Dark Brown Smelly Stuff

Let’s all admit it, Trump stepped in it biggly, with his Zero Tolerance, which involved child separation.

At some point he discovered that it was a PR nightmare. It was. It is. It will be, for months!

Every “optics” was bad. It mobilized the Mothers Of America United into a primal scream, and that is never good. Trump can’t win that. Nobody can, but Trump least of all. He has little margin of error with women!

Trump seemed on track to get his wall, and more before he was caught on his back foot, but the Republicans, never organized, are now so higgly-piggly that they hardly exist at all. They are unlikely to have more House members after the election than today, and if they can’t get a bill organized today, then any immigration bill is sunk.

And Trump is to blame. I said before it was a highly chancy bet, one that carried huge risk, and if it worked it would be wonderful, but it didn’t. He risked a lot, and lost. The bad news is that he lost a lot that he can’t recover.

It was an all-or-nothing bet that turned out to be dark brown smelly stuff.

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My Plan to Solve Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration is a classic cost/benefit problem.

The “cost” is the social and financial cost of the families of illegal alien workers in school, medical and criminal activities. The “benefit” is the workers’ labor in activities where American labor is lacking.

Most solutions call for some deportation of otherwise law-abiding women and children. This raises the hackles on the necks of many Americans.

My plan, described below, institutes a “carrot” to entice those families to self-deport, and a “stick” if they do not take the carrot. (All at no additional cost to the taxpayers.)

1) Secure the border.

2) Deport all convicted criminal illegal aliens.

3) Double (or even triple) legal immigration from all Latin American countries.

4) Institute a worker program with all current illegal alien workers in specific labor categories eligible for a 10-year Green Card (renewable in five-year increments on good behavior) – if (and only if) they agree to have their non-American-citizen family members immediately move back to their home country. (Violators will lose their Green Card status).

5) Institute a controlled guest worker program of new workers, based on two-year, unaccompanied tours (renewable three times on good behavior).

This proposal would blunt claims of racism, decrease immeasurably the social cost drain on the taxpayer, and provide a large source for low-cost labor while keeping the remittances to Latin American countries generally untouched.

This is a win-win situation in which there is an incentive for self-deportation of those who are a drain on taxpayers, while keeping the benefit(s) of labor in a known and regulated manner.

I like illegal aliens. I have fed them, housed them, arranged for their work, and collected their just debts – all at no cost. But I hate illegal immigration because the social cost has far exceeded the labor benefit.

Let’s discuss humane solutions to human problems, and leave the punitive methods to the most egregious matters. Deportation is a method more suitable to a problem that requires instant solutions – our illegal alien population has lived with us with minimal problems for many decades and while we need to address the problem, it should be addressed in a less contentious manner than letting line-breakers stay at the front of the line or deportation.

And make no mistake, the Democrats’ policy will leave the line-breakers at the head of the line – they remain comfortable in the U.S. for years while other Latinos who have behaved properly remain in Rio, or Mexico City.

My proposal has added importance since the passing of the health care bill. Those self-deporting are at the low end of the economic scale and will require subsidies, while those who apply for the increased legal immigration must by law have a sponsor who attests that he or she will pick up the economic slack if the immigrant is not capable.

We trade educated Latino immigrants in a legal status for basically uneducated Latino immigrants in an illegal status.

Further, the Democrats’ proposal does not address at all the millions of illegal aliens who choose not to even apply for American citizenship!

Mine does. Humanely

Negotiation

If Trump can use the separation of children as a lever to get good immigration, so be it! If Trump can get free trade by leveraging threats of tariffs against virtually every country, so be it.

Negotiation is tricky business. Always. It doesn’t always work to threaten, and if threatening doesn’t work you are often left with nowhere to go.

Backing down from a threat is something Trump would not do lightly in the presidential office. It’s too public. Trump would never take a public defeat.

So, where does that leave us? It leaves us with the compromises of some sort, and Trump wants to compromise on his term

I personally think Greg Gutfeld has the right solution: Line up buses at the border, fill them up and take them back. That would deny true Refugees a right to seek Asylum, but every Swinging Richard in Central and South America knows the proper words to seek Refugee Status whether they deserve it or not. There is no way to investigate the claims of 50,000 requests a month.

We have 20 million refugees already. Enough is enough!

Golf Is For Those Too Old For Sex!

Golf is a dying sport. That is not news.

What is news is that it frees up a lot of golf course property for development in urban areas. At about 150 acres each, a golf course could theoretically provide housing for thousands of people, and in expensive cities, that could ease a housing shortage.

San Diego is one such City. Zillow lists 14 areas nearing “crises” levels, and of the 14 areas, six are in California. San Diego is fifth on the list. The daily newspapers and TV news shows have highlighted the problem, and it is generally accepted that it is regulations and environmental lawsuit delays that increase the cost and reduce the density.

At one point, San Diego County boasted of 65 golf courses. At 150 acres each, that is a lot of ill used land. I live on a recently remodeled golf course, and the number of rounds of golf are obviously down substantially. Nationally, the number of golfers has dropped from 30 million to 20 million, and that is obvious on our golf course.

Golf courses are closing all over San Diego County and each one is the subject of housing plans, surrounding resident’s lawsuits, and costly delays. The real estate of golf courses, costly to begin with, becomes even costlier during delays, and in California it takes three or four times the regulation delays encountered in other states.

A Good Start

It is an unbreakable rule, developed over decades of being a computer professional, that I would never, under any circumstance, buy anything that was Version 1.0.

Unfortunately, my wife’s Alzheimer’s decline could not wait for the OcculusGo (standalone Virtual Reality) to get to Version 2.0. That means giving up a lot of software, that still needs to be developed for this, the very first real consumer-oriented Virtual Reality.

First, the entire VR world appears to be mostly aimed at juveniles, not unexpectedly since we adults don’t buy a lot of devices until they, and their software are mature. This will be a long climb, so adults who are not enamored with roller coaster rides, or cartoons will not need to jump into this pool.

The good news is that no cell phone is needed except for the setup. The visual unit is truly independent, but it is somewhat limited by the interior rechargeable battery. I am certain that the length of battery is a trade off with weight. One doesn’t need a heavy headset, and this one is delightfully light.

Three recommendations: All content that must be downloaded should have a counter, so that long downloads could be dumped. The second recommendation is that the length of every content should be noted in the beginning. Third, more mature content such as more travelogues should be developed for mature audiences.

But it’s a good start.

Uncle Sucker

Tariffs are such a tangled mess of jumbles, unequal equities and unreasonable reasonable situations…

The United States has tariffs, on peanuts, sugar (since 1793), paper clips, canned tuna, and…

Our paper clip tariff against China is a hefty 127%.

Now it is perfectly obvious that China’s 25% tariff against the US cars hurts us a lot more than the 127% tariff against CHinese paper clips hurts China, and it is reasonable to look at tariffs and see if they are in need a sunset clauses. Of course Trump thinks we have given away the store in the North Korean nuclear negotiations (true), and the same people negotiating for tariff may not have been any better.

Singapore has 0.00, average tariff. Hong Kong the same and still the same with Switzerland. Canada itself, overall, at 0.85, but Dairy Products are 270%, our president assures us.

I can see in my mind, because I have heard enough comments from liberals over the years say similar things, that our negotiators believed in helping others at our expense, because there was a huge disparity in economic and military power. Indeed, FOX news posted the relative economic power of the nation’s at the G-7 conference — the US exceeds all other conferees together.

If it is true as the president says that other countries are taking advantage of us, it was done purposely. We have been reluctant to use our economic power, and our military power. Yes, we invaded Afghanistan, and stayed too long, the same with Iraq. But we permitted the North Koreans to get nukes, Iran to get too close, and China to successfully challenge the freedom of the seas.

Our new economic and military stance is indeed more muscular. I hope we don’t overdo it, but we have certainly underdone it in the past, so we need a rest. Trump,, to his credit, understands that we have been Uncle Sucker long enough.

The IG Is Coming…

There is unlikely to be a political bombshell more important than the Department of Justice Inspector General Report, to be announced on Thursday June 14.

There are leaks about what is in the report, but we don’t know, won’t know until the detailed, several hundred page report is released. The subject of the report is the Hillary presidential run and the FBI investigation, and former FBI Head James Comey is expected to be roundly criticized.

The question is the manner and direction of the findings. I would hope that Hillary is on Somme way actually indicted for her handling of the classified matter during her tenure a SecState…it was criminal by any rational standards.

Perhaps it is too much to hope for in a Washington whose penchant for forgiving past sins is criminal in itself.