California Offers Another Freebie for Illegal Aliens: Healthcare for the Kids

Nobody should be surprised that Democrat-run Mexifornia has enacted free-to-them healthcare for illegal alien kiddies, and Gov Jerry Brown is ever so pleased with his liberal generosity with the taxpayers’ money. “All in all, I think the people of California can be proud of the work that’s been done,” Brown said.

An estimated 170,000 immigrants 18 and younger could be included in the plan, which supposedly would cost around $132 million annually — barely a nickel in the state budget of $115 billion, or thereabouts. So we are supposed to think.

Also note in the video following, $57 million for illegal alien drivers’ licenses — the taxpayers are dinged for that too. The lawbreaking foreigners pay only $33 for the amnesty-lite document.

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However, when a major state rolls out the big freebie welcome mat, particularly for healthcare, the policy creates a powerful incentive to draw illegal aliens with expensive medical problems. One medical moocher is Ana Puente (pictured), who was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the U.S. to seek medical care. California taxpayers have been forced to fund her three, maybe four, liver transplants and ongoing anti-rejection treatments. Taxpayers have spent well over $1 million, maybe twice that, for Puente’s medical costs.

And that was before free healthcare for all illegal alien kiddies became law in California.

Another transplant case was Jesica Santillan a Mexican who parents brought her illegally to the United States in hopes of advanced medical treatment. The teenager got two heart-lung transplants because the first organs had the wrong blood type. She died anyway. But apparently liberals believe they get more virtue points for giving other peoples’ donated organs to illegal aliens, not Americans.

Transplants are a very expensive procedure, but so are many others these days. Modern medical science performs miracles, but they don’t come cheap. California’s kiddie healthcare magnet will draw the worst, most expensive cases from abroad, and illegal aliens believe they are entitled to free, first-world healthcare. A 2006 Denver Post story reported,Hundreds of Mexican illegal immigrants are in Colorado not just for work but also for free medical care they say they can’t get back home.” It’s unlikely that number has decreased in the intervening years.

So California’s $130 million pricetag sounds very low indeed.

California Budget To Break New Ground On Immigrant Health Care, Associated Press, June 17, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A budget deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally.

The $115.4 billion agreement announced Tuesday is expected to win easy approval from the Senate and Assembly before the fiscal year begins July 1, and its immigrant health care provisions were touted by its backers as a necessity in the face of federal inaction.

“While Washington dithers because they can’t get things done, we need immigration reform,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. “The reality is many of these children, and they are children, require some kind of health care and they receive it in the emergency room.

The cost to taxpayers would be $40 million in the new fiscal year and grow to $132 million a year once fully implemented, numbers that had Republicans objecting and warning that it won’t help immigrants get access to doctors because of the shortage of providers who accept Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the poor.

Anti-immigration advocates said it was yet another move from Brown – like a bill providing driver’s licenses that took effect this year – that is “extremely generous” toward people who enter the country illegally.

“Gov. Brown continues to sign laws that incentivize more illegal immigration,” said Joe Guzzardi, spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization. “I can’t really see what reason there would be not to come to California. I can get a job, I can get tuition, I can now get medical care for my children.” Continue reading this article

Mexican Brewery Is Fully Automated

It’s not just the first world where smart machines are taking over jobs that humans recently performed: Mexico’s Constellation brewery is “fully automated” and employs only six human workers per shift.

One variety of the machines is a laser-guided vehicle that moves pallets of beer and materials around the factory, replacing forklifts driven by people. They look like a simplified knock-off of the Kiva robot system that now is the backbone of the Amazon warehouses.

Michael Othites, Senior VP of Operations: Our brew house is fully automated here. We run each shift with six people. We got maybe 58 robots. . .

We’ve got about 70 laser-guided vehicles, as we’re built out, we would have 250 forklifts to do the same work. And then, frankly, laser-guided vehicles, when they need a battery change, they go up, they pull up, they say change my battery. Employees need breaks, employees need lunches, employees call in sick. It’s just the human factor that with laser-guided vehicles, you don’t.

Those darn humans! The machines are so much more efficient and trouble-free!

But hey, Mr. Senior VP, who will buy the beer after millions of workers have been made obsolete and no longer get paychecks?

Also, you have to wonder how many more Mexicans will illegally immigrate to El Norte after losing their jobs to automation. It could be a coming trend.

Jeb Bush Campaigns as the Hispanic Candidate for the American Presidency

The cultural crazy bell was rung pretty hard last week with the news that the a white woman, Rachel Dolezal, has been posing as black for years and used it to her advantage, such as becoming the President of the Spokane NAACP. The media has gone into overdrive, even hitting the front page of the New York Times after a few days (Black or White? Woman’s Story Stirs Up a Furor).

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But how different is she from Jeb Bush, the newest Republican President candidate? He hasn’t gone all the way into total delusion — being a public figure is a helpful reality reminder — but Jeb has devolved pretty far in the direction of cultural transformation. One curious behavior was his checking the Hispanic box on a voter registration form in 2009.

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He is married to a Mexican woman, Columba, and they speak Spanish at home. Interestingly, households where English is not normally spoken are often used an an indicator of non-assimilation. Jeb wants to amnesty millions of illegal aliens, but his wife is hardly a good model of what Americans expect of foreigners who want to live here.

Jeb and Columba have been married for 41 years, yet Mrs. Bush remains uncomfortable about speaking English. But Jeb has no such shyness about speaking Spanish, the invaders’ language. The three Bush children learned to speak Spanish before they learned English.

So his use of Spanish in his Presidential roll-out speech on Monday was not a surprise.

Jeb also converted to Catholicism, the hispanic religion, so he really is all in.

A few months ago, Jeb opined, “The fact that I’m bilingual, bicultural can’t hurt.”

Actually, it can hurt quite a bit. Many traditional Americans don’t want to be forced by immigration to become bilingual or multicultural or diverse. In areas of high hispanic penetration, Americans need to speak Spanish to apply for many jobs.

Rachel Dolezal has denied her race, her background and her family, which must be very painful for the parents. Jeb comes from one of America’s leading political families, yet has repudiated this nation’s language and traditions to adopt hispanic culture. Do the Bushes feel the rejection personally? They don’t show any outward signs. Anyway, the family has had Mexican connections for a while, but nobody else has taken on the cultural trappings.

On Monday, NPR went into a multicultural swoon over the hispanic attributes of “Jebcito,” noting “he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture,” — so post-American!

He Was Born Republican Royalty, But ‘Jebcito’ Is From Miami, NPR.org, By Mara Liasson, June 15, 2015

There are three Republican candidates who ran Spanish-language ads when they announced their presidential intentions — but only one was an Anglo.

Jeb Bush not only speaks fluent Spanish, he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture and putting down roots in South Florida.

Ana Navarro, his former aide, tells a little story that shows just how much he’s adopted the culture: One day, she suggested something to Bush that he rejected because it was too expensive. Then, she said, he touched his elbow with his hand.

“That’s a very Hispanic gesture for meaning: ‘Because I’m cheap, because I’m frugal,’ ” Navarro said. “It means ‘I walk with my elbows so as not to wear out my shoes.’ In Spanish, it would say, Yo camino con los codos. And it’s that kind of nuance that he fully understands.”

To understand why Bush only half-jokingly adopted the Twitter hashtag #honorarylatino, you have to understand the path he took to his current home in South Florida. Bush grew up in Midland, Texas, he summered in Maine and went to prep school in Andover, Mass. And it was in high school that his path home really began. He met his wife, Columba, on a high school exchange trip to Mexico. In college, he majored in Latin American Studies. He converted to Catholicism, and he worked briefly in Venezuala. But the place he chose to put down roots was Miami.

“It certainly did shape him,” said Tom Fiedler, the former political editor of theMiami Herald. “The story of Miami since the Cuban exiles began coming has been one of being the new immigrant city.” Continue reading this article

Is the Obama Administration the Friendliest Ever to Illegal Alien Criminals?

AlienSexOffender-BGlobeFPThe Boston Globe had a rather eye-catching graphic on its Sunday front page illustrating the sort of diverse and dangerous criminals who are released by the government that is supposed to protect us citizens.

It’s not exactly news that public safety ranks near the bottom on the administration’s priority list. Its crime-friendly policies are so bad that in April, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to investigate the reckless release of convicted criminal aliens onto American streets. In Fiscal Year 2014, ICE released 30,558 convicted criminal immigrants, convicted of 79,059 crimes. One quarter of those crimes were level one, which include murder, rape and sexual abuse of a minor.

On Monday, Senator Jeff Sessions issued a press release saying that “One hundred twenty-one convicted criminals who faced deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 were never removed from the country and now face murder charges, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” So violent criminals continue to commit crimes even after experiencing prison, and government failure has real life consequences. What a surprise.

The Boston Globe investigation focuses on violent sex offenders, but liberal permissiveness extends to all areas of crime.

Officials admit that the worst of the worst are released. As the article observes, “Immigration has even lost track of immigrants they insisted were too dangerous to set free.”

ICE’s sex offender policies under scrutiny, By Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe, June 14, 2015

Globe investigation finds many violent sex offenders released but not closely tracked or forced to register

For years, doctors warned federal immigration officials: Do not take your eyes off Santos Hernandez Carrera.

He had raped a woman at knifepoint and spent roughly half his life in jail, where immigration officials hoped to keep him until they could send him home to Cuba. As far as the public knew, the strategy worked: Until last month, the public sex offender registry said Hernandez Carrera, who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, had been deported.

He never was. Instead, the Globe discovered that Hernandez Carrera is in Florida, one of hundreds of immigrants convicted of sex crimes who should have been deported but instead were released in the United States because their homelands refused to take them back.

They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers — among “the worst of the worst,” as one law enforcement agency put it. Yet the Globe found that immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.

And once US Immigration and Customs Enforcement frees them, agency officials often lose track of the criminals, despite outstanding deportation orders against them. The Globe determined that Hernandez Carrera and several other offenders had failed to register as sex offenders, a crime. By law, police are supposed to investigate if such offenders fail to update their address within days of their release. But local officials said they did not learn that ICE had released the offenders until after the Globe inquired about their cases.

“It’s chilling,” said Thomas H. Dupree Jr., a former deputy assistant US attorney general who led a 2008 federal court battle to keep Hernandez Carrera locked up. “These are dangerous and predatory individuals who should not be prowling the streets. In fact, they should not be in the United States at all.” Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Americans Prefer Second Amendment Neighborhoods — Better Avoid the Barrios Then

A recent survey found that more than two-thirds of voters favor living in areas where citizens can be armed for self-defense. This is a traditional value, backed by the Constitution and a 2008 Supreme Court decision.

Americans Prefer Living in Neighborhoods With Guns, Rasmussen Reports, June 12, 2015

American Voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection. Sixty-eight percent (68%) would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

HispanicsPreferGunControl-PewPollIt should be borne in mind that many immigrant residents of the United States do not share an appreciation for armed self-defense. Hispanics in particular prefer the gun-grabber ideology of liberals, as shown by an October 2014 Pew Hispanic report “Latino Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections.” Part of the liberal goal of a permanent Democrat majority attained through massive hispanic immigration is the destruction of the Second Amendment. Gun eradication a big item within Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America into a country that isn’t recognizable as our traditional nation.

Chapter Two: Latino Views on Selected 2014 Ballot Measure Issues

Gun Rights and Restrictions

On November 4, two states will vote on ballot measures regarding gun rights or restrictions. In Alabama, voters will be deciding whether to amend their state constitution to explicitly allow citizens of Alabama the right to bear arms. In Washington state, voters face two competing measures: The first would restrict gun control by preventing confiscation of firearms without due process and implementing background checks for firearm sales unless a federal standard is established. The second would strengthen gun control by extending the existing requirement for background checks in purchases made from licensed dealers to all gun purchases, including gun shows, online sales and private sales.

An early 2014 Pew Research Center survey asked U.S. adults what is more important — protecting the right of Americans to own guns or controlling gun ownership (Pew Research Center, 2014d). Hispanic registered voters nationally say they prefer gun control over the rights of owners by a margin of 62%-to-36%, as do black registered voters by a margin of 71%-to-26%, according to the survey. By contrast, white registered voters choose gun owners’ rights over gun control by a margin of 59%-to-39%. Continue reading this article

Africans Inundate Europe for “a Better Life” Despite Increasing Prosperity at Home

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Otherwise, there’s a billion more back in Africa where the current batch came from.

The story focuses on Senegal, which the WSJ calls a “stable West African democracy” that is generally prosperous and has benefited from expat remittances adding to its economy. Unfortunately, the new TVs and cell phones also show the attractive wealthy lifestyle of Europe, and young men want that. They want it bad.

However, the WSJ report does not mention that Senegal is 96 percent Muslim, and when the migrants’ unrealistic dreams are not fulfilled in Europe, many will likely become angry that riches were not easily attained and may turn to crime or violent jihad against the people they invaded.

Besides that, Europe has its own problems, like stubbornly high unemployment, and the people don’t want to be overwhelmed by demanding illegal alien Muslims.

Allure of Wealth Drives Deadly Trek, Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2015

Young Men in Senegal Join Migrant Wave Despite Growing Prosperity at Home

KOTHIARY, Senegal—Less than a month after mourning a neighbor killed on the 3,000-mile migrant trail to Europe, Ibrahima Ba set off on the same treacherous road.

The 27-year-old was supposed to build a future in this stable corner of rural Africa, using money sent from his father in France to raise bulls and sell diesel fuel. But in March, as chaos in Libya eased a pathway to the Mediterranean, Mr. Ba gambled he could make a better life, selling the cattle to buy a ticket along the world’s deadliest migrant route and joining the largest global migration wave since World War II.

In April, Mr. Ba’s family mourned him, too: they believe he drowned alongside 700 migrants aboard a trawler that tipped into the sea, the worst in a series of tragedies that shocked Europe and triggered frantic diplomacy to rethink European immigration laws.

At least 1,840 have died on the crossing from Libya to Italy so far this year, following 3,200 known deaths last year, the International Organization for Migration says.

“He didn’t lack for anything, he had everything he needed,” said Mr. Ba’s mother, Awa Diop. “But he wanted to have his own means.”

Mr. Ba represents a puzzling segment of the migrant population: Unlike those fleeing war, famine or economic desperation, this group is risking rising living standards to brave banditry, starvation and stormy seas to make a better life in Europe.

Officials here say five men from this village of several thousand—which in recent years has welcomed smartphones, laptops and satellite television—are known to have perished this year. More are missing, their fate unknown. Another man leaves every week, officials say.

Senegal is a stable West African democracy, and Kothiary has profited from the currents of globalization transforming rural Africa’s more prosperous areas. Flat screen TVs and, increasingly, cars—mostly purchased with money wired home by villagers working in Europe—have reshaped what was once a settlement of mud huts. The wealth has plugged this isolated landscape of peanut farms and baobab trees into the global economy and won respect for the men who sent it.

But it has also put European living standards on real-time display, and handed young farm hands the cash to buy a ticket out. Continue reading this article

Disaster Robot Competition Demonstrates Machine Advances

A month ago, I wrote about the then-upcoming DARPA competition for robots, that had quite a demanding test for the machines (Humanoid Robot Competition Suggests Rapid Advance in Technology). DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the US Defense Department.

The diagram below shows the obstacle course of very challenging movements in the contest. The purpose of the competition was to foster the development of a disaster robot that could operate in a dangerous Fukushima-type environment, and the tasks reflect that.

Driving a car, closing valves and walking up stairs are at the edge of what free-standing robots can do these days. In fact, a number of the bots simply fell over, and someone put together a humorous video of gravity fails during the DARPA event:

Disaster-capable robots will certainly be an improvement over sending humans into radioactive sites, as happened during the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami affecting Japan. However, the robots will likely be gradually introduced into fire fighting and some police work, which are well paid professions for humans precisely because the jobs are dangerous.

Despite the number of robots falling over, three machines completed the obstacle course successfully, which is quite impressive. The Korean Team Kaist won the $2 million first prize with its robot DRC-Hubo. The second-place finisher and winner of $1 million was Team IHMC Robotics of Pensacola, Florida with its robot Running Man. Coming in third and earning the $500,000 prize was Tartan Rescue of Pittsburgh and its robot CHIMP.

The video below of the DARPA event shows the state of the art in robots that can act in a disaster scenario that requires very advanced movements and balance. The science fiction future really is here, and society is about to be rocked. The most immediate challenge is the reduced need for human workers to produce goods and services, which is reflected now in the jobless recovery. It’s past time for more awareness and discussion among policy-makers. Certainly, first-world economies like the United States don’t need to be importing millions of immigrants, most of whom will end up being in the jobless underclass.

Transforming robot crowned the winner of DARPA’s Robotics Challenge, TheVerge, June 8, 2015

Two-day finals in California saw robots wielding drills and driving cars

A South Korean team has won the $2 million top prize at the finals of DARPA’s Robotic Challenge (DRC) with a transforming bipedal bot that can scoot around on wheels in its knees. The winning design from Team KAIST managed to navigate DARPA’s obstacle course in under 45 minutes, successfully completing eight natural disaster-related tasks including walking over rubble, driving a car, tripping circuit breakers, and turning valves.

The DRC was set up after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, with the aim of accelerating the development of robots that can respond to man-made or natural disasters. Twenty-three teams competed in the finals, with a dozen entering from the US, and the rest traveling from countries including Germany, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong.

The teams had been developing their robots for more than two years and have tried the challenges before. However, while previous trials gave the robots 30 minutes to complete each task, the two-day finals — staged in front of thousands of spectators in California — pushed the teams to complete all eight in less than an hour. Only three robots managed to successfully tackle them all, and the rest, well, they fell down a lot. Continue reading this article

Jihadist Qazi Brothers Are Sentenced to Hard Time

In 2012, the FBI arrested two Pakistan-born brothers for plotting to bomb New York City, a popular target among diverse jihadists. They pleaded guilty to charges in March and on Thursday received the maximum prison sentences.

Below, Pakistani natives Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, face decades in prison.

A Florida news report on the sentencing noted the tough sentence and how Judge Beth Bloom declared, “You are terrorists — evil in your intentions and evil in your deeds and a just sentence must follow.” The reported also mentioned that this case was the 54th plot foiled since the 9/11 attacks. (The Heritage Foundation puts the number at 69 during the same time period.)

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America is home to 307,855 Pakistan-born persons, according to a 2011 accounting, most of whom are presumably Muslims. Some of them have already gone jihad, including the wife-beheader Muzzammil Hassan, Times Square attempted bomber Faisal Shahzad, and the Hayat family of Lodi, to name a few.

Why admit potential enemies at all? Immigration is a privilege, not a right. In WWII there was no immigration of Germans or Japanese under the Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. Yet Washington acts as if America is not at war with hostile Islam, when hostile Islam has said in word and deed that it is at war with us.

Of course, not all Pakistani immigrants are jihadists or even support a worldwide caliphate, but it is culturally naive for our government to base its immigration policy on the idea that all diversity is equal. It isn’t.

The Qazi jihadists are naturalized citizens of the United States who resided in Florida, identified as “Broward County brothers” by the local newspaper.

Broward brothers get stiff sentences for NYC terrorist bomb plot, Sun-Sentinel, June 11, 2015

Two Broward County brothers were sentenced to the maximum punishment Thursday after admitting they planned a terrorist attack on New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals in custody.

Raees Alam Qazi, 22, who played the lead role in the conspiracy and cycled around Manhattan looking for bomb targets was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. That is three years more than he expected under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

His brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, who provided support, was sentenced to a 20-year prison term, also three years more than expected.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom told the Pakistani-born men they had taken advantage of the benefits of U.S. citizenship to plot violence and hatred against their fellow-Americans.

“You are a terrorist, evil in nature and evil in your deeds,” Bloom told Raees Qazi in court.

The judge also chastised Sheheryar Qazi for supporting “your brother’s devotion to al-Qaida.”

The men’s involvement in the terrorist conspiracy was “evil and reprehensible,” she told them. Continue reading this article

Obama Commands: Diversity Everywhere!

The latest scheme from the Obama administration is to force diversity upon Americans at the neighborhood level using housing regulations and HUD money. Living around people you find amenable will no longer be permitted because the government will decide whether your community is diverse enough, and bureaucrats will adjust according to liberal tyranny, er values. The administration intends social engineering on a massive scale.

The framing of news reports about Obama’s diversity policy centers around race and economic class, but government low-income housing would be a convenient spot to place the increased numbers of Muslim refugees that the administration desires. There’s no reason to think the government wouldn’t go maximum diversity and no tribe is more differently cultured than Muslims.

Speaking of which, the latest Islamic enemies to be welcomed into America are the Syrians, millions of whom have been displaced by the current war. The population of Syria is 90 percent Muslim, and curiously few non-Muslim Syrians have been considered by Washington for resettlement. In May, 14 Senate Democrats, including Minority Whip Dick Durbin, called on Obama to resettle at least 65,000 Syrian refugees as directed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who apparently directs such things.

Below, a Syrian refugee camp.

Nothing diversifies a neighborhood — or America — like a gaggle of Middle Eastern Muslims. In fact, it is quite clear that an agenda exists to erase America, or “fundamentally transform” it, in the words of Obama. Muslim refugees are already being resettled in small towns throughout the nation so there is no escape from extreme diversity, and the housing scam is just an additional pile-on.

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared with Stuart Varney to discuss the implications of the government mandated diversity in neighborhoods whether they want it or not.

VARNEY: It looks to me like this is an attempt to shoehorn people of color using taxpayer money into housing within wealthy white neighborhoods. You approve of this?

GOSAR: I don’t approve with it that’s why I’ve offered the amendment, Stuart, this is micro-engineering down at the Planning and Zoning level that should be left to local government. This is about what they want to make the fabric of American look like, their way or the highway.

VARNEY: Can you stop it by using the financial mechanisms within congress?

GOSAR: Absolutely that’s what we have to get good at, Stuart, by defunding the mechanism for the implementation of the rule. That’s why Congress had the power the purse and the rule wall behind it and that’s how we intend to do and this will become a big issue because if the government can supersede the local Planning and Zoning, they could do anything and that that’s why this is outright egregious. . .

This is a total overreach by this administration. . .

VARNEY: What’s the legal aspects to this, judge?

NAPOLITANO: I think there are profound constitutional implications here and they are the following: One, can the president spend discretionary funds in a manner never even contemplated by the congress when it gave him the money to spend; Two, can the president use his pen and his phone to regulate an area of government totally exclusively historically and indisputably local and not federal; Three, what to do about a president who doesn’t respect the confines of the Constitution and thinks he can social engineer things as local as who can build what building on what city block,

Look, the way they’re going to do this is to offer money to local municipalities to change the zoning laws. Now if you and I walked into a government office and said change those rules and I’ll pay for it we’d be arrested by the FBI for bribery, but when the federal government does it, the Supreme Court says it’s an acceptable way for them to to get laws changed in an area that they don’t have authority over under the Constitution. It’s reprehensible and I hope the congressman that you just had on and his colleagues will stop it.

I don’t see a racial implications here. This is an Orwellian overreach by that central government into an area exclusively in a under the control of the locals since 1791.

Does anyone else think Obama’s last few months will be like nothing we’ve seen?

Obama making bid to diversify wealthy neighborhoods, The Hill, By Tim Devaney, June 11, 2015

The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an “unrealistic utopia.”

A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month is aimed at ending decades of deep-rooted segregation around the country.

The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.

“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a HUD spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”

It’s a tough sell for some conservatives. Among them is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who argued that the administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble.” Continue reading this article

China’s Robot Revolution Hitting a Few Bumps along the Road

About a month ago, I wrote about an “all-robot” factory in Red China which was actually only 90 percent automated. Imagine the workers’ relief!

Still, the highly automated factory sent a strong message: Chinese elites intend to maximize automation in order to eliminate jobs and they don’t try to pretend otherwise to the human workers.

Which is odd, because a few years ago after the world economic downturn, leaders feared social chaos among the laid-off workers, like the unrest in 2008 where unhappy workers tore up a factory while yelling “It’s good to smash.” There are millions of internal migrants within China who travel far from their homes to work in dingy factories and constitute a potential army of revolutionaries against the state, in the minds of leaders. Mass unemployment is seen as possibly leading to social disruption which threatens Beijing. A 2009 New York Times story noted the unemployment of an “army of migrants” had “government leaders fretting about the country’s stability” (China Fears Tremors as Jobs Vanish From Coast).

But now, Red China is a world leader for transitioning from humans to machines in manufacturing, and is forecast to have the most robots in the world by 2017, which will certainly lead to massive unemployment. What’s the plan from the big brains in Beijing?

Martin Ford, author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” considered China’s move to the revolutionary machines in an opinion piece for the New York Times. China is indeed planning a major transition to smart machines, although the resulting technological unemployment is not much mentioned, perhaps because other issues are also pressing.

Unlike America, China doesn’t have the problem of an uncontrolled immigration system with no Off switch to stop the inflow of unneeded workers in the automated future when human workers are far less needed to produce goods and services.

China’s Troubling Robot Revolution, New York Times, By Martin Ford, June 10, 2015

OVER the last decade, China has become, in the eyes of much of the world, a job-eating monster, consuming entire industries with its seemingly limitless supply of low-wage workers. But the reality is that China is now shifting its appetite to robots, a transition that will have significant consequences for China’s economy — and the world’s.

In 2014, Chinese factories accounted for about a quarter of the global ranks of industrial robots — a 54 percent increase over 2013. According to the International Federation of Robotics, it will have more installed manufacturing robots than any other country by 2017.

Midea, a leading manufacturer of home appliances in the heavily industrialized province of Guangdong, plans to replace 6,000 workers in its residential air-conditioning division, about a fifth of the work force, with automation by the end of the year. Foxconn, which makes consumer electronics for Apple and other companies, plans to automate about 70 percent of factory work within three years, and already has a fully robotic factory in Chengdu.

Chinese factory jobs may thus be poised to evaporate at an even faster pace than has been the case in the United States and other developed countries. That may make it significantly more difficult for China to address one of its paramount economic challenges: the need to rebalance its economy so that domestic consumption plays a far more significant role than is currently the case.

China’s economic growth has been driven not just by manufacturing exports, but also by fixed investment in things like housing, factories and infrastructure — in fact, in recent years investment has made up nearly half of its gross domestic product. Meanwhile, domestic consumer spending represents only about a third of the economic pie, or roughly half the level in the United States. Continue reading this article

Presidential Candidate Santorum Discusses Immigration Policy

Former Senator Rick Santorum appeared today on the big Fox News Sunday show with Chris Wallace who quizzed him on several issues. Santorum spoke knowledgeably about immigration, particularly when he noted that “supply and demand works” and Hillary Clinton advocates open borders because she “just wants votes.” He could have said, “The Democrats are trying to import a permanent majority of big-government voters using illegal immigration,” but didn’t.

Santorum did say that legal immigration should be decreased, which is a rare bit of sanity to hear on a major cable network. Also a plus: his energetic support of American workers.

The immigration discussion starts at 4:30 in the video following and lasts a little over two minutes:

Santorum was so-so on the kicker question of what to do with the 11 million illegal aliens already residing here, answering that his father had to wait seven years to immigrate legally, so Senator Santorum doesn’t see the need to reward illegal behavior.

He might have observed that many millions of illegals have lived and worked here for years, surviving very comfortably despite their unlawful status. A Pew Hispanic investigation a couple years back found that 63 percent of illegal aliens have lived in the United States 10 years or longer. So they do not require either work permits or full blown citizenship to get along. Instead of rewarding the foreign lawbreakers with amnesty, remove the jobs magnet and let them leave the same way they came — on their own dime.

Santorum could also have mentioned the enormous changes occurring in the workplace from automation and smart machines that are even now reducing the requirement for human workers, but only America’s Senator Jeff Sessions has connected that trend with a severely decreased need for immigrant workers. Oh, well!

Here’s the transcript with the part of the Santorum interview dealing with immigration:

Reps. King, Schiff on preventing cyberattacks; can Rick Santorum win GOP presidential nomination?, Fox News Sunday Transcript, June 07, 2015

WALLACE: You are, I think it’s fair to say, and you mention one area where you may disagree with some other Republicans, is you’re a hard-liner on immigration. You say not only that we need tougher enforcement, like a lot of other Republicans, but you say, also, that we need less fewer legal immigrants.

Here’s you talking.

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SANTORUM: Hillary Clinton and big business, they have called for a massive influx in unskilled labor. Business does it because they want to control costs. Hillary does it — well, she just wants votes.

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WALLACE: Senator, what would you do — because you don’t answer it there — what would you do with the 11 million people who are in this country already illegally? And don’t you run the risk, as you talk about fewer immigrants and no path to legalization, don’t you run the risk of alienating the Hispanic vote, which is the fastest growing voting bloc in America?

SANTORUM: Here’s what I would say that, I approach this as what’s the best to American workers and particularly American workers, and particularly those workers who are not doing well in America. And if we look at the fact that 35 million people have come into this country over eh last 20 years, almost all of whom, now I’m talking about legal and illegal, we have more people living in this country who are not born in this country than any time in the history of this country. Continue reading this article

NPR Debates Whether Computers Will Crush Entire Career Categories

National Public Radio has a fair-and-balanced piece about whether automation will put many millions of people out of work: Andrew McAfee, co-author of The Second Machine Age, says Yes and David Autor, an MIT economist, says No. The report is pretty good for less than four minutes of radio.

Obviously my observation is that smart machines are coming on strong and performing tasks earlier done by humans, to the point where we are seeing the effects now in the jobless recovery from the recession. Furthermore, it makes no sense to continue admitting millions of immigrants to do future jobs that won’t exist.

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Here is the transcript of the radio debate.

Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?, National Public Radio, June 03, 2015

Machines have been taking jobs forever. Computers and software are doing things people were paid to do. They are booking airplane flights. Filing our taxes. And they are getting better all the time.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Given that computers and software are doing things lots of people used to do, like booking our airplane flights and filing our taxes and getting better all the time, it’s worth worrying about how many jobs will be left a few decades from now. David Kestenbaum with our Planet Money team reports there is real debate over that question.

DAVID KESTENBAUM, BYLINE: It’s one thing to talk about computers taking jobs, but looking out a few decades, people are talking about entire careers disappearing. If you’re listening to this story driving an 18-wheeler on I-80, this thought has probably already occurred to you.

ANDREW MCAFEE: We’ve got cars that can drive themselves on roads in traffic without mishap.

KESTENBAUM: Andrew McAfee is a professor at MIT. He’s definitely in the jobs-are-going-away camp.

MCAFEE: The accidents that Google just reported that happened with their autonomous cars happened because other people rear-ended them and swerved into them.

KESTENBAUM: Truck drivers in this country – almost 2 million jobs. Cashiers – 3 million.

MCAFEE: It turns out people like self service a lot. I don’t want to talk to somebody when I go check in at an airport. I just either download the boarding pass to my phone or walk up to a kiosk and get it.

KESTENBAUM: McAfee does not think computers will have anything like human intelligence in the near future, but he says if you just take where we are now and extrapolate, to him, it’s clear where we’re headed.

MCAFEE: Twenty or 40 years from now, I believe we will not need the labor of a lot of the people alive in order to have a very, very productive economy. In terms of the amount of human labor that you need to get the stuff out of the ground and off the farms and through the factories and into our homes and tables – next to none.

KESTENBAUM: You do not have to go far to find someone who disagrees with Andrew McAfee, just around the corner to the office of another person at the same university. Continue reading this article

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