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Leaks that hurt the country and a few other thoughts

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We will discuss the latest leak or publishing President Trump’s conversation with the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Australia……..the ‘leakers’ are now hurting the country not Trump…………the new legal immigration proposal is in line with what most countries do or merit based immigration…………Anne Frank’s family was arrested on this day in 1944……….Louis Armstrong born 1901 and he died in 1971……….and other stories…………

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August 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

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“El Bolivar”, from 4.29 to 14,100 and falling….

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The situation in Venezuela took another turn for the worse.    We learned that “el Bolivar” is down again:

Venezuela’s bolivar currency tumbled 18 percent against the U.S. dollar on Thursday on the black market, ahead of the inauguration of a legislative superbody that the opposition says will give President Nicola Maduro sweeping new powers.

The currency data, provided by the widely-tracked but opaque website DolarToday, show the bolivar fell just under 60 percent to 17,981 bolivars per dollar over the last month as countries around the world urged Maduro to back off the idea of electing a “constituent assembly”.

The vote, boycotted by the opposition, was held on Sunday.

On Thursday, Maduro said anyone caught using DolarToday to calculate higher consumer prices would be punished.

“I have given instructions … that those who try to raise prices based on DolarToday be detained,” the president said during a televised address.

The constituent assembly, to be inaugurated on Friday, will have broad powers, including that of re-writing the constitution.

Maduro says the assembly will bring peace to the oil-rich but economically-ailing country, after four months of opposition street protests that have left more than 120 people dead. He is widely blamed for the country’s deep economic recession, exacerbated by food and medicine shortages.

What a sad story, specially for those of us who remember when one US dollar meant 4.29 Bolivares.   I guess that this is what happens when socialists mismanage the nation’s resources and destroy the local constitution.

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August 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

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Maybe we should bring in more doctors

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President Trump proposed a change to legal immigration. Mark Krikorian has a quick explanation:   

The RAISE Act would limit family immigration rights to the actual nuclear family: husbands, wives, and little kids of American citizens and legal residents. The current categories for adult siblings, adult sons and daughters, and parents would be retired. U.S. citizens could still bring in their elderly parents in need of caretaking, but only on renewable nonimmigrant visas (no green cards or citizenship) and only after proving that they’ve paid for health insurance up front.

The second major element in this restructuring addresses the employment-based immigration flow. It is now a jumble of categories and subcategories, the main result of which is to provide steady work for immigration lawyers. The Cotton-Perdue bill would rationalize this mess by creating one, streamlined points system, along the lines of similar schemes in Canada and Australia. Points would be awarded to potential candidates based mainly on education, English-language ability and age, and those who meet a certain benchmark would be in the pool for green cards, with the top scorers being selected first.

The bill would also eliminate the egregious Diversity Visa Lottery and cap refugee admissions at fifty thousand per year, rather than allow the president let in as many as he wants, as is the case today.    

As a legal immigrant and naturalized citizen, RAISE makes sense for two reasons:

First, no one has a right to bring your extended family and distant relatives to the U.S.; and

Second, most countries have a merit based legal immigration program. I remember working in Mexico for a U.S. company and having to prove to the Mexico consulate that I was not going to be a burden to the country.

So RAISE makes sense and limits family to immediate family not the uncle that you have not seen for years who suddenly wants to come to the U.S.

Of course, we are talking about routine legal immigration. We are not talking about political refugees or exiles who should be treated on a case-by-case basis. The U.S. should always be the destination for those seeking freedom, as was the case of my family in the 1960s.

Finally, we just learned that we may have a shortage of doctors in the near future. Well, let’s ease the way for doctors to come to the U.S. and fill that need. This is exactly what immigration laws are for and why RAISE will prove beneficial in the future,

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August 4, 2017 at 6:43 am