“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, June 03, 2013

What do the Republicans see in Marco Rubio?


  1. That's why we urge you to call Senator Rubio (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and ask him: if S. 744 doesn’t deal with the fundamental issues conservatives are concerned about -- such as no “legalization” until the border is verified as secure, and no access to entitlements before citizenship -- then is he prepared to vote “NO” on final passage in the Senate?

    Then call your Senator (same number: 1-866-220-0044) to tell him or her that you oppose S. 744 because it offers amnesty to between 15 to 20 million illegal aliens AND, if passed, will bring 30 million more foreigners here legally – all of whom will qualify for taxpayer funded welfare benefits and other forms of public assistance, threatening to overwhelm our already bankrupt “entitlement” system.

    And perhaps most importantly, tell your Senator that, despite the outright lies coming from the Gang of Eight, S. 744 will not secure the border.

  2. The Senate’s pending immigration bill will trim taxpayer spending on illegal immigrants for a decade, but will explode deficit spending by roughly $1 trillion in each following decade, according to a new analysis by the Heritage Foundation, which opposes the sweeping measure.

    The lifetime costs for the 11 million illegals would reach $9.4 trillion, although they would pay roughly $3.1 trillion in taxes. That’s a $6.3 trillion lifetime cost to taxpayers, the report projects.

    The cost would rise to $1.6 trillion per decade once the wave of legalized low-skill immigrants starts using federal retirement programs in roughly 35 years, said Heritage’s assessment, released Monday.

    Without legalization, the cost of the “unlawful immigrants” would be $1 trillion over five decades, Robert Rector, Heritage’s forecaster, told reporters May 6.

    “Unlawful immigrants on average are tax consumers; they never once generate ‘fiscal surplus’ that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society,” said the Heritage report.

    In contrast, “well educated households tend to be next tax contributors [and] the taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive,” said the report.

    The report only looked at the financial impact of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

    The report does not examine the cost of future chain-migration spurred by the pending Senate bill. It does not look at the tax impact of the bill’s provisions that would bring in another 20 million people, nor on the chain migration spurred by those 20 million immigrants.

    Read more:

  3. Who is it that verifies that the border is secure?

    Who defines "secure'?

    The status que is a disaster, has been for a longtime.

    There has to be a way to 'regularize' and document the undocumented.

    There be no need for a "Path to Citizenship", just documentation and legalization.

    Fines and fees as appropriate to be decided.

  4. Fine the employers. Problem solved.

    1. The "System" to check is unfunctional, in the real world.

      Ranch Markets had about 1,000 employees.
      Each one was E-Verified.

      When INS audited the company, it found around 300 were illegals.
      The SS numbers were being used in multiple locations, across the US.
      Only the Federals can access the SS info, and E-Verify does not reject if the number is in use in multiple locales.

      A flaw, to be sure.

      How do you empower the IRS to fine employers, when the IRS lets the illegal slip through.
      More power to the IRS, or any Federal agency to investigate EVERY employer in the US?

      Who is fooling who?

    2. Every household would be subject to employment checks.
      Do you have a maid?
      A gardener?
      A nanny?

      Full or part time?

    3. I can see it, now ...

      Two mid to late twenty's Federals, walking house to house, with their employment questionnaires.

      There'd have to be thousands of 'em.

      Census takers 24/7/365

      Or at least 9 to 5, four days a week.
      Gotta have your 'off hours' call backs.

      Three shifts, well, at least two.


    4. Every corporation in the US audited, at least every year, really, to be effective it'd have to be more often than that.

  5. On this day in 1621, the Dutch West India Company was granted a charter for a plot of land that included the New Netherlands, what is now known as New York City.

  6. I am taking my next post down in solidarity with WiO, whatever he said.

    By the way it is status quo, not status que.

    'o' and 'e' are on the opposite sides of the keyboard.


  7. Rat is a dumb fuck that cannot spell.


  8. O no.


    Without my Google Account I have no delete.


    It's true. I can't delete it.

    Hadn't thought of that. Sorry.



  9. Rubio is Hispanic. That's what the GOP sees in him. What else is there to see?

    It's all about race and gender these days.


  10. Any chance the management could delete my -

    Mon Jun 03, 10:29:00 PM EDT


    I'd feel better about things.


    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    3. Jeez I'm really really sorry, I was going to take it down in a type of protest, and I'm sorry I could not do that, but I'm not on my Google Account and have no delete. I hope to remedy this tomorrow when we drive into town and I'll see my tech expert. I've even asked Deuce to take it down, but he seems to want to leave it up.



    Dang, that would have been good too. You know Joe would have really blown it one way or the other.


    1. Biden may be the only honest man in the whole administration. The 'token honest man' so to speak. But they've got him muffled up. They don't want to show their good side it seems.



  12. June 3, 2013
    Eric Hoffer Revisited
    By Fred Gottheil

    In 1968, a year after Israel's stunning victory over the armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq -- which put Israel in control of the Sinai, Judea, Samaria, the Golan, and their populations -- Eric Hoffer, pre-eminent American philosopher and the 1983 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had this to say about the political aftermath of its military achievement:

    The Jews are a peculiar people. Things permitted to other people are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions, of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it; Poland and Czechoslovakia did it; Turkey drove out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchmen; Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese -- and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. ... Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

    Hoffer's observation, made 45 years ago, appears to be as true today as it was then. The political elites of the world, with few notable exceptions, continue to ignore the slaughter and displacement of non-combatants in conflicts occurring in almost every region of the world. The explosive belt has joined the modern arsenal of poison gas, land mines, AK-47s, and the machete, all of which have taken the lives of millions of defenseless people. International terrorism, much of it Islamic in origin, continues to undermine civil society, notably in the Middle East and Africa. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern and African refugees spill out of troubled countries into adjacent troubled countries and are, for the most part, virtually ignored by the world's political elites.

    And while these atrocities continue unabated, the attention of the world's elites is still drawn to one people only, and in one conflict: the Jews, in defense of the Jewish state. The epitome of this freakish absurdity is embodied in the activity of the United Nations. U.N. resolutions condemning Israel for violations of space and human rights are the staple diet of that world organization. One might expect renegade states like Somalia and Iran to endorse those resolutions -- and they do -- but they are often partnered with the likes of a Sweden and Norway.

    1. Hoffer wouldn't have been at all surprised. He had written in that same piece from which the lengthy quote above was drawn: "The Swedes did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway." Hoffer was not disposed to drawing fine distinctions among anti-Semites.

      The Palestinians, then, are lucky in this one respect: they are at war with the Jewish state. Had Palestinians been in conflict with any other people -- Peruvians, for example -- nobody would have given them a hoot. Certainly not the United Nations. After all, why should any attention, let alone international aid, be given to a group of people busy blowing up Peruvians? And if the Peruvians, in self-defense, are successful in disposing of those Palestinian terrorists, the response from the world's political elite might well be to applaud the Peruvians, and justifiably so.

      But it's the Jews in the battle, so the script reads differently. And never mind that public opinion polls show considerable Palestinian support for Palestinian terrorism against Israeli citizens. Never mind that thousands of rockets continue to be fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since Israel disengaged completely from the Strip in 2005. Never mind that Israel built a security fence along its West Bank border instead of choosing, as others might, to rid the region of its belligerent population. That matters not. What matters is that they are Jews. And that was Hoffer's blunt but truthful observation.

      And he made another which is as well worth considering today as it was in 1968. Hoffer ended his short essay saying: "I have a premonition that will not leave me: as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us."


    2. In defense of the Swedes selling iron ore to the Germans, they had a gun at their head.

      But, it isn't much of a defense, and they shouldn't have done it.


  13. Last year, after widespread public criticism, we thought we abolished the practice of loading a spending bill with earmarks, i.e., special spending that benefits the constituents of favored Members of Congress. Earmarks are back with specific goodies buried in S.744.

    The Gang of Eight bill exempts ski and snowboard instructors from the visa cap in order to benefit Colorado, exempts meat-packing workers to benefit South Carolina and exempts workers who repair cruise ships to benefit Florida, all states that have Senators on the Gang of Eight.

    And don't forget the shocking earmarks for immigration lawyers and community organizers for illegal-alien groups. S.744 can never be amended into good legislation; it is thoroughly bad and incredibly costly.

  14. For Ash, so he can get his facts straight concerning the Zimmerman case -

    June 4, 2013
    Getting the Facts Straight in the Zimmerman Case
    By Jack Cashill


  15. 2016 - A Weiner/Holder Ticket -

    13:30 mark


    Huma Abedin: The scariest person in America? — on The Murrell Gang

    Something is odd or out of place when a rat with wings has a human face.

    Scary? You bet.


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