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Monday, August 19, 2019

Under the Trump Administration we welcome undocumented immigrants into the armed forces, underpay them, and then deport them if they survive their combat tour and need services due to injury or PTSD read more

Thursday, August 15, 2019

This is not the American way. There is no legitimate reason for this action The two Democrats "were scheduled to meet during their stay with Israeli and Palestinian civil society groups, humanitarian workers and young people and see one of the East Jerusalem hospitals affected by recent cuts in U.S. aid to the Palestinians," according to the Post, which noted Rep. Tlaib had "hoped to stay some extra days to see her grandmother, who lives in a West Bank village."

Thursday, August 08, 2019

ICE arrested 680 SUSPECTED illegal immigrants. Children were left with no support. Children are going home to empty houses. Some are left in daycares where there is no longer any legal guardian to pick them up. read more

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Whew I sure am glad Tucker Carlson let us in on the secret that White Supremacy is a hoax. MS-13 is a much bigger threat. After all he says the combined membership of all the white supremacist groups could fit in a college football stadium. MS-13 Couldn't fill a High School football stadium and most of them are in prison but never mind those little fact things. How many muslim terrorists carry membership cards? How many of the white supremacists marching at Charlottesville had membership cards? For every White Supremacist who is a member of n organization there are thousands who are not.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Fortnite has wrapped its first-ever massive sporting event in New York's Arthur Ashe tennis stadium. It was anyone's game: It didn't matter how famous a player was nor what large organization was backing each member of the all-male playing field. read more


s27 great story, except the Democrats had control of Congress during Obama's first two years in the White House.

#28 | POSTED BY GOATMAN AT 2019-08-15 01:50 PM

Repeating a lie doesn't change the lie into the truth, it changes the people hearing the repeated lie. They begin to accept the lie as truth.

Starting January 2009, at the beginning of the 111th Congress, in the month that Barack Obama was inaugurated president, the House of Representatives was made up of 257 Democrats and 178 Republicans. There is no question that Democrats had total control in the House from 2009-2011.

The Senate operates with the 60-vote-requirement filibuster rule. There are 100 Senate seats, and it takes 60 Senate votes for "closure" on a piece of legislation....to bring that piece of legislation to the floor of the Senate for amendments and a final vote....that final vote is decided by a simple majority in most cases. But it takes 60 Senate votes to even have a chance of being voted upon.

"Total control", then, of the Senate requires 60 Democratic or Republican Senators.

On January 20th, 2009, 57 Senate seats were held by Democrats with 2 Independents (Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman) caucusing with the Democrats...which gave Democrats 59 mostly-reliable Democratic votes in the Senate, one shy of filibuster-proof "total control." Republicans held 41 seats.

The 59 number in January, 2009 included Ted Kennedy and Al Franken. Kennedy had a seizure during an Obama inaugural luncheon and never returned to vote in the Senate.....and Al Franken was not officially seated until July 7th, 2009 (hotly contested recount demanded by Norm Coleman.)

The real Democratic Senate seat number in January, 2009 was 55 Democrats plus 2 Independents equaling 57 Senate seats.

An aside....it was during this time that Obama's "stimulus" was passed. No Republicans in the House voted for the stimulus. However, in the Senate.....and because Democrats didn't have "total control" of that chamber.....three Republicans.....Snowe, Collins and Specter, voted to break a filibuster guaranteeing it's passage.

Then in April, 2009, Republican Senator Arlen Specter became a Democrat. Kennedy was still at home, dying, and Al Franken was still not seated. Score in April, 2009....Democratic votes 58.

In May, 2009, Robert Byrd got sick and did not return to the Senate until July 21, 2009. Even though Franken was finally seated July 7, 2009 and Byrd returned on July 21.....Democrats still only had 59 votes in the Senate because Kennedy never returned, dying on August 25, 2009.

Kennedy's empty seat was temporarily filled by Paul Kirk but not until September 24, 2009.

The swearing in of Kirk finally gave Democrats 60 votes (at least potentially) in the Senate. "Total control" of Congress by Democrats lasted all of 4 months. From September 24, 2009 through February 4, 2010...at which point Scott Brown, a Republican, was sworn in to replace Kennedy's Massachusetts seat.

The truth....then....is this: Democrats had "total control" of the House of Representatives from 2009-2011, 2 full years. Democrats, and therefore, Obama, had "total control" of the Senate from September 24, 2009 until February 4, 2010. A grand total of 4 months.

Did President Obama have "total control" of Congress? Yes, for 4 entire months. And it was during that very small time window that Obamacare was passed in the Senate with 60 all-Democratic votes.

Did President Obama have "total control' of Congress during his first two years as president? Absolutely not and any assertions to the contrary.....as you can plainly see in the above chronology....is a lie.

But you knew that and repeated the lie anyway. Its the republican way

Without immigration, the US population is already decreasing. We have immigration due to employment opportunities - you would agree with this - yes? So, then the burden is on you to state how automation does not decimate our labor force as 50% of jobs are automated away in the next 30 years. Andrew Yang is the only guy asking this question and it is one that needs to be addressed as we continue to attract illegal aliens that are low skilled - basically, the people most likely to have their professions automated.
#53 | POSTED BY IRAGOLDBERG AT 2019-08-15 09:05 AM |

Automation is just one piece of the puzzle. Rapidly increasing worker efficiency and rising worker productivity is another. Low wages eroding the consumer base is another. All of these things add up to less jobs.

When self driving vehicles are perfected sometime in the not to distant future, there will be no reason for a long haul trucking company to buy 3 trucks and hire 3 drivers to get 24 hr coverage when they can pay a little more for 1 truck that never gets distracted while driving and doesn't have to rest every day to do the same work.

IT automation is reducing the number of middle tier IT jobs available. Just a few years ago building 1 new server took several hours and input from several people. Now you can spin up 300 active servers in less than 10 minutes. We used to have a team of 8 guys on 2 shifts who would line up 20 PCs on a workbench and go down the row each one doing a task then when they get to the end of the row going back to the beginning of the row several times before they were ready. They did that 2 shifts 5 days a week just to keep up with staging new PCs for employees. Now we have 2 guys there on 1 shift who just plug the PC's into the network and enter the MAC address in a spreadsheet. 15 minutes later they are done.

We have to have a reasoned discussion around job trends and what we will do in the not too distant future when we may only need 60 million workers. Too bad so sad I've got mine and I'm not responsible for anyone else is not a valid plan

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