December 22, 2018

Saturday (Moderated) Open Thread (122218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.



  1. The excuses for hiring illegal or foreign labor are disappearing.

    This robot picks a pepper in 24 seconds using a tiny saw, and could help combat a shortage of farm labor

    Comment by dscott — December 22, 2018 @ 8:41 am

  2. Also worth noting is that farmers in Europe have been able to harvest crops without illegal labor thanks to heavy mechanization for decades. Imagine that.

    Comment by Tom — December 22, 2018 @ 8:49 am

  3. This is how Trump will tell Democrats and RINOs to pound sand regarding the border wall construction:

    Jason Chaffetz: Trump’s border wall may get funding after all (thanks to this dirty little Washington secret)

    The Democrats may feign exasperation with the president potentially spending “unauthorized” money on the wall, but they have enthusiastically participated in the budgetary games that will make it possible. During the Obama administration, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated $310 billion was spent on unauthorized appropriations in FY 2016 – the last fiscal year of his presidency.

    The federal budget is enormous – more than $4 trillion each year, of which roughly $1 trillion is discretionary. It is Congress’s job to authorize programs and appropriate funds for them from this $1 trillion.

    However, the budget categories under which programs are authorized and funds are appropriated are very broad, and since Congress doesn’t pass specific language about every last dollar’s use, discretionary funds are inevitably used for things that Congress never specifically funds.

    This is how the executive branch often gets the money it needs to do things that Congress won’t formally authorize. It finds money that has been either broadly appropriated or appropriated to a program that is expired and redirects it to a related program or purpose of its choosing.

    This is a twofer, not only are Democrats now forced to take a firm vote against border security making this a campaign issue in 2020 but more importantly, it demoralizes the liberal base showing how toothless their geriatric leadership is.

    Comment by dscott — December 22, 2018 @ 9:16 am

  4. I’d like to see an itemized list of that $310 billion.

    Comment by Tom — December 22, 2018 @ 9:23 am

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