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Europe Needs Doughnut Shops

Europe is at a crossroads of slow economic growth from a post war period of regulation and high taxes and the creation of a new growing underclass of immigrants that are not being absorbed. Avoiding the ensuing financial, social and political costs is unimaginable. England embraced Brexit for several reasons; most often stated was the loss of sovereignty and control of their destiny. They may simply be the first to leave a sinking ship.

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Immigration Reality Check

The tax cut and the realignment of our tax policy for international business, including the repatriation of overseas earning, is quickly resulting in domestic investment and capital spending. There is also a willingness to support a weaker dollar and impose tariffs on competitive imports, which could stimulate more production short term.  This is a lot of stimulus at once at a time when unemployment is at a record low. This could impede the productivity growth that should be a priority. We need productive immigrants even more.

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Leveraging the Free Minds of the World

America’s success is a combination of constitutional liberty, heterogeneous culture that has a healthy disrespect for authority, solid protection of property rights, a respect for the common man and a classless society, and willingness to risk and fail. There are certainly hundreds of other attributes, but the combination is uniquely American.  Government’s function is to foster and protect the elements of our productive society. 

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Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist

The sign on the Statue of Liberty does not ask for your Nobel Prize winners, your valedictorians and your Mensa members.  The state of Georgia was a penal colony. So was Australia.  In Israel the Ethiopians, airlifted in Operation Solomon, became stellar Israelis.  What made the United States, Australia and Israel the successful nations they became was not an immigration meritocracy, but the development of a system where those from the worst conditions in the world could rise so far above it that they created the greatest nations on earth.

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Restricting the Customer Base

from National Review and Kevin Williamson, Don’t Count On the Growth Fairy Native birth rates being what they are, this would seem to add up to a case for more immigration, something that neither the populists on the right nor those…

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The Trump Fallacy

Because 80% of hard drug users smoked cigarettes does not mean that 80% of cigarette smokers will become hard drug users. In Poland before WWII 20% of the communists were Jews, but less than 1% of the Jews were communists.…

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Amnesty for a Voting Block

Roger Simon at PJ Media makes A Modest Proposal for Immigration Reform Excerpt: So here’s my simple — call it simple-minded, if you want — solution, my modest proposal.  Illegal immigrants, assuming they have lived here for a decent period…

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The Core of American Exceptionalism

I have long contended that what makes America unique is the way that we assimilate unlimited diverse cultures without losing what makes them unique. We may be Irish, Italian, Muslim, Jewish, Asian, or Hispanic, Hindu or Catholic, but we shop…

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The Most Free and Unfree

One of the benefits of a federalist system is the opportunity of states to experiment with policies (such as health care) and observe the outcome.  It also gives us a chance to see what does not work. Victor Davis Hanson…

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Getting Distracted

There is a real problem with the border in Arizona.  And there is a real problem with the Mosque near Ground Zero.  But these are distractions from the greater issue of an economy out of control and a government that…

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The Real Apartheid

Mark Steyn (an immigrant) writes on the Arizona immigrant issue in National Review Online. What Arizona Must Live With excerpt: That’s Arizona. To the coastal commentariat, “undocumented immigrants” are the people who mow your lawn while you’re at work and…

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Does Illegal Immigration Distort Unemployment?

A friend raised this question in conversation.  If job losses are causing record unemployment, are the unemployment numbers actually worse due to the effect of illegal immigerants? Since many of these workers did not show up in the employment numbers…

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