Interior Secretary refuses to testify on EPA spill
It seems the Obama administration has learned from the IRS debacle that they can get away with anything if they just refuse to testify to Congress, because Congress can't -- or more accurately, won't -- do anything about it.
This is how dictatorships start. The executive simply ignores the other government bodies, and no one challenges that assumption of power.
The vast majority of incidents of violence motivated by racism that I have seen reported over the last, say, 5 years have been either black-on-white racism, hispanic-on-white racism, or simply fake racism like the incident above. It's easy to understand why some people think that racism is alive and well in America; they get the reporting about about the faked incidents and not the part where they are later discovered to be fake.
I can think of one single incident of actual white-on-black racist violence, and that incident was noted by the perpetrator's utter failure to find anyone else to enlist in his racism.
Aside from the obvious thing with a very similar quote about Nixon's election, there's something else going on here. And that is simply this: do you expect people who support trump to be open about it? We've had the IRS targeting people in opposition groups (ie, the Tea Party) for 6 years now. Other government agencies have been involved in other cases. Individuals have been audited and had their private financial affairs exposed publicly for simply asking questions of a candidate at a meeting the candidate set up. The Republican Party leadership has openly stated things like "We will destroy the Tea Party." That is evidence of a bipartisan conspiracy by those in power against those they should be representing.
And in that political environment, you wonder why people are reluctant to come out in support Trump without the protection of some sort of anonymity, whether an online pseudonym or a pollster who will presumably anonymize their published results?
Of course anyone who moves in Left circles won't dare announce that they like him.
If he wins, some of them might admit voting for Trump, but not until then.
Socialist Bernie proposes doubling the national debt
We have $18 trillion in debt now, and Bernie wants to spend as much again. Is he nuts? Where does he think the money will come from?
In his defense, though, Obama has already doubled the national debt, and it's worked out pretty well for him. Unfortunately, accumulating debt is one of those things that seems relatively simple and painless, until you wake up one morning and apply for more debt to pay off your old debts, and the bank says "No, you may not have any more money." And then everything goes to hell.
This won't fly, Ben. Americans aren't fond of having second-class citizens, which that broad a "guest worker" program without voting rights or welfare entitlements but paying taxes would be. Further, many people would prefer to remain illegal rather than become legitimate workers that have to pay taxes, because much of the illegal labor is based on wages that come under the table to avoid the tax man and without that tax-free status, the job would not exist at all. It simply is not worth the taxes and the paperwork to hire someone legitimately to do a job that pages less than minimum wage even before you take out the taxes.
For those illegals who managed to land a better level of professional job, allowing them to stay as "guest workers" does nothing to reduce the damage to the job market. The tech industry is already suffering after a decade of wage stagnation due to abuse of the H1-B system of legal guest workers.
The fact is, "you can stay and become legal" is amnesty, whether the people can vote or not. And while that deal might have sounded good when the Democrats presented it to Reagen, we've learned since then that promises to secure the border will never be carried out.
I want nothing to do with Windows 10, but I have a lot of games that like Windows 7 just fine. If you run windows you pretty much need to have automatic updates turned on to avoid getting eaten alive by viruses. But I do not feel the need to "upgrade" to an operating system that is basically a giant piece of spyware itself.
But Microsoft cannot respect my choice to avoid Windows 10. Instead they are intent on eating up several gigabytes of disk space without my consent on my own damn computer.
I run Linux because I want to be in control of my computer's actions.
I really want to get excited about this, but I know the Roberts court will kowtow to Obama again, so why bother? Even if the House wins the case, all that will be blocked are repayments for insurance policy risk corridors that have already been made. Will the courts claw the money back from insurers? Will they go out of business? Unlikely. They might raise prices, which would just feed the demand for single-payer from people who don't want to pay for their own health care.