The Immigration Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like

Oust millions of people from the economy and just watch the G.D.P. drop.

Source: The Immigration Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like – The New York Times

I differ slightly with the Times’s headline. I don’t think Trump knows the facts, and I don’t think he’s interested in hearing them. I think he’s fixated on being a President who fulfills his campaign promises no matter who gets harmed and no matter how outlandish they were.

The American Action Forum last year estimated that expelling all unauthorized immigrants, and keeping them out, would cost $400 billion to $600 billion, and reduce the gross domestic product by $1 trillion.

Mr. Trump describes immigrants as rapist-murderer-terrorists, but what they really are is a pillar of the American economy, producing a net benefit of about $50 billion since 1990. Farms and restaurants, hotels, manufacturers, retail businesses — all sectors of the economy benefit directly or indirectly from immigrant labor.

Imprisoning them while they get their required-by-law due process before expulsion?

All the people Mr. Kelly rounds up will have to be detained and deported at taxpayer expense. Congress requires the Homeland Security Department to maintain about 34,000 immigration detention beds, at an estimated annual cost of $2 billion, or $5.5 million a day. Adding thousands more cells and beds will surely send that bill — like the profits of the private-prison contractors who have been cashing in on all this misery — through the roof.

It seems that no one in the Administration has the sense or the willingness to explain this to Trump, or perhaps he has no interest in hearing it. That’s more likely.

The “deportation force” may or may not hit its 11 million target, the wall may or may not stretch from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, but terror and intimidation have already spread through immigrant communities. And this is what the nativists who have been schooling the president want.

The larger costs to the economy, and the dire human toll, do not concern them.

I disagreed with almost everything George W. Bush did while he was in office but I didn’t loathe him. Words cannot express how much I despise Trump and his crowd.

Sad occasion to go to the beach

A friend of 36 years passed away last June, and today there was a scattering of ashes and a celebration of his life at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. There were probably 60-70 people there.

Our relationship was primarily one of working together until we both moved on from those jobs, and then it was one where we saw each other once a year at the Super Bowl party he held every year but one from 1991 to 2014. Tonight I learned things I’d never known. I didn’t know that he was an avid snorkeler and diver. When he and his wife first arrived here they spent a lot of time in the waters at that beach, so it was fitting that the ceremony should be held there.

As part of tonight’s ceremony we had the opportunity to take one of the shells Peter had collected over the years and return it to the ocean as his ashes were scattered offshore from an outrigger canoe. That was kind of special.

Once again, old friend, rest in peace.

This is box-of-rocks level stupid

Ladies and germs, this is the website for the House Republican’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

There is a plan to get there

The House Republican Healthcare Plan lowers costs, provides more control and more choices to pick a plan that meets our needs, not a plan that Washington mandates.

That’s it. Oh, there’s a 0:31 second video you can watch. It ends with the exhortation “Learn more at http://www.abetterhealthcareplan.com,” which, as we’ve seen, has a title and a single sentence.

They are flailing. They didn’t expect the pushback they’re getting at town hall meetings. They thought they’d be treated as saviors, relieving Americans from the oppression of Obama and his plan. One of them, Rep. Mike Burgess of Texas,

came up with a novel approaching [sic] to the messaging this afternoon: “If the numbers [of people with health insurance] drop, I’d say that is a good thing.”

He had been asked at the Conservative Political Action Conference here about how to defend decreased health coverage under repeal and/or replacement, Burgess who chairs the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, targeted the individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance. “We’re not going to send an IRS agent down to chase you down and make you buy health insurance, so if the numbers drop, I’d say that is a good thing because we’ve restored personal liberty, and I’m always for that,” he said.

Quoth the author of the article, Robert Schlesinger of US News, “If you listened to Burgess, you’d think that all or most of those people were dragged kicking and screaming into the system and that they yearn for liberation from the tyranny of being able to afford catastrophic illness.”

One of their elders, former Speaker John Boehner, even said yesterday, “They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.” His reasoning? “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever one time agreed on what a healthcare proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner said.

I hope he’s right.

CEO Presidency

News Item: How Trump’s campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter

They feed him as much praise as they can find in the media.

The key to keeping Trump’s Twitter habit under control, according to six former campaign officials, is to ensure that his personal media consumption includes a steady stream of praise. And when no such praise was to be found, staff would turn to friendly outlets to drum some up — and make sure it made its way to Trump’s desk.

[snip]

Staff members had one advantage as they aimed to manage candidate Trump’s media diet: He rarely reads anything online, instead preferring print newspapers — especially his go-to, The New York Times…

[snip]

“Trump is also, however, a near-nonstop consumer of cable news…”

When the hell does he do any work if he’s watching the tube all day accumulating grievances? Also, it’s not like he’s got a fully-staffed White House to do his work for him. As of two days ago he still had 514 senior positions without nominees, much less confirmed and on the job. Beyond that he has to have some 150 people in the White House alone to staff its various functions.

Most incompetent and volatile President in history.

Music Music Music

A while back Library Thing made some programming changes which allowed its users to catalog their music and movie libraries. I have heretofore been keeping a spreadsheet of my CD and Vinyl music collections, but the widget I used to use to convert Excel to HTML doesn’t work with Open Office spreadsheets and it’s a pain to go into HTML and add individual items as I buy a CD, so it was never current.

With Library Thing I’ve made it a habit of adding any new book into my electronic library the moment I bring it home. Granted the initial entry took quite a while, but once that was done keeping up is a snap. As I recall that first data entry project included about 1,400 books in 2005; there are a lot more now. Anyway, by adding CDs to the system I can get a better handle on what I’ve got. While entering the first 200 I’ve found two duplicates (eclectic! One was Emmylou Harris’s Blue Kentucky Girl and the other was The Beach Boys Greatest Hits collection called The Sounds of Summer.); I hope there aren’t too many more.

Eyeballing what’s left I’d say I’m about 60% done with the CDs. The vinyl collection is static; maybe I can import from a spreadsheet file for those. I doubt I have more than 30 DVDs, so those won’t be a big deal to enter.

And the grift goes on

Wasn’t that Presidential press conference today fun?

Here’s some news that isn’t. Trump, his wife and his kids are costing the US Treasury a fortune because of their travel and their separate households. To add insult to injury,

For Trump, the costs come with an additional perk: Some of the money flows into his own pocket. While Trump has removed himself from managing his company, he has refused to divest his ownership, meaning that he benefits from corporate successes such as government contracts.

The Defense Department and Secret Service, for instance, have sought to rent space in Trump Tower, where leasing a floor can cost $1.5 million a year — though neither agency has disclosed any details.

The estimates are that his three trips to Florida so far this year (three weekends out of four since his inauguration, mind you) have cost us $10 million. New York City is paying $500,000 per day to guard Trump Tower. Every business trip his kids take includes Secret Service personnel, of course.

Agents are now tasked with guarding multiple homes and protecting Trump’s four adult children, including the globe-trotting sons running the family business and daughter Ivanka, whose family recently moved into a Northwest Washington neighborhood.

Donny boy might increase the deficit several hundred million bucks just by virtue of his lifestyle.

Let the intifada bloom!

It’s not that I think General Flynn would have advised Trump to support the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but almost any National Security Adviser might have tried to tell the man that suggesting the US abandon it might cause the Palestinians to get angry.

In his news conference with Mr. Netanyahu in Washington on Wednesday, Mr. Trump directly broke with diplomatic tradition on the issue by saying his concern was the “deal,” not whether that included a state for Palestinians.

“I’m looking at two states and one state,” Mr. Trump said. “I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”

You know, this guy has no clue what the job of President of the United States is. He seems to think it’s nothing but a series of negotiations between countries. War, peace, trade; they’re all deals to Trump. Since he’s persuaded himself that he’s the best negotiator in the history of mankind he’s very confident in his ability to force other parties to his will, making “the best deal ever.” Here he is, speaking first of Israel:

I think they very much would like to will make a deal, or I wouldn’t be happy and I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be as optimistic as I am. I really think — I can tell you from the standpoint of me being from the standpoint of Israel, I really believe they want to make a deal. And they’d like to see the big deal.

[snip]

I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they are taught from a very young age. They’re taught tremendous hate. I’ve seen what they’re taught. And you can talk about flexibility there too, but it starts at a very young age and it starts in the schoolroom. And they have to acknowledge, as you know, they’re going to have to do that.

There’s no way a deal can be made if they’re not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country.

So the Palestinians will be lectured by Donald J. Trump and they will come around, just as Israel will be magnanimous to those haters because Trump said so.

The moderate Palestinians are angry, but the militants? Well,

Hazim Kassim, a spokesman for Hamas, said on Wednesday, “What Trump said is new, but whatever he says, we in Hamas still believe that resistance is the only way to liberate our lands from the Israeli occupation.

“It is now clear that the U.S. has provided a cover for aggression, occupation and the confiscation of Palestinian land,” he continued. “The U.S. is never serious when it comes to Palestinians’ human rights.”

It’s hard to disagree.

He’s unfit to be President just on the grounds of naiveté alone.