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A look at this crazy campaign with George Rodriguez

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March 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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Wednesday’s Tweets

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March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Argentina’s President Macri scores again

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(My new Amercan Thinker post)

Messi is the fútbol player from Argentina who plays for Barcelona, one of the world’s greatest fútbolistas and teams.   

Macri is President Macri, the center-right president, elected in early December.  

It is Macri who is dominating the front pages lately.

Yesterday, President Macri proved that he is on the right track.  He shut down the government’s support for Telesur:

The pro-business administration of Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, will cut its funding of a regional television network started by the Venezuelan government in 2005.

The country is pulling out of Telesur, a self-styled leftist alternative to mainstream media, because of a lack of “pluralism” and being shut out of financial decisions, the Communications Ministry in Argentina said. “Argentina was a partner prohibited from sharing our view,” Hermann Lombardi, the communications minister, said in a radio interview. Telesur was a pet project of Hugo Chávez, the former Venezuelan president, who envisioned a strong socialist voice to counteract what he perceived as unbalanced news coverage from major broadcasters like CNN’s Spanish service.

In addition to Venezuela, sponsor countries include Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Relations between Argentina and Venezuela have deteriorated since Mr. Macri’s center-right government took office in December 2015. His predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, had maintained strong bonds with Mr. Chavez.

Hooray for President Macri!  

For years, the late Chávez had funded leftists activists like Telesur.    President Macri is pulling Argentina out because of a lack of “pluralism.”  In other words, Telesur was nothing but a mouthpiece for the Latin American left.   

This is why President Obama was correct in traveling to Argentina and showing support for President Macri.  We understand that the tango was Obama being tone-deaf again, but support for President Macri is in our interest.

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March 31, 2016 at 5:26 am

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Obama trip to Cuba, the tango in Argentina, Brazil and other stories 

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Guests Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog…Alain Castillo, young Cuban American in Texas…….we will discuss President Obama’s trip to Cuba…….the Rolling Stones in Cuba……more repression in Cuba…….Fidel Castro’s column reacting to Obama…..the tango in Argentina and the reaction in the US……….Macri in Argentina…..the political crisis in Brazil, Trump and Mexico…..new cartels in Mexico…..Colombia and FARC….plus more stories

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March 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday’s tweets

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March 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday’s tweets: Obama Care. Obama tango & Trump polls

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March 30, 2016 at 11:45 am

1981: Reagan shot on this day

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March 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

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How much is Trump’s immigration approach going to cost or work?

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(My new American Thinker post)

Let me assure you that I hate illegal immigration as much as Mr. Trump. Illegal immigration mocks the rule of law, from the employer taking advantage of his competitors with cheap labor to document fraud to a border that is a national security concern. In other words, it is a bad system that we’ve allowed to get out of control.   

Donald Trump proposes deporting people. He has not really explained how he would do it but my friend Israel Ortega believes that it will expand government a lot:

Start with Trump’s call to forcibly deport an estimated 11-12 million illegal immigrants, including children and the elderly. When pressed on specifics, Trump says he intends to do deport people humanely and orderly. But even taking this statement at face value, Trump is proposing nothing less than the creation of the largest police state in our history. As the scholars at the American Action Forum have recently pointed out, the federal government would need to spend from $400 to $600 billion over 20 years to remove the current undocumented population. Of course, that number is subject to change considering the scant exact numbers of a population largely living in the shadows.

The AAF study also estimates that in order to prevent future illegal immigration, the federal government would need to commit to an additional $315 billion toward border security over the same period.

Trump tells us that a country needs borders and he is correct. He says that people should respect our immigration laws and he is correct again.   

However, there are smarter ways to fix the problem than exploiting our fears.   

Go ahead and build the fence. It will actually help both sides, even if the Mexican political class does not admit it publicly.   

Go after employers and make it really costly to hire someone without papers. Send repeat employers offenders to jail and you will see illegal immigration stop very fast.  

Finally, offer people here a guest worker visa that allows them to work. It would not be not a path to citizenship and  would require be renewal from time to time based on our economic needs. It makes more economic sense, as Israel Ortega explains in the aforementioned article, than having police officers drag out women and children from their homes.   
 
Illegal immigration is bad and I repeat that Mr. Trump is right. However, proposing real solutions is what we expect from our leaders. Sorry, but we are not hearing any real world solutions from Mr. Trump.

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March 30, 2016 at 7:08 am

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A chat with Israel Ortega about immigration, Trump and the 2016 election

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March 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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Mexicans taking Trump way too seriously

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For the record, I am not a Trump supporter. However, I do think that Mexicans are taking the businessman way too seriously.

Let’s start with former President Vicente Fox who uses the F-word more often than the Democrats play the race card. Does Mr. Fox seriously think that anybody cares, including Mexicans in the U.S., what he thinks?

Let’s go down to Mexico. We just learned that some Mexicans burned figures of Trump for Easter, as reported by Caitlin Yilek:

Mexicans celebrated Holy Week with the annual tradition of setting fire to their Judases.  

This year, that meant lighting replicas of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump ablaze. 

The demons in the ritual are usually forked-tongue devils, flaming dragons and politicians, according to The Washington Post. The burning symbolizes the destruction of evil. 

“For Latinos here and in the U.S., [Donald Trump is] a danger, a real threat,” Leonardo Linares told The Washington Post

“He’s a good man to burn as a Judas,” Linares added about his Trump effigy. 

Trump has repeatedly threatened throughout his presidential campaign to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and make Mexico pay for it. 

When Trump announced his candidacy in June, he infamously referred to undocumented immigrants from Mexico as “rapists” and “criminals.” 

Let the figures burn. Let many Mexicans get their kicks and enjoy the Trump-bashing. Unfortunately, Mexico has a lot bigger problems than Trump.
 
First, most Mexicans feel very disconnected from the political class, not much different than up here. You will hear the same complaints from Mexicans about politicians that you hear at a Trump rally. People on both sides of the border feel let down by the political class.  
 
With respect to NAFTA, Mexicans of all socioeconomic levels tell me that the agreement has been great for large retailers, like WalMart, but has put thousands of shops and small retailers about business. And they also complain about cheap Chinese goods on the shelf! Last December, Richard Patten wrote this about NAFTA:

“Mexican manufacturing — e.g., of farm implements — was wiped out. Real Mexican wage levels in general have declined since NAFTA and 20 million Mexicans now live in food poverty. With the Mexican economy, largely rural, decimated, it became more dependent on the trade of drugs into the United States. The drug cartel money and power now reaches into Mexican government and police — as seen in the massacre of 43 students in Iguala, south of Mexico City.

I think that Mr. Patten is a bit too negative. However, his point of view represents a growing resentment in Mexico about free trade agreements that hurt workers, not much different than we hear up here.

Second, the Mexican economy is still a bit too uneven. In fact, the question south of the border whether or not the economy will benefit enough Mexicans, as Nathaniel Parrish Flannery wrote recently:

Mexico is the second-largest economy in Latin America, just after Brazil. With 122 million residents, Mexico has about the same number of potential customers as Spain, France and Portugal combined. The challenge for retailers, however, is that for all the talk of Mexico’s emerging middle class, just under half the country’s population still lives below the poverty line.

Modern Mexico is a deeply divided economy. In all, there are more than 145,000 individuals in Mexico each with a net worth over $1 million dollars, (not including the value of their primary residence.) The rest of the economy is in much worse shape. While the wealthiest 10% of households earn an average of just over $33,000 dollars a year, the next wealthiest income bracket earns less than half as much.

Third, the cartels are making life miserable for everyone, from the innocent people caught up in gang fights to police departments under siege from the millions of dollars that the cartels are willing to spend for bribes. It is making Mexico ungovernable, specially the border areas literally run by cartels. My Mexican friends continue to tell me that they’d love to see a U.S. president who tackles illegal drug consumption or the source for billions of dollars going south every year.

Here is the reality: the election of Trump will have little impact on Mexico. Mexico’s structural problems will not be impacted one way or another. Furthermore, # 45, whether it’s Trump or anyone else, will be consumed with foreign policy problems and Mexico is not on that list of urgencies.

Trump is a great distraction and not much more for people south of the border.

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March 29, 2016 at 6:52 am

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