Environment

The GOP’s deportation fantasy.

On immigration, the Republicans play a duplicitous game. On the one hand, extravagant promises of mass deportations and shiny new border walls – now paid for by Mexico – rile the base straight to the ballot box. On the other hand, business conservatives – from the US Chamber of Commerce on down – quietly warn their political poodles to take no action.

Because corporate America well knows that entire industries – hospitality, agriculture, construction – are underpinned by the labor of the undocumented. Punitive policies driving migrants out of rural Georgia left crops rotting in the fields. Conservative business groups warn that throwing 11 million illegal aliens out would shrink the economy by $1.6 trillion.

Just the cost of detaining, processing, and deporting them is estimated at $400-600 billion. Where’s the fiscal conservatism there? (h/t The Hill)

The big bad EPA.

The GOP has ignored American industry’s deplorable record on pollution. Telling the country to ‘move along, nothing to be seen here’.

But when the EPA takes out one river, three congressional committees line up to ‘investigate’.

Trump’s law of unintended consequences.

Donald Trump released a policy paper on undocumented aliens. One of his suggestions was to stop remittances being sent back to home countries. I suppose his theory is that if people couldn’t send money back to support families, there wouldn’t be any point in people coming here illegally.

Saner heads point out that, if people couldn’t receive money from America, they would have to come here to get it themselves – i.e., more immigrants.

 

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The Bible Has no Place in American Jurisprudence.

June 10, 2015

“The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies” ― Mark Twain. The Christian Reformation in the 16th century was, in large part, a dispute between the traditionalists (Catholics) who believed in the authority of the Pope and the Church hierarchy to […]

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Really? 4.4.15 – Earthquakes in Oklahoma; Carly Fiorina Picks Fights She’ll Lose; Anti-Gay Florists for Jesus In Georgia; Walmart Shoppers Addicted to Cheap Crappy Food.

April 4, 2015

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. Oklahoma has been having earthquakes. More than before. And the oil and gas industry’s love of fracking is being held up as the culprit. The reaction will be predictable. The science will be denied and ‘radical environmentalists’ will […]

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Just How Dumb Is it to Pay for Something that Can Be Had for Free?

March 18, 2015

“You can fool yourself, you know. You’d think it’s impossible, but it turns out it’s the easiest thing of all.” ― Jodi Picoult People used to drink water from a tap. But now they hand over $12 billion to the bottled water cartels every year. Why? It started with ‘mineral’ waters. These exotic waters from […]

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Really? – 3.6.15 – Carson thinks about prison sex; Still crazy in Kansas; Fossil fuel’s animal rights activists.

March 6, 2015

Ben Carson is a really dumb smart guy. Ben Carson was by all accounts a brilliant surgeon. He also espouses some quite liberal positions on universal health care. And has some interesting thoughts about gun-control in the inner-cities. Otherwise, he is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. Not just in the policies he cleaves to, but in the […]

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Are We Mom, the Flag, and Apple Pie – Or More Like the Guy at Applebee’s in the Wife Beater.

December 11, 2014

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville. We consider ourselves to be a decent people. Our heroes are stalwart sorts – who can be relied upon to the right thing. Cary Cooper, John Wayne and the Marlboro Man. We […]

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Tear It Down – The Republican Plan for America

October 28, 2014

The GOP hates the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA, aka Obamacare). It’s hate is hypocritical, as it mirrors a health initiative proposed by the GOP in 1994 to forestall talk of a possible Democraticsingle payer plan. But as it is today closely identified with its eponymous promoter – the President, whose name is now mud […]

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The Ferguson Affair is no Reason to Abolish the EPA.

August 15, 2014

“If men were angels no government would be necessary” – James Madison The Ferguson PD deployed armored vehicles and heavily armed, camouflaged officers to counter the protests over the Michael Brown killing. Libertarians are leaping on that overreaction to decry a government grown too large; too authoritarian; too fascist. Their solution? Dispense with the whole […]

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Really? 8.3.14 – Abortion Follies; Bigotry; Perry Lies; & the GOP Love Affair with Corporations

August 3, 2014

Abortion caused the national debt. Absurd? Yes. But what the hell. All’s fair in the debate over women’s choice. The claim goes like this. Fifty five million abortions since Roe vs Wade have stripped the US economy of a 1/3 of its tax base. Those extra people would have contributed $45 trillion to the nation’s wealth […]

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