Right now the mainstream media is bombarding America with a lot of what they call news, which is really just opinion. So let’s start the New Year with some straight talk and reality:
Uncontrolled immigration does lower real wages in America and elsewhere.
There is no economist (except maybe the much-discredited Paul Krugman), who will tell you anything different. It is an economic certainty that if you flood an economy with low skilled workers that lower wage citizens who are already there will suffer economically through less opportunity and lower wages. It just works that way.
Now you will hear defenders of open immigration policy try to explain that there is a labor shortage for jobs that no one else wants and that Americans won’t do. Well, think of it this way: maybe Americans don’t want to do those jobs at that wage. It’s time that the agriculture industry and others (construction) who employ folks at basically slave wages - pay up and pay the real labor costs for American workers.
I am not talking about a mandatory minimum wage increase; I’m talking about a market wage paid for those offering their services. Period.
Oh, but prices of goods might rise you say? O.K. let employers pay the true cost of labor in America and workers receive those wages. Or let’s stop pretending (progressives) that you’re morally superior to everyone else and just tell everyone you want lower prices for goods and are willing to sacrifice your less fortunate fellow citizens.
coup attempt, But, don’t forget that by looking the other way on illegal immigration, you are creating overcrowded classrooms and straining an already overburdened health care system and other community resources. That is a huge cost to American society, one that greatly outweighs any possible increase in the price of everyday goods.
The real crazy people are the Left who refuse to accept reality, not Donald Trump.
Sure, the President has a terrible Twitter habit and he’s not very presidential about it. But hey, look in the mirror folks. I’ve never seen more insensitive rudeness than I’ve seen from all of you who are so upset about Trump’s win in 2016. Hell, just go online and try to give an opinion that isn’t progressive. Progressives feel like they can say anything to anyone. Well, they have that right, but it’s just rude.
And it works both ways- people on the right that can call people names like “libtard,” are equally nasty jerks. I’d like to see some real conversation on issues from everyone rather than the flying insults we see on social media. We could all take a break from Twitter anyway!
But, I think that there’s something more nefarious going on here. Since the day after Trump’s election, the Left led by their elected officials, Hollywood, and CNN have been screaming, “resist!” This was followed by the infamous “pussy hats” march on Washington and the Russian collusion charges. Now we have the Wolff book that is a very thinly veiled hatchet job that is fueling talk of invoking the 25th Amendment that allows a President who is mentally incapacitated to be removed from office.
Molly Hemmingway, a writer I really admire has the appropriate name for this latest incarnation of Progressive resistance - a coup attempt. It sure is, and it’s despicable and I said so early in 2016.
Listen, I’ve witnessed this craziness from the Left my whole life. It happens whenever a Republican is elected President.
I’ll never forget the picture on National Lampoon of Richard Nixon sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles, a cigarette dangling from his lips. The title of the article: The Coronation of King Dick.
How about Ronald Reagan? He was stupid and senile and crazy according to the Left - you can look it up. I almost choked laughing while the same journalists that sneered their distaste every time they mentioned Reagan’s name, lauded him at his funeral.
Then, there was George W. Bush, a “dumb” guy, a “cowboy” with Daddy issues.
Funnily enough, the only Republican president in my lifetime who never got this treatment was George H.W. Bush. But I guess he was saved from the usual ridicule because he broke a campaign promise and raised taxes (read his lips…). He was good enough to do that and also lose to Bill Clinton so he got a rare pass from the Left.
So, there always seems to be massive hysteria on the Left when a Republican is President. Why should we listen to you now Progressives?
The stock market’s rapid rise and the economy’s performance is not due to Barack Obama’s policies.
In fact, President Obama’s policies and his Democrat congressional henchman tied business up with red tape, squandered a billion dollar “stimulus” and shackled businesses with Obamacare mandates which decreased workers’ hours and stunted job growth.
The Republicans, with virtually no help from Democrats, passed a tax bill that included a massive cut in corporate taxes that will be an incredible multiplier for our economy for the foreseeable future. By going from one of the highest tax rates in the world to one of the lowest, there will be a massive shift of capital to the U.S.
Now Progressives, I know you hate big corporations and all they stand for. Fair enough, some companies are blind to any humanity at all. But they do create the jobs we need and capital expenditures and stock prices that our retirement accounts crave.
And one more thing, the tax bill incorporated (pun intended) small businesses through its provisions for all types of corporations - even pass-throughs to individual entrepreneurs. And small businesses actually employ the highest percentage of working Americans. Poor people do not create jobs and we can’t wish it so.
The answer for Progressives and their Democrat legislators is work on some real policy and stop wasting time on the Trump bashing.
The last I looked, every red/blue map of America is filled with a sea of red and very few islands of blue. In fact, never has there been so little local and state level representation by Democrats since the Civil War.
I know, I know: “wait ‘til November 2018!” Here’s my prediction: If Democrats don’t get working on producing a vision that Americans like in 2018, and some serious policy proposals, there will be even more screaming following the midterms. After all, as James Carville so eloquently said: “It’s the economy stupid.”
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Political Storm