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Ilhan Omar Wants to Guarantee Abortions for Illegal Immigrants Because Everything Is Stupid

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The vileness of the left isn’t really surprising anymore, but you are still left wondering just how far they are willing to go.

On the topic of illegal immigration, we’ve seen them endorse open borders, decriminalizing of illegal crossings, and free healthcare for illegal immigrants. Those things alone are so illogical and counter productive that you’d hope it would satisfy their left-wing urges for at least a few years.

That’s not the case though. The crazy train is only accelerating, which means that the left have moved from free healthcare for illegal aliens to Illegal aliens must have access to abortion in the span of just a few weeks.

The entire premise of the article Omar is linking is that illegal immigrants, fearing deportation and not having the necessary resources, are avoiding “reproductive healthcare,” including abortions. Sure, they give a nod to pre-natal care, but we all know the real issue at play here because it’s the one most focused on.

As I wrote this morning, support for providing illegal immigrants with free healthcare is extremely low (only 33% support with a slim majority of even Democrats against). How low should one assume support for giving them taxpayer funded abortions would be? Perhaps a polling company could bother asking that since it’s being made an issue.

What makes this all especially ridiculous is that the U.S. government is about to pass an awful budget deal that puts our deficit over one trillion dollars in 2020. All parties share the blame for such a travesty, but on this specific topic, the fiscal realities show we simply can not afford to start handing out free healthcare and abortions to every person in the word who manages to sneak across the border (which Democrats want decriminalized, effectively doing away with all enforcement).

I would also be remiss if I wrote an article discussing abortion without pointing out the fact that the procedure involves killing a child in the womb. A scientifically provable, separate human being with separate DNA is being scrambled and sucked up with a hose. Democrats inexplicably support this procedure up until the point of birth now (and some even after birth). That’s pure depravity and history isn’t going to be kind to those who supported such.

But this is the modern Democrat party. Something as mundane as the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortions and enjoys widespread support among Americans, must now be rejected or the left will savage you. Their radicalism isn’t going to stop and the most insane portions of their party are taking center stage.

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Gallup: Immigration Now Top Overall Problem

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Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

New Gallup polling finds that Immigration is now considered the “most important problem” facing the U.S. In this July poll 27% identify immigration as the most important U.S. problem. That surpasses the record 22% naming immigration as the top problem in Gallup’s June polling:

 The issue edged out the government, which has been a fixture at or near the top of the list throughout the latter part of the Obama administration and the Trump administration.

Race relations or racism (7%) and healthcare (7%) are the only other two issues to receive as many as 5% of mentions this month.

There was the usual partisan divide with 42% of Republicans, 20% of independents and 20% of Democrats mentioning immigration as the nation’s top problem.

The poll was conducted July 1-12, 2019 and has a margin of sampling error of ±3%.

The Gallup polling comes as Democrats were warned that the Democrats’ open border policy cedes the “rule of law” ground to Republicans and creates “the false dichotomy of America as either a nation of immigrants or a nation of laws”—making the party and its candidates appear soft on enforcement. A note to the Liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, which issued the warning, it is not a false dichotomy. Nor is it just an appearance. Rather it is the direct product of the Socialist Democrats’ decision to support open borders and special benefits like free health care for illegal aliens.

The Liberal warning was issued as President Trump continues his efforts to reform the immigration system that is riddled with “major loopholes.” As president Trump said during his reelection campaign rally in North Carolina last Tuesday:

We’ve got to straighten out our immigration laws. You know, in a very short period of time, if the Democrats would give us a few votes, we could solve the immigration problem and it would be so great.

We almost accomplished immigration reform in 2006. Senate Republicans reached a compromise on the status of millions of illegals in the U.S. The compromise would have treated illegal aliens differently based upon the length of time they have been in the U.S. But According to the Associated Press and Eleanor Clift the Democrats, led by Sen. Schumer, wanted a political advantag0e more than they wanted immigration reform.

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AOC: U.S. Must Provide Lifelong Mental Healthcare Services To Migrant Children Because Of Trauma We Have Caused

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AOC held a town hall event on immigration in Queens, NY on Saturday.

The young Congresswoman believes the U.S. government must make a “lifelong commitment” to provide mental healthcare services to migrant children. The reason? Because of the lifelong trauma we inflict upon them when we separate them from their parents at the border. AOC told the crowd:

Even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days you have already created life long lasting trauma.

And there are children who have been separated that we have reunified, and it took about a year to reunify some of these kids with their parents. Lifelong trauma for which we, the United States, are responsible.

And it chills me to my core to think about 20 years from now, when these kids grow up, the story that they will have about America. That is exactly why we cannot allow this administration to define immigration policy within the United States.

She also believes that a 9/11-style commission should be appointed to “find out every detail of what happened.” Here’s what she said:

This is something that I think is going to have to take a 9/11-style commission.

When there is a Democratic Senate and a Democratic presidency, Ocasio-Cortez said, the government should convene a special commission into child separation, aiming to reunify as many children as possible and to find out every detail of what happened.

It would work just like the 9/11 commission did when they said what went wrong?

The 9/11 commission, they were charged with the investigating and making sure they dug out every nook and cranny of what happened and how it happened in our system. And I think that that kind of study is what’s going to be required in order to reunite as many children with their parents as possible. That’s the work that we have to do.

AOC is correct that some of these children will sustain psychological damage as a result of being separated from their parents at the border.

However, I strongly disagree that the U.S. government is at fault. America has not invited these migrants. They’ve been told not to come. They are well aware of U.S. immigration laws and practices. In fact, they are the same as they were during the Obama administration.

Many of them have been offered asylum in Mexico, but choose to continue their journey to the U.S. border regardless. Migrants know what will happen before they arrive. They know what the conditions will be if they are caught, but choose to put themselves and their children at risk anyway.

Furthermore, if AOC is so concerned about conditions in these facilities, why were she and her pals the only four members of Congress to vote against an aid package to improve them?

The responsibility for the mental health of migrant children belongs to their parents, who have made the decision to break the law.

We don’t need a 9/11-style commission to figure it out.

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Cuban Democrat Accused of Racism by Democratic Ga. Rep. Erica Thomas Considers Filing a Defamation Suit

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Ga. State Rep. Erica Thomas (D) and Georgia resident Eric Sparkes (D). Screen grab via WSB-TV.

The Georgia man accused of racism and “verbal assault” by Democratic state lawmaker Erica Thomas is fed up with the controversy and is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against her.

CBS 46 reports:

In a statement Monday, Eric Sparkes told CBS46 he’s “in the process of exploring with attorneys a defamation lawsuit against her.”

The argument happened Saturday at a Publix in Mableton. Sparkes claims he simply pointed out to a shopper, whom he says he didn’t recognize as a state lawmaker, that she had too many items in the lane designated for shoppers with 10 items or fewer.

State Rep. Erica Thomas acknowledges she had too many items, but she said she explained to the man that she’s 9-months pregnant and has trouble standing for long periods of time. Both Thomas and Sparkes admit they exchanged words and both left the store.

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After Thomas’s [Monday] news conference, Sparkes sent CBS46 the following statement:

“Ms. Thomas has taken an innocuous situation that began on my part to be about being inconsiderate and turned into a national case about race over night. Ms. Thomas accuses me of telling her to go back to wherever. Those words were never spoken. She backtracked slightly and now is changing her story. I am in the process of exploring with attorneys a defamation lawsuit against her.”

Thomas appeared at the Publix location on Saturday to talk about the alleged incident to reporters, but Sparkes – who says he is a Cuban Democrat – decided to show up, too, and things got heated:

During that interview with WSB-TV, Thomas backtracked on a key claim she initially made about what was said:

With the TV cameras rolling, Thomas repeatedly accused Sparkes of telling her to “go back” — and he denied using that language and said he was a Latino Democrat. In a subsequent interview with Channel 2 Action News, Thomas seemed to hedge her remarks.

“I don’t want to say he said, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to where you came from.’ But he was making those types of references is what I remember,” she told the station.

Watch:

In a Monday presser, Thomas denied backtracking on her statement in any way, but comparison videos of how her story has evolved tell a different story:

Thomas’s attorneys have called on Publix to release any and all videos of the incident. The videos reportedly do not have audio.

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PolitiFact Clowns Itself by Calling Right’s Claim that AOC Was Crying Over an Empty Parking Lot “False”

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A neat thing that PolitiFact does to help create a narrative is labeling minute things that the right claims as “false,” while completely ignoring the overall story.

A solid instance happened on Monday when PolitiFact decided to tackle the viral image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez crying behind a gate at the injustices she saw beyond it. Only photos showed that she wasn’t crying over the plight of children or migrant families, it was literally an paved, empty space. It was one of the biggest jokes on AOC by AOC.

For all intents and purposes, the fervor around the photos had worn down because a joke is only funny for so long. For some reason, however, PolitiFact still isn’t over it, and wanted to rate the right’s claim about it.

Well…they wanted to rate part of it.

PolitiFact rated the claim by the right that AOC was crying over a parking lot as “False” because she wasn’t crying over a parking lot, it was a road:

A viral image of Ocasio-Cortez at a 2018 demonstration at a Texas town on the U.S.-Mexico border includes the caption, “AOC weeps over empty parking lot.”

Photographers at the scene who took photos of Ocasio-Cortez say she was not facing a parking lot. Rather she was just beyond the port of entry for the Tornillo facility, and she standing on a road that led to the Tornillo tent complex, which was in the line of her gaze, as she stood at the fence. Pictures by other outlets also confirm the location.

We rate this claim False.

Well, thanks be to our benevolent information distribution overlords. With this information in hand we now know that the right are a bunch of lying liars with lie about everything. Telling us she was staring at a parking lot when it was really a road. How vile.

Just a reminder, this is the same PolitiFact that wanted to remind you that memes aren’t real, like the kind you see of Joe Biden photoshopped into kissing women from behind.

Here’s the kicker, however. Whether they meant to or not, PolitiFact is misleading people. Many people may see the headline and decide right off the bat that the claim that AOC was crying over nothing is false and reaffirm that what she saw was horrific, thus making her a more credible source in their minds.

PolitiFact is splitting hairs. So what if it was a road and not a parking lot? That’s a difference that could be hashed out in a Twitter thread by randoms arguing over semantics, but for a website supposedly dedicated to routing out the truth, this seems like a minor point to put focus on. That they spent time on it at all seems a bit weird till you read the headline they used.

“No, this isn’t a photo of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez crying over a parking lot,” it says in big, bold letters.

They’re not wrong, but it’s a bit vague on the point. Anyone reading the headline may walk away with the impression that AOC was actually crying over something substantial. They don’t need to click and read, they have all the information they need.

And that, folks, is how a false narrative is fostered.

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Video: Police Hit with Buckets of Water by Civilians, but are Too Scared to Take Action Due to Anti-Police Politicians

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The brave men and women who put on uniforms everyday have to deal with a lot of things daily that we civilians don’t have to. The things they see and hear, and the problems they have to solve are highly stressful.

It makes it even more stressful when the community you’re protecting and serving doesn’t respect you thanks to an endless stream of anti-police messaging from the people in charge of those communities. This is exactly what the NYPD has to deal with on a daily basis, and the effects it has can be seen in a set of videos in circulation.

As you can see, a couple of police officers are being doused with buckets of water being thrown at them by civilians. At one point, as the officers are walking away, taking no action, a man runs up and dumps water directly on top of the head of one of the officers.

The video was highlighted by the NYPD Police Benevolent Association, the union that looks after these officers. The union made sure everyone who saw the video knew exactly why this was happening, and why the police were doing nothing about it.

“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen,” said NYC PBA. “It’s not the fault of these police officers. It’s the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall and Albany for years now.”

In another video, you can see an officer making an arrest as water is thrown on him.

At some point in time, an empty bucket is thrown at the officers head. The NYPD Chief of Police Terence Monahan spoke out against these actions by civilians.

“The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in is reprehensible,” tweeted Monahan. “NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less.”

It’s sad to see how these officers are treated, but it’s even worse to see them forced to take abuse without any recourse. What’s more is that simply walking away from bullying only encourages more bullying, and it may only elevate. It starts with buckets of water, but it may end with worse things being thrown at them.

But this is what happens when politicians with anti-police sentiment make the decisions. The people who protect society are effectively hogtied, and when the thin blue line looks impotent or scared to move, then the elements that line was holding back will become emboldened. This won’t just be a problem police officers have to deal with, the but the society in general.

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New Poll Tests Support for Reparations and Open Borders, Here’s How That Went

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Almost a month ago, the Democrats had their first debate on MSNBC. It was everything you’d expect, with every major player supporting every crazed liberal policy you could think of.

While we saw all of the candidates endorse free healthcare for illegal immigrants, presumably because we aren’t already in enough debt, there were two other issues that have become litmus tests for the Democratic primary as well. That being reparations for descendants of slaves and decriminalizing illegal border crossings, which is defacto open borders.

Common sense would tell you those positions can’t be very popular with the average American and common sense would be right.

Support for reparations clocks in at only 27%. Other Democrat policy proposals like free healthcare for illegal immigrants also don’t fare well. Only 33% support such a program. Even less support a basic income of $1000 a month, clocking in at only 26%.

As I wrote several months ago, I believe the case for reparations is simply not there. You’d be punishing people who had nothing to do with slavery to reward people who were not even alive at the time of slavery. It’d cause incredible resentment and civil unrest, which is the opposite of what reparations is supposed to accomplish.

Other progressive staples, like healthcare for illegal immigrants, just make no sense at all. If you start offering everyone who’s not a citizen free healthcare benefits, it will serve as a magnet for people to cross illegally. Couple that with decriminalizing illegal border crossings and you have no sovereignty left. To some that may seem compassionate, but it’s not compassionate to accelerate the bankrupting of the United States, which would ultimately hurt the entire word in unfathomable ways.

Here’s the specific numbers on the issues dealing with the border.

If you turn illegal crossings into just a ticket and release into the interior, that’s open borders. Democrats and the media may screech at that description, but it’s simply truth. In fact, many of the Democrat presidential candidates, including all the top tier, endorsed the idea that they would not deport people who only crossed the border illegally. Again, that can only be described as open borders.

Of course, this poll isn’t all good news for Republicans. The “Green New Deal” still manages to clock in at a 63% support. That’s likely because no one actually knows what it really entails and when you ask people if they want to help the environment, they tend to respond in the affirmative. Medicare for All gets 70% support, which is again misleading, as other polls show majority against when it’s revealed to them that their taxes will have to go up. NPR chose not to include that fact for obvious reasons. Still, it’s disconcerting that so many American voters can be bought off by offering them “free” stuff they think they won’t have to pay for. That won’t end well for the nation.

Background checks for guns also comes in at 89% support, which isn’t surprising since we already have those so problem solved I guess.

What this poll does show is that several major Democrat policy platforms are deeply unpopular with the American people and it’s only been one debate. Does anyone doubt they won’t move even further to the left as the next dozen or so slap fights take place?

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‘Pit Bull’ Andrew Weissmann to Indicted Ukrainian Oligarch In Early June 2017: Let’s Make A Deal

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Washington investigative reporter John Solomon reveals that a mere two weeks after the Special Counsel’s appointment, over-zealous prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, made a bold but secret offer to the American attorneys for Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. According to Solomon, the essence of the offer was: “Give us some dirt on Donald Trump in the Russia case, and Team Mueller might make his 2014 U.S. criminal charges go away.”

In 2014, Firtash was indicted by the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office on bribery and corruption charges in India related to a U.S. aerospace deal. The indictment followed a 13-year DOJ investigation. Firtash has remained in Austria for the past five years as he fights extradition to the U.S.

Solomon writes that details of this never before reported offer were confirmed to him by “multiple sources with direct knowledge, as well as in contemporaneous defense memos” he has read.

The timing of this news couldn’t be better, given that Robert Mueller is expected to testify before two House committees on Wednesday.

Although there is nothing extraordinary about a prosecutor offering a deal to the subject of an indictment, Solomon’s sources have said this particular “overture was wrapped with complexity and intrigue far beyond the normal federal case.”

First, several days before the offer was made, FBI agent Peter Strzok had sent the text heard around the world which said, “there’s no big there there.” This text indicates that, two weeks in, investigators had no “smoking-gun evidence against Trump in the Russia case because the Steele dossier — upon which the early surveillance warrants were based — was turning out to be an uncorroborated mess.”

At the same time, Solomon wrote:

Key evidence [against Firtash] was falling apart. Two central witnesses were in the process of recanting testimony, and a document the FBI portrayed as bribery evidence inside Firtash’s company was exposed as a hypothetical slide from an American consultant’s PowerPoint presentation, according to court records I reviewed.

In other words, the DOJ faced potential embarrassment in two high-profile cases when Weissmann made an unsolicited approach on June 4, 2017, that surprised even Firtash’s U.S. legal team.

Next, even for Weissmann, the overture was thought to be “audaciously aggressive.”

Firtash’s attorneys shared several memos with Solomon which provided details about Weissmann’s communications with their team. One memo indicated Weissmann had claimed they could “resolve the Firtash case and neither the DOJ nor the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office could interfere with or prevent a solution, including withdrawing all charges. The complete dropping of the proceedings … was doubtless on the table.”

Firtash’s attorneys were skeptical of Weissmann’s authority to make the charges go away. Mueller was a special counsel, as opposed to an independent counsel, which meant he answered to the Attorney General.

Finally, Firtash’s attorneys were surprised by “how much Weissmann communicated to them about his hopes for the Ukrainian oligarch’s testimony.” Solomon explains:

Prosecutors in plea deals typically ask a defendant for a written proffer of what they can provide in testimony and identify the general topics that might interest them. But Weissmann appeared to go much further in a July 7, 2017, meeting with Firtash’s American lawyers and FBI agents, sharing certain private theories of the nascent special counsel’s investigation into Trump, his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russia, according to defense memos.

For example, Firtash’s legal team wrote that Weissmann told them he believed a company called Bayrock, tied to former FBI informant Felix Sater, had “made substantial investments with Donald Trump’s companies” and that prosecutors were looking for dirt on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Weissmann told the Firtash team “he believes that Manafort and his people substantially coordinated their activities with Russians in order to win their work in Ukraine,” according to the defense memos. And the Mueller deputy said he “believed” a Ukrainian group tied to Manafort “was merely a front for illegal criminal activities in Ukraine,” and suggested a “Russian secret service authority” may have been involved in influencing the 2016 U.S. election, the defense memos show.

Weissmann’s private observations and sharing of prosecutor’s theories went beyond what prosecutors normally do in proffer negotiations and risked planting ideas that could lead the witness to craft his testimony, according to legal experts I consulted.

Firtash’s attorneys told Solomon they had rejected the offer because their client simply did not have “credible information or evidence on the topics Weissmann outlined.”

As mentioned previously, Firtash has been fighting extradition to the U.S. from Austria for five years and last month, an Austrian court ruled against Firtash.

Firtash’s team has taken the fight up a notch. They have now presented information about Weissmann’s offer to the court as potential defense evidence that the DOJ’s prosecution is flawed by bogus evidence and political motivations. According to Solomon:

In a sealed court filing in Austria earlier this month, Firtash’s legal team compared the DOJ’s 13-year investigation of Firtash to the medieval inquisitions. It cited Weissmann’s overture as evidence of political motivation, saying the prosecutor dangled the “possible cessation of separate criminal proceedings against the applicant if he were prepared to exchange sufficiently incriminating statements for wide-ranging comprehensively political subject areas which included the U.S. President himself as well as the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Austrian officials suddenly reversed course last week and ordered a new, lengthy delay in extradition.

That new court filing asserts that two key witnesses, cited by the DOJ in its extradition request as affirming the bribery allegations against Firtash, since have recanted, claiming the FBI grossly misquoted them and pressured them to sign their statements. One witness claims his 2012 statement to the FBI was “prewritten by the U.S. authorities” and contains “relevant inaccuracies in substance,” including that he never used the terms “bribery or bribe payments” as DOJ claimed, according to the Austrian court filing.

That witness also claimed he only signed the 2012 statement because the FBI “exercised undue pressure on him,” including threats to seize his passport and keep him from returning home to India, the memo alleges. That witness recanted his statements the same summer as Weissmann’s overture to Firth’s team.

Somehow, after witnessing the FBI’s treatment of General Michael Flynn and others, it’s not difficult to believe they would engage in such heavy-handed tactics.

Additionally, the Firtash team presented “evidence of alleged prosecutorial wrongdoing.” A key document provided by the DOJ which they claimed was proof of Firtash’s guilt was actually “created by the McKinsey consulting firm as part of a hypothetical ethics presentation for the Boeing Co. and had no connection to Firtash’s firm.”

Moreover, McKinsey claims in an official statement that it had no knowledge of a bribery scheme by Firtash, and the PowerPoint’s use of the phrase “bribery payments” never came from Firtash or his company and were, instead, hypothetical “assumptions by McKinsey about standard business practices in India,” according to the new Austrian court filing.

Firtash’s attorneys told Solomon they had informed Weissmann about this document in 2017, however, he minimized its importance and never notified the Austrian court. “The document was never withdrawn as evidence, even after the New York Times published a story last December questioning its validity.” One of Firtash’s attorney wrote to Solomon:

Submitting a false and misleading document to a foreign sovereign and its courts for an extradition decision is not only unethical but also flouts the comity of trust necessary for that process where judicial systems rely only on documents to make that decision. DOJ’s refusal to rescind the document after being specifically told it is false and misleading is an egregious violation of U.S. and international law.

Firtash’s experience with Andrew Weissmann, although unethical, is not a bombshell. Nor is it a surprise. It is simply one more questionable act in Weissmann’s long history of improper prosecutorial misconduct.

Still, it should be brought up during Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday to show the American people how Weissmann operates and just how politically driven and corrupt the Special Counsel investigation has been.

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Noted Economics Expert Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls for a $20 Minimum Wage

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Nothing has to make sense anymore when it comes to policy proposals from Democrats.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, recently exposed for being a crazy person at a Trump rally in 2016, spoke at a “One Fair Wage” event in Detroit, MI today. There, she called for a minimum wage hike, not to $15, which is already double what it is now, but $20 an hour.

Because losing 1.3 million jobs wouldn’t be enough I guess.

Excerpt via The Daily Caller.

“Big fights like this one, $15. When we started it, it should have been $15. Now I think it should be $20 … It should be $20 an hour. $18-20 an hour,” Tlaib said in a video posted by America Rising on Monday.

Tlaib and Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell participated in an event called “Server for an Hour” to support the Raise the Wage Act that passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives Thursday.

That’s some serious wage inflation she’s wanting. By what logic should it be $20? Why not $50? Heck, $100 sounds nice.

Such artificial forces on the jobs market would, of course, end in disaster. Most businesses work on very thin margins. More than doubling the wage they have to pay for menial jobs would result in widespread layoffs, cutting of hours, and the further overworking of salaried employees. No matter how empathetic Democrats believe they are being, no amount of “feels” overrides economic realities.

We saw that with Bernie Sanders this week. When faced with the fact that he wasn’t paying his campaign staffers $15 an hour, he didn’t raise their pay. No, he cut their hours. We saw the same thing when Obamacare mandated employee health insurance for people working over 30 hours. Liberals can keep foisting these ridiculous rules on companies but all it’s going to do is hurt the economy and hurt the workers.

The harsh truth is that the minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage. It can not be a living wage without putting millions of people out of work entirely. Someone mopping floors is simply not worth $15-$20 an hour. The person taking orders at McDonalds is not valuable enough to be paid $15-$20 an hour. Labor is, and always has been a commodity. It’s worth is determined by its ability to produce economic benefits for employers. The government attempting to artificially set the worth of menial labor just accelerates the path to automation.

Sheer economic ignorance plagues much of the Democratic party at this point, but the most outspoken voices on that front continue to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. These are not serious people. They have no idea what it’s like to run a business, nor manage a payroll. Their proposed ideas would destroy jobs, put millions out of work, and depress the economy as businesses are forced to cut productivity or close altogether.

It should also be noted that Tlaib served tables at this event, basically slumming it so she can say she knows what it’s like to make minimum wage. If restaurants were forced to pay servers minimum wage, much less $20 an hour, it would destroy the restaurant industry. For those that could survive, near full automation would become the norm decades earlier than anticipated. The fact is that most waiters and waitresses make far more per hour on tips than they would getting paid minimum wage.

Tlaib and the Democrats in Congress who are pushing this doubling of the minimum wage are going to end up hurting a lot of people, causing a lot more poverty, and destroying a lot of businesses. But they’ll get to make the rounds on the cable networks talking about how much they care. In the end, isn’t that what really matters here?

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Report: As the Border Crisis Continues, Africa Gets In on the Action

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On Friday, the Customs and Border Protection agency released a report indicating that, in less than two months and in only one sector, it’s arrested over 1,000 migrants from multiple African countries.

That’s a lot.

The CBP explained in a statement:

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have arrested over 1,100 people from countries in Africa since May 30.

The Del Rio sector chief, Agent Raul L. Ortiz, made things crystal: When it comes to sneaking into the country, Mexico certainly isn’t the only game in town:

“The apprehension of people from African countries illegally crossing our borders continues to increase. Our agents this year have encountered people from 51 countries other than Mexico including 19 countries from the continent of Africa.”

Africa shows no signs of stopping. And in case you forgot there’s a crisis:

Del Rio Sector continues to see people from the continent of Africa illegally crossing the border into the United States. The majority of apprehensions have been in the Del Rio area, consisting mostly of family units and single adults. For fiscal year 2019 to date, Del Rio Sector’s total apprehensions are in excess of 44,000 illegal immigrants, already more than double the total number of arrests made during the previous fiscal year.

In June, ABC News noted the growing calamity:

Hundreds of migrants from central African countries, including the Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol in the past month. Federal officials in Texas reported more than 500 people from African countries were arrested in less than a week.

Additionally, in that initial surge was “the largest single group of Africans ever seen by authorities at the southern border.”

We have a problem at the border. And yet, Washington continues to twiddle its thumbs. Or stick them in places they don’t really belong.

Until something more drastic than absurd rhetoric and juvenile arguments over skin color is done, the problem isn’t likely to simply continue; it’s all but guaranteed to worsen.

If Congress needed a reminder, consider the report a good step in that direction.

There’s a Vegas-style sign to the south. It’s flashing and blinking, thanks in part to sedentary Republicans, partisan Democrats, sanctuary cites and counties (here, here, and here), and goofs such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And its message is clear: “Sneak In Here.”

 

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