• Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions

    Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions

    The Trump administration has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute all illegal immigrants. Though the administration’s implementation of the policy comports with existing laws, it’s clear officials weren’t prepared to deal with the crush of kids that would come under their supervision, and have struggled to implement the policy in a humane way.

    Moreover, the administration has done, for the most part, a disastrously inept job of explaining that without these detentions, families would otherwise walk into the country illegally, often ignoring the courts. They’ve failed to explain that most of the kids being held are unaccompanied, and that there is also a moral cost associated with allowing kids to wander over the border. Or how asylum seekers, most often coming from dismaying circumstances, sometimes lie to gain entry. While family separation is callous, it’s existence does not excuse ginned-up moral panic, pious grandstanding, and comparisons to Nazi death camps. READ MORE...

  • Our Debate On Illegal Immigration Is A National Disaster

    Our Debate On Illegal Immigration Is A National Disaster

    When emotionalism meets scaremongering, it’s difficult to have a useful debate about anything. Yet for immigration, those seem to be the two choices.

    The Trump administration has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy requiring law enforcement to prosecute illegal immigrants. Yes, the policy comports with the letter of the law. Yes, the Obama administration engaged in a similar policy on a smaller scale — and yes, the media covered it very differently.

    But, no, President Trump doesn’t “have to” temporarily break up families. He chooses to do so, claiming, among other things, that it is a necessity in stopping gang violence. Trump officials’ inability to deal with the mess they created incompetently implementing their policy, and the public relations disaster resulting from that ineptitude, is on the administration, and no one else. READ MORE...

  • You Know What? Free Trade Already Puts America First

    You Know What? Free Trade Already Puts America First

    These days, the label “globalist” is a pejorative meant to insinuate that a person is more concerned about international corporations than about his fellow American citizens.

    Now, admittedly, I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. It’s mostly because I love America. “Hey, those Chinese communists are killing us with high tariffs … maybe we should do the same thing to our own citizens!” sounds like a counterproductive idea wrapped in a false choice. Harming hundreds of millions of consumers to try and save a handful of unproductive jobs, no matter how good it feels, doesn’t put America first. READ MORE...

  • If We're Lucky, This Innovation Will Nuke Climate Change Scaremongering

    If We’re Lucky, This Innovation Will Nuke Climate Change Scaremongering

    A team of scientists at Harvard University and a company called Carbon Engineering announced this week that they’ve figured out a low-cost, industrial-scale method of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Needless to say, it sounds like an exciting technology, which would, as The Atlantics Robinson Meyer notes, “transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change.”

    To be fair, though, plenty of humans have argued that innovation, rather than widespread state-compelled behavior modification or top-down economic regimes like the ones the Left has proposed over the years, would eventually deal with climate change. This conviction was based on the historic propensity of those human beings to hatch advances in efficiency and technology when left to their own devices. They always do. READ MORE...

  • You Don’t Get To Re-Write The Constitution Because You Dislike Trump

    You Don’t Get To Re-Write The Constitution Because You Dislike Trump

    If your contention is that Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I’m with you. If you’re arguing that Trump’s rhetoric is sometimes coarse and un-presidential, I can’t disagree. I’m often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his presidency. And yes, Trump has an unhealthy tendency to push theories that exaggerate and embellish small truths to galvanize his fans for political gain. Those are all legitimate political concerns.

    Yet the ubiquitous claim that Trump acts in a way that uniquely undermines “the rule of law” is, to this point, simply untrue. READ MORE...

  • The Reason Liberal Lawmakers Are to Blame for High Gas Prices

    With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy.

    “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices,” declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people.”

    If this is true, then why have Democrats spent the past two decades advocating policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices? If higher energy costs hurt Americans—and thank you, senator, for conceding this point—why have liberals favored increasing gas taxes, inhibiting exploration for fossil fuels (including a ban on fracking for less environmentally damaging gas in a number of places), and capping imports? READ MORE...

  • Democrats Want To Raise Your Gas Prices On Purpose

    Why aren’t liberals celebrating the fact that fewer American are driving this summer?

    With consumer confidence at a 17-year high and economic prospects looking relatively strong, congressional Democrats have taken to grousing about the gas pump as a midterm strategy. “These higher oil prices are translating directly to soaring gas prices,” declared Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “something we know disproportionately hurts middle- and lower-income people.”

    If this is true, then why have Democrats spent the past two decades advocating for policies that artificially spike fossil fuel prices? If higher energy costs hurt Americans — and thank you, senator, for conceding this point — why have liberals favored increasing gas taxes, inhibiting exploration for fossil fuels (including, in a number of places, banning fracking for less environmentally damaging gas) and capping imports? If higher gas prices disproportionately impact the working class and poor, then why do Democrats push for national schemes designed to create false demand through a fabricated marketplace? READ MORE...

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