Punish Russia through oil prices?

In response to the social media related indictments against Russian citizens now on Russian soil, James Clapper today on CNN TV appeared to recommend the US depress oil prices to the $40 level or below.  The idea being that Russia as a country is heavily dependent on oil and gas sales and profits.

Last Friday’s indictment purports that Russian citizens used indentity theft/fraud to setup accounts on social media websites such as facebook that require the end-user provide some ID during the sign-up process. Once authenticated, the Russians then went on to make both pro and anti HRC, Stein, Bernie, Trump posts.  In addition, the indictment says one anti-Trump and one pro-Trump rally were organized for the same day.

Clapper did not say how the US should or could tank oil prices, artificially, or flood the market.  He also did not say what that might mean for US citizens, Russian citizens, and other countries around the world.  Or, if those other countries should be consulted first.

Russia is not the only country heavily dependent on oil and gas exports.  See Venezuela for example.

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Everyone goes or everyone stays

The Democrats have plumbed a new low! If no person is illegal, then mean it, don’t just declare stuff.

It doesn’t matter if this arbitrary, token, political handful of DACA “kids” were dragged here in “chains”.  Having law breaking parents is not an excuse or an accomplishment.  I doesn’t matter if every kid is a Purple Heart brain surgeon or rocket scientist.

Why protect just these kids? What if a child arrived on Jan 1, 2007, kick ’em out?  C’mon man! Who the heck thinks of this stuff to begin with? Why stigmatize these kids as law breakers, line jumpers and free riders?

Everyone goes or EVERYONE stays.  If everyone stays, then anyone anywhere anytime must be allowed in, especially the people waiting LEGALLY.  Nothing else makes any rational, ethical, fair to all, sense. Is there such a thing as an illegal residency status or not?  This is not complicated.

Immigration targets

“If you happened to take a breather over the past few days you may have missed that Donald Trump told the DACA negotiators last Thursday that he didn’t like the compromise they’d come up with because he didn’t want any immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and wondered why we couldn’t just have immigration from places like Norway.” — Salon.com

Is that what Trump said?  Are those his words?

Immigration, the Democrats must not compromise

The Democrats must not cave on anything. NO COMPROMISE. NO RESTRICTIONS. Stand on your principles.

Amnesty for all 60,000,000 that are already here (yes, estimates are that high). AND, immediate entry for the estimated 500,000,000 around the world, many in far more dire straits than DACAs, that have been waiting LEGALLY. Nothing else makes any logical sense.

DACA was and is just arbitrary, capricious, illegal, unaffordable and intentionally divisive. DACA was meant to, and does foment resentment by taxpayers and stigmatizes the recipients by branding them law breakers, line jumpers, and free riders. A political ploy using a  small, token number of children as pawns, shields, and conduits. A Sophie’s Choice for America to make.

Wait, wait there’s more.  The immigrants waiting legally or those that immigrated legally are made to look like chumps.  So more resentment, more stigmatization.  These DACA “kids” are not gonna be a very popular group if they keep getting “help” from their representatives. American citizens believe their own elected officials have an obsession with non-white, non-citizens AND are harboring criminals. Sanctuary states, cities?  Just make it a sanctuary country.  Stop the non-sense.

DACA is an example of terrible, inhumane public policy and is all too typical.  A “kid” arrived on Jan 1, 2007.  Can she stay too?  Can her parents stay?  Of course, her siblings must be able to stay or immigrate.  And of course their spouses and their parents.  Family Unification! The Democrats say NO person is illegal, mean it for a change.

Why did the Democrats let the CBO score a DACA amnesty?  Does the US means test people? You opposed the tax cuts based in part by the already sky high deficit.  Now the DACA kids are just further stigmatized.

A DACA must be in school, working, or in the military?  What if they quit, then kick ’em out? The US keeps dogs on a short leash, not people. Who thinks of this “stuff” anyway? C’mon man, get a soul! And don’t do it again.

Lastly, the Democrats MUST stop demeaning and insulting the countries of origin by so stridently arguing that people need to be “protected” from being returned there.  Stop encouraging this irrational, xenophobic, racist fear of other countries. And, for example, stop arguing that Hispanics can only do ag and the US will starve without them, or that immigrants do the “dirty” manual jobs that are beneath Americans, or that Americans can’t or won’t do.  Do the Democrats WANT a caste system, Modern Day Slavery?

Democrats must stop branding many parts  of the world as ____ holes by highlighting how dangerous and crime ridden they are.  Gangs, sex abuse, corruption, lack of education, lack of employment, poverty, mis-treatment of women and children, lack of infrastructure.  Don’t just highlight and use these problems as an excuse to further a political agenda in the US, to “keep” the people that fled these countries, do something about it!  Give your money to IRC instead of ACLU for a change.  Help many there, not a token political handful here.


Immigration, there is no “fix” here either

There is no “fix”!

If a 12-year old Salvadoran girl walks up to the Wall and says I’m afraid, let me in, what are you gonna do? The key though is to handle the problem through the private sector.

Cut-out the DC skim and don’t “force” taxpayers which just leads to resentment, division and stigmatization . Send a dollar to DC and the girl will see a penny or two at most, just ask Bill Gates.