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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why We Need More Immigrants

Because Americans are, alas, no longer as smart? as well-educated, nor as motivated, as foreigners.*  The latest evidence, from Virginia's usually MIA United States Senator Mark Warner:
A small but crucial immigration reform
Roanoke Times editorial

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner joked this week that he "didn't get the memo you're supposed to take presidential election years off." Fortunately, such partisan pablum seems to get stuck in the Virginia Democrat's spam filter.

Warner's latest bipartisan project brings together fellow Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Jerry Moran of Kansas. The four senators introduced legislation Tuesday to encourage startup companies through targeted tax incentives and smarter use of university research initiatives. But the central focus of the Startup Act 2.0 is an effort to modernize a small but crucial slice of U.S.immigration policy.

The bill calls for the creation of two new visas for legal immigrants: an entrepreneur's visa that allows foreign-born business talent to remain in this country and create jobs, and a STEM visa for U.S.-educated men and women with post-graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The legislation also eliminates a restrictive cap on the number of employment-based immigrant visas that can be issued to individuals from a single country.

The goal motivating Warner and his colleagues is to solve what researchers at Duke University have termed a reverse brain drain. A university analysis found that a quarter of technology and engineering companies created in the United States from 1995 to 2005 had a foreign-born CEO or top technology executive. Those companies collectively employed 450,000 workers in 2005.

Many more highly skilled immigrants and would-be entrepreneurs from India, Britain, China, Taiwan and Japan are waiting for permanent resident visas. Only about 120,000 visas are available annually for skilled foreign-born workers, and no more than 7 percent of that number can go to immigrants from any one country. That means entrepreneurs from India and China are returning to their home countries to establish businesses or moving to places with more flexible immigration laws like Canada, Singapore, Dubai and Australia. [link]
It shouldn't have to be like this. But we've done it to ourselves. American students graduate - with honors ... - and are functionally stupid. And unmotivated. Except where video games are concerned.

So we find ourselves in need of foreigners to keep us in the lifestyle to which we've become accustomed.

Kinda reminds me of the story of the last days of Imperial Rome.

Anyway, here's to Mark Warner for addressing a problem worth addressing. We need more immigrants.**

* Obvious evidence that we need to pour another few hundred billion into that education rat hole.
** Just not the uneducated, unskilled ones from Mexico.

My God

Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry and "necessarily" drive electricity rates through the roof.  He has succeeded:
Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill
By Phil Kerpen, Fox News

Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.

Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants are now generating just 36 percent of U.S. electricity, versus 44.6 percent just one year ago. It’s the result of an unprecedented regulatory assault on coal that will leave us all much poorer.

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.

Why the massive price increases? Andy Ott from PJM stated the obvious: “Capacity prices were higher than last year's because of retirements of existing coal-fired generation resulting largely from environmental regulations which go into effect in 2015.” Northern Ohio is suffering from more forced coal-plant retirements than the rest of the region, hence the even higher price. These are not computer models or projections or estimates. These are the actual prices that electric distributors have agreed to pay for new capacity. The costs will be passed on to consumers at the retail level.

House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) aptly explained: “The PJM auction forecasts a dim future where Americans will be paying more to keep the lights on. We are seeing more and more coal plants fall victim to EPA’s destructive regulatory agenda, and as a result, we are seeing more job losses and higher electricity prices.”

The only thing that can stop this massive price hike now is an all-out effort to end Obama’s War on Coal and repeal this destructive regulatory agenda. [link]
This goes beyond disaffected coal industry workers (and former workers) here in Appalachia. This effort of Obama's to put everyone on his welfare roles is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams.

The questions now are: Will the average utility bill - around the Midwest in particular - triple next winter? Quadruple?

Is a $3,000-a-month average home heating bill out of the question?

And will our president devise another welfare program (ObamaCare II?) to combat that?

My God. Tell me this isn't happening.

Headline of the Day

Ouch.  This is not the kind of stuff that'll get your skinny ass on Mt. Rushmore:

Rough Night… Obama Loses 36 Arkansas Counties to Unknown Democrat – Loses 67 Kentucky Counties to “Uncommitted”

Ya gotta admit, "Uncommitted" and "Unknown Democrat" did run the more effective campaigns.

These Guys Rock(ed)

I bring you this video from 1974 for only one reason.  One of the performers - Mark Farner - was - in the eighties - my next-door neighbor.  Enjoy with me "We're an American Band":




Great stuff.

At The Same Time Liberals Drive Jobs Away ...

... Potlatch, by God, Idaho welcomes them with open arms:
Idaho town seeks to lure gun and ammo makers
Associated Press

Potlatch, Idaho (AP) — This small community in the forested, western foothills of the Rocky Mountains was created as a company town to house workers for the nation's largest white pine sawmill, and its tidy homes and straight, tree-lined streets are a testament to its planners.

But the town has slumbered since the Potlatch Lumber Co. mill closed in 1981, and was searching for an economic future when an ammunition maker decided last year to move its operations from the liberal Seattle area to this more conservative region.

The move by PNW Arms was like a signal flare to business and political leaders in the town of 800 people, who were in the process of trying to determine what industry would be best to pursue.

"We were in the middle of doing our marketing plan at the time and decided that firearms is the niche we would recommend," said Gary White of Kennewick, Wash., a business marketing consultant who is helping develop the town's pitch to gun makers.

Potlatch, they decided, would go from timber town to gun town. It would try to lure firearms and ammunition makers, and plans also called for hunting-themed housing and retail development.

"It will help draw some out-of-towners and out-of-staters," Mayor David Brown said.

Potlatch's efforts piggyback on a national trend in which firearms-friendly states are trying to pry gun and ammo makers out of the Midwest and Northeast, where some states have more restrictive gun laws.

The Idaho Department of Commerce is making firearms manufacturers a recruiting priority. The state recently passed a law that protects firearms makers from liability lawsuits or excessive regulation, White said.

"Lots of states are anti-firearms states," White said. "That is what Idaho is playing against, positioning itself as a firearms friendly state." [link]
Seattle doesn't need to fight for jobs. Not as long as Boeing and Microsoft are there. Not until Boeing and Microsoft have transferred all their employment opportunities overseas. Then Seattle will be back with hat in hand.

Until then, Potlatch, Idaho will be livin' large.

Here's to the savvy folks there.

We Are Winning Where It Counts

"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."
-- Plato --

As I've said many times over the years, we win the abortion battle not in some courtroom but in the hearts of the American citizenry.  The wrinkled old prunes who sit on our highest court will eventually get the message.  Ours is, after all, a plea to save little children from certain and horrific death.

That effort is paying off:
‘Pro-choice’ Americans found in record-low minority
By Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times

A record low 41 percent of Americans identify themselves as “pro-choice” on abortion, according to a poll released Wednesday, while the number of Americans who say they are “pro-life” bounced back into the majority.

The results from the Gallup Poll survey confirm a sharp turnaround in personal attitudes about abortion in the 17 years since the polling firm first asked the question. In 1995, the first year of the poll, 56 percent of respondents described themselves as pro-choice on abortion, compared with 33 percent who were pro-life.

Pollsters and social scientists say they cannot say for sure why views have shifted, nor is it clear that Americans will maintain these positions.

But pro-life advocates quickly cheered the news that 50 percent of Americans describe themselves as pro-life, while pro-choice supporters noted that the same Gallup Poll survey found little or no movement on key measures about whether abortion is acceptable or should be made illegal. [link]
Illegal or not, the practice is wrong.

It's not about the law. The law is irrelevant. It's about saving lives. The lives of precious children.

Shoulder on. It's just a matter of time ...

They See What They Want To See

Here's a bit of news.  The government of Turkey has acquired an archaeological artifact that will bring about the collapse of Christianity.  So says the Muslim press in Iran.  It's a discovery that is so earth-shattering that  the Turkish military has been summoned to guard it, out of fear that its existence would prompt Christian thieves to try and steal it, to destroy it.

Eek.

In other life-as-we-know-it-coming-to-an-end news of the day ...

For the love of God.

Real Bright

I'm reminded of the turbulent 60's, when African-Americans were so upset with racist America that they torched black-owned businesses, black-owned vehicles, and black-owned homes in Detroit, Watts, D.C., Newark, Harlem, and on and on.

I know.  I know.  It didn't make a whole lot of sense back then either.

Well, something of the sort occurred again just the other day.  But this "riot" didn't have anything to do with black people or that racist America that seems to still thrive in the age of Obama.  The latest riot came about as disaffected leftists decided to destroy property belonging to San Francisco leftists.

Take that, Rush Limbaugh:
Trashed Mission District businesses want answers
Vivian Ho, Ellen Huet,Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle

Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage.

Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night.

Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level police officials met to find a better way to handle out-of-control crowds. [link]
Police officers escorting rioters to the scene of carnage. Only in Leftist Nirvana. Otherwise known as San Francisco.

We should probably feel sorry for those shop owners. They didn't deserve this.

On the other hand, if you lie down with dogs ...

Typical

With shades of Al Gore:

Oh the irony! The Voice judge Will.i.am turns up to climate change debate... in a huge gas-guzzling helicopter

Typical entertainer. He sincerely wants everyone else to do his and her part to end global warming. But he's just too important to join them. So off he goes ...