The Humanity of a Wall

Building a wall on our southern border and putting forth efforts to actually enforce control of our borders is the right thing to do.

No, I’m not having the conversation where I make a case for the pragmatism of building a wall. I’m not arguing that border security is of utmost importance to the safety of this nation. Both of those arguments are settled. We know that gangs, criminals and even terrorist groups are already crossing our border illegally. If we want to stand a chance of preserving our way of life, we will need border control.

That conversation is over.

Anyone who thinks otherwise probably has no door on their home, no locks on their cars, no fences around their schools and certainly, no private bedroom or bathroom. They likely protest the White House for having security guards and I know that they share their wifi password with the whole neighborhood. Seriously, anyone who still doubts that America NEEDS to protect its border, is totally willing to share their home with anyone who walks in the open front door. Free chips, BYOB.

No, this conversation is about ethics. What should America do?

While many will proclaim that America has a duty to bring in the world’s ‘tired and huddled masses’ (which is an opinion that I personally hold), many of these same folks will choose to ignore the oppression happening right under Lady Liberty’s nose. The brutality and extortion happening on our doorsteps is blatantly ignored, while those who want to end such violence are immediately labelled racist, bigots and xenophobes, even if they are minorities belonging the very group that is supposed to be offended.

Just as many modern “Progressives” will use racial slurs on a black conservative for taking part in ‘racism’ (let that one sink in a bit), today’s liberals will get viciously angry at a ‘Mexican’ for not feeling sufficiently offended at the thought of an America with actual borders.

But I digress…

Today’s epidemic of extortion has less to do with the American homeland at risk, and has everything to do with those who do cross the border illegally. As in, illegal immigrants, alien migrants, undocumented workers, or whatever label you assign to them. These are human beings who are subject inhumane treatment that results from a national disinterest in enforcing our border laws.

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Allow me to bestow upon you a sad truth…our southern border is not controlled by us.

Sadly, our border is controlled by corrupt law enforcement officials (on both sides). More accurately, it is controlled by gangs and cartels.This means that the guys bringing people across are not border patrol agents, not friends, not even Vin Diesel and the great Paul Walker (May peace be upon him). No, people are smuggled here by “coyotes” (read: human traffickers) in cahoots with cartels. You know, guys like this….

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No, that’s not ISIS. Those are members of the Sinaloa, Jalisco and Zetas cartels. They are well armed, well trained and absolutely vicious. To give some perspective, cartels are responsible for more beheadings than ISIS or Al Queda, they kill significantly more people per year, target women and children and use absolutely brutal tactics to illicit fear in their enemies. Worst of all, they are not just on our doorstep, they are here.

According to a DEA report called the Areas of Influence of Major Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations, cartels have strongholds in every US state (even Hawaii and Alasaka), with borderlands under continual turf wars between the cartels.

Areas of Cartel Influence in the U.S. (Photo: U.S. DEA)

Cartels have infiltrated EVERY state in the US

Scared yet?

These brutal cartels use our border as leverage over illegal immigrants. People who are not legally in the system are subject to exploitation. Massive corporations do this with frequency and those being abused can’t speak out. This, of course, is on top of the abuse and downright oppression than many immigrants face in Mexico.  But of greater significance is the absolute inhumanity that occurs to millions while crossing our border.

Undocumented immigrants pay upwards of 5-10 grand (which is a TON of money to someone from a 3rd world country) to be smuggled across our borders through tunnels, rivers and barren deserts. Many are tasked with carrying drugs in 40 lb. blocks on their backs along the way. Others are used in ways far more vicious.

Cartels are not solely focused on the drug trade. In fact, they sport a diverse portfolio of horror that includes kidnapping and extortion (more on that below) as well as sex trafficking. Young children, women and even men are sold into sex slavery, this subjugation continues after they arrive on our soil.

Relatives mourn victims of a Zetas cartel attack in Monterrey, Mexico, REUTERS/Daniel Becerril -

Relatives mourn victims of a Zetas cartel attack in Monterrey, Mexico, REUTERS/Daniel Becerril –

Exploitation of Children

Of particular relevance are children who were rushed to our borders following President Obama’s DREAM ActCNN called a this surge a ‘refugee crisis of epic proportions.’ With this new legislation, families sent their children, alone, to be accompanied by the aforementioned cartels in hopes that they arrive here for a better life. Many are instead exploited by said cartels and those who arrive here are often diseased, malnourished and unhealthy. What’s worse is this legislation shields gang and cartel members from being screened. None of this is to say that we should turn away these children, quite the opposite, what’s needed is control of our border so that these children can be accompanied by gentle American agents instead of bloodthirsty murderers.

The sad truth is that any invitation on our part to open borders becomes a new revenue source for some of the world’s worst people

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Hundreds of Latino children at a US border crossing

Oh, and by the way, ending the drug war won’t solve this problem. Turns out that cartels are familiar with great investment adage “diversify, diversify, diversify.” It seems that extortion is pretty good business, even when drugs aren’t involved. Not only that, but ending the drug war does nothing to address the child extortion and sex slavery resulting from illegal immigration.

Criminal cartel empires have surpassed the drug trade, and while illegal drugs still make up a significant portion of their activity, it is no longer their primary action. After years of using kidnapping as a way to gain leverage over Mexican government officials, the cartels realized that kidnapping is big business. Kidnapping is on the rise in Mexico, causing more damage to the community than the drug trade.

Kidnapping and extortion in Mexico

In fact, extortion is so successful, that cartels have a new kidnapping/extortion app. Seriously.

Rather than solely target the families of government officials or law enforcement, cartels now kidnap pretty much anyone. They will take someone, use their social media accounts to demand a modest ransom and release them within days or even hours. It’s literally express kidnapping, and it’s no longer a strictly Mexican phenomenon as cartels have begun such actions  in the US.

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The gist is this, without a real interest on the part of Americans to control our own border, these immigrants will continue to suffer. Without such control, gangs, cartels, and even terrorists will continue to cross into our country, leaving a trail of destruction behind them. 

By taking a stand and defining a border with walls and drones and agents and stormtroopers and whatever else we need to effectively monitor our border, we will help America, Mexico and frankly, the whole world.

Sadly, the modern Democrat apparently cares nothing for the victims of these people, as they have shown that they have no interest in ending the cartel control of our border.

Building a wall keeps America safe (duh) but it also will save millions and millions of illegal immigrants. Human beings who, I might add, are for the most part “People of Color” (I say this just to make sure liberals understand who they are hurting, as well as grant them permission to be defended as members of the protected class).

So there it is folks, will you help these people, or are you just a racist, xenophobic, sexist bigot who only cares about yourself?

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The Curious Case of Black Trump Supporters

Could Trump be the first Republican since ___ to get the black vote?

Self Proclaimed Marxist Van Jones lays out the the danger to Democrats if Trump can win over enough of the ‘black vote.’ The margin for error is much smaller than one would think.

Jones lays it all out there: “If there are 20 African-Americans, and three decide to vote for Trump, the Democrats are in serious trouble.” He goes on to explain that a ‘disciplined Republican’ could exploit the fact that Democrats have not helped the Black community and could lose the longstanding support of African-Americans.

Of course, the support for Trump from the black community only increases when rabid Democrats infiltrate Trump rallies wearing KKK hoods and throwing ‘Heil Hitler’ signs. This black Trump supporter let this liberal know how he felt about their demonstration.

Take into further consideration this Bernie rally filled with white people calling Trump a racist and indignantly attacking students raising money for ‘Trump’s Wall.’ Watch what the only black guy in the crowd does.

Not only is this gentleman the only one there actually working (selling Bernie shirts), but he drops what he’s doing and empties his wallet into the bucket. Much to the Bernie bots’ dismay no doubt.

Then there’s this little nugget from MSNBC, in which the reporters were discussing David Duke and his support for Trump. They got word that a Trump supporter had something to say:

The reporter was apparently surprised to see a black man, speaking against racism, at a Trump rally. After seeing the clip, she stutters, stammers and shakes. Pretty tough to keep going after her entire premise was thrown out the window.

That’s not to say that there hasn’t been push back, Black Lives Matter has come out against Trump, attacking all the ‘white supremacists’ in Trump’s camp, including the black ones.

Mexican nationalists and folks from La Raza have also come out in full force, but this black Trump supporter says it brilliantly:

And who could forget this 16 year old kid absolutely schooling a grown man with, get this, LOGIC.

 

Why does the black vote matter? #BlackVotesMatter

Most African-Americans hold conservative values

According to Pew Research, African-Americans cherish values that are overwhelmingly conservative, far more than other ethno-cultural blocs in the US. Church is very important to black culture, the Landscape Survey found that nearly eight-in-ten African-Americans (79%) say that religion is ‘very important’ in their lives, for more than the 56% average of all U.S. adults. Also, 72% of those with no religious affiliation still say that religion plays a ‘somewhat important’ role in their life. this is about triple what the average non-black American believes (16%). African-Americans, according to the survey, are also far more likely to be heavily involved in religious activities and are very comfortable with the role of religion in politics.

Black America is deeply religious and those religious views translate to social policies. We saw this play out during California’s (in)famous Proposition 8, the beginning of marriage redefinition.

Blacks in California voted overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage. In fact, to this day liberal columnists and activists will blame blacks for Prop 8 passing (not the voice of the people of course). Not that it matters now, as a handful of liberal judges saw to it that the black voice be silenced. Of course, it was not the first nor the last time a handful of liberals have tried to silence blacks.

Blacks have been the focus of the Dem attack since it began.

The original Democrat party came from the Democratic-Republican Party, founded in good intent by Jefferson and Madison. This party eventually collapsed leading to several split offs with the majority following Andrew Jackson to the newly formed ‘Democrat Party’ and the remaining offshoots joining the ‘Whig Party’ until it’s dissolution in in the 1850’s. In 1854, the Republican Party was founded on the basis of opposing slavery, eventually electing Abraham Lincoln as its first president.

The History of the Democratic Party – Rooted in Slavery

http://russp.us/racism.htm

  • The loyalty of the black community is ripe for change
    • Obama  has massively failed black people (Obamaphone lady)
    • More and more conservative blacks are coming out and challeniging the Democrat plantation. And the left responds with the most hateful, bitter, vitriolic racist things

But the biggest reason, is that blacks block vote more than most groups. They may be the most cohesive voting bloc in the country

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/10/politics/voting-bloc-calculator/

https://thesocietypages.org/graphicsociology/2012/10/23/racial-bloc-voting/

Share largest voting bloc with hispanics

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-gmcol-oped1030-20141029-column.html

 

Ever since LBJ, blacks switched from Dems to Reps

Blacks have supported Democrats for the presidency at a clip of 80% or more since the 1972 election and more recently by 90% or more (93% in 2012).

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/the_irrelevant_black_voting_bloc.html#ixzz43ZvnsaNK

 

Since changing sides, African-Americans have become a people without real representation.

Stephen A Smith said it best

 

The cycle: Democrats make empty promises, knowing that they will have the black no matter what. Republicans are rarely accepted by the community and so no matter what they do, they can’t get the vote. So neither side represents them, they are left with empty promises and hearts full of anger.

Rush Limbaugh – how many promises have democrats made that didn’t happen for black people?

 

This is where Trump comes in. The advantage Trump has over other Republicans is that, well, he’s not a Republican. He’s a ReTumplican if anything.

But what he has in boatloads, is moxie.

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The Niggardly Redskins

There’s a great deal of talk today surrounding the Washington Redskins and whether they should be forced to change their name. Most of this conversation stems from recent findings that 90% of Native Americans don’t find the term, “redskin” to be offensive. However, today I want to bring to light the word we should really be targeting: “niggardly.”

Yes, you read that word right. Yes I said it. And yes, it has absolutely nothing to do with the word we infamously hear on rap albums. You know, the word that comedian Larry Wilmore called President Obama in front of the nation.

Despite having nothing to do with ‘that’ word, “niggardly” should still be banned. It’s a bad word. This word is offensive to black people, even if it’s not. Black people should despise this word and if they’re not pushing to ban it from all speech, they’re just being dumb.

After all, the “Redskins” debacle has proven that banning language doesn’t have to take real offense into account. If a word sounds ugly and offensive, even if it’s not offensive to those who “should” be offended, it should be removed from everyday nomenclature.

But, much like “niggardly” (have you googled the definition yet?), “redskin” is a term with some interesting history surrounding it. For starters, the word “redskin” was created by Native Americans as a form of solidarity between tribes. Linguistic anthropologist Ives Goddard rigorously studied race and color pronouns of early America and found that:

The actual origin of the word (redskin) is entirely benign.” – Ives Goddard, linguistic anthropologist

The term was created by Native Americans, much in the spirit of “black,” “African-American,” “colored,” and other racial terms which were created or used by blacks and other minorities throughout our history (NAACP, anyone?).

Leaving the term itself aside, many argue that even if the word is benign, American football teams can’t just co-opt terms used by minorities for their own gain. However, this argument becomes very problematic when revisiting history. For example, when the Washington team adopted the name, it was part of an awareness campaign to get more Native Americans into football. On the inaugural Redskins game in 1933, Washington had several Native Americans on the team, including four players and then-head coach William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz.

Even the team’s logo, which bears the profile of Native warrior donning feathers, was designed by a council of Native Americans. Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, a former President of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Blackfeet Nation lead the movement to create the modern logo to honor Natives. The whole point of the team was to pay homage to Native American people and grant them more access to football

In fact, even today, many Native Americans look to the Redskins mascot with pride. Take for example, Nick Begaye, who said:  

I’m Navajo and Cheyenne & Arapaho. If all mascots, like the Chiefs and Redskins are gone. It’s going to be harder and harder to remember our culture. I take it as a sense of pride. Keep the name. Those would of been my dream teams to play for if i ever played pro ball.”

In a recent article for the San Diego Union-Tribune, author Matt Calkins interviewed several Native Americans who all had strong, positive opinions about the name:

Christopher Curro said he takes pride in the name and would only be offended if it were changed. Bonnie LaChappa said she had just bought a Redskins jersey for her husband. Torrey Brown said she appreciates that American Indians have at least some mainstream representation.

Calkins goes on to voice the real concern Native Americans have regarding this issue:

“If there’s one universal feeling among the American Indians I spoke with last week, it isn’t necessarily that they are oppressed or bullied — it’s that they are ignored. In the words of Dr. Joely Proudfit, a Native Studies professor at Cal State San Marcos, “we are an invisible community.”

Of course, the Washington NFL team is not the only one to bear the name “redskin.” In fact, there are 62 high schools in 22 states with the name “Redskin” as a mascot. Most of these schools have predominately Native American populations and several of them are on Indian Reservations. One school that still uses the nickname is Red Mesa High in Arizona, located on a Navajo reservation, and where 99.3 percent of its students are Native American. Another is Wellpinit High School in Wellpinit, WA, home of the Spokane tribe.

So if these Native Americans use Redskin as a mascot, are they racists? Are they destroying Native American culture? Do they have some invisible internalized white privilege? If you answered “yes,” then it’s time to get off your self-righteous ivory tower and consider the radical idea that Native Americans are perfectly capable of choosing what offends them and what does not.

I can tell you anecdotally, from the Native Americans in my family and friends (and we have a lot of them here in the west), that not one single actual Native American that I know hates the name. Most are indifferent or even like it. But what good is an anecdote, we need hard evidence.

Here’s where the recent study comes into play. Using a proper sample size of 500 Native people both in tribes and living near tribal territory, the study found that 9 in 10 American Indians have no problem with the name. Queue self-righteous social justice outrage….

Generally, one of the first retorts made against these findings is the claim that “redskin” is defined as a slur in the dictionary. Since the dictionary calls the word a slur, it doesn’t matter what people think. But the dictionary also says that “marriage” is a union between a man and a woman. The dictionary also defines “man” as a fully grown biological male.

Still want to stick to dictionary definitions? If you use the dictionary as your ethical guide, then you will no doubt protest the LGBT bathroom movements and Same-Sex Marriage as they clearly violate dictionary definitions.

Of course, as a white man, I’m also often confronted with the fabulous hyperbolic: “What if they did this to your culture?”

Luckily for me, white mascots have been around quite awhile. Cowboys, Patriots, 49ers, Steelers, Buccaneers, Saints, Raiders, Packers, and Vikings are all names appropriated from white culture. Some of them are quite ugly (I mean are ALL white people really gold thirsty, village raiding, cheese packing, pirate-hick-barbarians?). That’s just NFL teams. Other sports teams include: Yankees, Fighting Irish, Celtics, Texans, Canadiens, Gaels, Norsemen, Spartans, Fighting Scots, Crusaders, Trojans, and more.  ALL of these mascots are crude, ethnic appropriations of white people. At least 90% of white people don’t find them offensive. Should we ban all of them as well?

In 2012, a university basketball team named themselves the “Fightin’ Whites.” Members of the University of Northern Colorado made this their mascot in attempt to shame white people. The plan was to insult whites in the same way many Natives supposedly felt insulted. The team began selling shirts bearing the logo (it included the words “Fighting the use of Native American stereotype” so as not to become a white supremacist shirt).

Turns out white people liked the logo so much that sales of shirts and memorabilia helped endow a sizable scholarship, bringing in over $100,000. In fact $79k went toward the “Fightin’ Whites Minority Scholarship.” Now minority students can get a free education directly on the backs of white appropriation.

Another recent attempt at white shaming in sports mascots came from ESPN’s Bomani Jones, who wore a Cleveland Indians shirt with the word “Indians” replaced with “Caucasians.” His aim was to stir up controversy and essentially anger white people into feeling angry at their culture being used in such a way. However, Bomani’s attempt at slander became a joke, with white people for the most part laughing about it. Within 24 hours of Jones wearing the shirt, the manufacturers sold 2,000 shirts.

This leads to final position from those seeking to ban the name. They argue that some people do find Redskins offensive, even if nearly all Native Americans don’t. Therefore, we should ban it anyway.

The problem with this line of thinking is that it comes off as incredibly racist and fascist. What could be more dictatorially racist than telling someone: “You should be offended but you’re not. Don’t worry, I’ll take offense for you, since you can’t do it on your own.”

So in this spirit of pretentiousness, I urge all black people to wake up and start protesting the evil word, “niggardly.” It sounds offensive, it looks ugly and I’m sure that someone, somewhere is offended by it.

Of course, if you think that the idea of banning words on such frivolous grounds (or any grounds for that matter) is ridiculous, then congratulations, you are a rational human being. Good luck out there.

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Socialism is Bad for Animals

 

In the spirit of Harambe the regal gorilla and Cecil the friendly lion, officials at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas have expressed serious concern for the health of their animals. According to a Reuters report, some 50 animals have starved to death in the zoo over the last 6 months. Venezuelan zoo officials have been feeding mango and pumpkins to the lions and tigers and offering tropical fruit to the elephants.

Marlene Sifontes, a union leader for employees of state parks agency overseeing the zoos, said, “The story of the animals at Caricuao is a metaphor for Venezuelan suffering.” Turns out that people aren’t the only one’s chanting “We want food!” on the streets of Venezuela. Hopefully these animals will be given the food that they need and deserve, before one of them escapes and decides to try some ‘socialism’ for dinner.

Only socialism could cause the King of the Jungle to starve in a freakin zoo.

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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here

 

John Kerry has come under some heat after his recent remarks comparing climate change to ISIS. According to Kerry, the environmental impact of air conditioning poses as big a threat to life on our planet as ISIS. While at a climate change meeting, in reference to international conferences on fighting ISIS, Kerry opined that, “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

ISIS Al-Qaeda Militants Fighting Syrian Civil War

Oct 17, 2013 – Aleppo, Syria – ISIS fighters holding the Al-Qaeda flag with ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ written on it. on the frontline. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant aka ISIS. The group An-Nusra Front announced its creation January 2012 during the Syrian Civil War. Since then it has been the most aggressive and most effective rebel force in Syria. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. April 2013, the leader of the ISIS released an audio statement announcing that Jabhat al-Nusra is its branch in Syria. (Credit Image: © Medyan Dairieh/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com) (Newscom TagID: zumaglobalfour067255.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

As a result of Kerry’s statement, a petition from change.org has been established to remove air conditioning from all State Department properties “...including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.” Since the petition’s inception on Sunday, July 24th, 2016, the petition has received over 30,000 signatures.

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DNC Convention 2016

It’s that time again, convention season, when political pundits gather together in a glorified Comic-con to see which political party really knows how to party. Above all else, conventions are great way for media types to find easy material, share a few drinks and it even comes with a free meal.

As the DNC gathers in the City of Brotherly of Love, we put together some of the highlights for those who can’t watch the event due to work, school, catching Pokemon or washing the dishes.

Let us begin:

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The convention started off with a prayer. As expected, Democrats in the crowd were very much into it, as they shouted and danced in refrains of praising God. Slogans such as: “Bernie! Bernie!” were heard as attendees danced and some even offered the ultimate sign of humility toward the Almighty by booing the prayer defiantly. This demonstration of gratitude and respect was in stark contrast to the RNC opening prayer, in which a black Mormon kid just bowed his head and spoke while everyone else sat there quietly, eyes closed and tears flowing. See a video of the prayers side by side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue9tN1fnPQc

Musical Chairwoman

In another major shake up at the DNC, Debbie Whatshername Schultz, the now-former DNC Chairwoman, was replaced by Brandon Davis who was then replaced by Donna Brazile. DNC officials are not sure on whether or not they plan on keeping Brazile for the remainder of the convention but noted that they’ll keep a few pundits in the bullpen for safe measure. Fortunately for Debbie, she was hired by Clinton’s campaign before the ink on her resignation was dry.

Whatshername Schultz’s resignation comes at the heels of a massive leak containing thousands of DNC emails, which show a racist attitude coming from the leaders of the Democrat party. The emails also showed direct DNC involvement in sending interns to RNC protests, making illegal money transfers to fund campaigns, allowing donors convicted of fraud, calling women bimbos, colluding with media to create false talking points about Trump and ignoring factual studies to complete talking points on immigration. (Stay tuned, the hits keep coming)

Above all else, the Wikileak documents revealed that the party leaders knowingly did everything they could to assure that Hillary Clinton would secure the election. #RedistributionOfDemocracy.

In response to this news, Bernie Sanders decided to boldly represent his supporters in their fight to end government corruption by kneeling before endorsing Hillary Clinton. As scores of disenfranchised socialists arrived to protest in wake of the wikileaks scandal, the DNC took a page from Donald Trump’s playbook, building an 8 ft. high 4-mile barrier surrounding the convention. This ‘Bernie barrier’ has become symbolic of the Democratic Party and it’s attitude of inclusiveness: “We are inclusive in diversity as long as you think and feel and dress and speak and vote the way we want you to. All others need not apply.”

(Note: DNC officials have repeatedly stated that the edifice is indeed a fence and not a wall because walls are racist.)

Of course, the speaker who stole the show was none other than His Excellency, Bill Clinton, who gave an inspiring monologue of Hillary’s achievements. Indeed, Clinton argued for getting a woman under into the Oval Office desk as only he can.

That’s not to say that everyone liked it, our friends at Vox described how a part of his speech ‘irked’ them when discussing race and police. Rachel Maddow, lesbian and Marxist in training, took note of Bill’s opening line, in which he referred to Hillary as a “girl.” She called it “shocking and weird.” For those who don’t speak lesbian, this is the term Maddow uses to replace “misogynist and hateful” when the speaker is liberal and not conservative. Even a few Muslims took issue with Clinton’s alleged suggestion that Muslim Americans must prove that they love America. Too bad Bill, I guess you can’t please em all. Maybe people would prefer some of your earlier speeches from the nineties, then you might at least win some Trump supporters.

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Why Free College is a Bad Idea

The True Costs of Free College

Germany currently suffers a workforce crisis and has implemented free tuition programs in an effort to combat them. Similar to their Nordic neighbors to the north (Sweden, Denmark, & Norway), the idea was that free college would train younger Germans and international workers to enter the workforce, replacing the aging working class of Germany without taking on massive student debt. Sounds great right?

Eh….not so much. The hard facts of these countries’ free education system explain why free college is a really, really bad idea.

1) “Free college” is not really free.

I hate to be captain obvious, but unless we find a cost-free way to create buildings, textbooks, computers and somehow magically pay teachers and administrators; college cannot be free. Turns out, colleges in Germany are quite expensive, with taxpayers shelling out upwards of 50% (as in half) of their income.

But even with governemnt subsidies, schools in Germany (also the Nordic countries) are not actually free to the students, either. In fact, students of Sweden’s “free college” program carry an average debt of $19,000, just 30% shy if the US student debt. On top of that, 85% of Swedish students graduate with debt, vs only 50% of American students.

 

2) Germans have lower enrollment and graduate rates than the rest of the world, far lower than the US.

Despite having free college available to the public, Germany has both a lower enrollment rate and lower graduation rate than other developed countries. Even with much higher tax burdens to pay for free education, Germany’s college enrollment rate is shockingly low when compared to that of the U.S.

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When contrasting raw data from the worldbank, we see that Germany’s enrollment rate is a stark 61%, making them one point ahead of Albania and far below the United States, which boasts an 89% enrollment ratio. The numbers are no better for Germany when it comes to graduation rates. Where Germany still has not reached the international average.

Harsh Tax Wedges

This stark picture becomes worse when considering the significant tax wedges (dollar measurements of income tax rate, the higher the tax burden the higher the wedge) created by free tuition programs. A comparison of 4 countries with free college programs, (Norway, Denmark,  Sweden, and Germany) in contrast with the U.S. suggests that free public college creates significant tax burdens and yields generally unfavorable results.

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German taxpayers pay out nearly 50 cents on every dollar while Americans pay out roughly 32 cents on every dollar. Granted, free tuition is not the sole driver of tax rates, but all countries with such programs have income taxes significantly higher than the U.S. Of particular note, these numbers suggest that as tax burdens for free college programs increase, enrollment actually decreases.

 3) Foreigners, including Americans, take advantage of Germany’s free education.

Part of Germany’s free college plan was to attract foreign students to  get an education and join the workforce. On paper, students should pay for themselves if they stay in Germany for at least five years paying German taxes. While foreigners flock to Germany’s free schools for cheap degrees, they generally take their skills back home with them. Germans have referred to this debacle using words like ‘brain drain’ and ‘exodus from Germany.’

Americans students are doing this in droves, As noted by NPR, more than 4,000 Americans were studying in Germany in 2015. This number represents a 56% increase since 2003. A perusal of this WaPo comment section shows how many Americans are all for studying in Germany. Very few, if any, have intentions on staying in Germany for 5+ years. This BBC article includes a step by step plan of how to make German workers pay for your education.

In 2015, the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVC), a German think tank, published a report detailing the perilous nature of the country’s free college system.

The report found that while nearly 80% of the over 300,000 international students currently in school said that they were sure they wanted to stay in Germany, more than half  of these international students leave Germany after their studies. International students in Germany are also 13% more likely to drop out than German nationals.  (41% to 28%)

4) Too many students are taking non-career courses and spending too much time in school.

The Local, which offer’s Germany’s news in english, explains that many students in German universities are spending six years just to finish undergraduate programs before diving into “lengthy masters course(s).”  With such inexpensive school, many students becomes career students, spending years and years studying largely unmarketable topics while never gaining experiences needed for employment.

The problem of the perpetual student is not unique to Germany. However, is is notorious in Deutschland. So much in fact, that Germans use the word, “Dauerstudenten”  (Eternal student) to describe these people.

The dauerstudenten epidemic has faced serious concern in Germany, including this interview with a man named Wulf Müller-Wildberg, who attended 57 semesters of free college. You can read the interview yourself, but unless you sprechen sie deutsch, a (rough) google translated version will help you decipher. Here are a few highlights from said (rough) translation (Did I mention that the translation is rough?):

Interviewer: Mr. Müller-Wildberg, which courses you have taken since 1974?

Müller-Wildberg”At that time I had already trained as a gardener behind me. However, because of “chronic underperformance” I get since I was 31 years old, an early pension. So I could begin to study. That the pension was more luck than brains.”

“After four semesters English and German to become a teacher at the University of Munich I changed but for medicine. After 14 semesters at the University of Giessen, although I have taken exams, but not my approbation. Since then I study a little psychology, philosophy and Portuguese in Munich”

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Interviewer: Did you never have a bad conscience that you take young candidates to study space?

Müller-Wildberg: “I never had, because getting enough people could study medicine.The state simply does too little for the disabled. A study course and a long study, I found only fair. Furthermore, I have not even exhausted all possibilities. For medicine I am specially changed after casting. Had I submitted my severely handicapped, I could have stayed in Munich.”

 

 

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