I am fascinated with the idiotic debate in immigration and the so called pending reform coming down the pike. Like most subjects on the national scene no one seems capable of identifying the obvious or avoiding coming up with absolutely inane “solutions”.
Case in point would be the general idea behind the current omnibus comprehensive reform bill currently being cobbled together by the ninety-nine fools that occupy the Senate. Rather than deal with the problems identified by both sides of the debate, our illustrious legislators have politicized the issue or in the case of Marco Rubio and the other Republicrats, just lost their fucking minds.
Since the stated goal is to “get these folks out of the shadows” one might think that offering those people to pay fines, go back to their native country, and then come back to the United States and go to the back of the citizenship line might not be all that conducive to achieving that goal. Throw on top of that the idea that the fines will pay for a new border fence and you begin to wonder if you are watching a farce of some sort until you realise that the folks repeating these lines actually believe the horse shit.
On the other side of the debate is the rather straight forward goal of suckering more fools either onto the government plantation or onto voter rolls of the Demorat Party.
At least those folks are looking at success even if it is the typical criminal behavior emanating from Washington.
What is obvious to me and should go without saying is that these people have been “in the shadows” and avoiding the geniuses looking for them for generations. What makes anyone think that offering some shitty deal and a chance to be a serf on Uncle Sam’s plantation will change that?
What the people in DC don’t seem to understand is that many immigrants are just fine not joining Team America especially since the perks are fewer and fewer. Not all “illegals” give a shit about staying here. Indeed much of the earned income is transferred home to wherever that is.
Above all is the disconnect between the problem and the cause.
One argument for immigration reform is the strain that illegal aliens put on the social safety net and the social infrastructure such as the public school system.
Somehow by documenting these folks that no one can seem to already find will cure all that.
Unfortunately there are only two solutions to the problem. One is to end immigration. Stop the flow, seal the borders, complete moratorium.
The other solution would be much easier to implement and yield a far greater level of success.
Just simply end all the free shit. Pretty simple. No more government schools, welfare, subsidized housing, food stamps, medicaid, and everything else.
For anyone. Ever. Citizen or not. Native born not.
If then people still want to stick it out here then at least that argument will be off the table.
Again highly unlikely.
From there we can have a debate about the economics, labor, security, and all the other secondary complaints that come from the debate on immigration.
From my experience people come here to work. They come here to make it. I’ve worked with, hired, and been friends with countless so-called “illegals” that are worth twice their weight in comparison to the countless native born parasites that litter the country. I am proud to have worked with these people and proud to have subverted the thugs in Washington DC by employing them as the best people I could find for the job.
We can be one of two places and make one of two choices. We can attempt to be the place that America was in the past-a land of opportunity and liberty-or we can devolve further into the totalitarian oligarch police state which we are beginning to see come to fruition.
Unfortunately when Congress and the Empty Suit in The White House finally get together on this issue the will most certainly fuck it up even further to the sole benefit of their petty political interests and their financial puppet masters.
Get ready cause it will suck.
This is your government.
Hope y’all are good with that.
Graphic of the Day
For all of you utopian/statist/socialist/fascist/parasite types this is what YOUR FUCKING BULLSHIT IDEOLOGY has done to this country and specifically the ever the more worthless “money” in you pocket.
Now I know everyone like to point out that wonderful “surplus” in the 1990’s and use it to cite how our neo-fascist government leviathan can work if we just did it “smarter” and George Bush didn’t squander the wonderful work of Bubba and Algore.
But this is only half the story. While it is true that there were technically “surpluses” during those few short years it is because of some very creative short term financing of government debt and not because a single fucking red cent was cut from any budget ever. Pile on to that the manipulation of the “cost” of money by Federal Reserve policy which suppressed interest rates and essentially monetised deficits and voila! Surplus.
But it was bullshit. Because the whole fucking time the DEBT continued to rise. All they did was tinker with the payments.
They also (and I mainly refer to House Ways and Means Chairman Jon Kasich and Congress) had the good fortune of a true expansion of the economy withe the tech boom of the 90’s.
Of course we all know how that worked out. Because of the excess credit and loads of easy money flooding the market, it created a gigantic asset bubble alongside the real increase in production of tangible goods and value.
Fast forward to the 2000’s and rather than addressing the systemic problems, the shitbag duo of Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke just created another gigantic asset bubble SO THE GUYS IN CHARGE OF THE MONEY-THE BANKERS-COULD CONTINUE TO RAPE THE COUNTRY OF ALL THE WEALTH THEY COULD.
Problem was that this time there was no corresponding production or actual economic expansion. They based it all on completely non-productive assets like housing.
Couple that with the ENORMOUS expansion of the welfare state (Prescription drug benefit for Medicare, No Child Left Behind, and let’s not forget TARP) and throw in a couple unconstitutional wars to go along with the unconstitutional welfare programs and voila! Even as TAX REVENUES SET ALL-TIMES RECORDS UNDER BUSH and deficits began to shrink toward the end of his second term, when the inevitable crash happened and the bubble burst the deficits ballooned.
Now one with half a brain might have said around the time that The ManChild Empty suit was immaculated ” hey, maybe we should cut back a bit and stop charging all this bling for a moment and get our shit together and pay down some of this $10 TRILLION we owe so that we don’t completely go off the fucking cliff”
Right? Sounds reasonable. no?
Unfortunately the newly elected half wit did exactly the opposite and actually BLEW EVEN MORE CASH, continued the wars and started a couple more, all while The Bernanke flooded the market WITH EVEN MORE CASH while paying out interest to those oh so poor banks like JPMorgan, Goldman Sucks, et al who borrowed the money at ZERO interest and then loaned it abck to the fucking government for profit.
Now that’s not going to come back and bite us in the ass. No way.
So where;s that got us? Well now we owe $17 Trillion. Do the math. That’s Seven fucking trillion dollars in five years.
What do you think the interest payment is on that? Let me give you a hint. In a few years it’s going to be HALF THE FUCKING BUDGET.
Now if you can put 2 and 2 together you can figure out that that dog don’t hunt.
This is your government.
Hope y’all are good with that.
Hillary Clinton is now on Twitter.
My life is complete.
I will now sign up so I can get the daily-no hourly I do hope-endless stream of jewels of colossal wisdom from The Most Intelligent Woman In The World…Ever.
This piece of intangibly valuable information was a fucking headline on the radio news this afternoon.
Seriously? This is news?
Twitter along with Faceplant will be a fun joke to tell about the past when they take their respective places in the trash bin of History in a few years.
Here’s to hoping that Billary Rodham doesn’t go all Anthony Weiner on the Twitterati. That would be just too hard to handle.
Here’s Tejay VanGarderen putting the hammer down on stage 3 in Switzerland.
Notice the guy in green in sixth wheel.
Peter Sagan looks like he’s out for a training ride and taking in the scenery.
This picture is Cameron Meyer getting dropped from the VanGarderen/Sagan group.
In the end they didn’t get rid of Sagan so, of course, he won the day. But Mathias Frank of BMC took over the race lead after Mr. VanGarderen’s uber-domestique impersonation.
Coming in July:
The Tag-Team Cage Match on Wheels
Porte/Froome vs Evans/Vangarderen
With the occasional guest star Peter Sagan?
Quote of The Day
In light of today’s news.
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty”
- Thomas Jefferson
Hat tip to Zerohedge and WilliamBanzai7
File Under Cycling Is Not Fair
Yesterday The Tour de Suisse began with a short ITT. Most of the heavy hitters had starts near the end of the day which is common. After about the first half of the field had finished the wind shifted to an intense headwind on the first half of the course and times began coming in way slower.
Cameron Mayer had an early start and sat waiting for a couple hours for someone to beat it. They never did. Even with the likes of Fabian Cancellara in the mix who came the closest.
Now it’s not entirely out of the question for Meyer to beat Fabu. They are both top level testers. But I’d like to see the power file from Meyer’s ride against Cancellara’s time trial.
Somewhere I’m sure someone is saying how it’s not fair.
Bike races don’t happen on paper.
And cycling is not fair.
Nor should it be.
Holy Shit! My buddy Dan achieved the much talked about beer hand-up at The Philly Classic.
Natty Ice, official beer of the pain cave.
Photo by Darrell Parks
Sometimes Good Guys Win When They Lose
While driving back from the disaster (for me at least) that was Killington Stage Race (double flat on stage one in 36F and rain) we listened and sort of watched the USPRO race from Tennessee on an iphone. When Phil “The Thrill” Gaimon went late in the race I think pretty much the whole car would have loved to have seen him wearing the Stars and Stripes at least until next Summer. Unfortunately I think we also realised the move while bold was doomed to fail with the firepower chasing him over pretty fast roads.
While I have mixed emotions about who won and all the surrounding bullshit (like why was our pro race only 100 miles?) I did find some pretty good news this morning.
Mr. Gaimon will be riding the ProTour in 2014 with Garmin.
Next year Phil. 2013 was course recon.
Quote of the Day
“The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”
- Sun Tzu
These two have provided more than enough opportunity to both be impeached and removed from office but I am not holding my breath.