I don’t see how 50% of refugees can be “entirely self sufficient” if 74% received food stamps in prior 12 months bit.ly/1yBTWgd

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Great set on KCPR in San Luis Obispo on drive from SF kcpr.org/schedule @onkcpr Don’t understand why college radio’s better. No payola?

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Undernews from the Underworld? Part 1 of Breitbart’“Why Harry Reid’s Home Exercise Accident Story Does Not Add Up” seems to have vanished from the site’s home page. Just when I was starting to get convinced! But there’s this, which I assume is the eagerly awaited Part II….  [Why get convinced? Everybody’s mocking it-ed. I dunno. There’s a lot of unpersuasive doubtcasting in the initial Breitbart piece: Is it really an argument against Reid’s account that his shower door “is not sturdy enough to be used as the anchor for an exercise band”? Seems like that is Reid’s story. But on sober reflection can you see how he’d get injuries that severe by being hurled against those cabinets, if that’s really what the room looks like? I can’t.  No doubt there is some explanation. … P.S.: A reenactment would help! Don’t need to allow cameras. … P.P.S.: It’s not like Reid wouldn’t lie or Vegas has no stories of previously hidden intrigue.] …

38 Walker’s Nails on the Amnesty Blackboard

Gov. Walker’s spokesperson talks about what his (still vague) immigration policy might look like:

Yes, at the minimum, there needs to be penalties put in place. In addition to securing our borders, the federal government must enforce our laws, penalize those who break the law including paying back taxes … [E.A.]

“Back taxes”? Yikes. By now that is a reverse dog whistle that tells you a politician is out to con anti-amnesty voters by pretending to collect “back taxes” from soon-to-be-amnestied illegals. The claim is usually a fraud, as it was in the defunct “Gang of 8″ bill. But even if it wasn’t, the back-taxes issue just isn’t that important. (Implementing E-Verify, building a fence and a visa-tracking system, and getting the courts to uphold them are important.) You wouldn’t bring up “back taxes” unless your top priority was crafting some kind of legalization plan and selling it to the Republican base with a few symbolic, poll-tested “tough” provisions.

A real anti-amnesty politician probably wouldn’t talk at all about what, exactly, illegals would have to do to get legalized. He’d focus on what it takes to stop future waves of illegal immigration. Put the Gang of 8 talking points in a drawer.

P.S.: In the he said-she said dispute between the Walker campaign and the WSJ – about whether Walker said at a dinner that illegals would “eventually become eligible for citizenship”– does anyone believe Walker didn’t say it? It’s not that bad if he did — depends on what “eventually” means (i.e. what has to happen between now and then). Even “Enforcement First” concedes that legalization may come second. Talking about “back taxes” and mocking Romney (which the WSJ also says Walker did) are much worse signs.

I’m under no illusions about where Walker’s heart lies. But I’ll settle for faking it. An insincere embrace of Enforcement First is better than no embrace, especially if it proves to be the key to Walker’s success. Insincere positions that get votes have a way of becoming, if not sincere positions, the actual positions that go into effect.

P.P.S.: Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, for one, isn’t buying the recent Walker immigration toughening (largely because he leaves the door open for admitting the millions of additional legal immigrants and guest workers that businesses “job creators” want). …

P.P.P.S.: Munro seems to be leaving the Caller for Laura Ingraham’s new web site. Good get for her. The thing about Munro is that while he can talk your ear off in a near-unintelligible stream of words, he is an energetic reporter with an unusual nose for what the next angle of a story is, often seeing things that the herd (myself included) miss. And he’s really fast. …


Grist // “Retirement makes sense until Reid tries to explain” — Las Vegas Review-Journal shar.es/1grNNJ

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Hmm: Dick Morris says Obama will include “free flow of labor” provisions in a fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership. shar.es/1grbI9

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Dave Weigel pushs back smugly but effectively on the Harry Reid beat-up undernews. I demand a reenactment. (Why not?) bloom.bg/1NvGnWA

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Why I don’t believe anything Harvey Weinstein’s office puts out. (They got no problem with 100% BS.) kausfiles.com/archive/index.…

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Means-testing — You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet: The much-lauded bipartisan “doc fix” bill seems to contain only a very mild version of the most obvious fix for the Social Security and Medicare budgets — namely means-testing (shaving the benefits of the affluent).  The bill would nick seniors with incomes over $133,500 ($267,00 for a couple) with mild increases in their Medicare premiums. Of course, very few seniors make that much — they tend to be beyond their high-earning years. The latest means test would only hit the top 2% of them.  Imagine how much we’d save if we nicked the top 30%. There’s a lot more means-testing yet to go. …


“Peri himself does concede that immigration may lower wages significantly for less-educated natives.” bit.ly/1D7Atex

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That Adam Davidson NYT article really was crap — told in Explainer Voice bit.ly/1D7Atex

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“The GOP seems unwilling to criticize Big Business, even those parts of Big Business that hate the GOP” delonline.us/1C8mNfP

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