Posts by WRhine

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  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/23/2005 10:02:13 AM PDT · 299 of 355
    WRhine to Cultural Jihad
    Speaking of political alliances, how is Stormfront doing?

    I wouldn't know. I didn't even know such outfit existed until your crowd started accussing anyone on FR that had a problem with Open Borders and Illegal Immigration as being members of that fringe group. Unfortunately for you, your comments are a matter of public record on FR.

  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/23/2005 9:46:27 AM PDT · 296 of 355
    WRhine to Cultural Jihad
    You must have me confused with someone else, friend.

    No, I think I got you just right.

  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/23/2005 9:44:49 AM PDT · 295 of 355
    WRhine to harrowup
    Context is not your friend.

    Sorry but I am not an avid reader of your trash. I could care less about what motivates you to come on any particular thread to disrupt and cause rancor.

    You forgot to ping the moderators but I do apologize for allowing myself to be dragged into posting this crap at FR.

    I don't ping or freep mail moderators. Never have, never will. Can you, as an ACLU member in good standing, say the same?

  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/23/2005 9:28:25 AM PDT · 291 of 355
    WRhine to Cultural Jihad
    Is there any room in there for fighting official corruption?

    Over the years I have found Marine Inspector to be among the most honest, candid people I've ever come across on the net. Can't say the same for you and your crowd.

    You talking about official corruption is laughable considering your political alliances and open support of certain foreign governments.

  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/23/2005 9:09:13 AM PDT · 286 of 355
    WRhine to harrowup

    Conflict, discord, flamewars seem to follow you wherever you go on FR. How a self-professed ACLU Democrat that admits (proclaims) to enjoying "beating up" republicans, “especially conservatives”, gets away with such divisive behavior continuously is perplexing.

  • Senate Passes H-2B Bill with Overwhelming Majority Vote

    04/22/2005 11:08:52 AM PDT · 11 of 46
    WRhine to anniegetyourgun
    Supporters of H-2B reform have a reason to celebrate today as they’ve overcome yet another hurdle to bringing reform to the temporary worker program. The Save Our Small & Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005, sponsored by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, was passed on Tuesday by a vote of 94 to six and also was granted cloture by a vote of 83 to 17. The cloture vote ends debate over the bill, which was amended to the Emergency Supplemental spending bill.

    More proof, if anyone needed it, that "our" Congress answers solely to special interest groups not the American People.

    How about a "Save Our America from 3rd World Immigration Act of 2005"? Nah, too many dollars to count, too many American Taxpayers to plunder.

    If there was an H2B or H"whatever" visa that insourced ready and willing politicians from around the world that would compete directly with our own politicians for their jobs, what do you think the chances of its passage would be?

  • Illegal immigrants 'are not free-loaders,' says Guatemalan bishop

    04/22/2005 10:33:35 AM PDT · 79 of 355
    WRhine to ClintonBeGone
    History is full of such examples. Let's start with free trade with the Indians.

    Thanks for the laugh. If you want to expound on this statement by my guest.

    Recently an insightful Freeper upon reading one of your many outrageously bizarre posts speculated that you are really here to purposely undermine your own professed cause for open borders. I think he might be right. If so....Thank You. In any event keep on posting please. It’s good for laughter is nothing else.

  • A troubled giant is facing change [General Motors]

    04/22/2005 10:21:28 AM PDT · 65 of 66
    WRhine to marylandrepub1
    That was a different world back then. America had the benefit of a monopoly after WWII(due to destruction of everyone elses industries), but the wheels were coming off by the 60s.

    Nice study in selective reasoning. You conveniently leave out some 200 years of American history. Even before the industrial revolution America's economy grew rapidly and by the onset of WWII America had the largest, most prosperous economy in the world. This all took place when America had tariffs in place to protect and nurture the growth of its industrial base.

    Germany has tried your protectionist plan and it is a disaster. The few jobs they have left are centered around the employee. This article says 12.7 % unemployment. You can protect all the jobs you like but your products will never sell when you drive the costs through the roof.

    You are attributing the wrong cause to Germany’s current economic malaise. Much of Germany's employment woes are attributable to the high costs of reunification with East Germany. Turns out that when people grow up in a communist system they forget how to compete. It's still going to take another generation for Germany to assimilate their east block kin.

    If your point is that socialism in general is hindering Germany I agree but I got the sense at times that you were talking about some other country other than Germany. While railing about the high costs of protecting jobs in Germany (presumably extending the point to America) you then implied such costs make it impossible for such countries to produce competitively priced products.

    Seems to me Germany, despite its current economic problems, does very well indeed in selling their products to the rest of the world. They are by far the leading industrial power in Europe and like Japan and China run huge trade surpluses with us. In addition to having a large world market share of luxury autos and motorcycles Germany also is an export leader in industrial machinery, tools, medical equipment, precision instruments and a bevy of other manufactured products including pharmaceuticals.

    How can this be with all their job protections and protectionism itself? Oh did I mention that despite their problems Germany also has one of highest standards of living in the world. Amazing!

  • Free trade benefits all nations

    04/21/2005 6:28:17 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    WRhine to superiorslots
    How about some loyalty and good will?? Nike was started in the US and grown and supported by US buyers for the most part. How many other countries peoples could have bought $80 shoes other than few western European ones??

    Loyalty and goodwill seem to be almost non-existent concepts in many large U.S. companies. It's all about maximizing the current quarter earnings and a "we'll worry about future when it gets here" attitude. Long range planning just isn't very hip these days. This all of course will come back to haunt these companies at some point but hey, with what top management makes they don’t care.

    Since they went to a country paying 88 cents per hour why do they not lower the price of shoes if competition is so bad??

    As you know, the motivating factor is labor arbitrage. Competition is often used as the excuse though. When prices do not move down appreciably after moving operations to cheap labor markets like China normally there is a CEO and top brass in there pocketing the difference.

    It just staggers the imagination how much CEOs in the fortune 500 are paid today. Their pay in general has exponentially outstripped the average wage rates in the last 15 years at ever increasing margins. The kicker is that precious few of these CEOs ever started the companies they run, or even helped build them into large profitable enterprises. They come in after the company is well established and go on to make much more money off the business than all the preceding top talent that made the company into a powerhouse.

    Also, it is becoming exceedingly rare that inside managerial candidates that have worked in a company for a long time and know the business inside out are picked for the top slot. Rather, BODs limit their search to the Hired Guns in the roving class of CEOs many of whom have no experience in the industry and pay em’ the fortune they demand. It’s crazy. Especially when their salaries become big dollar expenses to the company’s bottom line.

  • Free trade benefits all nations

    04/21/2005 3:08:39 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    WRhine to 1rudeboy
    There is no way that you are serious. If you are, I'll gladly post some information that will ensure that you will never make a comment on an economics thread here without eliciting peals of laughter.

    It's a forward looking statement my friend based on long-term trends and a good percentage of what we do manufacture today is really assembly work of finished parts designed and manufactured overseas. I should have been clearer on that.

    Yes, to be sure, we still have some manufacturing industry left but with few exceptions, the economic terrain for them is increasingly harsh. And you should look into the export trade profile of the U.S. visa vi our trading partners. It’s not encouraging.

  • Outsourcing: A Greater Threat Than Terrorism

    04/21/2005 1:24:34 PM PDT · 157 of 329
    WRhine to brownsfan

    Insightful post in need of a bump. A ten-ringer all the way.

  • Outsourcing: A Greater Threat Than Terrorism

    04/21/2005 1:14:55 PM PDT · 153 of 329
    WRhine to ex-Texan
    U.S. corporations are selling American workers down the drain in the quest for short-term profits. This is long-term corporate idiocy. Such policies are put into place by MBA graduates who are more focused on 'golden parachute' than sensible policy. Most will take the money and run -- to company after company. These corporate personalities sabotage company after company as they jump sinking ships repeatedly like rats.

    Well Said. That's exactly what is happening.

    China and India among others are more than happy to copy our technology but unlike America, will use it towards advancing their own national interests...and it won't have anything to do with free trade.

  • Free trade benefits all nations

    04/21/2005 12:59:23 PM PDT · 20 of 26
    WRhine to 1rudeboy
    The benefits of free trade also extend to greater competition and higher productivity. In the 19th century classical liberal economic model, free trade not only benefited economic growth, it contributed to world peace.

    Huh? All throughout the 19th century America exacted high tariffs on imports and the country boomed in growth and prosperity. What countries is he talking about?

    The dawning of the world free-trade era was associated with unprecedented European peace. Free trade helped all political parties and all world nations.

    Yeah sure Larry. Both Spain and England went down the free trade route and over time saw their industrial might decline and empires collapse. Meanwhile Germany, which did not pursue such policies, became the industrial power of Europe.

    But when politicians and economists turned toward protectionism in the early part of the 20th century, increased hostilities, nationalism and two world wars followed. The infamous Smoot-Hawley tariff, and the worldwide retaliation against it, was a precursor to depression, foreign totalitarianism and world war.

    In the early part of the 20th century England pursued free trade, while America, Germany and most of Europe did not. It's puzzling how Larry makes the connection that protectionism led to wars since it was Germany, not England, Spain or France that was the prime factor in starting these hostilities and it had little to do with trade and everything to do with territorial expansion.

    And it was England’s experiment in free trade and their subsequent loss of industry that left England ill-prepared to defend itself from Germany during the onset of WWII. If it were not for "protectionist" America coming to their defense England would be ruled by Germany today.

    Also, the canard that Smoot-Hawley caused the depression is so much discredited free trade pap. The depression was well underway by the time the tariffs were implemented and was caused by vast economic over-expansion during the 1920s, over investment/speculation in the stock market coupled with terrible monetary policy. Moreover the level of imports relative to the GNP then was exceedingly small and did not have the scale to cause much of any economic impact.

    Seems that Larry Kudlow like the rest of the Free Trade Lobby is nervous these days…and for good reason. Since reality does not bolster the case for free trade, Larry & Co. are left to specious reasoning and the twisting of facts to convince the American People that the destruction of America’s industrial/technological sectors and millions of high pay jobs with it is *ahem* actually a good thing. Never mind your lying eyes.

    The burning question(s) remain: What exactly, aside from farm products and scrap metal, does America’s manufacturing-free Service dominated economy have to trade with the rest of the world? Are trade deficits permanent? If so what does it mean? What does it mean when what’s left of America's industrial capacity cannot supply even half the hardware needs of our military? What countries will supply those needs? Don’t expect to hear any clear answers from this crowd……..

  • A troubled giant is facing change [General Motors]

    04/21/2005 9:45:38 AM PDT · 62 of 66
    WRhine to marylandrepub1
    You are kidding I hope. Under your idea there would be no incentive to produce anything that works, like in the Communist countries.

    Are you suggesting that the restrictive trade policies that were in effect for more than 200 years during which America grew from sparse colonies to the World's leading industrial power were communistic? Odd, it seems to me that exporting America's wealth, industrial assets and technological know-how around the world under the guise of "free trade" is much more in line with Marxism than sensible trade policy that puts America's interests First...not Last. And is that not the duty of our government to do as such?

  • A troubled giant is facing change [General Motors]

    04/20/2005 9:34:50 PM PDT · 58 of 66
    WRhine to marylandrepub1
    The chickens continue to come home to roost on free trade. If it were not for the tech boom of the 90s more attention would have been paid on the incredible losses in manufacturing earlier. But the smarmy free trade crowd always quick with a ready excuse told us not to worry about those dingy factory jobs, hi-tech was America's future--as if this was a boon to skilled craftsmen and assembly line workers.

    Now with technology plants and jobs being exported overseas, the massively shrunken industrial base in America is exacting its toll mercilessly. Workers today are forced to pile into the already over-crowded lower paying service sector, pressuring wages further. Owners of companies in the service sector see their profits squeezed by ever more competition.

    In short the economy is seriously out of balance and overweighed in the service sector. When manufacturing and technology were strong in America there was an incredible synergy between all sectors of the economy which feed on itself and produced wide spread prosperity. There were no trade deficits only trade surpluses, people saved, life was good for the vast majority of Americans.

    If America wants to remain the world’s superpower in the next century it has only one choice....reindustrialize. And that means junking One Way free trade, in favor managed trade and tariffs. It means going back to the things that used to work in the country and made America into the leading economic power.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/20/2005 2:20:42 PM PDT · 151 of 151
    WRhine to Ben Ficklin
    It is a very tough problem. There are no easy solutions.

    True, but crisis of illegal immigration will only worsen under the present leadership, which has no intention whatsoever of doing anything but encouraging more illegal immigration.

    The "reforms" being touted are mere cynical Beltway Speak for the passage of Amnesties with no change in the status quo of keeping our borders wide open and our immigration laws inoperative. In others words Congress, particularly the Senate and the Administration have “zero” credibility on this issue and can be counted on to do the wrong thing.

    If our leadership was serious about illegal immigration they would be vigorously patrolling the borders and exercising penalties against employers of illegal aliens. That they don’t, even after the horrors of 911, tells you everything you need about how serious they are in tackling this crisis.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/20/2005 1:14:15 PM PDT · 148 of 151
    WRhine to Ben Ficklin
    If you say so.

    Just pure speculation on my part..

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/20/2005 1:13:07 PM PDT · 147 of 151
    WRhine to Reaganwuzthebest
    That was exactly what crossed my mind when I heard Teddy the Swimmer talking about how immigration policy is broken and is a disaster. Not that I expect anyone in the liberal media to point out that he's the one broke it but still the huffing and puffing should mobilize the conservatives, especially in the House to oppose his amnesty schemes.

    Yes, accountability and accurate reporting are not something the media has concerned itself with for quite sometime now. Long gone are days of investigative journalism and public scrutiny of our elected officials--the central purpose of a free press. Things our press Used to Do.

    With politicians moving freely through the revolving doors between the media, lobbying outfits, think tanks, it's all one big happy Beltway Family now. And it is precisely such incestuous relationships that has reduced the media to being no more than the unofficial propaganda arm of the American Welfare State.

    The notion that some fair minded journalist would research what Ted the Swimmer did in 1966 with his sponsorship of the Immigration Act of that year which opened up a Pandora’s Box of mass 3rd world immigration which continues to this day and reveal the Swimmer's hypocrisy is simply ludicrous. That is a sure-fire way to end the career of an aspiring journalist...

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/20/2005 12:15:06 PM PDT · 145 of 151
    WRhine to Wolfie
    I suspect they'll be able to keep us distracted with gay marriage and Janet Jackson's boobs for quite a few more election cycles.

    Isn't that the truth. Congress will take on any cause with gusto as long as it doesn't involve tackling the critical problems confronting America that they were elected and paid to do.

  • Bush Demands From Syria To Shut Down Hezbollah

    04/20/2005 12:09:13 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    WRhine to Paul Ross
    Agreed! Finally! Now just think if he applied the same degree of fortitude to our own border situation....it would read something like this:

    "American President George W. Bush Tuesday night demanded that Mexico not only withdraw all its illegal trespassing invading citizens from the United State of America, but also shut down it La Raza and Reconquista terrorist operations."

    Well I guess we can all dream can't we? But as you know, Bush would never do anything of the sort. He only cares about the sovereignty and borders of other countries, not ours. Protecting our borders and ending illegal immigration is not part of his Open Borders FTAA agenda. Bush has much more in common with the parties referenced above than he does with the American People. As if he hasn't proven this over and over again.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/20/2005 11:52:27 AM PDT · 143 of 151
    WRhine to Ben Ficklin
    Many here think that this vote is a victory and Congress will now turn to deportation. They are wrong.

    For once I agree with you. The Senate will indeed block every attempt to strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws, better protect our borders and make it difficult for Illegal Aliens to acquire false IDs. There are simply too many Senators who are in the back pocket of the OBL for any meaningful change in the open borders status quo at this time.

    It only highlights just how disconnected the Senate, particularly the RINO leadership is from the American electorate.

    Though I would not be so smug and assured that the Senate will forever do your Open Borders bidding. With the approval ratings of Congress and Bush plummeting, there very well might be some interesting developments that you and the OBL are not going to like in the next few years.

    Given all the mounting problems in this country that are purposely being ignored by Congress and the Administration, the political environment is ripe for change.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/19/2005 10:23:24 PM PDT · 126 of 151
    WRhine to WRhine

    *know* also works in this sentence: Anyway we do *know* what side your bread is buttered.....jezz, i'm outta here.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/19/2005 9:54:49 PM PDT · 125 of 151
    WRhine to Reaganwuzthebest
    Nope I'm afraid not. Almost everyone that's talking immigration "reform" isn't referring to closing the borders and enforcing the laws, it's about how we're going to go about legalizing those here and letting them stay.

    Yes, focus on the word "reform". The Beltway crowd have been attaching that word to every piece of legislation they know is unpopular with the American Public (You're not against "Reform" are you?). They did it to great effect with the Campaign Finance “Reform” bill otherwise known as the Incumbency Protection Act.

    The jig is to just say "reform" and spin the hell out of it as something good like Larry Craig in his disingenuous attempts to portray his amnesty for a million illegal aliens as reform with no change in the status quo of letting illegals run wild in America. I must say though, I hope Larry Craig gets more media exposure. That guy is such an obvious Jerk the more media attention he gets the more he helps our cause.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/19/2005 9:25:58 PM PDT · 124 of 151
    WRhine to Ben Ficklin
    I did notice several saying that, because of the vote(53 for), it is certain that further activity will take place. But everyone already knew this.

    I'm rather surprised the vote was this close. With the leftward tilt in the Senate (even with the Pubs in majority...imagine that) I thought the vote for this treason would be higher. Maybe quite a few Senators are feeling the political heat from their constituents.

    Anyway we do what side your bread is buttered. Given the exposé of ahem a certain Freeper and his connection to the administration, among other such similar stories, I'm kinda wondering where you fit in. Or are you just your everyday seditious leftist trolling on a conservative forum?

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/19/2005 8:55:11 PM PDT · 120 of 151
    WRhine to jackbenimble
    Burns (R-MT), Chafee (R-RI), Coleman (R-MN), Craig (R-ID), DeWine (R-OH), Domenici (R-NM), Hagel (R-NE), Lugar (R-IN), Martinez (R-FL), McCain (R-AZ), Smith (R-OR), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA), Voinovich (R-OH), Warner (R-VA

    Mostly, it is the usual RINOs.

    I'll say. It's the Who's Who of Rinodom. You can depend on this infamous lot to screw America every chance they get. They really are no different than the democrats.

  • Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan

    04/19/2005 8:40:57 PM PDT · 119 of 151
    WRhine to Reaganwuzthebest
    That's a phony poll Dane, I can cite you dozens of legitimate ones that aren't a push poll as that was and where the results are as different as night and day.

    Phony polls like this are evidence of the behind the scene propaganda efforts that are underway to sell the American public on an Amnesty dressed up as a guest worker program. It's great news that Larry Craig's Shamnesty was set aside but the OBL, which extends into the highest ranks of the GOP, will not be denied.

    Look for an out of blue mini-amnesty bill to come in under the radar sometime in the summer when a lot of people are on vacation. It’s just the way these compromised, off the reservation public servants work.

    With what we pay our elected officials in salary and platinum plated benefits where congressmen are guaranteed millionaires after 2 terms and multimillionaires after 3, you’d think they would be on the side of the citizen taxpayers of this country.

    I guess for all too many of them their motto is: enough is never enough.

  • Totalization With Mexico Could "Total" Social Security

    04/19/2005 10:32:37 AM PDT · 43 of 88
    WRhine to FBD; hedgetrimmer
    BTW, one of the most informed posters on this subject is Hedge Trimmer. He has been an excellent source of info, and has plenty of links, if you are interested.

    Thanks FBD. Yes, I am well aware of hedgetrimmer's incredible research into the interconnected web of globalist networks that are committed to destroying America's sovereignty in the name of regional/world governance. hedgertrimmer's work is invaluable and simply inspiring.

    And many thanks to you for your great work on this issue.

  • Totalization With Mexico Could "Total" Social Security

    04/19/2005 10:19:18 AM PDT · 42 of 88
    WRhine to american spirit
    Gee, when it comes to illegal immigration we've had to endure anchor babies/chain migration, huge increases in healthcare premiums to offset hospital care for illegals, Motor Voter / open invitation to massive vote fraud, tens of billions in other related "services" to them, etc........looks more and more like Congress and other fedgov types are bound and determined to force national suicide on us at every turn.

    And Bush is leading the national suicide charge. These extra-rights and mind-boggling array of social services afforded to Illegal Aliens did not happen by accident or oversight. This is the stuff of calculated treason and betrayal on the part of our so-called leadership.

    It could not be clearer that "Our" government no longer represents or answers to the Citizens of America. It has other masters and other agendas that are diametrically opposed to the interests and welfare of the American People. The historic parallel is the rampant, pervasive corruption in the government of Rome that ultimately brought down the Roman Empire.

    Excellent post American Spirit!

  • Totalization With Mexico Could "Total" Social Security

    04/19/2005 9:15:46 AM PDT · 28 of 88
    WRhine to FBD
    According to this article, "guest" workers would only have to work 18 months here in the U.S, to be eligible for Social In-Security benefits!

    There are apparently no limits to the extent our government will betray the American People.

  • Minuteman Project expanding to 4 states

    04/19/2005 7:57:57 AM PDT · 25 of 44
    WRhine to Boston Blackie

    Great news. This is going to drive the CAL right up the wall.

  • Republicans sharply split over immigration

    04/18/2005 10:04:08 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    WRhine to RFEngineer
    How about this twist, would you trade socialized medicine for deporting illegal aliens on a massive scale?

    If illegal aliens are deported on a massive scale it would significantly lower the costs of health care and health insurance thus taking the wind out of the sails for socialized medicine.

  • Riding the free trade raft over the falls

    04/18/2005 2:21:18 PM PDT · 187 of 350
    WRhine to dennisw
    Pat saw this coming years ago. Same on immigration.

    That he did. Now that the disastrous results of (un)free trade and mass 3rd world immigration can no longer be swept under the rug, the Free Trade/Open Borders crowd are left with repeating their tired old mantras and slogans that have about as much basis in reality as Alice in Wonderland.

  • Riding the free trade raft over the falls

    04/18/2005 12:00:02 PM PDT · 150 of 350
    WRhine to Sam the Sham
    Free trade, like Marxism, is a textbook theory that just plain does not work in the real world because nations are no more altruistic than people.

    Well Put Sam......

  • Riding the free trade raft over the falls

    04/18/2005 11:04:26 AM PDT · 139 of 350
    WRhine to B-Chan
    Karl Marx loved the idea of Free trade. Anything Marx was for, I'm against.

    Yes, Karl Marx's communist beliefs make a reliable compass of what "not to do". He also liked the idea of mass 3rd world immigration into 1st world countries. He understood that for communism to take root in a country, chaos, instability, strife and conflict were necessary.

  • Border patrols inspire imitation (Minuteman Project Bump!)

    04/16/2005 8:59:33 AM PDT · 71 of 106
    WRhine to infidel44
    I also believe that an impeachment proceeding against GWB is really so far out of the question that it is ridiculous, however, I felt obliged to raise the question. GWB is absolutely not doing his job to protect OUR country, concerning the borders.

    Then it is not ridiculous. There is nothing more central to the Commander in Chief's duties than to protect the nation from invasion. Nothing. Moreover in addition to purposefully underfunding and hindering the Border Patrol this president had gone out of his way to encourage illegal immigration.

  • Is Protectionism Racism?

    04/15/2005 10:25:33 PM PDT · 43 of 57
    WRhine to american spirit
    Buchanan was correct about the Rust Belt and the trememdous loss of mfg. jobs in the 70's and 80's. What most folks don't realize is that when many companie's sent mfg. jobs overseas they eliminated a lot of white collar positions such as engineering, management, supervisory, accounting, etc.

    The classic ripple effect that free traders rarely concern themselves with. Now, there is an oversupply of people in the already overcrowded, lower paying service sector all chasing the same business.

  • Is Protectionism Racism?

    04/15/2005 9:07:10 PM PDT · 42 of 57
    WRhine to LowCountryJoe
    You bumped that post (#17)!? Why?

    Because I agreed with it. Do you agree with Steven Landsburg when he says:

    “Both major parties (and most of the minor ones) are infested with protectionist fellow travelers who would discriminate on the basis of national origin no less virulently than David Duke or any other overt racist would discriminate on the basis of skin color. But if racism is morally repugnant—and it is—then so is xenophobia…”

    Declares Landsburg: “I hold this truth to be self-evident: It is just plain ugly to care more about total strangers in Detroit than about total strangers in Juarez. ... Even if Kerry-style (or Nader-style or Buchanan-style) protectionism could improve Americans’ well-being at the expense of foreigners, it would still be wrong.”

  • China soups up Internet censoring filter

    04/15/2005 8:53:51 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    WRhine to The Real Eddie01
    "...at least anytime in the next few generations."

    No need to for this escape valve.

    True, it wasn't needed.

  • Is Protectionism Racism?

    04/15/2005 11:53:38 AM PDT · 28 of 57
    WRhine to superiorslots

    bttt...

  • China soups up Internet censoring filter

    04/15/2005 11:49:47 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    WRhine to superiorslots
    All the free traitors out there keep saying the chinese will be experiencing more freedoms due to capitalism. All I see is the commies tightning their control.

    Yep. What free traitors never seem to comprehend is that with China we are dealing with a civilization that is more than a 1,000 years old. They think very long term. Whether China is ruled by Communist Tyrants or brutal Warlords, their culture has always been nationalistic in the extreme. And heavy handed governmental control over their people is a long standing defining trait of China.

    The idea that China will become an open society marked by free enterprise and free trade for their masses is just so much empty headed free trade utopia that will never come to pass...at least anytime in the next few generations.

  • Bush: No passports at borders

    04/15/2005 8:02:59 AM PDT · 123 of 191
    WRhine to Alex Marko
    Tancredo will not win. Whatever party that nominates a moderate will win.

    Yeah, those "moderates" do such a great job don't they? They are against radical concepts like protecting our borders from foreign invasion, balanced budgets and fair trade deals. Go Moderates!

  • Mexico's Act of War

    04/14/2005 10:27:54 PM PDT · 260 of 276
    WRhine to Elmer Piddlestone
    I understand that bankruptcy is currently a very popular option for many Americans to use to deal with their debt.

    heh heh, not anymore. There are a lot of things to like and dislike in the recently passed bankruptcy reform bill, however when many Americans find out that creditors have substantially more latitude on repossessions and debt repayments, maybe more people will wake up to just how poor many of them are. With the bankruptcy jig up, maybe they will start scrutinizing the generous salaries and benefits our elected officials have voted for themselves and their bureaucratic brethren and return the favor. Maybe......

  • Mexico's Act of War

    04/14/2005 10:07:42 PM PDT · 259 of 276
    WRhine to jveritas
    If you want to live in the 1950's go ahead. Have only one car for the whole family, one TV set, do not buy a lot of cloth, do not buy a cell phone, just have a ground phone, do not get on the internet as you are doing now, do not travel inside or outside the US, do not go as much to eat out in restaurants, etc...

    It just wasn't the 50s. The golden era of America started in the mid 40s and continued through to the late 70s.

    Want to talk about standard of living do you? During this golden era of America, the typical dad could feed/raise/clothe much Larger familes of 3-8, afford a home, afford at least 1 car, educate the kids, cover the family's medical expenses, and still had enough money left over to sock away in savings, take vacations, all without needing the wife to work. Yes, mothers actually could afford to stay at home and raise the kids...Properly. And oh did I mention that none of this required going into debt?

    I know. This is the way it was when I was growing up and our middle class family was the norm. Try doing that today on a salary less than 150K.

    You can talk about all the electronic gadgetry that was not in existence then but on the basics and quality of life, the standard of living in America’s Golden Era was much higher than today.

    Government was a lot smaller too. Illegal immigration was not even a mild problem. And America didn’t have One Way Industry Exporting trade agreements with the rest of the World.

  • Mexico's Act of War

    04/14/2005 11:21:18 AM PDT · 105 of 276
    WRhine to american spirit
    Simply put, the Republicans are committing national and party suicide. Surely, the fix has to be in (FTAA?) because surely they're not that stupid (?)........well maybe.

    It sure looks that way.

  • Mexico's Act of War

    04/14/2005 10:35:10 AM PDT · 83 of 276
    WRhine to churchillbuff

    Excellent article. Joe Farah does a great job of putting the blame for this nation-destroying open borders mayhem squarely where it belongs: Bush and Congress. And he is dead on right; we are at war with Mexico, whether we know it or not. There will be a political price to pay for this betrayal and it does not bode well for the Republican Party.

  • Fixing immigration fairly

    04/13/2005 6:34:56 PM PDT · 330 of 332
    WRhine to lemura
    The West was unique in that certain factors came together that enabled us to develop the society/culture that we currently enjoy. That being said, however, I don't think we have a monopoly on self-governance - these are principles that can taught/learned by anyone capable of understanding.

    I guess we will find out soon enough!

    I'll add that while there is no question as to the industriousness of Asians, their cultures are somewhat resistant to embracing notions such as human rights, diversity, and tend to be ethnocentric. This can adversely impact self-governance. And while Asian nations like Japan seem to have taken to democracy quite well, much of that I believe is due to America's strong influence on Japan.

  • Fixing immigration fairly

    04/13/2005 6:22:21 PM PDT · 329 of 332
    WRhine to spintreebob
    In my precincts, all but one Hispanic voter voted for Bush in '80 and for my GOP slate in a divisive 3 way race with 2 GOP slates and 1 Dem slate.

    How many Hispanic voters were in your precinct? 2? I used to be a precinct captain in a heavily republican area during the same period. It was Phil Cranes' district. There were over 200 homes in my precinct and the rep/dem ratio of registered voters was about 70/30. Even though the democrat percentage was low that still meant numerically a lot of dem votes. Your story does not ring true given that hispanics, especially then, overwhelmingly vote democratic.

    And why were you pushing Bush in 80' when Reagan, a true conservative, was on the ballot? You strike me as kind of a RINO. The kind I used to come across in the party, usually at GOP get togethers. I remember thinking back then, "what kind of republicans are this"?. Talking to a RINO was like talking to a democrat.

    As a landlord I have had over 800 immigrants in my apartments in the past.

    Well that explains a lot....if true.

    I have found jobs for over 100 that were not my tenants, plus many that were.

    You found jobs for over a 100 hispanics and then some huh. Hmm, What kind of jobs were they Spintree? Were you fronting for employers of Illegal Aliens? Sounds like it. Again, if true.

    I have been part of organizing hundreds in political action on slum housing, police protection, etc.

    Lost me there. It really is hard to take you seriously.

  • Fixing immigration fairly

    04/13/2005 12:46:25 PM PDT · 326 of 332
    WRhine to lemura
    That's what I meant by we'll carry on, but it will be a two-tier society. It doesn't have to be 'whites' sitting on top of the pyramid - it can be anyone who is more industrious and capable.

    Very interesting analysis lemura.

    I wonder though if even the Asians will be able to self-govern in the tradition of America's past system of governance once (let's say) the old guard is no longer dominant. Because of cultural differences that become more pronounced as the old structure fades away. Differences that led to the dissolving of the Rule of Law and thus the underpinnings of a free enterprise system conductive to economic prosperity.

  • Fixing immigration fairly

    04/13/2005 12:16:31 PM PDT · 324 of 332
    WRhine to lemura
    The US basis of law/culture/society allows certain individuals to excel. I think there will be enough inventiveness and economic growth to absord low-skill laborers. The pity was that we couldn't reach a new level of performance, but then maybe that's the way it has always been.

    Either you are a case study in subtleties or you have changed your views. A few posts ago you talked about how America will become more like Brazil and American culture as we know it will end. Now you appear to be saying we will muddle this mess and trend water through the dramatic demographic changes.

    It’s all idle speculation I know; and your concerns closely mirror mine. I do find it rather perplexing though.

  • Fixing immigration fairly

    04/13/2005 11:28:11 AM PDT · 321 of 332
    WRhine to skeeter
    You need to expand your definition of 'welfare' to include use of public health, educational, transportation & other public infrastructures without a commensurate tax contribution. Your total would then rise significantly.

    That's not fair skeeter! Why should ALL the associated costs and burdens that illegal aliens place on the already overburdened taxpayers be taken into account? It makes the job of spinning so much harder.....