“Democrats Want Open Borders and Hate Walls!” Or Do They…?

Just to be clear, dear conservatives, I have been seeing posts and videos about the supposed “HYPOCRISY” of Democrats and their leadership over border wall spending; just to be sure you are talking about the how they voted for Comprehensive Immigration bills in October 2006 and April 2013 and the passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 right? You know, three times where Democrats voted for walls and security and fences and patrols!… Wonder why they did that if they want open borders? Hypocrisy, or at least its definition, more accurately resembles how you are able to make both these claims at the same time… But I digress…

Well, I’ve pulled 4 bills that are relevant here and they are listed below. For the first House Bill I did not include an analysis because its extreme nature made it a non starter even for many Republicans, but it is a reason why the Secure Fence Act passed so it is necessary to include herein.

So, here we go.

  • H.R.4437 – Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005
    • Extreme yuck, you go look it up.
  • S.2611 – Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (Schumer, Biden, Clinton, Obama Yea Votes) 5/25/2006
    • The major difference between H.R. 4437 and S. 2611 was the proposed legalization for illegal immigrants in S. 2611. The Senate legislation allowed illegal immigrants who have been in the country for more than five years, estimated to be 7 million in number, to apply for citizenship by paying fines and back taxes. Illegal immigrants who have been in the country for 2 to 5 years, numbering around 3 million, would be allowed to stay in the country without fear of deportation, but after 3 years would have to leave the U.S. and could apply for citizenship abroad. Those in the country for under 2 years would be required to return to their original nations. Thus, with some waiting, 10 million illegal immigrants could be eligible to become citizens. The fine is around $2000, but some sources say it could have been higher.
    • The Bill also introduces a H-2C visa, or “blue card.” This visa allows employers to bring in outside workers for up to 6 years, after which the employee must spend one year in their original country. The Bill proposes 370 miles (600 km) of fencing along highly populated areas near the border; H.R. 4437 proposes 700 miles (1,100 km) of fencing.
    • The Bill does not mention any expanded role for local law enforcement for border enforcement tasks (primarily for interior enforcement) the way that H.R. 4437 does. There is an added clause, the Inhofe Amendment, an English-only proposal that makes English the “national language” of the United States aiming at discouraging services in any other language than English (YUCK but an obvious compromise to get a vote and one that should not have been made…).
    • The bill would also increase the annual cap for H-1B work visas from 65,000 to 115,000, with an automatic 20% increase year on year, thus increasing the number of information technology and other professionals from foreign countries eligible to work in the U.S. It also would lower the standard by which judges determine who is eligible for refugee status from “clear and convincing evidence” to “substantial evidence.”
    • It would allow illegal immigrants who later become legal to collect Social Security benefits based on social security credits earned while they were illegal. Also, the United States federal government would have to consult with Mexican officials before commencement of any fence construction on the U.S. side of the border.
    • This bill has been compared to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
  • H.R.6061 – Secure Fence Act of 2006 9/14/06
    • Democrats normally in favor of looser immigration laws saw the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as the lesser of two evils, according to a Boston Globe report that detailed the legislative process. Around that same time, the House passed legislation that would make any undocumented immigrant a felon.
    • “It didn’t have anywhere near the gravity of harm,” Angela Kelley, who in 2006 was the legislative director for the National Immigration Forum, told the Boston Globe. “It was hard to vote against it because who is going to vote against a secure fence? And it was benign compared with what was out there.” (H.R.4437…)
  • S.744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act 2013 (Schumer, Sanders Yea Votes)
    • The bill dealt with immigration reform. It proposed to increase some security along the southern US border with Mexico, allow long-term illegal immigrants to gain legal status, and to increase the number of guest workers over and above those already present in the U.S. through a new “blue card” visa program.
    • The sponsor of the Bill, Senator Arlen Specter, introduced it on April 7, 2006. It was passed on May 25, 2006, by a vote of 62-36. Cloture was invoked, which limited debate to a 30-hour period. The parallel House Bill H.R. 4437 would have dealt with immigration differently. Neither bill became law because the two Houses were not able to reach an agreement to go to a conference committee. The end of the 109th Congress (January 3, 2007) marked the defeat of both bills.
    • The bill was voted out of Committee on May 21, 2013 and was placed on the Senate calendar. On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed the bill on 68-32 margin. The bill was not considered by THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HELD United States House of Representatives and died in the 113th Congress.
    • If enacted, the bill would have made it possible for many undocumented immigrants to GAIN LEGAL STATUS AND EVENTUALLY CITIZENSHIP. It would have increased border security by adding up to 40,000 border patrol agents. It also would have advanced TALENT BASED immigration through a points-based immigration system (you know like Trumpy and the Republicans say they want).
    • New visas had been proposed in this legislation, including a visa for entrepreneurs and a W visa for lower skilled workers. It also proposed new restrictions on H1B visa program to PREVENT ITS ABUSE and additional visas/green-cards for students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees from U.S. institutions. The bill also included a $1.5 billion youth jobs program and repealed the Diversity Visa Lottery in favor of prospective legal immigrants who are already in the United States.
    • The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this reform bill would have reduced the U.S. fiscal deficit by US $197 billion over the next ten years and by $700 billion by 2033. Its report also states that, if the bill had been passed, U.S. wages would have been 0.1 percent lower in 2023 and 0.5 percent higher in 2033 than under current law. The Social Security Administration said that it would help add $276 billion in revenue over the next 10 years while costing only $33 billion.

So yeah, in 2006 with a 1/3 legislative minority the Democrats took a lesser of two evils strategic step and in 2013 supported a comprehensive moderate immigration bill that added border security but also made immigration safe, legal, and fair. One that was not even considered by House Leader John Boehner. Sure, Sanders and Obama and Hillary and Schumer and Pelosi have a history of voting for border security, just like you forgot to read what was actually in the bills.

In conclusion, #Maga Men and Women, your criticisms and smoking guns are generally a bad argument since the Democrat’s bills had much of what you and your president have recently demanded but you wouldn’t vote for it when Obama was in office. Its not my fault you chose to be obstructionists instead of politicians, but you need to at least read something before you say it proves that you are winning.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Afford a Washington DC Apartment, Can You?

So, the machine is running again, and it’s going after the poor AGAIN, you know, cause the election is over* (shhhh don’t ask Scott or Kemp about it unless you are ready for some tears)

What fandangled doodiddley fallacy is currently running around your feed this weekend? I’m seeing an awful lot of Democratic Socialist Ad Hominem action from America’s Unofficial State Media Channel, Fox News. All these blond haired, blue eyed folks, are telling me: If you cannot uproot and move your life from a moderate, middle class city to one of the most expensive cities in the country you are obviously terrible with money and should never be in charge of anything. So, as my inner engineer is wont to do, lets see what the numbers say.

Lets just look at averages for DC right now:

Quick questions: If you were told to move to another city and had to put down a full month’s rent as a security deposit and the first month’s actual rent could you? That’s $4,000 buckaroos on average my dear bonzai, and that’s without your 2.7 kids.

Could you come up with that after paying to move everything, and settling up any debts for your old homestead? Are there any early termination fees for your old lease? Do you have  a car that needs parking permits, a garage spot? Could you do this and not work a few weeks while you do it? Could you do it two months before your new job starts? Thats 8 weeks not getting a check from when this story broke.

Assuming a national average wage $857 per week average before taxes, so that’s around $668.46 weekly take home according to the new tax brackets since she is not married. If she kept that pay grade and tried to move her rent would be between $1,642-$1,996. Her take home is $2,673 monthly so dividing the difference between her rent and her take home 4 times:

  • $2,673(Income) – $1,642 or $1,996(Rent) = $677.84 or $1031.84 (Studio vs. One Bedroom)
  • $677.84 or $1031.84(Money Left Over After Rent) / 4 = $135 or $257

Could you live life on $135-$257 a week?

Lets just look at a few costs and see

  • Average fuel cost per week: $57.69
  • Average internet cost per week: $15
  • Average food cost per week: $115
  • Average phone plan per week: $15
  • Total: $202.69

Conclusion: If you made the average salary in the United States and your Washington DC apartment magically had no utilities or parking or anything, so your only costs were your rent, fuel, internet, phone, and food; if you chose to live in a one bedroom apartment you would short $67.69 a week or $270 a month. If you chose a studio you would have $54.31 a week to spend on luxurious things like heat and electricity and water and healthcare and dental and vision and soap. DC tied with San Francisco for 4th most expensive city in the US and 37th worldwide so maybe we can stop giving the youngest woman ever elected to the senate a tough time on finding an apartment when the majority of people in this country could not do the same damn thing.

Or do you prefer your candidates as big time rollers instead of working class like you?

I thought so.

Cellar Door Skeptics 110: Kicking Off 2018

In Cellar Door Skeptic’s first show of the New Year, after a two week hiatus, the duo is back to talk about some weird and wild things as Johnny Carson used to say. They talk through “New Years Resolutions”, Trumps Tweets and Tantrums, along with which button on which desk is the biggest. The show gets a little more serious as they review an article about how a neuroscientist discovered that he was a psychopath. The show ends with a look at whether the Republican economic plan has generated more work for the US and if Trump has actually grown jobs or are his numbers are nothing more than fake news.

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Links
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https://www.facebook.com/Michigan-Atheists-Official-114980168603103/
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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-neuroscientist-who-discovered-he-was-a-psychopath-180947814/
https://newatlas.com/psychopath-brain-mri-study/50365/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/03/how-i-discovered-i-have-the-brain-of-a-psychopath
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http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/job-growth-slows-six-year-low-trumps-first-year
https://qz.com/1144201/under-trump-us-jobs-are-moving-overseas-even-faster-than-before/
http://www.newsweek.com/comcast-fired-500-workers-christmas-after-pledging-give-employees-1000-bonuses-771789
https://www.indystar.com/story/money/2018/01/02/t-touting-bonuses-and-investment-fueled/992690001/

Bi Weekly Blasphemy 10: Life and Death with Dignity

Recorded last week but tying in nicely with the wonderful show we had on Sunday December 7th 2014 Deafilosophy ruminates. A few weeks have passed and Brittany Maynard has been given the peace and respect she deserves, I have decided to ask the big questions, embrace the thousand yard perspective, and if we really need the government to make laws on what should simply be the ultimate freedom over your life or death with dignity.

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Bi Weekly Blasphemy 7: A 2014 Mid-Term Election Resource

This weeks post is a resource for the upcoming Mid-Term Election. These are some of my quickly cobbled together resources but there are tons out there. Please take the time to find out who and what you are voting for and get involved. ITS ONLY A FEW HOURS EVERY TWO YEARS AND IT IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. Thanks for watching and happy democratic republics to you all my friends.
State Level Page (Just Replace “michigan” with other state)
http://michigan.state-election.info/

County Level Access Page (Search for your County Page!)
https://www.accesskent.com/ElectionPub/

The PDF of the Voting Options
https://www.accesskent.com/appImages/elections/2014/2014%20November%20General%20Election.pdf

Oakland County Michigan Page (FIND YOURS)
http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections/Pages/default.aspx

Another Resource!
http://www.politics1.com/

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