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The Republilcans Will Screw It Up, Part Two

The Republicans Will Screw it Up, Part Two by Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 5/13/14

The Democrats will be playing the race card over and over in this fall’s elections.  They do that because it fires up minority voters and puts Republicans on the defensive.  In short, the Democrats play the race card because it works.

The Republicans should do the same thing, but they won‘t. They’ll  let the Democrats beat them up on the race issue and lose elections they should win.

You’re probably thinking: “Huh? How can Republicans play the race card when everybody ‘knows’ Republicans are the racists?”

In fact, nothing could be easier.  One only has to raise Hell about the results of policies and laws backed by the Democrats.  Ignore all the rhetoric and all the good intentions, and start talking about the real world effects on minorities due to laws pushed by the Democrats. All it takes is a little courage.  Some good old-fashioned righteous indignation would help, too.

Exhibit “A” is the minimum wage law. Let’s ignore the economic arguments against the minimum wage. I’ve covered those in previous columns. (See them at silvercityburro.com.)  The racial argument against minimum wage laws is glaringly apparent in the devastating effect such laws have on the employment of black teenagers.

The most recent numbers I’ve seen from January of this year showed black teenage unemployment at 38 percent, roughly twice that of white teenagers.  This disparity has existed for decades.  It wasn’t always that way.

In 1973, economist Milton Friedman pointed out that in the late forties and early fifties, before the minimum wage started to be dramatically increased, black teenage unemployment was equal to or less than white teenage unemployment. Friedman called the minimum wage law “one of he most anti-negro laws on the books.”

What has changed since 1973?  Nothing.

Why then, is President Obama, our first black president, pushing to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10?  He either doesn’t know about the negative effect on black teens or doesn’t care. Either way, somebody should ask him why he’s so eager to throw black kids under the bus.

It won’t be a Republican.  Some of them go along with minimum wage stupidity, most notably Mitt Romney, who lost to Obama in 2012, and Susan Collins, Republican Senator from Maine.  She wants a “compromise” on increasing the minimum wage, that is, she’s OK with increasing it, just not as high as $10.10.  .

No, it won’t be a Republican who calls the minimum wage a racist piece of crap. What we need is a new Malcolm X, who said this in 1964 about blacks’ slavish support of the Democratic Party: “You put them first, and they put you last.  ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump!”

He went on to say, “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party — and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify with that party — you’re not only a chump but a traitor to your race!” (From Larry Elder’s 3/13/14 column.)

What has changed since 1964?  Nothing.  (For an update, check out “Black People Duped” by Walter Williams, 3/14/14.)

I can think of no black leader today with the “street creds” of Malcolm X.  Of course, any black who called Obama’s minimum wage push “racist” would immediately be bombarded by cries of “Uncle Tom.”

So, instead of waiting for another Malcolm X, I suggest the Republicans take a page out of the Democrats’ Race War Manual and sue the federal government on the grounds that the minimum wage law has a “disparate impact” on minorities.  The disparate impact theory holds that racial discrimination is demonstrated by merely using statistics, intent be damned. Under the Obama administration, this approach is becoming the standard in “every area of the law.” (Roger Clegg, WSJ editorial page, 2/25/13.)

Such a lawsuit might not hold up in court, but it would sure give the beleaguered Republicans a chance to raise Holy Hell, invoke the memory of Malcolm X, and show how comfortable some blacks are on “Uncle Sam’s plantation,” to borrow Star Parker’s memorable book title.

In addition, since they won’t be able to repeal the minimum wage, the Republicans should propose that the minimum wage at least be eliminated for any worker below the age of 20. This would mean an employer can hire teenagers for whatever they will work for, no government interference.

PLUS — and this is a biggie — the Republicans should propose that NO Social Security be withheld from teens’ paychecks.  This means teenagers can be hired at a lower net cost to the employer, and a higher take-home for the teen worker. A real win-win.

(The current law requires 12.4% of the paycheck go to the FICA tax, half from the employee, half from the employer. )

Some states will still keep their minimum wage laws, but hopefully not for long because states that don’t will see a big increase in teenage employment.

One thing that must be emphasized, is that job benefits for teens go far beyond the few dollars earned. A job is a great learning experience, for some more valuable than anything they‘re getting in their schools.  Kids can’t get this experience if there are no jobs for them.

Of course the labor unions will scream bloody murder and threaten to burn down D.C. Obama and the Democrats will then put big lusty smooches on all those union derrieres and refuse to even consider such a “child labor” proposal from the heartless Republicans, who “only care about rich people and employers”  and blah blah blah.

Sigh.

What a sad state of affairs when people get hurt by lying hypocritical politicians, and then they turn around and vote for the SOBs.  Where are you Malcolm X?

The Republicans Will Screw It Up

5/10/14

The Republicans Will Screw It Up

Republicans are confident they’ll do well in this fall’s elections.  The Democrats have other ideas.  Expect them to play all the hate cards, to run on every divisive issue they can manufacture, real or imagined.  Damn the nation, full speed ahead with the demagoguery.

Expect to hear never ending lies, damned lies and statistics about income inequality, voter suppression, the war on women, the inherent racism of Republicans, the Koch brothers (Beelzebub and Lucifer), etc. etc, ad nauseam.   The compliant media will repeat those lies over and over, and the poor, stupid Republicans won’t know how to respond.

They have to start with realizing that the truth doesn’t matter, because it gets ignored.  They then have to figure out ways to turn the issues to their advantage.

Take immigration.  President Obama is having it both ways. He says he’s tough on immigration because he claims deportations are way up (when in fact they are down 40%.)  He proposes “comprehensive immigration reform” that is anything but, and blames the “racist” Republicans if they don’t go along.

Republicans are so worried about the Hispanic vote, and so afraid of being called racists that they’re afraid to play offense.  Here’s what they should do:

(1) Propose an immigration bill titled:  “The Welcome Good Neighbor Immigration Act of 2014.” Under this bill, any Canadian or Mexican national who is an M.D., a hospital technician, computer programmer, engineer, nurse , electrician, or any other skill in demand in the U.S. can become a U.S. citizen under an accelerated citizenship program. They go to the front of the line.

(2) All Canadian or Mexican nationals illegally residing in the U.S. must immediately register for a green card work permit good for a year before renewal, renewal dependent upon gainful employment. Do this, and all is forgiven.  This is “amnesty”  for breaking U.S. immigration laws.

(3) In return for amnesty, no  illegal resident will be eligible for federal welfare of any sort, including medical care. Any illegal resident receiving medical care will be deported as soon as humanely possible, and the Canadian or Mexican government will be sent a bill for the medical treatment rendered, cost of deportation, etc.

(4) In return for amnesty, no illegal resident is eligible for U.S. citizenship.  A life-time green card, perhaps, but no citizenship, not ever.

(5) Any illegal resident not applying for a green card will be considered a criminal and will be subject to a long imprisonment in the Maricopa County Jail (or something like that.)

(6) Any Mexican or Canadian citizen who seeks work in the U.S. merely has to register at a border station (we’ll have to build lots of these) to be fingerprinted and given a green card good for one year.  No more dying in the desert, no more predations by the “coyotes.”  Any Canadian or Mexican detected illegally entering the U.S. will obviously be a drug smuggler or other criminal, perhaps a terrorist, and will therefore risk lethal deterrence.

Point number one refutes the “racism” charge.

Point two should give us a handle on how big the problem really is.

Point three will publicize the welfare costs of lax immigration enforcement, and would remove some of the incentive for impoverished people to get into the U.S. Nothing would prevent the states from offering aid, but no funding from the federal government.  Sending the Canadian and Mexican governments the bill for not enforcing their sides of the border will also bring attention to both the costs and any complicity of those governments in abetting the problem.

Point four means that Democrats won’t have the incentive to encourage millions of poor Canadians and poor Mexicans to illegally enter the U.S., eventually become citizens, and then become Democrats. Why are the Republicans afraid to make an issue of the fact that the Democrats see lax immigration as away to win elections, both now and in the future? If you don’t think that’s their number one objective, your name is probably Bush.

Point five is very important. Up until now, people caught breaking into the U.S. have paid little or no price. Six months in a desert prison camp run by the military, and the word would quickly spread that sneaking into the U.S. is not  such a good idea. Sealing the border would become a lot easier, maybe not even necessary.

Point six would stop the needless suffering of so many people being victimized by border thugs and sent to die in the deserts by their own government.  And no, for this one I’m not including the Canadian government.