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Stephen Miller's Future Looks Bright

From the Daily Caller’s article on supposed White House jobs:

Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller — an immigration hawk and former communications aide to Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions — is under consideration for a variety roles, including deputy chief of staff for policy, director of speechwriting, director of the domestic policy council and director of communications. Miller often warmed up for Trump during rallies in the Republican primary and embodies Trump’s message of limited immigration, free trade skepticism and distaste for the donor class.

Miller isn’t the only former Sessions aide being considered for a Trump administration. Rick Dearborn, Sen. Sessions’ chief of staff, is listed as the sole option for leading the office of legislative affairs.

 
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  1. No surprise here. As soon as I’d learned who Stephen Miller is, and had then examined and followed his work for the Trump-Pence campaign, it was obvious that in a Trump administration Miller would be rewarded deservingly with a worthy post.

    Kudos to Mr. Miller! Keep up your splendid work!

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  2. At this point, what difference does it make?

    BEST. ELECTION. EVER.

    Trump is literally STILL TROLLING the Establishment, and it’s STILL WORKING.

    of course, it could all be false information. Never forget Trump is very good at playing the media with rumors and innuendo, only to do something unexpected in the end. For proof, see the press conference with the Mexican President.

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    • Replies: @Spmoore8
    It was the best election ever. Teddy White is long gone. Who will write the book? It will require detail, humor, and detachment.

    Trump is not a ideologue. He will disappoint all ideologues, left and right. But if he can turn the economy and this country around, he will be loved by all.
  3. Stephen Miller is a good man from what I’ve seen. I’ll be delighted to see him with an important role in the Trump administration.

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  4. Mark Levin said yesterday that a reliable source informed him that Chris Christie is bringing in a lot of former Bushies. Anyone know if it’s true?

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Last time I happened to hear Mark Levin, about a month ago, he was droning on in his annoying nasal voice about Trump, saying that the Republicans had nominated the one candidate who couldn't beat Hillary. So as far as I'm concerned, he and his opinions are worthless.
    , @WhatEvvs
    Don't believe a word of it. Christie, thank heavens, is out. Don't believe anything you hear until it comes from The God Emperor's twitter feed, which I've heard is being segued into something more official.
  5. Miller often warmed up for Trump during rallies in the Republican primary and embodies Trump’s message of limited immigration, free trade skepticism and distaste for the donor class.

    Music to my ears.

    Miller grew up in a liberal-leaning Jewish family in Santa Monica, California.[2] Though his parents were Democrats, Miller became a conservative after reading National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s Guns, Crime, and Freedom.[1] While attending Santa Monica High School, Miller began appearing on conservative talk radio.[1] In 2002, at the age of sixteen, Miller wrote a letter to the editor of The Santa Monica Lookout, in which he stated that “There are usually very few, if any, Hispanic students in my honors classes, despite the large number of Hispanic students that attend our school,” and “Osama Bin Laden would feel very welcome at Santa Monica High School.”[3]
    In 2007,[4] Miller received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, majoring in political science.[1] Miller served as president of the Duke chapter of Students for Academic Freedom and wrote conservative columns for the school newspaper. Miller gained national attention for his defense of the lacrosse players in the Duke lacrosse case.[1][5] While attending Duke University, Miller accused the poet Maya Angelou of “racial paranoia” and described a student organization as a “radical national Hispanic group that believes in racial superiority.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Miller_(political_operative)

    Miller gets it.

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    It's too bad that the Trumpian Right's stable of weaponized Jews is so limited. You have Miller, Gottfried, Mercer and just a few more. Think of them like BattleMechs towering over the ideological battleground. So Trump is good on infantry and armor and low on the colossi that dominate the battlefields of the Successor State in the 20th and 21st centuries. I've been reading Battletech novels on the plane recently.
    , @Bugg
    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou's drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance. Another small reason typical white people fled Hillary's coalition of the fringes;stop telling us these people are victims and we are their oppressors. Everyone has a tricky day every day. The government is not going to change the lives of people who refuse to change their lives themselves, nor those who expect Daddy Government to do it. We've been shoveling cash at the CoF for 5 decades and its gotten worse. And now you want more CoF to sponge off the rest of us?

    Would again be very wary of Gingrich and Christie. The former is a scatterbrain who invariably screws up. Christie has all of Giuliani's arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.
  6. Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.

    Cool!

    Fighter Friday – F22, F16, T38, F16, F117

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    • Replies: @whorefinder
    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won't cooperate on joint investigations, and won't give them manpower and resources if they don't institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It's not perfect, and won't work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I'd take. The 'stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that's like wanting Trump to say he's going to put Hillary in jail....hey, wait a minute...

    , @DH

    Homeland Security: John Bolton
     
    Do you ou mean neocon John Bolton? W's John Bolton?
    No, thanks. Let's break clear from all neocons.
    , @5371
    Neocons, celebrities and Wall Street people, didn't see that one coming. Shouldn't you have gone through the formality of supporting Trump before picking his cabinet?
    , @WJ
    Bolton is a lunatic. Please keep him away from the administration. The neocon did enough damage in from 00 to 08. I don't know this Goldfein person but if he is a neocon, the same applies. Considering he was Air Force then he is less suitable to SecDef. He will not reverse the women in combat theme.

    If Trump becomes George W's sequel then he will be gone in 2020, but I dont think that will happen.
    , @EriK
    Many of these people probably have no interest in a government job. Icahn? Can't see it.
    https://sloanled.com/img/products/sign-and-architectural/photo-gallery/channel-letter/icahn_stadium.jpg
    , @Mr. Anon
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Homeland Security: John Bolton

    Ted Olson? The Bush 43 guy? The guy who helped give us gay marriage? No, thanks.

    And a nix on John Bolton, as far as I'm concerned. I hear he's being tapped for State, although I imagine the Democrats might try to sink his nomination with the dirt on him about his swinging past.

    I don't want to see any Bush retreads in the Trump administration. Trump's nomination was, in large part, a repudiation of the Bush era and all its works. We need a fresh start.
    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    Olson is a complete and utter Cuck, that completely sold out on the whole "homo marriage" travesty. He can go to Hell.
  7. @whorefinder
    At this point, what difference does it make?

    BEST. ELECTION. EVER.

    Trump is literally STILL TROLLING the Establishment, and it's STILL WORKING.

    of course, it could all be false information. Never forget Trump is very good at playing the media with rumors and innuendo, only to do something unexpected in the end. For proof, see the press conference with the Mexican President.

    It was the best election ever. Teddy White is long gone. Who will write the book? It will require detail, humor, and detachment.

    Trump is not a ideologue. He will disappoint all ideologues, left and right. But if he can turn the economy and this country around, he will be loved by all.

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  8. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won’t cooperate on joint investigations, and won’t give them manpower and resources if they don’t institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It’s not perfect, and won’t work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I’d take. The ‘stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that’s like wanting Trump to say he’s going to put Hillary in jail….hey, wait a minute…

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    • Replies: @Federalist
    Obama could pardon Hillary. Trump may hope that he does. In the event of a pardon, Trump would be powerless to do anything to Hillary. He wouldn't have to take the blame for either prosecuting Hillary or letting her off the hook.
    , @Bill
    Getting revenge on Hillary is a waste of time and a distraction. The Clinton crime family is over. The parents are too old now. Chelsea is a basket case.

    No, the AG needs to spend his time sending C suite guys to federal prison for hiring illegal aliens. He needs to spend his time imprisoning Sillycon Valley H1B-hiring scumbags for whatever he can get them on. He needs to spend his time imprisoning bankers. He should deploy RICO to bankrupt Hollywood for industrial scale child molestation. (This one might be impossible given Trump's possible history with Epstein's Pedo Express) The AG should be a purely political act, and he should be devoted to advancing Trump's policy agenda via scaring the crap out of everyone who opposes it.
    , @CK
    Bolton anywhere near defense state or any other serious cabinet level position is ridiculous and evil simultaneously. He is actually dumber than McCain if that is conceivable. Put him back at the UN or some other irrelevant position.
    Remember Rudy at the first presidential debates in 08? " I have never heard of such a thing as blowback." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQrwKr_b4Lg
    Old names from the Bush eras are not going to MAGA. They have and will feather their nests at the expense of the rest of us. The difference between the Bolton's and the Clinton's is a few letters in the last name.
    Fitzgerald who handled the Scooter Libby fiasco might make a fine special prosecutor, 20 years ago Rudy might have made a fine special prosecutor. Find someone young and full of piss and vinegar for AG.
    Troll the press with the idea of Ron Paul for Chairman of the Fed or Secretary of the Treasury after Bloomberg's press' whining about how Trump had to "reassure" someone or another; a Ron Paul is being considered for Chairman of the Fed would be a superb stroke.
    I like the idea of having a cup of coffee with Jim Webb about Defense. Bipartisanship at its finest and a real war hero to boot not a collaborationist loon.
    Christie will be offered something commensurate with his skills and abilities. Possibly an ambassadorship to Germany.
    Up thread someone suggests keeping the blond bland white woman at HHS. Fine she has not done anything so far.
    , @EriK

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps
     
    Rudy would be a good choice except for the fact that he is 72. On the positive side, he was already once number 3 at Justice so there wouldn't be a steep learning curve. And he is tough.

    Re: Clintons
    Trump already said he wanted a special prosecutor for the case.
  9. I liked Miller’s RNC address and loved the fantastic West Palm Beach October 13, 2016 speech:

    For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind. Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven’t seen before.

    This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we the people reclaim control over our government….

    We will vote for the country we want; we will vote for the future we want; we will vote for the politics we want; and we will vote to put this corrupt government cartel out of business and out of business immediately.

    We will vote for the special interests and say lots of luck but, you’re being voted out of power. They’ve betrayed our workers, they’ve betrayed our borders and, most of all, they’ve betrayed our freedoms. We will save our sovereign rights as a nation. We will end the politics of profit; we will end the rule of special interests; we will end the raiding of our jobs by other countries; we will end the total disenfranchisement of the American voter and the American worker. Our Independence Day is at hand, and it arrives finally on November 8th.

    Young guys like Miller are why I have hope for the country. Glad to know he will be a part of the new administration.

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    I remember following a link to a video of this speech. Listening to it literally gave me goosebumps. Miller is an inspired orator.

    His speeches aren't the usual agglomerations of vaporous, empty, and frequently purloined strings of words that Americans are accustomed to hearing praised as brilliant oratory. Instead Miller is inspired by what he feels in his heart and then uses his intellect and rhetorical sensibility to craft words that will inspire millions. He is a gift to the entire nation; someone who may elevate America's public discourse to levels it has not reached in decades or generations
  10. trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

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    • Replies: @Shine a Light
    Oh really? I was not aware that they had finished counting all of this year's votes. Usually takes California a month or so.

    So tell me, how many votes did 2012 Romney beat 2016 Trump by?
    , @Desiderius

    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.
     
    The ones he got were in more useful places.
    , @Jack D
    This is a completely meaningless number. Some elections are high turnout, some are low. In some there are 3rd party candidates that siphon off votes. The only # that means anything is the # of Electoral Votes.
    , @Gr8 Again
    Trump will finish with more votes than Romney. Romney had 6.77M. Trump already at 6.35M and still counting. He'll got at least another 1-2 million from the mail-in ballots in WA and CA that haven't yet been counted.
  11. I’ve already booked David Allen Coe to play at the inauguration .

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  12. Hillary OTOH will lay her head on Bill’s shoulder and cry bitter tears as they ship Houma back to Pakistan while this song plays softly in the background :

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  13. As Steve Sailer frequently says, “personnel is policy.” Given how many different issues that the president has to devote himself too, it’s usually the appointments that end up devising the details of quite a few policies. I think this is especially true with respect to immigration.

    If Trump is going to load this administration with immigration-restrictionist talent (Kobach, Miller, Arpaio), the future is looking very bright.

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    • Replies: @Clyde
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio should go to DC for two years to help Trump out on illegal immigration. He's 84 or so. He can retire after this.
    Sheriff Joe would provide invaluable perspective to the legislation writers because he has had to deal with this problem directly for 20 plus years
    , @Bill
    The rumors sound like he is going to load up with necon freaks, though. John Bolton. Unreal.
  14. @donut
    I've already booked David Allen Coe to play at the inauguration .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sbBD96_31M

    Great song. He works like you do for his room and board.

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    • Replies: @donut
    "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
  15. Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

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    • Replies: @Opinionator
    This is the easiest reform for Trump to implement!

    Cancel all H1Bs:

    --Happens instantaneously
    --Costs nothing
    --Immediate boost to American workers

    Do it Trump!
    , @Opinionator
    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer's recent interview with Mother Jonesz
    , @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.
    , @Ivy
    H1-B visa recipients are visible daily reminders of the American worker plight. Drive through various parts of greater Los Angeles and you will see numerous examples, such as out the 101 corridor. Think of all the STEM talent that was laid off and forced to train their replacements. If there is a move to restrict that program then I hope it gets acted upon promptly.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Welcome news indeed. I was disappointed at Trump not making a bigger issue of H1-B (and related) visas. It could have been a Yuge issue for middle-class voters whom he, supposedly, had problems with. I had seen some speculation that the Trump organization, being in the Hospitality business, has made extensive use of foreign help, and so Trump did not want, or did not think he could, use that as an issue.

    So it is good news that some of his advisors care about that issue.
  16. I hope speechwriter is the job, at least for awhile. Young Mr. Miller should be allowed to continue putting important ideas and shifts into words, as he has done so aptly.

    This may sound like less than he deserves and is surely less than the total of what he is capable. But we’re in a transitional time, requiring new, reasoned, enlightened, humanistic thoughts expressed in equally new language.

    The MSM acting as Pravda have left a terrible discursive chasm in the citizenry.

    People used to be able to hammer out social and political disagreements and discover their positions, hone them, test them with others–in their daily lives. We haven’t had that for a long time as our national political culture.

    We can’t expect Diversitopian rhetoric to evaporate, nor anything good to automatically take its place where it might. Building the policy alternatives and carrying them forward will require a lot of rhetorical repair, such as exemplars of how to express dissent and stay civil without cuckitude.

    Sometimes people who aren’t wordsmiths generally understand a matter, or have an experience, but don’t know how to say it till they hear it coming from someone else. Or are guided into expressing what they know. See: Meno.

    http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.html

    I’m talking to “just plain folks” about the election. I’m struck by how many of them are still struggling toward easy expression of common understandings that they in fact share with the Dissident Right. When one talks to them Socratically, it’s clear they understand many things they cannot easily express. They simply haven’t had the experience of structured discourse on these topics. Some end up parroting MSM or GOPe talking points. Others are still afraid to speak, since their experience for so long has been shoved into only one rhetorical category: hate speech.

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    • Replies: @Opinionator
    Wonderful, wonderful post. The analysis, the observations, the writing.
    , @Almost Missouri
    Yes, Agree×10!
    , @candid_observer
    I agree with your diagnosis and prescriptions.

    What the alt-* movement lacks is a large corpus of well reasoned, eloquent writings and speeches to express its point of view -- or, really, views.

    Our admirable host Steve -- may the powers of the universe bless him with the long and finally prosperous life he deserves -- has done remarkable work to stake out basic features of the vision. Ann Coulter, Derb, Mickey Kaus and a few others have come at it from different angles.

    But the movement needs a large body of thinkers and writers to bring it into full flower and lasting effect. It needs speechwriters, political scientists, social scientists more generally, and a large crew of pundits to figure out and articulate its philosophy and set of policies.

    The beauty of the Trump Presidency is its immediate and inherent vesting of high importance on the ideas that animate it. Many smart, ambitious individuals will see an opportunity to make a mark by pursuing roles in this venture. Driven by their own rationality, and the heady sense of rebellion against the staid and stifling status quo of political correctness, they can count themselves as among the visionaries spearheading a revolution in our culture and politics.

    Trump picked up the $1000 bill lying in the street. We need others to pick up the $1000 bills that lie on the streets in their neighborhoods -- whether they be in speechwriting, social science, philosophy, or punditry.

  17. @game123
    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

    Oh really? I was not aware that they had finished counting all of this year’s votes. Usually takes California a month or so.

    So tell me, how many votes did 2012 Romney beat 2016 Trump by?

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  18. @Cloud of Probable Matricide
    Great song. He works like you do for his room and board.

    “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

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  19. @JohnnyWalker123
    Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

     

    This is the easiest reform for Trump to implement!

    Cancel all H1Bs:

    –Happens instantaneously
    –Costs nothing
    –Immediate boost to American workers

    Do it Trump!

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  20. @Olorin
    I hope speechwriter is the job, at least for awhile. Young Mr. Miller should be allowed to continue putting important ideas and shifts into words, as he has done so aptly.

    This may sound like less than he deserves and is surely less than the total of what he is capable. But we're in a transitional time, requiring new, reasoned, enlightened, humanistic thoughts expressed in equally new language.

    The MSM acting as Pravda have left a terrible discursive chasm in the citizenry.

    People used to be able to hammer out social and political disagreements and discover their positions, hone them, test them with others--in their daily lives. We haven't had that for a long time as our national political culture.

    We can't expect Diversitopian rhetoric to evaporate, nor anything good to automatically take its place where it might. Building the policy alternatives and carrying them forward will require a lot of rhetorical repair, such as exemplars of how to express dissent and stay civil without cuckitude.

    Sometimes people who aren't wordsmiths generally understand a matter, or have an experience, but don't know how to say it till they hear it coming from someone else. Or are guided into expressing what they know. See: Meno.

    http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.html

    I'm talking to "just plain folks" about the election. I'm struck by how many of them are still struggling toward easy expression of common understandings that they in fact share with the Dissident Right. When one talks to them Socratically, it's clear they understand many things they cannot easily express. They simply haven't had the experience of structured discourse on these topics. Some end up parroting MSM or GOPe talking points. Others are still afraid to speak, since their experience for so long has been shoved into only one rhetorical category: hate speech.

    Wonderful, wonderful post. The analysis, the observations, the writing.

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  21. @JohnnyWalker123
    Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

     

    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer’s recent interview with Mother Jonesz

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    • Replies: @DH
    I don't think he did.
    , @5371
    An outsider can't throw an insider under the bus, by definition.
    , @BigBlueArseOfNeptune
    First rule of fight club is don't talk about fight club.
    , @Jack Highlands
    Seems you went a little too far into Poe's Law territory even for an iSteve audience, Opinionator, but it's useful to test limits.

    Just to be clear, Miller threw Spencer under the bus in the MJ interview. And it pissed me mightily at the time. But I'm spergy like that, and Big Blue Arse has a good point. It seems clear enough that Miller has been a Sailer fan for several years and look at the good he has managed to do by not talking about that. I'm sure he can play close to the vest on many of our dissident people and policies.
  22. @JohnnyWalker123
    Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

     

    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they’re bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they’re here they’re paying taxes. Furthermore, if they’re building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We’re wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I’d staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there’s a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

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    • Replies: @Romanian
    Read Jeff Sessions' paper on the subject. The problem is oversupply and the dynamics of the position leading to lower incomes for H1B's which put them ahead of American workers, leading to the Disney debacle.

    Besides, strip mining intelligence from other countries, especially developing ones that can't match salaries but can train people, is immoral. It's the actual bit of true "colonial" exploitation that nobody addresses. It leads to worse outcomes for those countries. You can also have a situation where the H1B is not that bright or well prepared, but is a useful warm body. In which case, both countries see their average IQ going down :)))

    Here is the paper http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf

    I would quote some bits of it but, in the last few months, all of the links to new papers, like the recent one quoted in Vdare on the border issues, have returned this error


    Access Denied
    You don't have permission to access "http://serve-403-cf.www.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf" on this server.

    Reference #18.ecb2f748.1478858201.1072627
     

    Thanks a lot! :-\

    PS Maybe your (public) Universities should reduce the number of foreign students, especially if they are doing so only for the fat tuition money of not nearly good enough foreign sprogs trying to get a green card.

    , @Buck Turgidson
    that is quite the pollyanna view of H1Bs. I see it differently. they deprive US citizens of jobs, rip off the taxpayer, and take over entire neighborhoods that do not integrate into the American way of life. We have plenty of homegrown talent and don't need a single immigrant. If you love the program, please surrender your job to an immigrant; if not, be quiet. I have friends and family who work in computer sciences and have been unemployed for years. End the H1B visa program and let these foreign geniuses make their home countries better places.
    , @Federalist
    "H1Bs ...have good jobs." Yeah. Jobs they took from Americans.

    They're in some ways worse than Mexican illegals. We tell kids to go into STEM and then technology companies import Indians to take the jobs at lower pay.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    You obviously do not know as I do, highly competent, native-born, American STEM workers who were forced to train their barely competent, TaTa-supplied replacements so their bosses could squeeze a few more bucks out of the bottom line. I once worked in an H-1b office where the boss used the threat of taking away H-1b status to squeeze 80 or more hours a week out foreign STEM workers who otherwise provided no advantage over their native-born fellows. The statistics bear out the anecdotes. There would be plenty of native-born students going into STEM fields if they were assured that some not so bright but cheap H-1b hirewouldn't steal their job out from under them when they hit their late thirties or early forties. I've had students tell me as much.

    H-1bs are a racket that benefits only the plutocrats and a growing number of often unqualified foreigners who take away jobs from the native-born STEM workers. It is a myth that there are not sufficient native-born workers to fill these positions. Pay enough, provide sufficient benefits and guarantee a modicum of job security and you will be overwhelned with qualified, native-born applicants for any STEM position you might offer. But the H-1b visa program assures that this will not happen.
    , @Bleuteaux
    With respect, you do not know what you are talking about and probably have never worked in a corporate environment that is loaded with H1-B's. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not an outright troll.

    They are indentured servants. They do not increase the average quality in the republic. At my company, most barely speak English, cannot do more than read/act on a script, are culturally illiterate about anything non-Indian, refuse to interact or assimilate, obsess over status, self-promote almost exclusively, etc. Outside of work, they arrive with a wife and several children, and frequently parents (who speak ZERO English) if they attain a green card. The kids are in public schools paid for with our tax dollars and surely the parents are on every imaginable old age and/or non-worker benefit, from medicare to food stamps down the line.

    I'll forgive your ignorance if you haven't experienced this first hand. Every Republican I know in politics or the law whom I know supported Rubio and cannot begin to understand this.
    , @boxty
    They vote 80% Democrat whenever they get citizenship. You can't make America more American by importing foreign nationals.

    I think it's horrible that you want to drive down the wages of your fellow countrymen and that you want to give away the blessings of our liberty to foreign nationals for free. It's like you've missed the whole point of Trump's victory.
    , @The preferred nomenclature is...
    GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals."

    I put you in a different category than the category of "those people whose opinions I value".

    "H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic:"

    They don't.

    "they’re bright, well educated, and have good jobs."

    Good jobs that they stole from an American. A lot of them aren't really that bright, either.

    "The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore."

    The answer is "Beijing or Bangalore".

    "At least if they’re here they’re paying taxes."

    And undermining any remaining social and cultural cohesion our country might have, fundmentally altering the nature and ethnic composition of the country. etc.

    By the way, genius, what about the american citizens whom these H1-B visa holders displace. They won't be paying taxes, or at least not as much. They will however be consuming taxes: welfare, disability, etc. And what about the cost of their marginalization in other terms: broken homes, drug addiction, children with reduced life-prospects.

    In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies."

    We shouldn't. Not nearly so many, anyway. A lot of them are unremarkable. A lot of the research they do is of little or no value.

    As others here have said, if they are such a boone to our country, why don't YOU quit and give up your job to one of them.

  23. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    Homeland Security: John Bolton

    Do you ou mean neocon John Bolton? W’s John Bolton?
    No, thanks. Let’s break clear from all neocons.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    Bolton should not be doing foreign policy. He would do fine at Homeland.
  24. @Opinionator
    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer's recent interview with Mother Jonesz

    I don’t think he did.

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  25. @syonredux

    Miller often warmed up for Trump during rallies in the Republican primary and embodies Trump’s message of limited immigration, free trade skepticism and distaste for the donor class.
     
    Music to my ears.

    Miller grew up in a liberal-leaning Jewish family in Santa Monica, California.[2] Though his parents were Democrats, Miller became a conservative after reading National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre's Guns, Crime, and Freedom.[1] While attending Santa Monica High School, Miller began appearing on conservative talk radio.[1] In 2002, at the age of sixteen, Miller wrote a letter to the editor of The Santa Monica Lookout, in which he stated that "There are usually very few, if any, Hispanic students in my honors classes, despite the large number of Hispanic students that attend our school," and "Osama Bin Laden would feel very welcome at Santa Monica High School."[3]
    In 2007,[4] Miller received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, majoring in political science.[1] Miller served as president of the Duke chapter of Students for Academic Freedom and wrote conservative columns for the school newspaper. Miller gained national attention for his defense of the lacrosse players in the Duke lacrosse case.[1][5] While attending Duke University, Miller accused the poet Maya Angelou of "racial paranoia" and described a student organization as a "radical national Hispanic group that believes in racial superiority.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Miller_(political_operative)


    Miller gets it.

    It’s too bad that the Trumpian Right’s stable of weaponized Jews is so limited. You have Miller, Gottfried, Mercer and just a few more. Think of them like BattleMechs towering over the ideological battleground. So Trump is good on infantry and armor and low on the colossi that dominate the battlefields of the Successor State in the 20th and 21st centuries. I’ve been reading Battletech novels on the plane recently.

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    Mercer is a Jew? Renaissance is based on the very Jewish idea of abusing the trading process, but I thought only Simons was.
  26. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    Read Jeff Sessions’ paper on the subject. The problem is oversupply and the dynamics of the position leading to lower incomes for H1B’s which put them ahead of American workers, leading to the Disney debacle.

    Besides, strip mining intelligence from other countries, especially developing ones that can’t match salaries but can train people, is immoral. It’s the actual bit of true “colonial” exploitation that nobody addresses. It leads to worse outcomes for those countries. You can also have a situation where the H1B is not that bright or well prepared, but is a useful warm body. In which case, both countries see their average IQ going down :)))

    Here is the paper http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf

    I would quote some bits of it but, in the last few months, all of the links to new papers, like the recent one quoted in Vdare on the border issues, have returned this error

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “http://serve-403-cf.www.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf” on this server.

    Reference #18.ecb2f748.1478858201.1072627

    Thanks a lot! :-\

    PS Maybe your (public) Universities should reduce the number of foreign students, especially if they are doing so only for the fat tuition money of not nearly good enough foreign sprogs trying to get a green card.

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  27. Stephen Miller reminds me of the first generation of Neoconservatives, who were very combative and intense in political debates. Luckily for us, Miller is sane on immigration and foreign policy, and Israel isn’t his main priority.

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  28. @Romanian
    It's too bad that the Trumpian Right's stable of weaponized Jews is so limited. You have Miller, Gottfried, Mercer and just a few more. Think of them like BattleMechs towering over the ideological battleground. So Trump is good on infantry and armor and low on the colossi that dominate the battlefields of the Successor State in the 20th and 21st centuries. I've been reading Battletech novels on the plane recently.

    Mercer is a Jew? Renaissance is based on the very Jewish idea of abusing the trading process, but I thought only Simons was.

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    • Replies: @SFG
    He means Ilana, not the hedge fund dude.
    , @Romanian
    Her father was chief rabbi in apartheid era Johannesburg and an important activist. She moved to Israel and then to the US after the s**t hit the fan. We are talking about Ilana Mercer, right? I read her book on South Africa... heavy stuff.

    What are you saying about Renaissance and who is Simons?
    , @Jack D
    If the trading is legal and complies with the exchange rules, in what sense is it "abuse"? 75% of the volume on the exchanges nowadays is automated trading, so that is a lot of "abuse".

    In what sense is it "Jewish"? The bible of high frequency trading was written by Irene Aldridge, not by Moses.
  29. @JohnnyWalker123
    As Steve Sailer frequently says, "personnel is policy." Given how many different issues that the president has to devote himself too, it's usually the appointments that end up devising the details of quite a few policies. I think this is especially true with respect to immigration.

    If Trump is going to load this administration with immigration-restrictionist talent (Kobach, Miller, Arpaio), the future is looking very bright.

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio should go to DC for two years to help Trump out on illegal immigration. He’s 84 or so. He can retire after this.
    Sheriff Joe would provide invaluable perspective to the legislation writers because he has had to deal with this problem directly for 20 plus years

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  30. @Opinionator
    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer's recent interview with Mother Jonesz

    An outsider can’t throw an insider under the bus, by definition.

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  31. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    Neocons, celebrities and Wall Street people, didn’t see that one coming. Shouldn’t you have gone through the formality of supporting Trump before picking his cabinet?

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    I voted for him and bought the hat, or possibly a good knock off.
  32. @game123
    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

    The ones he got were in more useful places.

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  33. @Opinionator
    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer's recent interview with Mother Jonesz

    First rule of fight club is don’t talk about fight club.

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  34. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    that is quite the pollyanna view of H1Bs. I see it differently. they deprive US citizens of jobs, rip off the taxpayer, and take over entire neighborhoods that do not integrate into the American way of life. We have plenty of homegrown talent and don’t need a single immigrant. If you love the program, please surrender your job to an immigrant; if not, be quiet. I have friends and family who work in computer sciences and have been unemployed for years. End the H1B visa program and let these foreign geniuses make their home countries better places.

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    • Agree: Opinionator, Ivy, Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @JosephB
    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Most H1bs do jobs that Americans could do. From my experience, maybe only about 10-15% of H1bs seem uniquely bright. It's appalling that in the midst of this painful worker recession that many want to increase the H1b cap. It's also insane.
  35. Trump should tighten ties in Mexico, NAFTA, and contribute to improving the country, socially and economically speaking, as happen in Europe with Spain, Portugal, Ireland (the celtic tiger) and Mezzogiorno. The bleeding of immigration has as its source the country of the south. Americanize Mexico and, as such, make the imperative need to migrate to the neighboring country a superfluity.

    As with the rural exodus. In the past, people in the countryside saw neon lights in the big city and moved there. Now neon lights as well as much of the technological convenience can be found in the field (intermediate areas between high levels of anthropomorphism and nature), they no longer need to migrate to the city if a little and welcomed peice of the city has migrated there.

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  36. @Olorin
    I hope speechwriter is the job, at least for awhile. Young Mr. Miller should be allowed to continue putting important ideas and shifts into words, as he has done so aptly.

    This may sound like less than he deserves and is surely less than the total of what he is capable. But we're in a transitional time, requiring new, reasoned, enlightened, humanistic thoughts expressed in equally new language.

    The MSM acting as Pravda have left a terrible discursive chasm in the citizenry.

    People used to be able to hammer out social and political disagreements and discover their positions, hone them, test them with others--in their daily lives. We haven't had that for a long time as our national political culture.

    We can't expect Diversitopian rhetoric to evaporate, nor anything good to automatically take its place where it might. Building the policy alternatives and carrying them forward will require a lot of rhetorical repair, such as exemplars of how to express dissent and stay civil without cuckitude.

    Sometimes people who aren't wordsmiths generally understand a matter, or have an experience, but don't know how to say it till they hear it coming from someone else. Or are guided into expressing what they know. See: Meno.

    http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.html

    I'm talking to "just plain folks" about the election. I'm struck by how many of them are still struggling toward easy expression of common understandings that they in fact share with the Dissident Right. When one talks to them Socratically, it's clear they understand many things they cannot easily express. They simply haven't had the experience of structured discourse on these topics. Some end up parroting MSM or GOPe talking points. Others are still afraid to speak, since their experience for so long has been shoved into only one rhetorical category: hate speech.

    Yes, Agree×10!

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  37. @whorefinder
    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won't cooperate on joint investigations, and won't give them manpower and resources if they don't institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It's not perfect, and won't work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I'd take. The 'stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that's like wanting Trump to say he's going to put Hillary in jail....hey, wait a minute...

    Obama could pardon Hillary. Trump may hope that he does. In the event of a pardon, Trump would be powerless to do anything to Hillary. He wouldn’t have to take the blame for either prosecuting Hillary or letting her off the hook.

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  38. @5371
    Neocons, celebrities and Wall Street people, didn't see that one coming. Shouldn't you have gone through the formality of supporting Trump before picking his cabinet?

    I voted for him and bought the hat, or possibly a good knock off.

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  39. @DH

    Homeland Security: John Bolton
     
    Do you ou mean neocon John Bolton? W's John Bolton?
    No, thanks. Let's break clear from all neocons.

    Bolton should not be doing foreign policy. He would do fine at Homeland.

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  40. @5371
    Mercer is a Jew? Renaissance is based on the very Jewish idea of abusing the trading process, but I thought only Simons was.

    He means Ilana, not the hedge fund dude.

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  41. @5371
    Mercer is a Jew? Renaissance is based on the very Jewish idea of abusing the trading process, but I thought only Simons was.

    Her father was chief rabbi in apartheid era Johannesburg and an important activist. She moved to Israel and then to the US after the s**t hit the fan. We are talking about Ilana Mercer, right? I read her book on South Africa… heavy stuff.

    What are you saying about Renaissance and who is Simons?

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    • Replies: @5371
    Yes, I'm at cross purposes with everyone here. I meant Robert Mercer, Trump-supporting executive at former physicist James Simons' high-frequency trading outfit Renaissance Technologies.
  42. No Boltons, Gulianis, Christies, or Newts. That is the old neocon inside-the-Beltway corporate globalist cabal that gave us loser Dubya and set us up for obama. If that is the plan, you might as well have Karl Rove as Trump’s chief of staff and give Jeb a cabinet position. This would play right in to Ryan’s and McConnell’s desire to cling to the old big spending, open borders, never-ending wars, bad trade deal, reckless, costly, stupidity. It is a new day, we need new people and new thinking — not a bunch of neocon establishment retreads that love stupid wars and open borders. Allan West, Dave Brat, Kris Kobach, Ann Coulter, this is the new guard. No neocon globalist insider retreads. Good grief.

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  43. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    “H1Bs …have good jobs.” Yeah. Jobs they took from Americans.

    They’re in some ways worse than Mexican illegals. We tell kids to go into STEM and then technology companies import Indians to take the jobs at lower pay.

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  44. @Romanian
    Her father was chief rabbi in apartheid era Johannesburg and an important activist. She moved to Israel and then to the US after the s**t hit the fan. We are talking about Ilana Mercer, right? I read her book on South Africa... heavy stuff.

    What are you saying about Renaissance and who is Simons?

    Yes, I’m at cross purposes with everyone here. I meant Robert Mercer, Trump-supporting executive at former physicist James Simons’ high-frequency trading outfit Renaissance Technologies.

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    THAT Mercer is not Jewish, though Simons is. Simons likes to recruit computer and mathematical talent. I don't think he gives a damn what you religion is, as long as you can make money for him. I know someone who works for Renaissance Technologies who is a mathematician and an evangelical Christian. I'll bet he'd take you if you were a devil worshiper too, if you could do the math to make his trading algorithms go.
  45. It is very heartening to see Stephen Miller considered for import posts within Trump’s administration.

    Now, if we can only get John Bolton and Bob Corker out of the running for Secretary of State I’ll really be happy.

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  46. @whorefinder
    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won't cooperate on joint investigations, and won't give them manpower and resources if they don't institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It's not perfect, and won't work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I'd take. The 'stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that's like wanting Trump to say he's going to put Hillary in jail....hey, wait a minute...

    Getting revenge on Hillary is a waste of time and a distraction. The Clinton crime family is over. The parents are too old now. Chelsea is a basket case.

    No, the AG needs to spend his time sending C suite guys to federal prison for hiring illegal aliens. He needs to spend his time imprisoning Sillycon Valley H1B-hiring scumbags for whatever he can get them on. He needs to spend his time imprisoning bankers. He should deploy RICO to bankrupt Hollywood for industrial scale child molestation. (This one might be impossible given Trump’s possible history with Epstein’s Pedo Express) The AG should be a purely political act, and he should be devoted to advancing Trump’s policy agenda via scaring the crap out of everyone who opposes it.

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    Nobody is above the law. Clinton committed crimes that would get the rest of us sent to Supermax so fast that our heads would spin. If the Federal gov. has enough resources to prosecute low level drones who mess up their handling of classified materials then they have enough resources to prosecute Hillary.

    The FBI guys in the field should be given a chance to make their case just as they would for any other security breach and not have it shut down on a political basis, not by Comey and not by the AG.
    , @Ivy
    Chelsea Clinton may have a moderate level of support in some special congressional district. Like Mommy Dearest Hillary, Chelsea would parachute in and then claim her lifelong interest, blah blah blah. The last celebutante candidate was Caroline Kennedy and that didn't work out very well. Sometimes sentimentality is just catharsis and needs to run its course before more trouble arises.
  47. @JohnnyWalker123
    As Steve Sailer frequently says, "personnel is policy." Given how many different issues that the president has to devote himself too, it's usually the appointments that end up devising the details of quite a few policies. I think this is especially true with respect to immigration.

    If Trump is going to load this administration with immigration-restrictionist talent (Kobach, Miller, Arpaio), the future is looking very bright.

    The rumors sound like he is going to load up with necon freaks, though. John Bolton. Unreal.

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  48. @AnonAnon
    I liked Miller's RNC address and loved the fantastic West Palm Beach October 13, 2016 speech:

    For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind. Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven’t seen before.

    This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we the people reclaim control over our government....

    We will vote for the country we want; we will vote for the future we want; we will vote for the politics we want; and we will vote to put this corrupt government cartel out of business and out of business immediately.

    We will vote for the special interests and say lots of luck but, you’re being voted out of power. They’ve betrayed our workers, they’ve betrayed our borders and, most of all, they’ve betrayed our freedoms. We will save our sovereign rights as a nation. We will end the politics of profit; we will end the rule of special interests; we will end the raiding of our jobs by other countries; we will end the total disenfranchisement of the American voter and the American worker. Our Independence Day is at hand, and it arrives finally on November 8th.

     

    Young guys like Miller are why I have hope for the country. Glad to know he will be a part of the new administration.

    I remember following a link to a video of this speech. Listening to it literally gave me goosebumps. Miller is an inspired orator.

    His speeches aren’t the usual agglomerations of vaporous, empty, and frequently purloined strings of words that Americans are accustomed to hearing praised as brilliant oratory. Instead Miller is inspired by what he feels in his heart and then uses his intellect and rhetorical sensibility to craft words that will inspire millions. He is a gift to the entire nation; someone who may elevate America’s public discourse to levels it has not reached in decades or generations

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  49. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    Bolton is a lunatic. Please keep him away from the administration. The neocon did enough damage in from 00 to 08. I don’t know this Goldfein person but if he is a neocon, the same applies. Considering he was Air Force then he is less suitable to SecDef. He will not reverse the women in combat theme.

    If Trump becomes George W’s sequel then he will be gone in 2020, but I dont think that will happen.

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  50. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    You obviously do not know as I do, highly competent, native-born, American STEM workers who were forced to train their barely competent, TaTa-supplied replacements so their bosses could squeeze a few more bucks out of the bottom line. I once worked in an H-1b office where the boss used the threat of taking away H-1b status to squeeze 80 or more hours a week out foreign STEM workers who otherwise provided no advantage over their native-born fellows. The statistics bear out the anecdotes. There would be plenty of native-born students going into STEM fields if they were assured that some not so bright but cheap H-1b hirewouldn’t steal their job out from under them when they hit their late thirties or early forties. I’ve had students tell me as much.

    H-1bs are a racket that benefits only the plutocrats and a growing number of often unqualified foreigners who take away jobs from the native-born STEM workers. It is a myth that there are not sufficient native-born workers to fill these positions. Pay enough, provide sufficient benefits and guarantee a modicum of job security and you will be overwhelned with qualified, native-born applicants for any STEM position you might offer. But the H-1b visa program assures that this will not happen.

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  51. @whorefinder
    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won't cooperate on joint investigations, and won't give them manpower and resources if they don't institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It's not perfect, and won't work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I'd take. The 'stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that's like wanting Trump to say he's going to put Hillary in jail....hey, wait a minute...

    Bolton anywhere near defense state or any other serious cabinet level position is ridiculous and evil simultaneously. He is actually dumber than McCain if that is conceivable. Put him back at the UN or some other irrelevant position.
    Remember Rudy at the first presidential debates in 08? ” I have never heard of such a thing as blowback.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQrwKr_b4Lg
    Old names from the Bush eras are not going to MAGA. They have and will feather their nests at the expense of the rest of us. The difference between the Bolton’s and the Clinton’s is a few letters in the last name.
    Fitzgerald who handled the Scooter Libby fiasco might make a fine special prosecutor, 20 years ago Rudy might have made a fine special prosecutor. Find someone young and full of piss and vinegar for AG.
    Troll the press with the idea of Ron Paul for Chairman of the Fed or Secretary of the Treasury after Bloomberg’s press’ whining about how Trump had to “reassure” someone or another; a Ron Paul is being considered for Chairman of the Fed would be a superb stroke.
    I like the idea of having a cup of coffee with Jim Webb about Defense. Bipartisanship at its finest and a real war hero to boot not a collaborationist loon.
    Christie will be offered something commensurate with his skills and abilities. Possibly an ambassadorship to Germany.
    Up thread someone suggests keeping the blond bland white woman at HHS. Fine she has not done anything so far.

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    I like the idea of having a cup of coffee with Jim Webb about Defense. Bipartisanship at its finest and a real war hero to boot not a collaborationist loon.
     
    Yes, I like this idea too.
  52. @Opinionator
    Just despicable how Richard Spencer threw Miller under the bus in Spencer's recent interview with Mother Jonesz

    Seems you went a little too far into Poe’s Law territory even for an iSteve audience, Opinionator, but it’s useful to test limits.

    Just to be clear, Miller threw Spencer under the bus in the MJ interview. And it pissed me mightily at the time. But I’m spergy like that, and Big Blue Arse has a good point. It seems clear enough that Miller has been a Sailer fan for several years and look at the good he has managed to do by not talking about that. I’m sure he can play close to the vest on many of our dissident people and policies.

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  53. @boxty
    Mark Levin said yesterday that a reliable source informed him that Chris Christie is bringing in a lot of former Bushies. Anyone know if it's true?

    Last time I happened to hear Mark Levin, about a month ago, he was droning on in his annoying nasal voice about Trump, saying that the Republicans had nominated the one candidate who couldn’t beat Hillary. So as far as I’m concerned, he and his opinions are worthless.

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    I agree Harry. Levin was totally whiny and has complained about Trump since he won the party's nomination, telling us that Trump was a terrible candidate, had no political experience, wasn't an insider lawyer, and therefore could not win. Hey Levin you dumbass, Trump's outsider status beholden to no special interests is a major reason why he won the nomination and presidency. Levin is a stubborn bugger, though, he'll learn nothing and never admit he was wrong on anything. He does not listen to callers who might disagree with him. I think the guy is a bully and a loud-mouthed jerk. "There I said it" as Levin likes to say.

    He was all bent out of shape b/c Trump is not in Levin's narrow strange mind, a "Constitutional Conservative." Levin loves Cruz and if Cruz had run, Hillary would have won. I wish Levin would go away, he is an establishment "free trade" globalist insider lawyer. He loves to tell us about the Constitution; but how was Donald Trump anti-constitution in any way? Levin is very stubborn and rigid. After Trump won the nomination, Levin could not bring himself to really support Trump -- his tack was 100% anti-HIllary (there is a difference). To the extent he ever mentions immigration, he'll say he's against illegal, maybe. Levin needs 5000 Somalis dropped into his neighborhood. I am done listening to this stubborn narrow-minded globalist free trade ideologue.
    , @Mr. Anon
    There's an old quip about "having a face made for Radio". Levin has a voice made for newspapers.
  54. @syonredux

    Miller often warmed up for Trump during rallies in the Republican primary and embodies Trump’s message of limited immigration, free trade skepticism and distaste for the donor class.
     
    Music to my ears.

    Miller grew up in a liberal-leaning Jewish family in Santa Monica, California.[2] Though his parents were Democrats, Miller became a conservative after reading National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre's Guns, Crime, and Freedom.[1] While attending Santa Monica High School, Miller began appearing on conservative talk radio.[1] In 2002, at the age of sixteen, Miller wrote a letter to the editor of The Santa Monica Lookout, in which he stated that "There are usually very few, if any, Hispanic students in my honors classes, despite the large number of Hispanic students that attend our school," and "Osama Bin Laden would feel very welcome at Santa Monica High School."[3]
    In 2007,[4] Miller received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, majoring in political science.[1] Miller served as president of the Duke chapter of Students for Academic Freedom and wrote conservative columns for the school newspaper. Miller gained national attention for his defense of the lacrosse players in the Duke lacrosse case.[1][5] While attending Duke University, Miller accused the poet Maya Angelou of "racial paranoia" and described a student organization as a "radical national Hispanic group that believes in racial superiority.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Miller_(political_operative)


    Miller gets it.

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance. Another small reason typical white people fled Hillary’s coalition of the fringes;stop telling us these people are victims and we are their oppressors. Everyone has a tricky day every day. The government is not going to change the lives of people who refuse to change their lives themselves, nor those who expect Daddy Government to do it. We’ve been shoveling cash at the CoF for 5 decades and its gotten worse. And now you want more CoF to sponge off the rest of us?

    Would again be very wary of Gingrich and Christie. The former is a scatterbrain who invariably screws up. Christie has all of Giuliani’s arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.

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    Christie and Rudy are very good attack dogs, just bad ideologues and gatekeepers.

    They need to be the ones on leashes, not the ones holding them.

    Trump repeatedly resolved ideological clashes within his inner circle in Miller/Sessions favor, but I think he really values Rudy and Christie's ability to flex in hostile environments.
    , @syonredux

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance.
     
    I teach English Lit at the university level. I not only have to read that kind of rubbish, I have to teach it.
    , @Randal

    Christie has all of Giuliani’s arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.
     
    I don't know much about Christie, but he did at least have the nous to recognise a winner in Trump and the humility to get behind him early.
  55. @game123
    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

    This is a completely meaningless number. Some elections are high turnout, some are low. In some there are 3rd party candidates that siphon off votes. The only # that means anything is the # of Electoral Votes.

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  56. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    With respect, you do not know what you are talking about and probably have never worked in a corporate environment that is loaded with H1-B’s. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not an outright troll.

    They are indentured servants. They do not increase the average quality in the republic. At my company, most barely speak English, cannot do more than read/act on a script, are culturally illiterate about anything non-Indian, refuse to interact or assimilate, obsess over status, self-promote almost exclusively, etc. Outside of work, they arrive with a wife and several children, and frequently parents (who speak ZERO English) if they attain a green card. The kids are in public schools paid for with our tax dollars and surely the parents are on every imaginable old age and/or non-worker benefit, from medicare to food stamps down the line.

    I’ll forgive your ignorance if you haven’t experienced this first hand. Every Republican I know in politics or the law whom I know supported Rubio and cannot begin to understand this.

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  57. @Olorin
    I hope speechwriter is the job, at least for awhile. Young Mr. Miller should be allowed to continue putting important ideas and shifts into words, as he has done so aptly.

    This may sound like less than he deserves and is surely less than the total of what he is capable. But we're in a transitional time, requiring new, reasoned, enlightened, humanistic thoughts expressed in equally new language.

    The MSM acting as Pravda have left a terrible discursive chasm in the citizenry.

    People used to be able to hammer out social and political disagreements and discover their positions, hone them, test them with others--in their daily lives. We haven't had that for a long time as our national political culture.

    We can't expect Diversitopian rhetoric to evaporate, nor anything good to automatically take its place where it might. Building the policy alternatives and carrying them forward will require a lot of rhetorical repair, such as exemplars of how to express dissent and stay civil without cuckitude.

    Sometimes people who aren't wordsmiths generally understand a matter, or have an experience, but don't know how to say it till they hear it coming from someone else. Or are guided into expressing what they know. See: Meno.

    http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.html

    I'm talking to "just plain folks" about the election. I'm struck by how many of them are still struggling toward easy expression of common understandings that they in fact share with the Dissident Right. When one talks to them Socratically, it's clear they understand many things they cannot easily express. They simply haven't had the experience of structured discourse on these topics. Some end up parroting MSM or GOPe talking points. Others are still afraid to speak, since their experience for so long has been shoved into only one rhetorical category: hate speech.

    I agree with your diagnosis and prescriptions.

    What the alt-* movement lacks is a large corpus of well reasoned, eloquent writings and speeches to express its point of view — or, really, views.

    Our admirable host Steve — may the powers of the universe bless him with the long and finally prosperous life he deserves — has done remarkable work to stake out basic features of the vision. Ann Coulter, Derb, Mickey Kaus and a few others have come at it from different angles.

    But the movement needs a large body of thinkers and writers to bring it into full flower and lasting effect. It needs speechwriters, political scientists, social scientists more generally, and a large crew of pundits to figure out and articulate its philosophy and set of policies.

    The beauty of the Trump Presidency is its immediate and inherent vesting of high importance on the ideas that animate it. Many smart, ambitious individuals will see an opportunity to make a mark by pursuing roles in this venture. Driven by their own rationality, and the heady sense of rebellion against the staid and stifling status quo of political correctness, they can count themselves as among the visionaries spearheading a revolution in our culture and politics.

    Trump picked up the $1000 bill lying in the street. We need others to pick up the $1000 bills that lie on the streets in their neighborhoods — whether they be in speechwriting, social science, philosophy, or punditry.

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    This isn't actually that lacking on the political front - Buchanan has written a ton of books laying out almost the exact vision that Miller weaponized for Trump.

    Coulter gets a lot of credit and deservedly, but the post-Cold War trade/immigration/America First three-legged stool was pretty much a Pat Buchanan innovation.

    But yes, a Buchananist think tank would be awesome. Paul Gottfried and Bill Lind are lonely voices. We need a rightist Felix Weil type to dump an inheritance on establishing a new school of thought.
  58. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    Many of these people probably have no interest in a government job. Icahn? Can’t see it.

    https://sloanled.com/img/products/sign-and-architectural/photo-gallery/channel-letter/icahn_stadium.jpg

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  59. @whorefinder
    No, AG needs a legitimate, non-cucked prosecutor.

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps (Rudy made his bones taking on the New York mafia in the 80s).

    Then he can wheel and assist the immigration plan, ordering all U.S. attorneys and FBI agents to mandate the checking of immigration status of all suspects, witnesses, and arrestees, and reporting them immediately to Homeland Security.

    Then he puts the heat on all the state AGs and prosecutors and local police, tells them the FBI/DOJ won't cooperate on joint investigations, and won't give them manpower and resources if they don't institute a similar policy on their state courts/prosecutors offices/police forces. It's not perfect, and won't work in many areas, but it will squeeze a lot more illegals out who can be deported.

    If Trump picks an experienced, hard-nosed prosecutor as AG, expect the Clintons to be indicted. If he picks a political hack like Cruz for AG, get ready for them to skate.

    Bolton would be a much better choice as Sec of State. I still like Christie, but Bolton I'd take. The 'stache is powerful abroad.

    Homeland must be super-tough and impeccable on immigration. Again, Sessions.

    Of course, Trump could make me very happy and completely scrap homeland security and fold it under DOJ and sec of state, like it should be. But that's like wanting Trump to say he's going to put Hillary in jail....hey, wait a minute...

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps

    Rudy would be a good choice except for the fact that he is 72. On the positive side, he was already once number 3 at Justice so there wouldn’t be a steep learning curve. And he is tough.

    Re: Clintons
    Trump already said he wanted a special prosecutor for the case.

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    Did you listen to Guliani's speech at the Republican convention? It sounded to me like he wanted to bomb the world. The guy is unhinged, and yesterday's news. I am not sure if Rudy is "tough," maybe he is, whatever that means. I'm not sure that is going to get us where we want to go. Make America Tough Again? Stalin and Pol Pot were tough, too.

    Since when is Guliani a big border protection guy? He is like Newt: an opportunist. I saw both of these climbers glom onto Trump when Trump began rising, and found it very troubling. Trump should put some distance between himself and these globalist neocons.
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    Trump will have more votes than Romney when the final count is out in several weeks.

    So tired of ignoramuses! Happens every cycle. Millions more votes to be counted.

    And fyi the non-competitive states skip counting the mail-in votes altogether. Example: CA will not count a huge number of mail-in votes because the election there was not close.

    If every single vote was counted nationwide Trump would win the popular vote! Reps cream Dems in mail-in voting 2 to 1.

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  61. @Harry Baldwin
    Last time I happened to hear Mark Levin, about a month ago, he was droning on in his annoying nasal voice about Trump, saying that the Republicans had nominated the one candidate who couldn't beat Hillary. So as far as I'm concerned, he and his opinions are worthless.

    I agree Harry. Levin was totally whiny and has complained about Trump since he won the party’s nomination, telling us that Trump was a terrible candidate, had no political experience, wasn’t an insider lawyer, and therefore could not win. Hey Levin you dumbass, Trump’s outsider status beholden to no special interests is a major reason why he won the nomination and presidency. Levin is a stubborn bugger, though, he’ll learn nothing and never admit he was wrong on anything. He does not listen to callers who might disagree with him. I think the guy is a bully and a loud-mouthed jerk. “There I said it” as Levin likes to say.

    He was all bent out of shape b/c Trump is not in Levin’s narrow strange mind, a “Constitutional Conservative.” Levin loves Cruz and if Cruz had run, Hillary would have won. I wish Levin would go away, he is an establishment “free trade” globalist insider lawyer. He loves to tell us about the Constitution; but how was Donald Trump anti-constitution in any way? Levin is very stubborn and rigid. After Trump won the nomination, Levin could not bring himself to really support Trump — his tack was 100% anti-HIllary (there is a difference). To the extent he ever mentions immigration, he’ll say he’s against illegal, maybe. Levin needs 5000 Somalis dropped into his neighborhood. I am done listening to this stubborn narrow-minded globalist free trade ideologue.

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    Levin is a vapid neocon, but he's at least got a populist streak, as evidenced by his willing to pound the drum on immigration more than the likes of Hewitt and Medved.

    It's frustrating to have such a confirmed lightweight wield so much power in conservative media though. He's got Steyn and Malkin working for him now, when it really should be the other way around.
  62. Haha–a much deflated Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry on Fox News. Goldberg still has “grave reservations” about Donald Trump and is going to wait to see “which Donald Trump emerges.” Lowry still has “heavy misgivings about his character and temperament.” Like anyone gives a shit about their opinions. These guys really need to be deprived of media oxygen. They have nothing of value to contribute and I think they’re aware of it.

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    • Agree: Randal
    • Replies: @Jack D
    LOL. Trump is the POTUS and they are still deciding whether he is good enough to join their stupid little club.
    , @Mr. Anon
    I'd say that the smarter NR people should jump ship, but I think they've already all been purged. It is my fond wish that NR disappears into obscurity. They can still have their little National Review cruises, where you can have dinner with Rich Lowry or Jonah Goldberg, or share brandy and cigars with Jay Nordlinger and Kevin Williamson on the poop-deck.

    Afterall, cruise ships are where washed-up B-list celebrities belong.
  63. I hope they reach out to Pat Buchanan. Trade/immigration restriction/America First/anti-PC is Pat Buchanan and has been for 25+ years. No one has ever been as thoroughly vindicated as Buchanan was on Tuesday.

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  64. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    They vote 80% Democrat whenever they get citizenship. You can’t make America more American by importing foreign nationals.

    I think it’s horrible that you want to drive down the wages of your fellow countrymen and that you want to give away the blessings of our liberty to foreign nationals for free. It’s like you’ve missed the whole point of Trump’s victory.

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  65. @Buck Turgidson
    I agree Harry. Levin was totally whiny and has complained about Trump since he won the party's nomination, telling us that Trump was a terrible candidate, had no political experience, wasn't an insider lawyer, and therefore could not win. Hey Levin you dumbass, Trump's outsider status beholden to no special interests is a major reason why he won the nomination and presidency. Levin is a stubborn bugger, though, he'll learn nothing and never admit he was wrong on anything. He does not listen to callers who might disagree with him. I think the guy is a bully and a loud-mouthed jerk. "There I said it" as Levin likes to say.

    He was all bent out of shape b/c Trump is not in Levin's narrow strange mind, a "Constitutional Conservative." Levin loves Cruz and if Cruz had run, Hillary would have won. I wish Levin would go away, he is an establishment "free trade" globalist insider lawyer. He loves to tell us about the Constitution; but how was Donald Trump anti-constitution in any way? Levin is very stubborn and rigid. After Trump won the nomination, Levin could not bring himself to really support Trump -- his tack was 100% anti-HIllary (there is a difference). To the extent he ever mentions immigration, he'll say he's against illegal, maybe. Levin needs 5000 Somalis dropped into his neighborhood. I am done listening to this stubborn narrow-minded globalist free trade ideologue.

    Levin is a vapid neocon, but he’s at least got a populist streak, as evidenced by his willing to pound the drum on immigration more than the likes of Hewitt and Medved.

    It’s frustrating to have such a confirmed lightweight wield so much power in conservative media though. He’s got Steyn and Malkin working for him now, when it really should be the other way around.

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  66. @candid_observer
    I agree with your diagnosis and prescriptions.

    What the alt-* movement lacks is a large corpus of well reasoned, eloquent writings and speeches to express its point of view -- or, really, views.

    Our admirable host Steve -- may the powers of the universe bless him with the long and finally prosperous life he deserves -- has done remarkable work to stake out basic features of the vision. Ann Coulter, Derb, Mickey Kaus and a few others have come at it from different angles.

    But the movement needs a large body of thinkers and writers to bring it into full flower and lasting effect. It needs speechwriters, political scientists, social scientists more generally, and a large crew of pundits to figure out and articulate its philosophy and set of policies.

    The beauty of the Trump Presidency is its immediate and inherent vesting of high importance on the ideas that animate it. Many smart, ambitious individuals will see an opportunity to make a mark by pursuing roles in this venture. Driven by their own rationality, and the heady sense of rebellion against the staid and stifling status quo of political correctness, they can count themselves as among the visionaries spearheading a revolution in our culture and politics.

    Trump picked up the $1000 bill lying in the street. We need others to pick up the $1000 bills that lie on the streets in their neighborhoods -- whether they be in speechwriting, social science, philosophy, or punditry.

    This isn’t actually that lacking on the political front – Buchanan has written a ton of books laying out almost the exact vision that Miller weaponized for Trump.

    Coulter gets a lot of credit and deservedly, but the post-Cold War trade/immigration/America First three-legged stool was pretty much a Pat Buchanan innovation.

    But yes, a Buchananist think tank would be awesome. Paul Gottfried and Bill Lind are lonely voices. We need a rightist Felix Weil type to dump an inheritance on establishing a new school of thought.

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    The Millennial Falcon,

    Buchanan had the goods on NAFTA when it was initially proposed, correctly describing it as a "nonnegotiable demand" by the big (and not so big) business interests.

    What I have always found immoral about NAFTA was that its architects knew that it would flood Mexico with cheap American foodstuffs which would in turn destroy indigenous Mexican farming with consequent emigration to the US. It proved to be a twofer, enhancing American agribusiness and supplying cheap labor. Everyone, except nonplutocratic Americans, benefited!
  67. @Bugg
    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou's drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance. Another small reason typical white people fled Hillary's coalition of the fringes;stop telling us these people are victims and we are their oppressors. Everyone has a tricky day every day. The government is not going to change the lives of people who refuse to change their lives themselves, nor those who expect Daddy Government to do it. We've been shoveling cash at the CoF for 5 decades and its gotten worse. And now you want more CoF to sponge off the rest of us?

    Would again be very wary of Gingrich and Christie. The former is a scatterbrain who invariably screws up. Christie has all of Giuliani's arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.

    Christie and Rudy are very good attack dogs, just bad ideologues and gatekeepers.

    They need to be the ones on leashes, not the ones holding them.

    Trump repeatedly resolved ideological clashes within his inner circle in Miller/Sessions favor, but I think he really values Rudy and Christie’s ability to flex in hostile environments.

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  68. @The Millennial Falcon
    This isn't actually that lacking on the political front - Buchanan has written a ton of books laying out almost the exact vision that Miller weaponized for Trump.

    Coulter gets a lot of credit and deservedly, but the post-Cold War trade/immigration/America First three-legged stool was pretty much a Pat Buchanan innovation.

    But yes, a Buchananist think tank would be awesome. Paul Gottfried and Bill Lind are lonely voices. We need a rightist Felix Weil type to dump an inheritance on establishing a new school of thought.

    The Millennial Falcon,

    Buchanan had the goods on NAFTA when it was initially proposed, correctly describing it as a “nonnegotiable demand” by the big (and not so big) business interests.

    What I have always found immoral about NAFTA was that its architects knew that it would flood Mexico with cheap American foodstuffs which would in turn destroy indigenous Mexican farming with consequent emigration to the US. It proved to be a twofer, enhancing American agribusiness and supplying cheap labor. Everyone, except nonplutocratic Americans, benefited!

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  69. @Bleuteaux
    With respect, you do not know what you are talking about and probably have never worked in a corporate environment that is loaded with H1-B's. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not an outright troll.

    They are indentured servants. They do not increase the average quality in the republic. At my company, most barely speak English, cannot do more than read/act on a script, are culturally illiterate about anything non-Indian, refuse to interact or assimilate, obsess over status, self-promote almost exclusively, etc. Outside of work, they arrive with a wife and several children, and frequently parents (who speak ZERO English) if they attain a green card. The kids are in public schools paid for with our tax dollars and surely the parents are on every imaginable old age and/or non-worker benefit, from medicare to food stamps down the line.

    I'll forgive your ignorance if you haven't experienced this first hand. Every Republican I know in politics or the law whom I know supported Rubio and cannot begin to understand this.

    can’t use agree button yet, but hear! hear!

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  70. @5371
    Yes, I'm at cross purposes with everyone here. I meant Robert Mercer, Trump-supporting executive at former physicist James Simons' high-frequency trading outfit Renaissance Technologies.

    THAT Mercer is not Jewish, though Simons is. Simons likes to recruit computer and mathematical talent. I don’t think he gives a damn what you religion is, as long as you can make money for him. I know someone who works for Renaissance Technologies who is a mathematician and an evangelical Christian. I’ll bet he’d take you if you were a devil worshiper too, if you could do the math to make his trading algorithms go.

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  71. @5371
    Mercer is a Jew? Renaissance is based on the very Jewish idea of abusing the trading process, but I thought only Simons was.

    If the trading is legal and complies with the exchange rules, in what sense is it “abuse”? 75% of the volume on the exchanges nowadays is automated trading, so that is a lot of “abuse”.

    In what sense is it “Jewish”? The bible of high frequency trading was written by Irene Aldridge, not by Moses.

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    Not yet convicted=ethical? I think you've made clear where you're coming from on this one.
    No-one beats the market year in year out without cheating, but you can cheat in lots of different ways. Simons, Steven Cohen, Madoff, an eternal golden braid.
  72. @Harry Baldwin
    Haha--a much deflated Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry on Fox News. Goldberg still has "grave reservations" about Donald Trump and is going to wait to see "which Donald Trump emerges." Lowry still has "heavy misgivings about his character and temperament." Like anyone gives a shit about their opinions. These guys really need to be deprived of media oxygen. They have nothing of value to contribute and I think they're aware of it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBVEDDiYVt4

    LOL. Trump is the POTUS and they are still deciding whether he is good enough to join their stupid little club.

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  73. Rush Limbaugh and one of his moron callers right now are wetting their pants b/c they think Guliani might be SOS, or that Newt might get a high-ranking appointment.

    Rush is explaining that Trump really is going to “drain the swamp,” and that he isn’t going to appoint a bunch of career bureaucrats like everyone else always does.

    Let that sink in.

    Good Lord, I sometimes can stomach Limbaugh, but sometimes his big time Bushie open borders globalist neocon establishment side really comes out. Yeah Rush, Newt and Rudy aren’t career bureaucrats.

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  74. @EriK

    Rudy Giuliani is perfect for the job, and could set about prosecuting Hillary, Bill, and the entire Clinton crime family as his first big scalps
     
    Rudy would be a good choice except for the fact that he is 72. On the positive side, he was already once number 3 at Justice so there wouldn't be a steep learning curve. And he is tough.

    Re: Clintons
    Trump already said he wanted a special prosecutor for the case.

    Did you listen to Guliani’s speech at the Republican convention? It sounded to me like he wanted to bomb the world. The guy is unhinged, and yesterday’s news. I am not sure if Rudy is “tough,” maybe he is, whatever that means. I’m not sure that is going to get us where we want to go. Make America Tough Again? Stalin and Pol Pot were tough, too.

    Since when is Guliani a big border protection guy? He is like Newt: an opportunist. I saw both of these climbers glom onto Trump when Trump began rising, and found it very troubling. Trump should put some distance between himself and these globalist neocons.

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  75. @Bill
    Getting revenge on Hillary is a waste of time and a distraction. The Clinton crime family is over. The parents are too old now. Chelsea is a basket case.

    No, the AG needs to spend his time sending C suite guys to federal prison for hiring illegal aliens. He needs to spend his time imprisoning Sillycon Valley H1B-hiring scumbags for whatever he can get them on. He needs to spend his time imprisoning bankers. He should deploy RICO to bankrupt Hollywood for industrial scale child molestation. (This one might be impossible given Trump's possible history with Epstein's Pedo Express) The AG should be a purely political act, and he should be devoted to advancing Trump's policy agenda via scaring the crap out of everyone who opposes it.

    Nobody is above the law. Clinton committed crimes that would get the rest of us sent to Supermax so fast that our heads would spin. If the Federal gov. has enough resources to prosecute low level drones who mess up their handling of classified materials then they have enough resources to prosecute Hillary.

    The FBI guys in the field should be given a chance to make their case just as they would for any other security breach and not have it shut down on a political basis, not by Comey and not by the AG.

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    Nobody is above the law.
     
    Law enforcers and their peers and mascots are above the law. It can't be any other way. Trump going after Clinton would be revenge not law enforcement. It would cause a gigantic meltdown and would wipe away an important Schelling point.
    The Democrats were right not to prosecute Nixon, and Trump will be right not to prosecute Clinton.

    When I was 18, it used to cheese me off that you never saw a cop writing another cop a speeding ticket, though they obviously speed constantly.
  76. @JohnnyWalker123
    Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

     

    H1-B visa recipients are visible daily reminders of the American worker plight. Drive through various parts of greater Los Angeles and you will see numerous examples, such as out the 101 corridor. Think of all the STEM talent that was laid off and forced to train their replacements. If there is a move to restrict that program then I hope it gets acted upon promptly.

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  77. @Bill
    Getting revenge on Hillary is a waste of time and a distraction. The Clinton crime family is over. The parents are too old now. Chelsea is a basket case.

    No, the AG needs to spend his time sending C suite guys to federal prison for hiring illegal aliens. He needs to spend his time imprisoning Sillycon Valley H1B-hiring scumbags for whatever he can get them on. He needs to spend his time imprisoning bankers. He should deploy RICO to bankrupt Hollywood for industrial scale child molestation. (This one might be impossible given Trump's possible history with Epstein's Pedo Express) The AG should be a purely political act, and he should be devoted to advancing Trump's policy agenda via scaring the crap out of everyone who opposes it.

    Chelsea Clinton may have a moderate level of support in some special congressional district. Like Mommy Dearest Hillary, Chelsea would parachute in and then claim her lifelong interest, blah blah blah. The last celebutante candidate was Caroline Kennedy and that didn’t work out very well. Sometimes sentimentality is just catharsis and needs to run its course before more trouble arises.

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  78. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Homeland Security: John Bolton

    Ted Olson? The Bush 43 guy? The guy who helped give us gay marriage? No, thanks.

    And a nix on John Bolton, as far as I’m concerned. I hear he’s being tapped for State, although I imagine the Democrats might try to sink his nomination with the dirt on him about his swinging past.

    I don’t want to see any Bush retreads in the Trump administration. Trump’s nomination was, in large part, a repudiation of the Bush era and all its works. We need a fresh start.

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    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    Two thumbs up! These neocon open borders globalist "free trade" Bushie rats like Newt, and several others, all had abundant opportunity to step up over the past 20 years and help fight against the third world invasion, and help patriots like Tom Tancredo, Steve King, Jeff Sessions, Jan Brewer. Where the he** were they hiding? Now Trump comes along to heroically save the day, and lo and behold, here come Newt and Guliani and John friggin Bolton crawling out of the woodwork, looking to glom onto someone else's hard work and courage. Phonies and cowards!! How many times will we allow Lucy and her liberal and RINO buddies pull the football away just as us Charlie Brown suckers think we are going to run up and finally kick it? They would rather send 50,000 soldiers into harm's way on a wild goose chase in some sc**hole on the other side of the world, at tremendous cost to the taxpayer, have them get ambushed and killed and have their limbs lost while inventing imaginary foreign monsters, rather than simply arming and closing our borders to the illegal invasion, and putting an end to immigration that decades ago stopped serving the interests of the American people. NO MORE. Build the wall and start throwing the Ryans, McConnells, and yes Newts to the other side, along with of course the Clintons, Obamas, Rice, Holder, Lynch, Power, Jarrett, and on and on and on.
  79. @Harry Baldwin
    Haha--a much deflated Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry on Fox News. Goldberg still has "grave reservations" about Donald Trump and is going to wait to see "which Donald Trump emerges." Lowry still has "heavy misgivings about his character and temperament." Like anyone gives a shit about their opinions. These guys really need to be deprived of media oxygen. They have nothing of value to contribute and I think they're aware of it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBVEDDiYVt4

    I’d say that the smarter NR people should jump ship, but I think they’ve already all been purged. It is my fond wish that NR disappears into obscurity. They can still have their little National Review cruises, where you can have dinner with Rich Lowry or Jonah Goldberg, or share brandy and cigars with Jay Nordlinger and Kevin Williamson on the poop-deck.

    Afterall, cruise ships are where washed-up B-list celebrities belong.

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    I agree with you, but it would give me more satisfaction to see Lowry and Goldberg waiting tables on a cruise ship. I can dream, can't I?
  80. @Lot
    Fantasy Team

    State: Rudy
    Treasury: Icahn
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Interior: Jerry Taylor
    Commerce: Jenny Craig
    HUD: Heather MacDonald
    Surgeon General: Ben Carson
    Homeland Security: John Bolton
    Trump TV: Bannon & Trump Family

    HHS: Keep Burwell as gesture of conciliation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    Defense: David Goldfein
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Goldfein

    Goldfein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. He has commanded the U.S. Air Forces Central Command; 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.; 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy. Goldfein is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

    Goldfein flew combat missions during the Gulf War, and later deployed to the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Deliberate Force. As commander of the Triple Nickel, flying an F-16 fighter he led his squadron in Operation Allied Force.

    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-117A, MC-12W, and MQ-9.
     
    Cool!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/ZndxIBT

    Olson is a complete and utter Cuck, that completely sold out on the whole “homo marriage” travesty. He can go to Hell.

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  81. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.

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  82. @Bugg
    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou's drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance. Another small reason typical white people fled Hillary's coalition of the fringes;stop telling us these people are victims and we are their oppressors. Everyone has a tricky day every day. The government is not going to change the lives of people who refuse to change their lives themselves, nor those who expect Daddy Government to do it. We've been shoveling cash at the CoF for 5 decades and its gotten worse. And now you want more CoF to sponge off the rest of us?

    Would again be very wary of Gingrich and Christie. The former is a scatterbrain who invariably screws up. Christie has all of Giuliani's arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance.

    I teach English Lit at the university level. I not only have to read that kind of rubbish, I have to teach it.

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    Why do you consider it to be rubbish?
    , @Ivy
    I know why the Caged Professor Blogs?
    , @The Millennial Falcon
    I remember being assigned The Awakening in two separate English classes at my low-end state school.
  83. @syonredux

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance.
     
    I teach English Lit at the university level. I not only have to read that kind of rubbish, I have to teach it.

    Why do you consider it to be rubbish?

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  84. Lou Barletta is on the TranTeam executive committee.

    Kobach, Arpaio, Barletta, Stephen Miller.

    Could Tom Tancredo be next?

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  85. @JohnnyWalker123
    Stephen Miller criticizes usage of H1bs.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/7/h-1b-visas-quickly-snatched-up-as-critics-decry-lo/

    “These American students are being passed over for lower-wage guest workers,” said Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign. “Today’s news is just more evidence that we need to reform our visa programs — especially the widely abused H-1B — to ensure that jobs and wages go to Americans first.”

     

    Welcome news indeed. I was disappointed at Trump not making a bigger issue of H1-B (and related) visas. It could have been a Yuge issue for middle-class voters whom he, supposedly, had problems with. I had seen some speculation that the Trump organization, being in the Hospitality business, has made extensive use of foreign help, and so Trump did not want, or did not think he could, use that as an issue.

    So it is good news that some of his advisors care about that issue.

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  86. @Harry Baldwin
    Last time I happened to hear Mark Levin, about a month ago, he was droning on in his annoying nasal voice about Trump, saying that the Republicans had nominated the one candidate who couldn't beat Hillary. So as far as I'm concerned, he and his opinions are worthless.

    There’s an old quip about “having a face made for Radio”. Levin has a voice made for newspapers.

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  87. @Jack D
    If the trading is legal and complies with the exchange rules, in what sense is it "abuse"? 75% of the volume on the exchanges nowadays is automated trading, so that is a lot of "abuse".

    In what sense is it "Jewish"? The bible of high frequency trading was written by Irene Aldridge, not by Moses.

    Not yet convicted=ethical? I think you’ve made clear where you’re coming from on this one.
    No-one beats the market year in year out without cheating, but you can cheat in lots of different ways. Simons, Steven Cohen, Madoff, an eternal golden braid.

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  88. @Bugg
    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou's drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance. Another small reason typical white people fled Hillary's coalition of the fringes;stop telling us these people are victims and we are their oppressors. Everyone has a tricky day every day. The government is not going to change the lives of people who refuse to change their lives themselves, nor those who expect Daddy Government to do it. We've been shoveling cash at the CoF for 5 decades and its gotten worse. And now you want more CoF to sponge off the rest of us?

    Would again be very wary of Gingrich and Christie. The former is a scatterbrain who invariably screws up. Christie has all of Giuliani's arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.

    Christie has all of Giuliani’s arrogance but neither his brilliance nor competence.

    I don’t know much about Christie, but he did at least have the nous to recognise a winner in Trump and the humility to get behind him early.

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  89. @CK
    Bolton anywhere near defense state or any other serious cabinet level position is ridiculous and evil simultaneously. He is actually dumber than McCain if that is conceivable. Put him back at the UN or some other irrelevant position.
    Remember Rudy at the first presidential debates in 08? " I have never heard of such a thing as blowback." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQrwKr_b4Lg
    Old names from the Bush eras are not going to MAGA. They have and will feather their nests at the expense of the rest of us. The difference between the Bolton's and the Clinton's is a few letters in the last name.
    Fitzgerald who handled the Scooter Libby fiasco might make a fine special prosecutor, 20 years ago Rudy might have made a fine special prosecutor. Find someone young and full of piss and vinegar for AG.
    Troll the press with the idea of Ron Paul for Chairman of the Fed or Secretary of the Treasury after Bloomberg's press' whining about how Trump had to "reassure" someone or another; a Ron Paul is being considered for Chairman of the Fed would be a superb stroke.
    I like the idea of having a cup of coffee with Jim Webb about Defense. Bipartisanship at its finest and a real war hero to boot not a collaborationist loon.
    Christie will be offered something commensurate with his skills and abilities. Possibly an ambassadorship to Germany.
    Up thread someone suggests keeping the blond bland white woman at HHS. Fine she has not done anything so far.

    I like the idea of having a cup of coffee with Jim Webb about Defense. Bipartisanship at its finest and a real war hero to boot not a collaborationist loon.

    Yes, I like this idea too.

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  90. @JosephB
    I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals. H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic: they're bright, well educated, and have good jobs. The bright and well educated parts are invariant of where they are currently living, so they will compete with US workers. The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore. At least if they're here they're paying taxes. Furthermore, if they're building interesting technologies there are also useful network effects (see Silicon Valley).

    We're wasting a *lot* of potential talent. In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies. If costs about $500,000 to produce a PhD student (6 to 6.5 years of stipend + tuition, a chunk of faculty time, equipment, and travel to conferences), with the tab usually picked up by the US taxpayer in the form of government grants to faculty. After getting the degree, we work very hard on kicking the student out of the country. Why? Personally, I'd staple a green card to any MS or PhD in STEM fields. If there's a fear of diploma mills, have a whitelist of acceptable colleges.

    “I put H1Bs in a very different category than Mexican illegals.”

    I put you in a different category than the category of “those people whose opinions I value”.

    “H1Bs generally raise the average quality in the republic:”

    They don’t.

    “they’re bright, well educated, and have good jobs.”

    Good jobs that they stole from an American. A lot of them aren’t really that bright, either.

    “The question is whether we want them competing against US workers in Boston, or in Beijing or Bangalore.”

    The answer is “Beijing or Bangalore”.

    “At least if they’re here they’re paying taxes.”

    And undermining any remaining social and cultural cohesion our country might have, fundmentally altering the nature and ethnic composition of the country. etc.

    By the way, genius, what about the american citizens whom these H1-B visa holders displace. They won’t be paying taxes, or at least not as much. They will however be consuming taxes: welfare, disability, etc. And what about the cost of their marginalization in other terms: broken homes, drug addiction, children with reduced life-prospects.

    In STEM, we bring foreign students to the US for graduate studies.”

    We shouldn’t. Not nearly so many, anyway. A lot of them are unremarkable. A lot of the research they do is of little or no value.

    As others here have said, if they are such a boone to our country, why don’t YOU quit and give up your job to one of them.

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  91. @syonredux

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance.
     
    I teach English Lit at the university level. I not only have to read that kind of rubbish, I have to teach it.

    I know why the Caged Professor Blogs?

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  92. @syonredux

    Miller, like every white male college student since 1982, was forced as a freshman to read Angelou’s drivel and similar inanity and then required to pretend such nonsense was in fact brilliance.
     
    I teach English Lit at the university level. I not only have to read that kind of rubbish, I have to teach it.

    I remember being assigned The Awakening in two separate English classes at my low-end state school.

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  93. OT: Kris Kobach just called into my local radio show (KFI in LA) and the hosts asked him whether Trump plans to keep his campaign promises re: immigration. The answers were as follows:

    - Yes, he does plan to build the wall and he doesn’t need congress to start working on that since the Border Patrol is allowed to build structures on the border.

    - He plans on getting rid of Obama’s executive order amnesties.

    - He will allow ICE to do their jobs.

    - He is going to put pressure on sanctuary cities to follow the law.

    - He is going to go the self deportation route by enforcing immigration law, trying to get e-verify passed on the national level to make it hard for illegal immigrants to work here.

    They did not ask him about H1B.

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    • Replies: @Opinionator
    H1B/green card issuance is the easiest and cheapest of all measures to implement. And probably the most impactful in terms of numbers/year.

    Can you imagine if we were able to put an end to the flood of 1 million green card immigrants/year?
  94. @Buck Turgidson
    that is quite the pollyanna view of H1Bs. I see it differently. they deprive US citizens of jobs, rip off the taxpayer, and take over entire neighborhoods that do not integrate into the American way of life. We have plenty of homegrown talent and don't need a single immigrant. If you love the program, please surrender your job to an immigrant; if not, be quiet. I have friends and family who work in computer sciences and have been unemployed for years. End the H1B visa program and let these foreign geniuses make their home countries better places.

    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

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    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    You seem thrilled to have the American taxpayer foot the bill to import these students (which we never agreed to), then have them stay here and displace what you see as inferior US citizens.

    You seem to think it is OK if US citizens are forced to train foreigners who are going to then take their jobs.

    Why don't you volunteer to quit your job and be replaced by an immigrant? You seem to think this is a wonderful thing for everyone else. If not, you are a hypocrite. Maybe you call that "name calling." I call it calling a spade a spade.

    You make an afactual assertion in telling us that immigrant students raise the average quality of people living here. So you think foreigners are of better quality than US citizens. I disagree. Why do they all want to come to this country, and not vice versa?

    The stories of Chinese and Indian students collaborating on cheating schemes is widespread and common knowledge. But you know better. You are arrogant, and misinformed.

    So you are happy to rip off the US taxpayer, and have foreigners displace American workers. Then you whine about "name calling."

    You are insulting and pathetic, and you disrespect the people and workers of this country. You deserve the scorn being heaped upon you here.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot."

    No, but you are a cynical, self-serving jerk.

    "Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. "

    We should stop. Including your summer salary. Academia nowadays is largely a racket, and a lot of research today is crap.

    "As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense."

    We don't owe the world a gift. We don't owe you one either.

    "Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt."

    See my point above. A lot of research in many labs is of little value. It is done to burnish the resumes of faculty, secure them tenure, and get them a summer-salary.

    "I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens."

    Then you are part of the problem.

    "Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not."

    And you evidently don't care if they do.

    "Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have."

    Right, and America was an ignorant backwater back when most of the students were Americans:

    Messenger Lectures

    "In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border."

    And yet large majorities of chinese and indians vote for the Democrats. Do you even look at numbers? What the Hell kind of scientist are you?

    "In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments."

    And? Are they not right? I think they are.

    I'm also reasonably certain that I don't give a damn what you think.

    , @Bleuteaux
    Assuming you are sincere, I have to tell you that your experience is not going to be the same as that of the average person in a corporate environment. The people you are dealing with, even assuming that they actually meet academic requirements to be in a graduate level setting, are not the same as someone who has never left his village before the age of 30, barely speaks English and already has a family and children.
    , @res
    It seems to me the question you should be asking is how and why we simultaneously are having:
    1. Your well qualified students not getting H-1B visas and becoming citizens (I have known people like that and agree they could be assets to this country).
    2. Large quantities of relatively underqualified (compared to your students or, arguably, the average American competing with them) but low wage enough (and with a strong lever in the visa terms to force them to work long hours) to be desired by businesses receiving H-1B visas.

    Any thoughts?
  95. @Mr. Anon
    AG: Ted Olson or Kris Kobach
    Homeland Security: John Bolton

    Ted Olson? The Bush 43 guy? The guy who helped give us gay marriage? No, thanks.

    And a nix on John Bolton, as far as I'm concerned. I hear he's being tapped for State, although I imagine the Democrats might try to sink his nomination with the dirt on him about his swinging past.

    I don't want to see any Bush retreads in the Trump administration. Trump's nomination was, in large part, a repudiation of the Bush era and all its works. We need a fresh start.

    Two thumbs up! These neocon open borders globalist “free trade” Bushie rats like Newt, and several others, all had abundant opportunity to step up over the past 20 years and help fight against the third world invasion, and help patriots like Tom Tancredo, Steve King, Jeff Sessions, Jan Brewer. Where the he** were they hiding? Now Trump comes along to heroically save the day, and lo and behold, here come Newt and Guliani and John friggin Bolton crawling out of the woodwork, looking to glom onto someone else’s hard work and courage. Phonies and cowards!! How many times will we allow Lucy and her liberal and RINO buddies pull the football away just as us Charlie Brown suckers think we are going to run up and finally kick it? They would rather send 50,000 soldiers into harm’s way on a wild goose chase in some sc**hole on the other side of the world, at tremendous cost to the taxpayer, have them get ambushed and killed and have their limbs lost while inventing imaginary foreign monsters, rather than simply arming and closing our borders to the illegal invasion, and putting an end to immigration that decades ago stopped serving the interests of the American people. NO MORE. Build the wall and start throwing the Ryans, McConnells, and yes Newts to the other side, along with of course the Clintons, Obamas, Rice, Holder, Lynch, Power, Jarrett, and on and on and on.

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  96. @Mr. Anon
    I'd say that the smarter NR people should jump ship, but I think they've already all been purged. It is my fond wish that NR disappears into obscurity. They can still have their little National Review cruises, where you can have dinner with Rich Lowry or Jonah Goldberg, or share brandy and cigars with Jay Nordlinger and Kevin Williamson on the poop-deck.

    Afterall, cruise ships are where washed-up B-list celebrities belong.

    I agree with you, but it would give me more satisfaction to see Lowry and Goldberg waiting tables on a cruise ship. I can dream, can’t I?

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    "I agree with you, but it would give me more satisfaction to see Lowry and Goldberg waiting tables on a cruise ship. I can dream, can’t I?"

    Capital idea:

    Boy! I say, Boy! Where's my tapioca pudding?! Damned kids! What's your name? Lowry? Your going on my list, young man. Your slovenliness will be reflected in your tip!
  97. @Jack D
    Nobody is above the law. Clinton committed crimes that would get the rest of us sent to Supermax so fast that our heads would spin. If the Federal gov. has enough resources to prosecute low level drones who mess up their handling of classified materials then they have enough resources to prosecute Hillary.

    The FBI guys in the field should be given a chance to make their case just as they would for any other security breach and not have it shut down on a political basis, not by Comey and not by the AG.

    Nobody is above the law.

    Law enforcers and their peers and mascots are above the law. It can’t be any other way. Trump going after Clinton would be revenge not law enforcement. It would cause a gigantic meltdown and would wipe away an important Schelling point.
    The Democrats were right not to prosecute Nixon, and Trump will be right not to prosecute Clinton.

    When I was 18, it used to cheese me off that you never saw a cop writing another cop a speeding ticket, though they obviously speed constantly.

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  98. @JosephB
    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

    You seem thrilled to have the American taxpayer foot the bill to import these students (which we never agreed to), then have them stay here and displace what you see as inferior US citizens.

    You seem to think it is OK if US citizens are forced to train foreigners who are going to then take their jobs.

    Why don’t you volunteer to quit your job and be replaced by an immigrant? You seem to think this is a wonderful thing for everyone else. If not, you are a hypocrite. Maybe you call that “name calling.” I call it calling a spade a spade.

    You make an afactual assertion in telling us that immigrant students raise the average quality of people living here. So you think foreigners are of better quality than US citizens. I disagree. Why do they all want to come to this country, and not vice versa?

    The stories of Chinese and Indian students collaborating on cheating schemes is widespread and common knowledge. But you know better. You are arrogant, and misinformed.

    So you are happy to rip off the US taxpayer, and have foreigners displace American workers. Then you whine about “name calling.”

    You are insulting and pathetic, and you disrespect the people and workers of this country. You deserve the scorn being heaped upon you here.

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  99. @boxty
    Mark Levin said yesterday that a reliable source informed him that Chris Christie is bringing in a lot of former Bushies. Anyone know if it's true?

    Don’t believe a word of it. Christie, thank heavens, is out. Don’t believe anything you hear until it comes from The God Emperor’s twitter feed, which I’ve heard is being segued into something more official.

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  100. @AnonAnon
    OT: Kris Kobach just called into my local radio show (KFI in LA) and the hosts asked him whether Trump plans to keep his campaign promises re: immigration. The answers were as follows:

    - Yes, he does plan to build the wall and he doesn't need congress to start working on that since the Border Patrol is allowed to build structures on the border.

    - He plans on getting rid of Obama's executive order amnesties.

    - He will allow ICE to do their jobs.

    - He is going to put pressure on sanctuary cities to follow the law.

    - He is going to go the self deportation route by enforcing immigration law, trying to get e-verify passed on the national level to make it hard for illegal immigrants to work here.

    They did not ask him about H1B.

    H1B/green card issuance is the easiest and cheapest of all measures to implement. And probably the most impactful in terms of numbers/year.

    Can you imagine if we were able to put an end to the flood of 1 million green card immigrants/year?

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  101. @Buck Turgidson
    You seem thrilled to have the American taxpayer foot the bill to import these students (which we never agreed to), then have them stay here and displace what you see as inferior US citizens.

    You seem to think it is OK if US citizens are forced to train foreigners who are going to then take their jobs.

    Why don't you volunteer to quit your job and be replaced by an immigrant? You seem to think this is a wonderful thing for everyone else. If not, you are a hypocrite. Maybe you call that "name calling." I call it calling a spade a spade.

    You make an afactual assertion in telling us that immigrant students raise the average quality of people living here. So you think foreigners are of better quality than US citizens. I disagree. Why do they all want to come to this country, and not vice versa?

    The stories of Chinese and Indian students collaborating on cheating schemes is widespread and common knowledge. But you know better. You are arrogant, and misinformed.

    So you are happy to rip off the US taxpayer, and have foreigners displace American workers. Then you whine about "name calling."

    You are insulting and pathetic, and you disrespect the people and workers of this country. You deserve the scorn being heaped upon you here.

    Great post!

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  102. @Buck Turgidson
    that is quite the pollyanna view of H1Bs. I see it differently. they deprive US citizens of jobs, rip off the taxpayer, and take over entire neighborhoods that do not integrate into the American way of life. We have plenty of homegrown talent and don't need a single immigrant. If you love the program, please surrender your job to an immigrant; if not, be quiet. I have friends and family who work in computer sciences and have been unemployed for years. End the H1B visa program and let these foreign geniuses make their home countries better places.

    Most H1bs do jobs that Americans could do. From my experience, maybe only about 10-15% of H1bs seem uniquely bright. It’s appalling that in the midst of this painful worker recession that many want to increase the H1b cap. It’s also insane.

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  103. @Harry Baldwin
    I agree with you, but it would give me more satisfaction to see Lowry and Goldberg waiting tables on a cruise ship. I can dream, can't I?

    “I agree with you, but it would give me more satisfaction to see Lowry and Goldberg waiting tables on a cruise ship. I can dream, can’t I?”

    Capital idea:

    Boy! I say, Boy! Where’s my tapioca pudding?! Damned kids! What’s your name? Lowry? Your going on my list, young man. Your slovenliness will be reflected in your tip!

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  104. @JosephB
    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

    “The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.”

    No, but you are a cynical, self-serving jerk.

    “Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. ”

    We should stop. Including your summer salary. Academia nowadays is largely a racket, and a lot of research today is crap.

    “As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense.”

    We don’t owe the world a gift. We don’t owe you one either.

    “Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt.”

    See my point above. A lot of research in many labs is of little value. It is done to burnish the resumes of faculty, secure them tenure, and get them a summer-salary.

    “I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens.”

    Then you are part of the problem.

    “Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not.”

    And you evidently don’t care if they do.

    “Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.”

    Right, and America was an ignorant backwater back when most of the students were Americans:

    Messenger Lectures

    “In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border.”

    And yet large majorities of chinese and indians vote for the Democrats. Do you even look at numbers? What the Hell kind of scientist are you?

    “In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments.”

    And? Are they not right? I think they are.

    I’m also reasonably certain that I don’t give a damn what you think.

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    And yet large majorities of chinese and indians vote for the Democrats. Do you even look at numbers?
     
    While I am generally sympathetic to much of what you say, I have to ask if you have the numbers for this election?

    I am connected to the Chinese community in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have heard from many of them that they were voting for Trump.

    I am also aware of lots of Indians who voted for Trump as well, mainly, I suspect because they don't like Islam.

    On the other issues, I work with lots of H1Bs. They are a mixed bunch: Some are good, some are mediocre and some are downright useless. I think native-born Americans could do just as well.

    I am also acquainted with at least three Americans who work in the tech industry who did not complete an undergraduate degree and we are told of several others aren't we.
  105. “grab some of the best brains on the planet?”

    I call complete Bravo Sierra on this.

    This is the raving of frigging global social engineering lunatic. or a writer for The Economist. Could be both.

    The best brains on the planet are right here in the United States.

    Please refrain from this stupid, costly maniacal fool’s errand of a search for “a great brain” and importing 5 million people from China or India or Timbuktu.

    Our mission should be to find the “best brains” (god I hate that phrase) here in the US. If you want to find the brains in China, PLEASE MOVE THERE. On your own dime.

    H1B never was about brains. It always was about ripping off the US taxpayer, underpaying US workers, and bringing in more democrat voters. It is a disgrace and those associated with its creation and implementation belong behind bars–or worse.

    Organizations that support H1B should be fined and put on some kind of probation. This would include most of CA and the stupid “science” NGO world (this isn’t science it is lobbying and that is verboten in NGOs if they want to be tax exempt; they violate this routinely). I have had it up to here–holding my right hand parallel to the floor and 3′ above my head–with these traitors. Giving away prime jobs and prime real estate (Steve has discussed) to cheap labor foreigners, who then bring in their entire families and get on welfare and ripoff our health care and other systems, is the height of treason and stupidity. It puts US workers and veterans into unemployment. I beg your forgiveness (not really) if you think I make too much of this.

    Another federal agency that should be shut down is the National Science Foundation. It is another leftist lunatic ripoff insider club obsessed with stupid climate “we’re all going to die” hysteria. NSF hands out grants to those pretenders who “have their thinking right” and the grants system gets gamed every which way you can imagine. SHUT IT DOWN

    Shut down NASA, too, they also are on a mission to scare people about climate.

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  106. @Mr. Anon
    "The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot."

    No, but you are a cynical, self-serving jerk.

    "Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. "

    We should stop. Including your summer salary. Academia nowadays is largely a racket, and a lot of research today is crap.

    "As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense."

    We don't owe the world a gift. We don't owe you one either.

    "Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt."

    See my point above. A lot of research in many labs is of little value. It is done to burnish the resumes of faculty, secure them tenure, and get them a summer-salary.

    "I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens."

    Then you are part of the problem.

    "Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not."

    And you evidently don't care if they do.

    "Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have."

    Right, and America was an ignorant backwater back when most of the students were Americans:

    Messenger Lectures

    "In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border."

    And yet large majorities of chinese and indians vote for the Democrats. Do you even look at numbers? What the Hell kind of scientist are you?

    "In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments."

    And? Are they not right? I think they are.

    I'm also reasonably certain that I don't give a damn what you think.

    And yet large majorities of chinese and indians vote for the Democrats. Do you even look at numbers?

    While I am generally sympathetic to much of what you say, I have to ask if you have the numbers for this election?

    I am connected to the Chinese community in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have heard from many of them that they were voting for Trump.

    I am also aware of lots of Indians who voted for Trump as well, mainly, I suspect because they don’t like Islam.

    On the other issues, I work with lots of H1Bs. They are a mixed bunch: Some are good, some are mediocre and some are downright useless. I think native-born Americans could do just as well.

    I am also acquainted with at least three Americans who work in the tech industry who did not complete an undergraduate degree and we are told of several others aren’t we.

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  107. “While I am generally sympathetic to much of what you say, I have to ask if you have the numbers for this election?”

    I would be surprised if realiable numbers are available for the recent election. I imagine Steve will be looking into this in due time, when firm statistics are available. In the past however, a majority of asians have gone for the Democrats.

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  108. @JosephB
    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

    Assuming you are sincere, I have to tell you that your experience is not going to be the same as that of the average person in a corporate environment. The people you are dealing with, even assuming that they actually meet academic requirements to be in a graduate level setting, are not the same as someone who has never left his village before the age of 30, barely speaks English and already has a family and children.

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  109. @JosephB
    The replies I’ve received are interesting, and a bit surprising. I’m neither a troll nor an idiot.

    What I think we have here is a case of the blind men and the elephant. Your perspective is industry workers dealing with people imported for the purpose of H1Bs. Mine is that of a faculty member training some wicked smart and hard-working graduate students, only to see our government try to kick them out of the country. These students would raise the average quality of people living here. If you disagree, I’d like you to provide data rather than name calling. If you like, I can dredge up GRE scores (they’re much smarter than average), mean salary info (they make more money), and I could probably find data on criminality.

    Let me reiterate the status quo: at present, the US taxpayer spends about $500,000 to educate a foreign national to the level of having a STEM PhD. Once the student receives that degree, it is moderately difficult to stay here. Checking my inbox for past messages, the difficulty of getting an H1B has been an issue for my advisees.

    I see three routes forward:
    1. Keep things as they are. We keep paying to bring people here, give them a great education, and then return them to their home country to compete with us. As a gift to the world, it makes perfect sense. In terms of putting American interests First, I find it lacking.

    2. Ban immigrants from receiving NSF/NIH/IES/etc. funding for graduate studies. That would focus taxpayer dollars on educating US citizens and permanent residents. On the downside, without students from India and China, research in many labs would come to a screeching halt. I’ve been advising students for 15 years, and have had a grand total of two advisees who were US citizens. Maybe US students would start going into STEM, or perhaps not. Being able to grab some of the best brains on the planet is why we have the technology industry that we have.

    3. Be more welcoming to people we’ve trained. Staple a green card to their STEM MS or PhD they receive from a US institution. If that is too many immigrants, restrict it to the top N schools.

    In terms of importing more democrats, I haven’t discussed US politics that deeply with most of my students. But I don’t imagine many Chinese CS MS/PhDs sympathize with black lives matter, or are in favor of opening the southern border. I do know they tend to oppose affirmative action. I have not inquired on where they stand with respect to Milton Friedman.

    In terms of “strip mining” countries of their best and brightest, I’ve heard such arguments. I see it as we’d love those people to be here, and they want to come. Having the government interfere with consenting adults is usually not a great policy.

    It seems to me the question you should be asking is how and why we simultaneously are having:
    1. Your well qualified students not getting H-1B visas and becoming citizens (I have known people like that and agree they could be assets to this country).
    2. Large quantities of relatively underqualified (compared to your students or, arguably, the average American competing with them) but low wage enough (and with a strong lever in the visa terms to force them to work long hours) to be desired by businesses receiving H-1B visas.

    Any thoughts?

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  110. @game123
    trump got less votes than mitt Romney.

    Trump will finish with more votes than Romney. Romney had 6.77M. Trump already at 6.35M and still counting. He’ll got at least another 1-2 million from the mail-in ballots in WA and CA that haven’t yet been counted.

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  111. @Dan Hayes
    The Millennial Falcon,

    Buchanan had the goods on NAFTA when it was initially proposed, correctly describing it as a "nonnegotiable demand" by the big (and not so big) business interests.

    What I have always found immoral about NAFTA was that its architects knew that it would flood Mexico with cheap American foodstuffs which would in turn destroy indigenous Mexican farming with consequent emigration to the US. It proved to be a twofer, enhancing American agribusiness and supplying cheap labor. Everyone, except nonplutocratic Americans, benefited!

    Too true, and too sad.

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