July 17, 2017

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071717)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:35 am

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  1. This is outrageous, who paid this guy? Check his off shore accounts. In a country with over 300 million people and at least 44 million wanting jobs, Kelly dares to say there aren’t enough people to fill job slots???? It’s utter nonsense and he needs to be dressed down for it. We didn’t get rid of Democrats running the country just to have the Republican Party do the hand off from them to represent special interests. Maybe he is suffering from the false adage that what is good for GM is good for the country.

    US to admit 15,000 additional temporary workers this year: DHS


    Comment by dscott — July 17, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

  2. Now here is something you don’t see every day, the MSM smothered the success of education reform in LA, gee I wonder why? What’s that, the NEA wasn’t happy with what a liberal did? Oh my… a wedge issue.


    Former LA mayor talks taking on teachers unions
    Antonio Villaraigosa, who is now running as a Democratic candidate for California governor, weighs in on ‘The Next


    What must be done to revolutionize American education?
    The panel discusses changed that need to be made to the American education system


    Comment by dscott — July 17, 2017 @ 4:04 pm

  3. An interesting observation:

    Expat retirees enjoy a life reminiscent of an earlier time


    I’m seeing a yearning of many people around my age to return to a simpler time, like when we were growing up. My evidence: the hundreds of interviews I’ve done for Best Places in the World to Retire and the studies we did in which we asked expats about their lives abroad.

    Interestingly, many Americans and Canadians have not only moved abroad partly to search for a life reminiscent of an earlier time, but quite a few tell me that they’ve found it — and in some very unlikely places, including Mexico, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua.

    Here’s what they told us:

    Less government involvement

    It may sound odd that the government in countries considered to be socialist would have less government involvement than in the U.S., but in the day-to-day lives of the locals, it’s true. Whether these governments would want to be more involved or not, they simply don’t have the resources to do so. That means locals find themselves doing some things that the federal and state governments often do in the U.S.

    “Having the government less involved creates an entirely different dynamic than north of the border,” explains Dr. Santiago Hernandez, formerly from the Chicago area and now practicing in Ajijic, Mexico, on Lake Chapala. “If there’s a problem, most locals don’t expect the government to fix it, so they either live with it or fix it themselves. This creates more community cohesion and a feeling of involvement and belonging.”

    Is the truth that the Democrat Party in America was the victim of its own success? The availability of endless borrowing to throw money at promises made was their downfall? Without the access to money, Democrats would only have been able to virtue signal instead of screwing things up. The success of governments below the border is that they are poor and thus they aren’t able to fulfill their dreams of inserting themselves into every aspect of an individual’s life? I find that to be ironic but a half truth. Freedom from government control and societal wealth are not mutually exclusive. It is the lack of will by the people to restrain government. Our freedom is ensured by starving the beast, not the poison pill of poverty for all. It’s not a balanced budget amendment we need, it is a restriction of government action that we require. Just because you have the power to do something doesn’t mean you have the right to do it or should do it.

    Comment by dscott — July 17, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

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