI.  What this was – was the creation of a cartel.  What this is – is actual, in-practice, Russian-free collusion.”

How do we know music monopoly-esque abuses can occur?  Because for decades – they did occur.

The first four decades of the 20th Century are rife with very many musicians – making almost no money at all.  Because the record labels pocketed just about all of it – thanks to their duopoly music licensing scam.

Blues musicians were really, royally screwed.  Later artists like Eric Clapton would seek out impoverished old blues legends – and pay them directly for covering their songs.

Then we got a little bit of very necessary government:

“(In) 1941 – when the Department of Justice (DoJ) stepped in. And introduced the consent decrees:

“‘ASCAP and BMI are governed by ‘consent decrees’ originally issued by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) as a means to curb the anticompetitive tendencies of the publishing sector….

“‘Back in 1941, there was only one legally recognized copyright in music – the musical composition – and the balance of power in the industry was heavily tilted to the music publishers and ASCAP.

“‘At the time, ASCAP acted as a kind of gatekeeper to the world’s most valuable musical repertoires, to the extent that the DOJ took action that same year to balance the scales. The result of this intervention are consent decrees that, to this day, govern how radio, whether AM/FM or digital, licenses compositions….

“‘Intended to promote competition in the marketplace for musical works, the consent decrees encourage ASCAP and BMI to compete with one another to attract licensees and recruit new songwriter/publisher members.’”

The consent decrees – have worked.

Eric Clapton could become Eric Clapton – because of the consent decrees.

Taylor Swift could become Taylor Swift – because of the consent decrees.  (But please don’t hold her against them.)

Because the decrees have worked, Big Music periodically lobbies the Department of Justice (DoJ) to end them – or, barring that, dramatically limit them.

We have currently arrived at one of those times.

Which is why a bunch of free market organizations (including our Less Government) – have signed a letter opposing Big Music’s efforts:

“The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees…remain extremely relevant to a functioning marketplace. Millions of businesses across the country rely on the efficiencies and anticompetitive protections that these decrees provide….

“(ASCAP and BMI’s) sort of market power, collusion, and price fixing is antithetical to a traditional free market, yet it remains necessary for the music licensing market to operate efficiently….

“These benefits, however necessary to market efficiency, should not excuse ASCAP and BMI from the nation’s antitrust laws.

“Given the anticompetitive nature of the music licensing market as a whole, ending the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees would assuredly necessitate some other form of government regulation over the market.”

And that “some other form of government regulation” – would almost certainly be a whole lot more intrusive than are the consent decrees.

So yet again:

A little government here – saving us from a whole lot of government there.

So yet again we say to government:

Don’t just do something – stand there.

On music licensing, the status quo – is the best way to go.

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Why Doesn’t Chick-fil-A Cave? The Family Owners Made a Covenant to ‘Be Faithful to Christ’

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Chick-fil-A really is a marvel.

Unlike so many other companies (would that be, all other companies?), they haven’t caved to any pressure from the far and belligerent Left.

Why not?

Could it be because it’s dumb to say what others tell you to say, rather than what you believe you should?

Perhaps.

But according to Business Insider, the company’s commitment to certain ideals has to do with keeping a promise.

In founder Truett Cathy’s memoir, Eat Mor Chickin: Inspire More People, he recalled a covenant he and his family made:

“We will be faithful to Christ’s lordship in our lives. As committed Christians we will live a life of selfless devotion to His calling in our lives. We will prayerfully seek His leadership in all major decisions that impact our family and others. Our family roles as spouses to our lifelong mates, parents to our children, and loving aunts and uncles will be our priority.”

The family vowed to uphold its Christian values as it found success and a place of cultural influence — achieved in part by philanthropic work, always being closed on Sunday, and never taking the company public.

In 2013, Truett’s son, Dan, took the helm as CEO. Since then, he’s seen the chicken chain become a veritable empire: It’s now the third largest chain in the U.S., with the first-most important single pickle in the history of sandwiches.

What a difference a dill makes. MmmmMMMM!

But my, how some hate the fast food favorite.

Chick-fil-A caught flack for its matrimonial disposition — here’s what Dan said on The Ken Coleman Show amid debate over gay marriage:

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

Last year, as noted by The Daily Wire, both The New Yorker and HuffPostd railed against the Chick.

HP’s headline: “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A.”

TNY lamented the restaurant’s “creepy infiltration” of The Big Apple:

And yet, it continues thrive.

Wanna know more about the makers of your favorite cherry-topped milkshake? I have two things for you to check out:

  • WinShape camps for girls, aimed to impact “young people through a summer camp experience that allows them to sharpen character, grow in relationships and deepen Christian faith.”
  • The Chick-fil-A-distributed family film The Pistol, about the life of basketball great Pistol Pete Maravich.

If you’ve experienced either, share your views in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Light In A Dark Place: Chick-Fil-A Manager Delivers Kindness To A 96-Year-Old Man In A Story That’ll Brighten Your Day

Babylon Bee Is Hitting A Little Too Close To Home On Chick-Fil-A And Leftist Naziism

Texas Lawmakers Pass The ‘Save Chick-Fil-A’ Bill. Will The Governor Sign It? Here’s A Clue

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 



 

 

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Why Doesn’t Chick-fil-A Cave? The Family Owners Made a Covenant to ‘Be Faithful to Christ’

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Chick-fil-A really is a marvel.

Unlike so many other companies (would that be, all other companies?), they haven’t caved to any pressure from the far and belligerent Left.

Why not?

Could it be because it’s dumb to say what others tell you to say, rather than what you believe you should?

Perhaps.

But according to Business Insider, the company’s commitment to certain ideals has to do with keeping a promise.

In founder Truett Cathy’s memoir, Eat Mor Chickin: Inspire More People, he recalled a covenant he and his family made:

“We will be faithful to Christ’s lordship in our lives. As committed Christians we will live a life of selfless devotion to His calling in our lives. We will prayerfully seek His leadership in all major decisions that impact our family and others. Our family roles as spouses to our lifelong mates, parents to our children, and loving aunts and uncles will be our priority.”

The family vowed to uphold its Christian values as it found success and a place of cultural influence — achieved in part by philanthropic work, always being closed on Sunday, and never taking the company public.

In 2013, Truett’s son, Dan, took the helm as CEO. Since then, he’s seen the chicken chain become a veritable empire: It’s now the third largest chain in the U.S., with the first-most important single pickle in the history of sandwiches.

What a difference a dill makes. MmmmMMMM!

But my, how some hate the fast food favorite.

Chick-fil-A caught flack for its matrimonial disposition — here’s what Dan said on The Ken Coleman Show amid debate over gay marriage:

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

Last year, as noted by The Daily Wire, both The New Yorker and HuffPostd railed against the Chick.

HP’s headline: “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A.”

TNY lamented the restaurant’s “creepy infiltration” of The Big Apple:

And yet, it continues thrive.

Wanna know more about the makers of your favorite cherry-topped milkshake? I have two things for you to check out:

  • WinShape camps for girls, aimed to impact “young people through a summer camp experience that allows them to sharpen character, grow in relationships and deepen Christian faith.”
  • The Chick-fil-A-distributed family film The Pistol, about the life of basketball great Pistol Pete Maravich.

If you’ve experienced either, share your views in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Light In A Dark Place: Chick-Fil-A Manager Delivers Kindness To A 96-Year-Old Man In A Story That’ll Brighten Your Day

Babylon Bee Is Hitting A Little Too Close To Home On Chick-Fil-A And Leftist Naziism

Texas Lawmakers Pass The ‘Save Chick-Fil-A’ Bill. Will The Governor Sign It? Here’s A Clue

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 



 

 

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International Trade – Is Rife with Omni-Directional Anti-Free Trade Practices

 

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One characteristic of humans – is we each view the world through our personal prism.  Perfectly understandable – how else would we?

But it can lead to difficulties.

If you are an honest and honorable person – you tend to look at everyone else as being honest and honorable.

You think “That’s how I would handle this situation – so that’s how he/she/they will handle it too.”

Unfortunately, more often than not, he/she/they will not handle the situation the way you would.

Americans are for the most part open and optimistic people.  Because we live in the most open and optimistic governmental system ever devised and enjoyed by humans.

So we enter the world – with smiling faces and arms wide open.  And far too often, the many other nations of the world – punch us in the face.

Our nigh eternal optimism – very often costs us dearly.

For my part, I am a realist – or a cynic.  Take your pick.  We realists/cynics look at optimists and pessimists both – a little askance.

So too did apparently realist-cynic writer William Arthur Ward:

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails.”

Of the three – only the realist is actually looking to solve the problem.

Far too often, pessimists and optimists accept far-from-optimal situations.  Pessimists assume it could always be worse – optimists that it can’t be any better.

We realists – are always looking to improve things.

And so it is with international trade.

International trade can be a very good thing – in theory.

In practice – many, many problems rapidly arise.

Actual international free trade – is free from government interference or imposition.

That’s mostly how we in the US do it.  That’s not how nigh any other country in the world does it.

Other nations tariff the daylight out of our stuff.  Other nations severely limit the imports of our stuff.  And other nations mass-subsidize their stuff – thereby artificially lowering their prices when competing with our stuff.

None of that is free trade.  Nor is it fair trade.

We the Optimistic – have smilingly endured this one-sided, anti-US insanity…for decades.  We’ve been lost in Ridgemont High – rigidly adhering to #3 of Mike Damone’s Five-Point Plan:

“Act like wherever you are – that’s the place to be.  ‘Isn’t this great?’”

No, Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – it hasn’t been great.  At all.

We have been getting royally screwed – for half a century-plus.  By basically the entire planet.

And these nations – often get very creative in their screwing of US.

Including: Screwing us internationally – then screwing us domestically…so as to further screw us internationally.

California Olive Growers Seek More Duties on EU:

“One year after winning anti-dumping and countervailing duties averaging about 35 percent on imports of Spanish olives, California growers are hoping a long-running dispute over European support for Airbus will lead to even more taxes on the tasty Mediterranean fruit.

“Michael Silveira, chairman of the Olive Growers Council of California, testified at a Trump administration hearing on Monday in favor of USTR’s proposal to include olives on the list of EU goods that could be hit with 100 percent duties in the aircraft dispute. He also asked that three ‘bulk’ categories of olives be added to the nine olive categories already proposed.

“Silveira complained that ‘the Spanish industry is working overtime’ to find any way it can to avoid the duties imposed last year. ‘A Spanish olive company has just invested in a U.S. ripe olive processor. The combined company has now terminated nearly all its contracts with U.S. growers, enabling it to import provisionally prepared bulk olives from Spain,’ Silveira said.”

“But wait” the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks screech – “Why did we impose tariffs in the first place?

Glad you asked:

“On June 12, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of ripe olives from Spain….

“In the AD investigation, Commerce…established a final dumping margin of 20.04 percent for all other producers and exporters of ripe olives from Spain.”

Spain’s government is mass-subsidizing olives.  Then Spain is mass-dumping them into the US.

Which has absolutely zero to do with free or fair trade.  And is egregiously damaging to our olive farmers.

So we imposed some tariffs.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will ignore all of Spain’s anti-free-trade actions up to this point – and screech “Protectionism!!!” and “Tariffs are taxes!!!” when we finally respond to getting royally screwed.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – appear to be thoroughly America Last.  At least when it comes to the hundred-million-or-so Americans who grow and make things.

The Trade-Uber-Alles freaks – appear to be international trade masochists.  I have a feeling more than a few of them – are Animal House’s Kevin Bacon:

“Thank you Sir – may I have another.”

Spain responded to our tariffs – by infiltrating our domestic supply chain.  And cutting almost all ties with domestic producers – and replacing them with Spanish producers.

Which has absolutely zero to do with free or fair trade.  And is even more egregiously damaging to our olive farmers.

About which the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will say…absolutely nothing.

But if our olive growers get their way – and the tariffs are rightly upped and broadened to further deal with Spain’s anti-free-trade behavior…the Trade-Uber-Alles freaks will again screech “Protectionism!!!” and “Tariffs are taxes!!!”

“Thank you, Sir – may I have another?”

I’ll give Spain credit for its creative ways to implement its anti-free trade agenda.  And for their putting Spain First – even cheating out the wazoo to do it.

But that doesn’t mean we have to remain the eternal optimist – and continue to take it in the shorts.

We have to be a realist – and adjust the sails.

Which in this case means – upping and broadening the Spanish olive tariffs.

We should be at least as America First – as Spain is Spain First.

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The Left Is Either Confused – Or Projecting. Or Both. Ok – It’s Probably Both

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The Left is really confused.

They spend lots and LOTS of time accusing the Right – of things the Left does.  Often of things only the Left does.  Often of things that are antithetical to being Right – so the Right would never, ever do them.

Or perhaps the addled Left is engaged in Psychological Projection:

“Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities…by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”

The Left has spent decades accusing the Right of being racist.  Of being separatists/segregationists.  Of being Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.

Except the KKK was founded – by the Democrat Party.  To try to keep – often murderously – members of the Republican Party from registering blacks to vote and getting them further engaged in the political process.

Except all the separatists/segregationists – were Democrats.  From George Wallace on down – all Democrats.

Abortion mill Planned Parenthood is a favorite of the Left.  It was founded by Margaret Sanger – another favorite of the LeftWho said really pleasant things like:

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan… I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

And Leftist Sanger’s vision – is being delivered by her Planned Parenthood.

CDC: 35% of Aborted Babies Are Black

Blacks – are only 12% of the population.

Racist movie “Birth of a Nation” was screened in the White House – by Democrat President Woodrow Wilson.

American citizens of Japanese descent were during World War II locked up in internment camps – by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today’s Democrat Party has the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses.  Separatism.

Today’s Democrat Party has grievance groups like the NAACP and La Raza (translation from the original Spanish: “The Race”).  Separatism.

Of course, it is Leftists who look at people as members of various groups.  They are collectivists – on everything, including race.

But the smallest minority of all – is the individual. Rightists – who are actually Rightists – look at people as individuals.  Which is antithetical to collectivist-racist thought.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

The Left is constantly accusing the Right of being fascists.  Of being Nazis.  Republican President Donald Trump is alleged to be Adolf Hitler.  This after Republican President George W. Bush was alleged to be Hitler.  This after….

The Left even has Antifa – short for “Anti-Fascists.”

Except Antifa is…ummm…a bunch of uniformed thugs beating up and beating down Rightists.  Like the Nazi SS.  Like the Italian Fascist Brown Shirts.

And like the Soviet KGB.  Nazism and Fascism are sibling ideologies – and both are of the Left.  Nazi is, after all, short for “National Socialist.”  And Nazism and Fascism are also siblings – of Socialism/Communism.  Leftists all.

All three sibling ideologies demand an increase in government centralization.  All three demand an increase in government power.

All of which is right in line with the Left.  All of which is antithetical to the Right.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Speaking of the Left’s confusion.  Or projection.  Or both….:

Hands off the Internet, President Trump

What this also is…is the Left’s acknowledgement that on more things than not, We the People want less government – not more.

So the Left attempts to frame less government policy – as more government policy:

“In the wake of the president’s complaints about how Big Tech treats conservatives, the Trump administration is reportedly developing an executive order that would make a mockery of Republicans’ supposed reluctance to regulate the internet….

“The order’s target is a 1996 federal law that shields online companies from liability for the content uploaded by their users. Significantly, the law – known informally as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – allows companies to block or remove uploads that they judge to be ‘objectionable,’ as long as they act ‘in good faith.’

“According to CNN’s Brian Fung, who obtained a summary of the order, the administration wants the Federal Communications Commission to restrict the availability of that shield.…”

Section 230 – is much MORE government.  It imposes huge, sweeping immunities from the likes of libel, slander and Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement – for huge Internet companies like Google and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Extra protections – no other companies have.  Extra protections – granted to companies that are hugely, overwhelmingly Leftist.

This government-granted protectionism – may the hugest cronyism in the history of huge cronyism.

These hugely massive Internet companies got to be so hugely massive – largely thanks to these huge, sweeping, government-protectorate immunities.

And these Leftist crony companies have spent the entirety of their existences – abusing the living daylight out of Section 230s “in good faith” censorship exemption.  Acting over and over again – very much in bad faith.  So they can time and again censor the Right.

Google Whistleblower Bombshell: Search Engine Used Social Justice Warriors to Train Its AI Systems to Suppress All Conservative Views (and Block ‘Another Trump’ from Happening)

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Twitter Employees Admit to Censoring Conservatives, Banning Them for Political Reasons

Whistleblower: Pinterest Censors Conservative, Pro-Life Content

These massive Leftist companies finding Righties objectionable – doesn’t meet the Section 230 legal standard of objectionable.

These massive Leftist companies have been in chronic, incessant violation of Section 230.  Not holding up their tiny end of the bargain – pledged in exchange for their HUGE legal-protectorate cronyism.

So these massive Leftist companies – should lose their huge legal-protectorate cronyism.

The law should apply to these massive Leftist companies – in exactly the same way it applies to everyone else.

This would be a HUGE reduction in government.

And a restoration of adherence to the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.  Which reads in the relevant part:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Which the Left is trying to say – is more government: “Hands off the Internet, President Trump.”

Because the Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Ok – it’s probably both.

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VISA CEO Refuses to Play Politics, Won’t Prohibit Gun Purchases Despite Pressure

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In this day and age, corporations are expected to become involved in socio-political matters with statements and actions that reflect falling on one side or another. In the world of commerce, some companies have taken a stand by disallowing the purchase of certain things like firearms.

As early as February of last year, the New York Times was penning articles suggesting banks and credit card companies should prohibit the purchase of firearms from their end. PayPal and Square have taken that route, but it appears VISA, arguably the most popular card in America’s pockets, is not going to play politics.

Appearing on CNBC, Visa Chairman and CEO Alfred Kelly is taking the bold step of treating his customers like adults and declaring his company is Switzerland when it comes to purchases.

“We are guided by the federal laws in a country, and our job is to create and to facilitate fair and secure commerce,” Kelly told CNBC on Wednesday.

Kelly revealed his stance on this comes from the idea that it’s not up to his corporation to determine right and wrong, which is a breath of fresh air at a time when companies like Gillette and Dick’s Sporting Goods are doing that very thing.

“The reality is that it’s very hard for us to do it. … If we start to get in the mode of being legislators it’s a very slippery slope,” Kelly said. “We shouldn’t be determining what’s right or wrong in terms of people’s purchases.”

“We shouldn’t tell people they can’t purchase a 32-ounce soda. We shouldn’t tell people they can’t buy reproductive drugs,” Kelly added.

Kelly also added that legislators do need to take action, and focus on factors that aren’t being addressed like the mental health angle. Though, he did add that types of guns and magazine sizes should be addressed as well.

“They ought to get busy on some common-sense changes to deal with the horrific problems that we’ve seen in the United States, not just this weekend but for years and years,” he said. “It’s time to start looking at mental health, the size of these magazines, the type of weapons. They’ve got to do something.”

To be fair, Kelly seems to know his stuff. He didn’t call it a “clip,” for one.

I hate to say it, but Kelly’s stance of neutrality is brave. This message could easily invoke the wrath of anti-gun groups and online mobs, sparking a “conversation” in this country about what a corporation’s role in society is. Personally, I think Kelly nailed it, at least for his industry.

This isn’t a family-owned cake shop. This is a company that greases the wheels of commerce. If he, or other major card carriers begin determining what is and isn’t okay for people to buy, then that could create a situation where the cause celebre would dictate what is and isn’t okay to purchase. Card companies could literally control who gets to buy what.

It would be a disaster. Kelly even hints at it. Imagine not being able to purchase food items because of a political movement catching on that is against such things. Imagine a company that prohibits the purchase of knives or gardening tools because they may be labeled as dangerous thanks to a knee-jerk from politicians after an incident.

My hat’s off to Kelly and his bravery for not caving to political pressure. I hope the other major card companies follow this lead.

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Amazon: Cronyism Delayed Is Good – Cronyism Denied Is Better

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It was March 20, 2018.   Uber-government-cronyism recipient Amazon – was on the verge of receiving its biggest dose of cronyism ever.

It was supposed to be in the bag.  So much so – that even our initial headline was premature.

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

This was in keeping with Amazon’s ongoing ability to land monopoly government contracts.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Amazon: Government – And Its Crony, Monopoly Straight-Jacket

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

If handing a ten-year tech contract – to but one company – sounds stupid…that’s only because it is:

“One provider – is going to inherently become complacent. And slack off in attending to short-term needs – and innovating long-term betterments. One provider with a ten-year contract – is thus a REALLY bad idea….

“You want multiple providers – each offering overlapping portions of the Defense Department’s very many needs….

“One reason: You have multiple providers constantly competing with each other – to constantly provide the best possible service. No complacency there.

“And then there are the national security implications.

“If you have but one provider – and it suffers a service interruption – the entire Defense Department suffers service interruption.

“And for our military men and women serving in some really bad areas around the globe – service interruptions can and will be deadly.”

Amazon was looking to crony its way into a LOT of our money.

Pentagon’s Next Cloud Contract Could Be Worth Billions.

As information continued to seep out, we learned the “could be worth billions” – was actually upwards of $10 billion.

How did Amazon get to said cronyism?

Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….”

The Barack Obama Department of Defense (DoD) hired to oversee the cloud contract – a guy from…Amazon Web Services.  Amazon’s cloud backup company.

Suddenly the multi-provider contract – became sole source.  And the contractor description was written – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

That proved to be a little bit much for the now-Donald Trump DoD.  Beginning with this in July 2018:

Amazon’s Defense Dept Cronyism Comes Under Trump Administration Review

Suddenly, a contract that was supposed to have been awarded by July 2018 – was under more scrutiny than ever in July 2018.

Such is the difference between the Trump Administration – and the Obama Administration.  Drain the Swamp, anyone?

Since, we have continued to acquire additional damning information – of all the heinous cronyism that had polluted the process.

Oh Look – Even More Amazon-Defense Department Cronyism

Big Tech Amazon: Additional Government Screening Is Definitely in Order

Republicans Are Right: Defense Department Must Delay Amazon’s Massive Cronyism

How Crony Corrupt is Amazon? The Right and Left Are Both Nauseated By It

Despite all of the very many, very real concerns – the Deep State rallied around the cronyism.  In June 2019….

DOD Expects Cloud Award in August

We were getting down to do-or-die time.  All of which begged the ultimate question?

A ‘Drain The Swamp’ Test: Will The Trump Admin Reward Amazon’s Killer Cronyism?

For the first time in a very long time – things in DC might be looking up.

Trump Expressed Concerns About Pentagon Cloud Contract

Trump, Fox News Decry Amazon’s Looming $10 Billion Defense Department Cronyism

Which brings us to the last fortnight.

Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary

And one of the very first things newly-minted Defense Secretary Esper did….

New Pentagon Chief Orders Review of ‘War Cloud’ Contract:

“Mark Esper, the newly appointed Pentagon chief, ordered a review of the Defense Department’s ‘war cloud’ contract after President Trump threatened to investigate whether it was written with a bias toward Amazon.

“A Department of Defense (DOD) spokeswoman confirmed the probe in a statement on Thursday.

“‘Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program,’ Elissa Smith, the DOD spokeswoman, said, referring to the highly controversial $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

“‘No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination,’ she added.”

Which is extraordinary news.

Another delay – is good.

A denial of the award to Amazon – would be oh-so-much better.

The DoD cloud contracting process – is irrevocably tainted.

To paraphrase The Reverend Jesse Jackson: “End it, don’t mend it.”

In the interest of economic sanity – in the interest of national security – we must start over.

With, thankfully, a process now untainted by the uber-crony Obama Administration.

And in a process – that excludes Amazon from consideration.

Their uber-cronyism – has earned them their exclusion.

When it comes to $10 billion government contracts – and just about every other decision any one of us ever makes:

Measure twice – cut once.”

Oh-so-much better than:

“Measure once – cut again and again until we all bleed to death.”

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NYC Businesses Are Feeling the Burn After the $15 Wage Hike and No One Saw It Coming

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Who could have predicted this? Who could have seen hiking the minimum wage to $15/hr hurting businesses, employees, and customers?

Except for 74 percent of economists, major retail chains who exhibited the same results, and other cities that had suffered as a result of minimum wage hikes, who could have thought this was going to happen?

According to the Wall Street Journal, businesses in New York City are now another example of how raising the minimum wage hurts the economy and the community with businesses left and right shutting down or laying people off. What’s more, it’s the small businesses that are being hit hardest:

More than six months after the $15 minimum wage went into effect in New York City, business leaders and owners say the increased labor costs have forced them to cut staff, eliminate work shifts and raise prices.

Many business owners said these changes were unintended consequences of the new minimum wage, which took effect at the beginning of the year.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce has noted an uptick of rough waters for small businesses as well:

Thomas Grech, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said he has seen an uptick in small-business closures during the past six to nine months, and he attributed it to the minimum-wage legislation.

“They’re cutting their staff. They’re cutting their hours. They’re shutting down,” he said. “It’s not just the rent.”

Lisa Sorin, president of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, said Manhattan businesses and their customers can afford to pay more to compensate for the wage increase, while those in the surrounding boroughs probably couldn’t. “It’s almost like a whirlwind of keep up or get out,” Ms. Sorin said.

New York has been feeling the sting of the wage hike for months now. When I first reported the financial problems being experienced by businesses back in April, 76.5 percent of full-service restaurants had already cut back hours with 36 percent already having laid employees off.

The Wall Street Journal reported that officials claimed that unemployment within the city has remained relatively the same, but that it’s likely only going to get worse for businesses as the pressure increases.

Bottom line. Hiking the minimum wage doesn’t look good on paper or in practice, and should be avoided.

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Holy Moley, We’re Toast: ATL’s Democratic Socialists Conference Brings the Most Bizarre 49 Seconds You’ll Hear All Month

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Ever wonder what happens at a Democratic Socialists of America convention? According to an August 3rd post by conservative journalist Andy Ngo, it’s this.

I should point out that I can’t corroborate the accuracy of the video’s bizarre audio. It could have been dubbed; you be the judge.

Here we go…

The clip gives us three vignettes of…I don’t even know what to call it. Let’s just take ’em one-by-one.

At the beginning, a girl is heard asserting the following:

“If we’re going to defeat capitalism, we’re going to need a party that will organize working people to fight for the demands that we want and to win socialism. Thank you so much.”

Do any of the people — does even one single person — in the room know the definition of socialism? And of capitalism?

Let’s review:

capitalism: An economic system based on a free market economy in which an individual may own his or her own business.

socialism: An economic system based on monopoly whereby no one can own a business as the government owns all products and means of production.



 

So here’s the girl’s announcement, translated:

“In order for us to keep ourselves from having the freedom to start our own businesses, we’re going to need a party that will organize working people to fight solely against their own interests and accomplish a society in which none of us have recourse against the quality of products and services offered compared to their price. If we work hard, we can assure that we’re never again given a choice as to what we purchase and for how much. The mechanisms of supply and demand will go away, and a select few occupying term-unlimited seats of power will decide what we get and how much will be taken from us in exchange.”

Someone stood in a room full of people and pushed for that.

How is that possible?

Now on to Part 2.

A man spoke up, asking for everyone to stop triggering him:

“Quick point of privilege. Quick point of privilege. Um, guys…I just wanna say, can we please keep the chatter to a minimum? I’m one of the people who’s very prone to sensory overload. There’s a lot of whispering and chatter going on. It’s making it very difficult for me to focus. Please can we just — I know we’re all fresh and ready to go — but can we please just keep the chatter to a minimum? It’s affecting my ability to focus. Thank you.”

A woman replied, “Thank you, Comrade.”

Comrade — that’d be, quizzically, the same title used in Donald Trump’s Evil Empire — Russia.

As for the young guy, can his shirt not hold in his spine? Regardless, everyone stop what they’re doing — “I’m,” “me,” “overload,” “very difficult,” “I,” “my.” “Thank you.”

Something tells me he’s no stranger to a participation trophy.

Ready for Part 3?

Presto:

The moderator asks, “Okay, is there a speaker against name and chapter pronouns?”

She’s interrupted by what sounds like a terribly desperate male voice:

“Point of personal privilege, point of personal privilege. PLEASE DO NOT USE GENDERED LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS EVERYONE.”

She affirms, “Okay.”

What has happened to our world? Where has even low-level strength gone? To what end of the earth has education and understanding jetted off?

These are young people — our nation’s future — coming together to fight against their own self-interests via what I must believe is the lack of a dictionary, as they seem to shudder over sounds and one-syllable words.

Goose = Cooked.

Dear Lord.

-ALEX

 

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