California’s public sector unions, money, and politics

The California Political Review calculates the money taken in every year by public sector unions in that state, and shows how it gives those unions a powerful say in the running of the state. In the wake of the Janus ruling, it is useful to estimate just how much money California’s government unions collect and spend each year. Because government unions publicly disclose less than what the law requires of public corporations or private sector unions, only estimates are possible. . . . In summary, subject to the limitations in the available data and what appear to be reasonable assumptions,

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Welfare and immigration: a contradiction in terms

Karl Denninger points out the fundamental incompatibility between immigration and a welfare state. Fundamentally-incompatible things can be serious trouble. Put gasoline in your diesel-fueled vehicle and see what happens.  Or the converse. Drink a bunch and then go operate some sort of machinery.  The outcome is likely to be very bad. Welfare in general — where you are given a right to take from someone else by force something you want but have not earned — is incompatible with a lot of things. One of the things it’s incompatible with is an “open border”. This is math, not politics.  America

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Note the lie in the headline

An article at CNBC caught my eye yesterday, particularly because the headline – and the body of the article – contain a blatant, out-and-out lie, designed to con the consumer. Homeowners are sitting on a record amount of cash – and not tapping it U.S. homeowners today are getting richer by the minute, but they are less likely to cash in on their newfound wealth than during previous housing booms. As home values rise, home equity lines of credit, often used to tap home equity, are flatlining, and the overall amount of money people are taking out of their homes

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A nightmare for parents, and a sobering lesson

A home invasion robbery in Texas had ghastly consequences for one family, particularly their seven-year-old son. The homeowner told police that three masked black suspects broke through the front door and pistol-whipped him, causing injuries. “This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.” Nehls said the father kept telling the intruders there was no money and to take jewelry or a car, but

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Know your enemy #1: The violent “progressives”

It helps when the enemy defines him- or herself, so that we know at whom to aim. Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning. . . . Rather than detail a laundry list of all the Trump outrages, I ask you simply to consider all of the very real human costs that those outrages have already inflicted on human beings in America and abroad. Some of those outrages, like ripping families apart at the border, show

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Chain migration’s effect on one Pennsylvania town

City Journal recently published an in-depth article about the effect of chain migration on Hazelton, Pennsylvania.  It’s a startling and eye-opening piece of journalism.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. With a population long dominated by the descendants of European immigrants, Hazleton has been radically transformed since the early 2000s by secondary chain migration, principally driven by Dominicans—immigrants, both legal and illegal, as well as second- and third-generation citizens arriving from the New York metropolitan area. In 2000, Hispanics made up less than 5 percent of Hazleton’s population; they now account for more than 50 percent.

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