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Donald Trump Releases Immigration Plan

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Donald Trump released his immigration plan this weekend. For Republicans, immigration has been described as “a hanging curveball for Republican candidates, which no other candidate (save the floundering Rick Santorum) seems willing to swing at.”

Here are Trump’s three core principals for immigration reform:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Some of the specifics of the plan include:

“Nationwide E-Verify, visa-tracking for foreign visitors, cutting off aid to sanctuary cities, making overstay of a visa a criminal offense, tightening up on H-1B visas to prevent their being used to import cheap labor, ending birthright citizenship, and more. It even addresses the excesses of refugee resettlement.

The Democrats are up in arms over the plan, and fellow GOP contenders varied in their responses, while Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal expressed support of ending birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.


Obama Begins Purchasing His Legacy

Filed under: General — JVW @ 12:03 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Dana earlier today contrasted the vigor with which the Obama Justice Department has prosecuted junior officers who mishandled classified information with their equanimity and apparent lethargy in investigating the mishandling of information by former Secretary of State Hillary! Rodham Clinton, the once and future inevitable President of the United States. Dana also pointed out that Bill Clinton had a golf date with President Obama this past weekend, and wondered if these issues were on the discussion agenda between the two.

In another interesting coincidence, the New York Times reported yesterday that Obama is ramping up the effort to launch his Presidential Library, which will now include a charitable foundation with, in the Times’ words, “a worldwide reach.” The President recently convened a meeting with assorted billionaires, intellectuals, and pretty Hollywood activists to map out his strategy. From the Times:

Supporters have urged Mr. Obama to avoid the mistake made by Bill Clinton, whose associates raised just enough money to build his library in Little Rock, Ark., forcing Mr. Clinton to pursue high-dollar donors for years to come. Including construction costs, Mr. Obama’s associates set a goal of raising at least $800 million — enough money, they say, to avoid never-ending fund-raising. One top adviser said that $800 million was a floor rather than a ceiling.

It’s an interesting contrast between President Obama and his party’s most immediate predecessor, and perhaps the only time we were ever hear a lamentation that the Clinton Foundation failed to raise enough money. A cynic might wonder if the conversation during the golf outing might have revolved around President #44 asking President #42 how to go about living a life of extravagance and wealth while charging most of it back to the foundation, but let’s put that aside for a moment. Another delicious nugget buried in the Times story is this:

At a dinner this year at Spruce, a restaurant in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, Mr. Obama urged technology executives to focus their philanthropic efforts on helping government become more efficient, giving some the impression that the topic would most likely be a theme of his agenda after leaving office.

Because one thing we all think of when contemplating the Obama Presidency is his unending focus on making government more efficient.

Naturally, with the Times being the Times, no attention at all is paid to the potential conflicts of interest in having a sitting President trying to raise close to $1 billion while still occupying the Oval Office, especially a President who has shown a willingness to rule via Executive Order without regard to any Constitutional boundaries. One might think that the Times would recall what happened when well-heeled donors like Denise Rich wrote checks to the Clinton Foundation while simultaneously seeking a pardon for her ex-husband, but, as Hillary! would certainly tell us, that is old news. Speaking of Hillary!, I wonder what she and the other Democrat candidates think about having Obama shake down rich liberals right as they are hoping to raise campaign money from the very same folks and promising if elected to raise their taxes to boot.


What Did This Marine Do That Hillary Clinton Didn’t?

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:32 am

[guest post by Dana]

This weekend in Iowa, Hillary Clinton, who has already mocked interest in her use of a private email server, claiming it is nothing but partisan games, joked about about disappearing emails:

It’s all fun and games to Clinton, but for a decorated Marine who sent one classified report and subsequently self-reported his actions to a superior, it is anything but. Unlike Clinton, Marine Reserves Major Jason Brezler’s decision to send the report was, quite literally, a matter of life and death:

No matter how much classified material is found in her personal email server, Hillary Clinton will no doubt continue campaigning to become our next president.

Meanwhile, a decorated Marine officer who has deployed four times faces being discharged from the corps he loves because he used his personal email to send a single classified report as an urgent warning when lives were at stake.

The stateside message from Marine Reserves Major Jason Brezler to Forward Operating Base Delhi in Now Zad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, went unheeded. Three young Marines were shot to death as they worked out in a gym by an Afghan teen brought on the base by the same corrupt and double-dealing pedophile police chief whom Brezler had declared to be an immediate threat.

Yet the only person to be investigated in connection with the killings is Brezler, the Marine who sought to prevent them.

The author then cites the injustice of the prosecution:

To compound the injustice, the two generals who ruled against Brezler based their decision on a Board of Inquiry transcript whose 451 pages contain 1,548 sections marked “[inaudible].” And those gaps are accompanied by an astonishing number of errors.

One witness who was critical to the defense reported that he found 47 mistakes in his testimony and could have found more but the “incredible number of ‘inaudible’ and outright errors was so great that I did not correct ones where I had no idea what was said exactly.”

Other witnesses said much the same, with one declaring himself “disgusted with the transcript,” adding that the “record is so bad I can barely make out what I was saying and it’s my testimony.”

Brezler’s last hope is that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will set the decision aside. Mabus certainly has considerable reason to do so beyond the rank injustice of the proceedings.

Read the whole thing.

On a side note: Bill Clinton and President Obama played golf together this weekend in Martha’s Vineyard. Do you think they had a little discussion about the email scandal?


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