Congress must prioritize four repairs for the immigration
system before contemplating any DACA-style amnesty negotiation, said Brat: 1.
Ending chain migration and the visa lottery; 2. Mandating employer use of E-Verify;
3. Construction of a southern border wall; and 4. Interior enforcement of
The four aforementioned “permanent fixes” must precede any DACA
negotiation regarding amnesty for illegal immigrants, said Brat: “It shouldn’t
be about trusting or hoping, the permanent part has to come first, you see in
that place and then you negotiate later.”
We can expect a lot of work in 2018 to do what we
can to block the passage of DACA, start building the wall, and end chain
migration. My fave, Mark Steyn, guest hosted for Rush Limbaugh yesterday, and
his segment on illegal immigration and The Wall were reported at both Breitbart
(“Mark Steyn: In the End, Trump Presidency ‘Will Stand or Fall on How He Tackles Immigration’”) and on Steyn’s blog page (“The Wall Is All”). The
transcript report by Jeff Poor at Breitbart is below.
“[T]here’s a lobby — there’s
lobbies for everything in this country,” Steyn said. “And there’s a strong
lobby for illegal immigration. There’s a strong lobby for refugees, which again
is a completely fraudulent operation by and large. Trump won because a
significant [number of voters] were serious about building a wall, about ending
illegal immigration and about doing something about people who walk into this
country illegally, stay here illegally, take jobs illegally, get driver’s
licenses illegally, use Social Security numbers illegally. And at some point …
I would have liked him to hold the inauguration ceremony on the southern border
and for it to culminate after the oath of office with him ceremonially laying
the brick in the wall. But in the end, his presidency will stand or fall on how
he tackles immigration.”
Steyn pointed to how
low-skilled mass immigration has impacted the American economy, and there is a
demand for low-skilled workers. He added that it isn’t just policy for Trump
that is important [but] shifting “attitudes” as well.
“In the end, the Trump presidency
I believe will stand or fall on how permanently he manages to shift not just
the number of people coming into the country, but how he manages to shift
attitudes towards remorseless unskilled mass immigration,” Steyn added. “That’s
what got him elected, and that’s what [will] actually be the basis on which his
presidency is judged.”
Steyn’s page is here. Ann Coulter recently
published an article along the same lines, at Townhall and Human Events here. Her take is that if the United States does not stop illegal immigration, then all other issues are essentially academic.
it’s dawning on Trump’s enemies – on
our enemies – that this isn’t just an unfortunate, temporary bump
in the road to the Californiaization of America, but a U-turn. The people who
elected Donald Trump were something his allegedly conservative Never Trump
opponents never were: serious about being conservative.
It’s easy to grift the
donors with big talk about culture wars and policy initiatives when you never
expect to be in a position to actually pull them off. But the Normals finally
got sick of election year bomb-throwers morphing into pliable puffboys once
their reps crossed into the Beltway. And that’s how you got Trump.
of Trump’s election as “a U-turn” reminded me of Mark Steyn’s reaction when
Barack Obama was re-elected, since it suggested that the American electorate
lacked the will to effect a “serious course correction.” And that is surely because the GOPe ran another RINO candidate, in that instance, Mitt Romney. A lot of
conservatives stayed home on Election Day.
Now here we are on board with President
Trump, making the U-turn, making the serious course correction. The rest of Schlichter’s
column is here.
Speaker Newt Gingrich’s latest emailing is
titled “The Republican 2018 Surprise: Victory.” A short extract:
Adams, the author of Dilbert, has a list of 20 political opinions and predictions made
about President Trump and his Administration, which were just plain wrong. He
suggests if you were wrong about 15 or more of these assertions, you might quit
talking about politics while Trump is in the White House. By Adams’s standard,
most elite "analysts" would have to be quiet, because they have been
so consistently wrong about Trump.
I listened to the end of the year "analysts," I was struck by how
little they know, how little they have questioned their own mistakes, and how
mutually reinforcing their false information has been.
are not analysts. These are liberal propagandists. Much of what they assert is
just plain wrong. Fake news is, sadly, an accurate term. And the topic about
which they have been the most fake is the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Newt predicts a GOP win in the
midterms. But that would not be enough. I can’t help but hope that in the process of draining the swamp, members
of the UniParty, including those with an (R) after their name, are exposed as the corruptocrats that they are.
Over the Christmas break, the pinch-hitters are
guest hosting most of the prime time news and opinion broadcasts at Fox. In
some cases, the bench team outperforms the regular hosts.
Guest host for Sean Hannity is David Webb. He
is intelligent, he listens, and he asks follow-up questions. Webb is calm and
collected and measured, never strident or frenetic.
Guest host for Tucker Carlson is Mark Steyn.
Disclosure: Mark Steyn is my favorite online commentator/blogger. But Steyn as host,
even when saddled with a ghastly line-up of guest talking heads, is informed,
incisive, and FUNNY. (And when he is a guest on Carlson's show, he usually has Tucker in stitches).
Daytime host Brian Kilmeade subbed for Hannity or maybe it was Laura Ingraham, and not once did I reach for the mute button. He also has co-written a book about Andrew Jackson and The Battle of New Orleans and hosted a recent Sunday night special
on the subject. It was excellent, and I hope Fox re-runs it.
has a great wrap-up of Trump’s presidential campaign, election and first year
as POTUS. He begins with Trump’s candidacy:
Trump was attacking the entire political
establishment, the whole Washington sleaze factory, all factions of both
parties, all the Bushes, Clintons, and Obama, the national media, the
lobbyists, Wall Street, Hollywood, and the limousine Left from the Hamptons to
Silicon Valley. Of course the Trump campaign was insane and impossible, and was
doomed to be a ludicrous fiasco, a gigantic, comical clown act that misfired
On Election Night, Nobel prize–winning (for
economics) New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said the stock market would
“never recover” from the Trump victory. (It has set a new all-time high more
than 90 times since.) . . .
This year [Trump] has won over the congressional
Republican party, which had almost entirely opposed him, to toil in the
enactment of his program. Together they have achieved the greatest tax reform
and reduction in over 30 years, largely emasculated Obamacare, put a rod on the
backs of those states that elect incompetents like Jerry Brown and the Cuomos
and lay the resulting state income taxes off on the whole country, repatriated
trillions of dollars of corporate profit, exonerated over half the people from
personal income taxes, reduced the return of 80 percent of taxpayers to a
postcard, and produced conditions for 4 percent GDP growth next year. . .
Considering the sustained assault of 90 percent of
the media, in which the normal honeymoon for a new president has been replaced
by a daily media assassination squad, he has done well.
The article is at the National Review website here.
Everyone is doing their Year-End round ups,
think pieces, retrospectives, and so on. Here is mine.
Back in 2009, I signed on to the Tea Party
because I agreed with its 3 core values:  Fiscal Responsibility (don’t spend more than
you have);  Constitutionally Limited Government (big government is not
the solution; keep the accountability as close to your backyard as possible);
and  Free Markets (as
little regulation as is possible)
But for me, there is another motivator. And I
go back to President Trump’s
historic address in Warsaw, in which he talked about America’s role in
global society: one of things he said was “we write symphonies.” Some of
the media had no idea what he was talking about, but his comment struck me
right where I live.
The great divide in America is now a crisis: it's about the
magnificent culture of Western Civilization versus a nihilistic movement to
destroy that Western Civilization. We (today’s generations) can’t claim any
credit for its development, but Rome and Greece are not at the forefront today,
Europe is collapsing, and America is the de facto or default
flagship and guardian of Western Civilization. Or at least it was.
But how long can America lead the Free World
if our citizens do not acquire the skills of critical thinking and logic; learn
our language and history; and embrace the American culture? The collectivist
left has infiltrated, quite successfully, our major cultural institutions:
academia, Hollywood, and the media. And it is weakening our once robust can-do
culture. It may even be that in 50 years’ time, classical music will be
performed only in the Far East, not in Europe or the United States. I am
thinking here of Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, etc. and dwindling support for the
I spent many years in the trenches employed
by various performing and cultural arts organizations, and most of my erstwhile
colleagues would be in the “left’ to “hard left” categories. I identify as a
fiscal conservative. Not as a Republican, but as a fiscal conservative. Until I
stood up and signed up for the Tea Party, I thought I was in some sort of
socio-political Siberia. That changed with the emergence of the Tea Party.
All this ties into my thoughts about the
cultural collapse of America, the disintegration of behavioral self-restraint,
and why I am grateful beyond words that our President is Donald J. Trump. He treasures a culture that writes symphonies, and he wants to ensure that future generations inherit that culture.
you have a media that calls FLOTUS Melania’s
Christmas decorations at the White House a “nightmare”
that would scare little children, despite the grade-schoolers
flocking to her for hugs, there is, I would say, something seriously wrong
with that media and those who agree with their “narrative.” I am one of many
observers who think we are witnessing some form of mass hysteria. When Morning
Joe warns his viewers that Trump is "mentally unstable," Joe
is exhibiting the phenomenon of projection: Accuse those with whom you disagree
with what you yourself are doing.
What has all this to do with my cultural
concerns? In the past several years, I’ve been involved in some projects that
aim to preserve our cultural assets -- much
as the early
Catholic monks did. They labored in many ways, and some of them sat
there in seclusion, attempting to preserve the artistic, intellectual, and
literary accomplishments of their cultural heritage (not to say literacy
itself), out of fear that the barbarians at the gate would destroy the
Archival projects today tear off a page from
those monks. Maybe the Golden Age of Musical Theater (think Rodgers and
Hammerstein) is not your thing, but The Musical Theater Project here in
Cleveland is dedicated to such preservation. Maybe your thing is the visual arts.
Cleveland has a world-class Museum of Art that
offers free admission. Maybe your thing is classical music. The Cleveland
Orchestra excels in performing and preserving that repertory. Maybe
you’ve heard them for free at Public Square on the Fourth of July. My work over the last 20 years involved research on Shakespeare and his biography. I am so lucky that
we live in close proximity to the Cleveland Public Library – it is another cultural
The point is: How long will these world-class institutions
survive, whether in Cleveland or anywhere else in the United States? Where are
their future audiences and readers? Many schools no longer require that
students read any Shakespeare or Charles Dickens. Mark Twain’s
Finn is banned in many schools. I weep.
I was in a conversation about some of this
recently with a friend and colleague who leans liberal, but we found ourselves
on common ground when it came to our cultural history and traditions. I
expressed some of my concerns, and he mentioned the monks. I took his point and
mentioned them above. It is frightening to even have to think that we need those monks now.
So-called "Safe Spaces" are
increasing, especially on campuses. The "Snowflake" population continues to insulate itself and reject critical thinking in favor
of emotional self-gratification. Identity Politics are everywhere, and as
groups like BLM and Antifa turn to violence, our cultural heritage is being destroyed. Attacked.
Erased. Our historical monuments -- representing our very history -- are being destroyed. Literally.
So I continue with my little contribution to
the Cleveland Tea Party. Most of what I blog on is related to the three Tea
Party core values, often to post Action Alerts for legislative initiatives at
the local, state, and federal level that affect those three core values. But
for me, it also impacts the heritage that has been entrusted to us, and I speak
as a senior citizen who is so grateful to our forebears for our cultural
I stand for our National Anthem. I recite the
Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. And I blog for the Cleveland Tea Party
(deferring always to Ralph King, who is my mentor on whatever is going on in
the political world). For me, being a Cleveland Tea Party blogger is also about a devout
reverence for our Judeo-Christian traditions and values; a profound gratitude
for our freedoms; and a sense of responsibility to preserve and pass on to future generations our cultural endowment, history, and yes, symphonies.
NumbersUSA has learned that Congressional Leaders may include an
H-2B visa increase in the year-end spending bill. The H-2B visa is the
low-skilled guest worker program used to fill seasonal or temporary jobs in
landscaping, food service, hospitality, and more. This program adds extra job
competition for low-skilled American workers and adversely affects the wages
for these jobs.
In past year's spending bills, Congress has exempted returning
workers from the H-2B program, having the potential impact of quadrupling the
number of these guest worker visas issued each year. For FY2017, Congress
didn't exempt returning workers, but gave the Department of Homeland Security
authority to issue visas beyond the annual cap. DHS ultimately increased the
number of visas available by 15,000.
This new threat adds to the continuing threat of a DACA amnesty
being part of the spending bill. Despite rhetoric from leaders of both Parties,
Congress could still include this amnesty in the must-pass bill.
call your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators and tell them to oppose a
DACA amnesty and an H-2B visa increase in the must-pass, year-end spending
Sen. Sherrod Brown ~ (202) 224-2315
Sen. Rob Portman ~ (202) 224-3353
Rep. Marcia Fudge ~ (202) 225-7032
If Marcia Fudge is not your Representative, call the Capitol
switchboard at (202) 255-3121to reach your Rep.
The White House released the official Christmas Portrait – President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen . . . in their official 2017 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Mark Steyn is a favorite of mine, and here are a few of his
[Judge Roy] Moore lost narrowly enough
to suggest that it wasn't the accusations that did him in. He could have
survived those, just about. What killed him was that he was running against
both the Democrats and the Republicans - including Alabama's own senior senator,
Richard Shelby. (Trump post-Billy Bush was in a similar position, as the likes
of Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte, etc, stampeded to distance themselves.) But Roy
Moore was the nominee only because the smart guys over-invested in Luther
Strange (just as in 2015 they over-invested in Jeb Bush). In the first round of
primary voting, Mitch McConnell's priority was to prop up Strange by taking out
what he regarded as his principal threat, Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks would
have made an excellent senator, and would have been elected in a walk, and he
can also claim more plausibly than Moore to be a populist conservative aligned
with the Trump agenda. But McConnell didn't want him in the Senate and, as he
saw it, once Brooks was gone, Luther Strange would have no trouble walloping
Moore in the run-off.
Unfortunately, Strange owed his eminence in Alabama to the
patronage of a corrupt and discredited governor. As I wrote three months ago,
given the disposition of GOP primary electorates in the Age of Trump, they were
unlikely to turn to "a creature from the Alabama swamp ...to drain the
Washington swamp". So, thanks to McConnell and the ten million
bucks he blew through, Moore won the run-off and became the candidate. And
thus, of all preposterous outcomes, Alabama is now a blue state.
. . .
A final thought on Moore:
Yes, he's a kook, and an insufficiently nimble one to dodge the incoming
schoolgirls. But as I wrote three months ago:
Whatever one feels about
Roy Moore, he's principled enough to be willing to lose his job over the Ten
Commandments and same-sex marriage. That's unusual in American politics.
Read Steyn’s full column here. I think he is correct to place blame on Mitch McConnell
and the GOPe Uniparty.
Ohio--U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons was endorsed by the Franklin County
Republican Party on Wednesday by an overwhelming margin, giving the
Cleveland-area businessman a high-profile win in his underdog bid to snatch the
GOP nomination from Treasurer Josh Mandel.
party's central committee vote was 85-16, according to Gibbons. It's the first
time Gibbons has been endorsed by a county party; the Cuyahoga County GOP
previously endorsed Mandel.
Read the rest here. Mr. Gibbons's website is here.
The Army, which honored the 10th Mountain Division with their
uniforms on Saturday, ran for 221 yards on 49 carries while the Navy, which
honored the Blue Angels, ran for 294 yards on 46 carries. . . .
Thanks to the team's win
and its victory over the Air Force Falcons earlier in the season, the Army
received the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is given to the top military
football school annually. . . .
President Donald Trump
himself tweeted earlier in the day that he would be watching the game.
Following the results, he offered congratulations to the Army's Black Knights. . .
No matter what the teams' records are coming into the game or
which one comes out on top, the American people are still happy to support
these two sides. Without them and the rest of the military academies and the
military overall, there would be no United States, in which citizens are free
to enjoy things like football.
Need a little
pick-me-up? David Prentice at American Thinker has some thoughts on President Trump's accomplishments in his first year in office, despite a corrupt and hostile media that
lies about him every day, despite the GOP elites that obstruct his agenda every inch of the way, despite the
howling from environmentalists, the academic community, etc., etc. Prentice’s
question: “how in the hell is
Trump doing this?” Below is a short extract from his article proposing some answers:
The art of building is an underestimated skill. It
requires a combination of deep intelligence, blue collar toughness, a mind
capable of great focus and flexibility. Walking onto a construction
site is like walking into a washing machine. Everything is moving;
machines, people, tools, and lots of noise. Lots of noise. All
being driven to a finish line of time, money, and hopefully the integrity of a
job that will endure. It’s the Wild West of being in business, and you’d
better be prepared to live your life in a storm that doesn’t stop until each
project is complete. After which you are fired. Well, not really,
but you are terminated with your final payment, and if you’re good, you get to
start another job all over again because you won a bid against other companies
that want the same job. The storm never ends.
. . .
It’s a storm that invigorates you to succeed, or drives you to
fail. You push, you press to figure out the process and master
it. Or go home. Donald Trump loved this process early
on. It was his early training, it was what molded his outlook, it was what
tested him. His life was a storm. He used the storm of New York
building to vault his company to the top of the heap. He used the storm
while building nationwide, and worldwide to propel it even further.
This is a man whose whole life has been lived within storms.
He thrives on them, welcomes them, and uses them to achieve his goals.
It’s clear Trump’s political career is following the same
course. Whoever tries to engulf him within a storm loses. The left
has been calling on storm after storm, and they are still losing. They
don’t get it yet. Return to that list of accomplishments cited
earlier. He is implementing his promises one at a time, the whole time
the left conjures multiple deluges, dark ones, like the witches in
It’s amazing to watch.
Read the rest here.
And yes, it is amazing to watch.
NumbersUSA sent out
this newsletter earlier today:
Thirty-three Republican U.S. Representatives want to put young
illegal aliens who received the unconstitutional DACA amnesty ahead of the
interests of American workers, according to a letter they all signed addressed
to House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week.
The letter signers urged Speaker Ryan to immediately pass
legislation that would grant a permanent
amnesty to approximately 700,000 illegal aliens before the end of the year.
While they did mention their desire to improve border security
and to fix the "broken immigration system", they offered no
specifics. And they did not suggest that those fixes or any other
immigration-related provisions be paired with DACA legislation.
We write in
support of passing of a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the end of the year. ...
We are compelled
to act immediately because many DACA recipients are about to lose or have
already lost their permits in the wake of the program's rescission. ...
We must pass
legislation that protects DACA recipients from deportation and gives them the
opportunity to apply for a more secured status in our country as soon as
possible. Reaching across the aisle to protect DACA recipients before the
holidays is the right thing to do.
The letter's signees -- led by Reps.
Scott Taylor of Virginia and Dan Newhouse of Washington
-- fail to address any of the unintended consequences that would result from
passing amnesty-only legislation. They ignore interior enforcement, including a
requirement for all employers to use E-Verify for all new hires, that would cut
off the jobs magnet and significantly reduce future illegal immigration. An
amnesty without E-Verify would only guarantee demands for future amnesties for
the new illegal aliens who would be enticed to come.
The letter fails to address Chain Migration, which if not ended,
would multiply the size the amnesty, adding millions more foreign workers to
the labor market to compete with unemployed and underemployed American workers.
Pres. Trump, himself, has said that an end to Chain Migration must be part of
any DACA deal, but the letter signers instead refer to an outdated quote from
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that leaves out Chain
The full list of the letter signers is at the link above to the
full letter, or click here. I am pleased to say that none of the signatories are from Ohio, so
there’s no Action Alert today to get on the phone to them.