The Dynamism of Illegal Immigration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you noticed how it is typical of anyone and everyone either in government, or pundits who work for or report on those in government, to judge and score everything on a static basis?

The static model is that if we raise people’s taxes, the government will take in more money. Never do they figure on the dynamic response to a tax increase. Some will just pay it, while some will seek to shelter their money – and others will lose their jobs because of the increase, and therefore not pay the increase – and so on. As such we end up with a net loss, not gain in revenue.

The same goes for tax cuts. The people who whine about tax cuts always do so by judging the outcome statically, or as a zero sum game. If there is a winner, there must be loser – an equal and opposite reaction, which is never the case. They can’t, or won’t, comprehend the dynamism that tax cuts actually increase revenue.

And now the left, the establishment right, and the pundits who serve them are using the same argument for illegal immigration, not to mention tugging on our heart strings.

Charles Krauthammer did just that on the O’Reilly Factor 3 days ago. He told Bill O’Reilly that once you build a wall and get the “flow of illegals down to a trickle” – at that point “what do you do about the 11 million illegal immigrants living here.” read more

Podcast – Trump Anchor Baby Uproar – No More Repeal and Replace – Google Determines Election

In this episode I discuss The Donald’s latest “Outrageous” remark, which wasn’t. The nerve of him calling our country’s greatest gift, the children of illegal invaders, “Anchor babies.”

Pundits say the GOP’s greatest challenge is to repeal and replace Obamacare with something even better! Yeah! Replacing one government program with another – and can Google actually determine the outcome of our next presidential election? Maybe so. read more

Who Knew Trump Was a Constitutional Scholar

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yesterday I wrote an article regarding Donald Trump’s immigration platform, or more to the point, how to prevent illegal immigration and what to do with the ones who are already here. You may review it here.

In it I referenced The Donald’s now infamous retort to Chuck Todd claiming that by deported all illegals, Trump would be breaking up families and attempting to deport people with birthright citizenship. I quoted Trump telling Todd that he would keep the families together, “but they have to go.” I can’t remember a time when one statement has caused so much angst.

Robert Tracinski at The Federalist argues that deporting birthright citizens would be a direct assault on the Constitution and “the thousand year history of English common law.”

He says to do so, “requires precisely the sort of thing conservatives are supposed to be against.” He explains that at the time of the founding, America embraced birthright citizenship – that “for the Founders, rejecting jus soli or birthright citizenship would have meant either greatly restricting the growth and expansion of the new nation or, more likely, creating a system in which there was a large and growing sub-population of people who were disenfranchised in the land of their own birth. An idea totally incompatible with a government based on the consent of the governed.”

Tracinski then moves on to the 14th amendment, which is the centerpiece of the argument for birthright citizenship. The 14th amendment was the second post Civil War amendment and was written to bestow citizenship on the freed slaves.

Like Tracinski, I too argued that Trump couldn’t just deport “birthright citizens.” read more

Was Eisenhower an Immoral Angry White Man?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

There are things about Donald Trump’s immigration platform I like, and are doable, and things that are kind of absurd and unconstitutional – not to mention progressive.

Building the Trump Wall across the southern border with a few large doors is a good idea. I think most reasonable conservatives would agree. However, making Mexico pay for it is both ridiculous and unrealistic. I suppose he could try, but mostly I think it’s just populist bombast that sells good to the public. I guess is supposed to show how tough he is.

But tariffs, remittance payments and trade restrictions will not nor should they pay for the wall. We can blame Mexico and Central American countries, but we did this to ourselves, so we should pay for it.

What many Republicans are really supporting – what supporters are jazzed about is not just the wall but his idea to deport all illegal invaders. That, and end all sanctuary cities. And on this point, the left, the moderates, and the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party are spastic.

Ross Kaminsky at the American Spectator echoes the establishment voice quite nicely as he writes: “Mr. Trump wants to remove all illegal aliens from the United States. This is, of course, impossible and, even if it were possible, an outrageous waste of tens or hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. When asked by Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press if he should split up families in which one or more of the parents is an illegal alien but their children are US citizens, Trump said no, clarifying in one of the most reprehensible statements I have heard from an American candidate for public office. ‘We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.’”

While I agree that you can’t just deny the existence of the 14th amendment and deport citizens, I would have preferred that The Donald follow-up his infamous “they have to go” statement with the citizen has a choice. As a citizen, he or she (assuming they are not transgendering) may stay in this country or feel free to leave with your illegal family. It’s your choice. Sure, it’s not their fault that their parents, or whomever is here illegally, but it’s not ours either. Yet both the left and establishment right say, as did Kaminsky, that even the suggestion is immoral. read more

Was Eisenhower and Immoral Angry White Man?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

There are things about Donald Trump’s immigration platform I like, and are doable, and things that are kind of absurd and unconstitutional – not to mention progressive.

Building the Trump Wall across the southern border with a few large doors is a good idea. I think most reasonable conservatives would agree. However, making Mexico pay for it is both ridiculous and unrealistic. I suppose he could try, but mostly I think it’s just populist bombast that sells good to the public. I guess is supposed to show how tough he is.

But tariffs, remittance payments and trade restrictions will not nor should they pay for the wall. We can blame Mexico and Central American countries, but we did this to ourselves, so we should pay for it.

What many Republicans are really supporting – what supporters are jazzed about is not just the wall but his idea to deport all illegal invaders. That, and end all sanctuary cities. And on this point, the left, the moderates, and the Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party are spastic.

Ross Kaminsky at the American Spectator echoes the establishment voice quite nicely as he writes: “Mr. Trump wants to remove all illegal aliens from the United States. This is, of course, impossible and, even if it were possible, an outrageous waste of tens or hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. When asked by Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press if he should split up families in which one or more of the parents is an illegal alien but their children are US citizens, Trump said no, clarifying in one of the most reprehensible statements I have heard from an American candidate for public office. ‘We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.’”

While I agree that you can’t just deny the existence of the 14th amendment and deport citizens, I would have preferred that The Donald follow-up his infamous “they have to go” statement with the citizen has a choice. As a citizen, he or she (assuming they are not transgendering) may stay in this country or feel free to leave with your illegal family. It’s your choice. Sure, it’s not their fault that their parents, or whomever is here illegally, but it’s not ours either. Yet both the left and establishment right say, as did Kaminsky, that even the suggestion is immoral. read more

Podcast – Donald Trump Steps In It Again – MADD President Drives Drunk – Dutch Army Has No Bullets

In this episode I discuss the latest Trump dust-up, regarding his exchange with CNN’s Don Lemon, and The Donald’s apparently inexcusable and rather graphic description of his newest foe – Megyn Kelly of Fox News. I discuss how it’s not a good thing to drive drunk as the president of M.A.D.D. Canada, and the Dutch Army has a problem. They’ve run of bullets, so their soldiers have to shout Bang-Bang at one another during training missions. read more

Debate Numero Uno

by: the Common Constitutionalist

On Thursday rumor had it that instructions had gone out from the RNC or other establishment inner circles to take Trump out during Thursday night’s debate. Those of us who heard the rumor figured one or more of the candidates would be charged with the task.

Who knew it would turn out to be the Fox News team of moderators – or at least two of the three. As it turned out, not one candidate stepped up to take down Trump in any sustained way. It was left up to the two moderators Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly. Bret Baier appeared to remain above the fray.

Personally, I haven’t liked Wallace for years. He’s been on the establishment team for a while now. But Kelly was a major disappointment. I thought she was better, and fairer than this. But she too has shown herself to be just another establishment toady.

From the very beginning of the debate, I recall talking out loud to the TV, saying that this was going to be a night of gotcha questions. And that’s what it turned out to be. Whoever the establishment wanted targeted would be taken out, and tonight it was Trump. Next time and maybe someone else.

But the other candidates either didn’t get the memo or simply chose not to play the game. They seemed content to just let it play out. Her motivation seemed apparent when Kelly asked Trump to explain his one-man war on women. When he tried to make a joke of it, she turned cold as ice. She acted like a rhymes-with-witch. At that point it appeared to be a perfect opportunity for one of the other big tent candidates to join in the fray. But none did. read more

From Forums to Focus Groups: Trump Tops Them All

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Did you watch the candidate forum in New Hampshire? If you did, there should no longer be any question as to why Donald Trump is kicking everyone else’s butt, and he wasn’t even there.

He’s brave enough to speak his mind, without fear of consequence. He doesn’t care, or at least he doesn’t appear to care. What he says is not contrived – it’s not practiced or memorized talking points. It’s the opposite of everyone else.

All the others just sound phony. They may be much more knowledgeable – much more sincere – but no one cares. Just listen to the other candidates – all of them. Put your biases aside. I did.

No one seems to care that The Donald has no specifics on any of his big plans. Presently, voters are buying attitude and attitude alone. It doesn’t even matter as much what he says – it’s how he says it. He makes people want to stand up and say, Yeah – You Get Um!

How is he going to secure the border? He says he’s going to build a huge wall. How is he going to do it? I don’t know – nor does anyone else, Trump included. But it doesn’t matter. He says it with an attitude that people believe. If Trump says he’s going to do something, it will get done.

And Donald Trump speaks English. No, not the Queen’s English, or English from an Ivy League law school, but flawed every-man English.

Frank Luntz conducted a focus group in New Hampshire a few days ago. One woman piped up. She was a diehard Trump supporter. She said, “the other Republicans better stop making fun of him [Trump], because they made fun of Ronald Reagan…” A man behind her started in, saying the Trump is not who he says he is. “People have not done their homework on Donald Trump. Look at his books. He’s been all over the fence on his views over the years. He changes his views like he changes his underwear.” read more

Breast-Feeding the Children – At Least Those Who Survive

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, the left is predictable if nothing else. Surprise – it’s the kickoff to “World Breast-Feeding Week.” What an odd coincidence that an article just happened to be posted at the New York Times just days before the commencement of “World Breast-Feeding Week.”

We’ve all heard the claim by attorney Elizabeth Beck that Donald Trump had an absolute meltdown during a 2011 deposition. The innocent Ms. Beck merely asked if she could take an hour break to pump some milk for her three-month-old daughter.

That’s when Trump “got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” Beck told CNN.

Yet both Trump and his attorney recall the incident a bit differently. Attorney Allen Garten said, “She was disgusting. She was attempting to breast-feed – to pump in the middle of a deposition, in a deposition room with five lawyers and was not excusing herself.” Garten said that Beck had “orchestrated the stunt because, ‘she ran out of questions and she didn’t know what to do.’”

Beck said Trump displayed a “lack of self-control,” and added, “What kind of leader of the United States would that be? Is he going to behave that way when these negotiating treaties with China or Russia?” read more

Podcast – Shocker: Republican Leadership Hates Ted Cruz – They All Want You To Hate Donald Trump

In this episode I discuss the courage of Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, for calling out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, repeatedly calling him a liar, because that’s what he did and that’s who McConnell is. I also discuss The Donald and how he continues to befuddle the left, the pundit class and the smarter than you and me pollsters. They just can’t understand why people love him.
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