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Archive for November 2018

Friday’s show: A chat with Joao Cerqueria author about the politics of Europe

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November 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Friday’s video: Obama Care enrollment is down from last year

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November 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm

The only winner of the GM bailout was Obama 2012

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Back in 2012, the Obama reelection team reminded us that they got Osama bin Laden and saved GM. 

It probably gave Obama Ohio at less than 200,000 votes out of 5 plus million cast.  It did not hurt in Michigan.  It certainly energized the unions to cast ballots for the man who “saved” their jobs.

Yes, they got Osama bin Laden.  But they didn’t really save GM or do the workers any favor on a long-term basis.

Looking back, the GM bailout was a partisan band aid.  I like what Kevin D. Williamson wrote about this:     

What did U.S. taxpayers get for their $11.2 billion bailout of GM? About ten years of business-as-usual, and one very expensive lesson.

Bailouts don’t work…

GM’s sedan business is weak because GM’s sedans are weak: Virtually all of the best-selling sedans in the United States are made by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. 

The lower and middle sections of the market are dominated by Asia, and the high end of the market by Europe: Mercedes, Audi, BMW. GM can’t compete with the Honda Civic at its price point or with the Audi A7 at its price point. 

Consumers like what they like, and they aren’t buying what GM is selling. It isn’t winning in the dino-juice-powered market, in the electric-car market, or in the hybrid market, either: GM is not exactly what you would call a nimble corporation.

So, things are grim for GM.

On the car front, anyway. GM has a much healthier business selling trucks and SUVs, a business that it now will focus its resources on — as it should have done long ago. 

Why didn’t it do that?

With all due respect and concern for the employees out in the cold, GM should have been allowed to go into the bankruptcy courts.   

Yes, I understand that some jobs would have been lost.  However, all that the bailout did was to keep a business going that was going to eventually lay off people.

The GM bailout was a classic case of government picking winners and losers.   

A better solution would have been what they call a managed bankruptcy.  In other words, allow GM to restructure itself, leaving the courtroom as a healthier enterprise more in tune with the reality of the market.  

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November 30, 2018 at 6:37 am

Thursday’s show: The Mueller probe, GM bailout, DACA & the wall plus other stories

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We will look at the Mueller probe…..where is the investigation headed?…….DACA and the wall…….Caravans and the border…….GM bailout…….George Harrison 2001…..Ernesto Lecuona 1963………….and other stories…….click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2018/11/30/the-mueller-probe-gm-bailout-daca-the-wall-plus-other-stories

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November 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Thursday’s video: The GM bailout a few years later

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November 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

A wall plus DACA

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As we move toward 2020, the GOP has to improve its standing with Hispanics, as our friend Richard Baehr wrote here last week.

Let me make this suggestion to President Trump and the GOP: the wall plus DACA!

Negotiate the wall, plus other actions to curb illegal immigration, and legalize the so-called “DREAMers” who meet certain standards.

I like what Donald Graham wrote:

Earlier this year, the president offered to give a chance for legal status not only to nearly 700,000 “dreamers” – those undocumented immigrants [sic] brought to the United States as children – through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but to a million others who were either too young to apply or chose not to.  (I presume that, to get legal status or a path to citizenship, all 1.7 million would have to show, as DACA recipients do, that they have never been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor.)

Why not pass a simple bill: an appropriation for the wall, alongside an eventual path to citizenship for DACA recipients and long-term legal status for the rest?

It sounds like a sensible compromise to me.

President Trump gets the wall and keeps a promise.  The Democrats get DACA. 

Best of all, you do away with a contentious issue that the Democrats keep using against the GOP.

Will it happen?  I’m not sure that it will happen in the lame duck session.

However, the Democrats need to do something in the majority.  They can’t come back in 2020 and say it’s all Trump’s fault.

Also, opposing the wall is going to be a lot more difficult for Democrats after what we’ve seen on the border over the last two weeks. 

Before you tell me I’m calling for amnesty, let me repeat that many of these “DREAMers” are already here.  Many are working and going to school.  It makes no sense to keep them without a legal status any longer.  Obviously, anyone with an additional criminal background will not be approved.

So let’s think: DACA and the wall.  My guess is that most Americans will support that.

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November 29, 2018 at 9:20 am

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Wednesday’s show: A chat with Richard Baehr, Chief Political Correspondent American Thinker

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November 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Wednesday’s video: The wall plus DACA

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November 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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Now Mexicans are screaming ‘migrants go home’

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My guess is that the people behind the caravan didn’t plan for things to work out this way.  As that Bee Gees’ song goes:  “Oh If I’d only seen that the joke was on me”.

The caravan planners have a few problems:

First, they were not expecting President Trump to take a firm stand and then enforce it;

Second, they didn’t see those anti-caravan marches in Tijuana happening; and most importantly,

Third, they didn’t realize the terrible situation that all of this would put President-elect Andres Lopez-Obrador in.

This is from the New York Times and right on target:  

After more than 15 years of campaigning as a leftist firebrand, Mr. López Obrador must swiftly decide: Will he stand up to Mr. Trump and defend the migrants’ pleas to be allowed into the United States, even if many of their asylum requests will ultimately be rejected? Or will he acquiesce to Mr. Trump’s demands and the economic imperative of good relations with the United States?

“The Mexican government is in a dead-end alley,” said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a professor of international relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 

“López Obrador is facing a baptism of fire, and a dilemma of whether he should maintain his promises of humanitarian policies, or stop the masses of migrants trying to reach the U.S.”

Baptism of fire?  More like a no-win situation.  

The article finishes by saying that Mr. Lopez-Obrador needs to calm things down because they are very heated south of the border.

Here are a couple of things to remember:

Tijuana is in the north of Mexico, or the states that border with the U.S.  This is the home of the PAN, or the right-center party.  

These states are very skeptical of Mexico’s central government.   I recall a Mexican friend in Monterrey saying this:  “Why am I paying taxes so that those people in Mexico have a cheap metro, or subway?”

These Mexicans are more prosperous and closer to the U.S. than the rest of the country.  In other words, the Dallas Cowboys are on TV every Sunday, at home and “la cantina” where men get together for a beer.

This is not the part of the country that elected Lopez-Obrador.  Instead, this is where you find cities like Tijuana and Monterrey with large middle class populations.   Many professionals work for Maquiladoras (foreign companies) or send their kids to U.S. colleges.

Also, it’s impossible for Mexico to defend the caravan.  That will just invite more caravans.  

Finally, Mexico’s political class loves illegal immigration when Mexicans are going north and send remittances to Mexico.  In this case, we are talking about Central Americans, not Mexicans.  What are they sending back?  Nothing!  They don’t even pay a toll when they go through Mexico.

The caravan has blown up in the faces of its framers.  The days of caravans through Mexico are over.

President-elect Lopez-Obrador has to make a decision.   Do I pick a fight with Trump and the Mexican middle class that I can’t win?   Or do I send the Central Americans home?   Hopefully, the incoming president has the common sense to make the right call.

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November 28, 2018 at 6:57 am

Tuesday’s show: The caravan & the incoming Mexican president plus other stories

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We will look at the border-caravan crisis……The caravan has put President elect Lopez-Obrador in a terrible situation……….Beto for President?…..Brain dead Democrats……Jimmy Hendrix 1942-70….Bruce Lee 1940-73…..Happy # 40 Jimmy Rollins……and other stories……click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2018/11/28/the-caravan-the-incoming-mexican-president-plus-other-stories

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November 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm