Lion of the Blogosphere

The case for Trump

Given that we now know that Trump doesn’t know what policy positions are on his own website, the question is, what does he really believe, and does that make him too scary to be president?

Well one thing that Trump believes in is holding people responsible for things they have control over. For example:

Making Mexico pay for the wall: If millions of illegal immigrants, some of them criminals, plus drugs and other contraband, are pouring across the border, surely Mexico holds some responsibility for stopping that, don’t they?

Muslims: Radical Islamic terrorism is a real problem. Who is really going to change the attitude that’s prevalent in Islam (even though a minority viewpoint) that jihad against infidels is commanded by Allah? Is it the Christians and atheists in the United States? Of course not, it has to come from the Islamic establishment who are not doing their job. Not allowing Muslims into the United States for a while sends a proper message to the Islamic establishment that they need to get their act together.

Deporting illegal aliens: They came here illegally. What did they expect would happen? Trump doesn’t care about sob stories about splitting up families and the “unfairness” of sending someone back to their home country after living here for a decade.

These are very conservative attitudes that Trump has, the very opposite of how leftists view the world. This is a really good thing.

Trump also believes in winning. It’s not just a campaign slogan. Trump views a lot of things in a zero-sum manner in which there are winners and losers, such as trade deals with China and the negotiations with Iran about their nuclear weapons. Trump, who Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert believes is a “Master Persuader,” and who literally wrote the book on making deals, is the person we should want negotiating for the United States.

Trump doesn’t believe in the global warming scam. As Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert said, “If you want to spot a hoax, you might want an expert who operates in the third dimension, where reason is an illusion and cognitive dissonance is the landscape. That person is trained to filter reason from illusion. He is also trained to know how persuasion influences large groups, such as the scientific community, and science-loving voters. That guy is Trump. And he says climate change is an illusion.”

I like a president who is that perceptive and doesn’t fall for whatever leftwing bull**** the liberal media is trying to push on us. Trump is immune to political correctness. Political correctness is a type of persuasion. As a “Master Persuader,” he is immune to persuasion himself.

Another overall benefit is that Trump doesn’t believe any of the policy stuff on his website. That’s unfortunate with respect to H-1B stuff on which Trump disappointed us at the debate. It’s clear to me that he personally has a pretty establishment viewpoint on legal immigration. But remember that every other candidate also has the same establishment viewpoint. Jeff Sessions isn’t running for President. However, the symbolism of a vote for Trump is that it will be interpreted as a vote against immigration. If you are against immigration, there is still no better choice than Trump. Not by a longshot.

The silver lining in the cloud of Trump’s ignorance is that he also doesn’t believe any of the other dumb stuff which was written by various TrueCon/libertarian policy wonks writing their fantasy policies.

Regarding Obamacare, if Trump is too lazy to even learn about his immigration plan, which was the very first plan he posted on his website and has been his signature campaign issue and isn’t even that complicated, you can be sure that Trump knows practically nothing about Obamacare which is a lot more complicated. The only thing he knows is that:

1. Republicans hate Obamacare and want it repealed.
2. Justice Roberts voted in favor of it and TrueCons hate him because of that.

But when Trump says what he actually thinks about healthcare, it’s obviously not in sync with conservative orthodoxy. We need to wait to see what Trump says about healthcare after he wins the Republican nomination and no longer needs to suck up to conservatives. There’s a good chance that the message will change. Also, once he becomes president, dealing with complicated issues like healthcare will be delegated to experts. But we don’t know what experts Trump will delegate too. I hope that Trump will delegate to businessmen type of people and not to conservative ideologues.

I wish that Trump could act more presidential. I would say that he’s either unable to, or not willing to put in the effort to change his style. I think that’s not likely to change. However, the benefit of Trump’s demeanor is that it really sticks it to the mainstream media and their political correctness. The country will survive it. We survived other uncouth presidents like Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson. Trump’s low-class style doesn’t mean he’s more likely to start a war than Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump is the only Republican still running who demonstrates a moderate manner when he talks about Putin. I trust him a lot more not to get into a nuclear war with Russia than Rubio who said he would shoot down Russian planes in Syria if he were president. Rubio is the scary guy, not Trump.

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Trump University is seedy, but Hillary is far more seedy than Trump. There are few honest politicians. Ron Paul was honest, but too nutty to be president. Bernie is honest, but he’s not going to be nominated, and there’s also the problem that he honestly believes a lot of the left-wing Koolaid that is ruining our society. Trump is the only person to vote for.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

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  1. We need to wait to see what Trump says about healthcare after he wins the Republican nomination and no longer needs to suck up to conservatives

    He still needs them before the election, because he needs their votes. The test is what he says and does after the election.


    March 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

  2. the media always blames men for everything. this is part of what the trump revolution is about: fighting SJW lies.


    March 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

    • Trump may be a small step in the right direction but he constantly brags about how great he would be for women. It’ll be years before a major politician ever openly advocates using the government to help men in some way. Even anti single mother rhetoric is a dead end at this point, especially for someone with supporters like Trump’s.

      Clinton will at a minimum make some very unpleasant people very happy but she still may be the best choice.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  3. I don’t think Trump “has a pretty establishment viewpoint on legal immigration”. I think he truly has an “America first” view on legal immigration. If high skill, highly educated immigrants want to come here, they’ll probably be permitted since it is likely to be a net gain for America. And if we have an economic boom and true unemployment drops down to less than 5%, he’d probably let a lot more Mexicans in. But in our current economic climate, I’m confident Trump will restrict legal immigration of low skill workers in order to raise the wages of American workers, and that is NOT an establishment view.

    Great Again

    March 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • With all the talk about immigration and the American WORKER why not ask how many illegals aren’t even working but are simply living off American tax payer’s money??

      Somalis in Minnesota and Maine, how many on welfare and how many are here LEGALLY?

      The biggest problem for me about Trump is that he is intellectually lazy and probably not all that bright. The vulgarity is embarrassing but he’s been on and been listening to Howard Stern for 30 years so he thinks it’s no big deal.

      What’s going to happen when Trump is forced in debate to give substantial answers to difficult questions? When questioned on stage next to Hillary will he just be a belligerent, rude, unqualified old blowhard who embarrasses himself?

      Will the voters care?


      March 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      • If he can make it through 11 GOP debates while under enormous scrutiny then he can go toe to toe with Hillary. There is plenty of dirty laundry to air out to dry when that time comes. And people will eat it up when he nails her to the wall, including a lot of Bernie supporters. I think many underestimate how much of a landslide victory this could wind up being.


        March 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

      • The biggest problem for me about Trump is that he is intellectually lazy and probably not all that bright.

        1. How did he get into Wharton — and graduate?
        2. The WORST Presidents in American history have been the (supposedly) “most intelligent” ones – including Wilson, Carter, and Obama.


        March 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  4. “I like a president who is that perceptive and doesn’t fall for whatever leftwing bull**** the liberal media is trying to push on us. Trump is immune to political correctness. Political correctness is a type of persuasion.”

    Trump: The Anti-SJW President™


    March 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

  5. “If you are against immigration, there is still no better choice than Trump. Not by a longshot.”

    I really don’t know how you can conclude this. All of the candidates have been on every side of the immigration debate in the past. All of the candidates are now pitching themselves as the ultimate anti-illegal hardliner.

    The ONLY way you can say Trump is the best choice on this issue is if you believe Trump is the most honest and unbending candidate. And that seems like a very far-fetched notion.


    March 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

    • Not exactly true. Only Trump and Cruz are immigration hardliners. Yes, you can argue that both of their positions were far more murky in the past, but can anyone top as an immigration plan the one that Trump has posted on his website? That’s better than I ever could have dreamed possible.

      And EVERY OTHER CANDIDATE are pro amnesty open borders types. Sure, they all say “control the border” but only after tens of millions of illegals are legalized. And since they don’t want to split up families, why really would they control the border ever? There will always be families separated by the border as long as there are people on our side who were born somewhere else.

      Trump isn’t a guarantee but Cruz isn’t winning anything and everyone else will sell us out.

      Mike Street Station

      March 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      • No one is running on citizenship for illegals.


        March 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      • No one is running on citizenship for illegals.

        Anything other than full repatration of illegals equates to amnesty and citizenship essentially. Even if it doesn’t happen right away, it will happen as sure as the sun rises in the east.

        It’s Trump or bust on immigration.

        Andrew E.

        March 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      • “Only Trump and Cruz are immigration hardliners.”

        Actually Cruz is running on the same platform as Hillary and Bernie on immigration. He wants you to think otherwise so he isn’t saying it clearly but it’s right there in his debate answers.

        When Cruz talks about how he will deny citizenship to illegals and deport criminal illegals, that means he’s in favor of immediate blanket amnesty. The key to understanding him is that if the controversy is over citizenship, that means work permits and green cards are assumed to be handed out to everyone. Otherwise citizenship wouldn’t even be a question. Deporting felons has been Obama’s policy, the key thing that makes him more strict than Bush who wouldn’t even consistently deport illegal felons. but very few illegals are felons.

        The ‘path to citizenship’ controversy was invented for Go8 by the pro-amnesty Republicans. The idea was to define the controversy as whether illegals would vote — as only citizens can — so Republicans could support amnesty without losing elections right away when illegals vote against them. The publicity benefit was that you could sell total amnesty, unlimited work permits, and free green cards to the cheap labor lobby and still claim to be patriotic and a border enforcer by inveighing against the path to citizenship.

        Whenever a politician talks about the path to citizenship — whether for or against — that means he’s a total amnesty sellout. That’s Cruz’s game.

        If he were against amnesty, he’d be talking about mass deportations of illegals that work and aren’t in trouble because being illegal is illegal enough. He wouldn’t be talking about how fast they get citizenship.

        And while Trump may want to limit instead of cancel the H1-B program, Cruz is on record wanting it expanded fivefold.


        March 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      • Andrew:

        What if “full repatriation” of illegals is immediately followed by their return to America with a clean slate? Though the “big beautiful door” in the wall? Because clearly that’s a kind of amnesty as well, and that’s the Trump position.


        March 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

      • What if “full repatriation” of illegals is immediately followed by their return to America with a clean slate? Though the “big beautiful door” in the wall? Because clearly that’s a kind of amnesty as well, and that’s the Trump position

        Trump’s repatriation plan will reveal the true number of illegals being several times the 11 million figure we’ve been hearing about for over a decade. Once the reality of the situation is laid bare for all the see, the calculus as to how many can come back will change completely. Suddenly the nation will be much more cautious about who we let in and the entire conversation will take place within the context of the national interest. Trump is the only one serious about immigration.

        Andrew E.

        March 6, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    • Trump’s forcible ejection of activist-anchorman Jorge Ramos, the hostile foreign agent posing as a naturalized US citizen, shows us what he’s made of. No other R candidate ever had the balls to do that, despite Ramos’ obvious longtime hatred for core Americans and his inability to understand us.

      In fact, every other R candidate cuckily gives Ramos social proof by sitting for interviews with him and trying to “woo” him.

      Allan Wall of VDare speaks Spanish and was exposing this guy long before he was on most people’s radar.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      • God that was awesome. Thanks for reminding us what Trump did to Ramos.

        Andrew E.

        March 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      • Mexican immigrants, illegal or otherwise, are not the problem. In fact, their presence makes everything from produce and clothing to lawn care and house-cleaning services more affordable. Trump’s bigoted charges against them are a cynical sideshow that willfully ignores the kind of immigration that will really destroy America – the H1b’ers from India and other such places that are decimating IT, a field that might have had promise once as the last bulwark of the vanishing middle class. You’re foolishly applauding a bigot’s inability to face the consequences of his own completely wrongheaded demagoguery.

        The Whale

        March 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      • The Whale: Your utter lack of concern for the American lower class is sickening. Mexican immigration, legal and illegal, has destroyed the job markets for the marginal. Their over-dependence on government programs and assistance and health care are making it increasingly difficult for America to care for our own poor. Shame on you.

        Andrew E.

        March 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    • Have you been living under a rock for the last year?

      Who broke open the Overton window on immigration in the first place? Who did Jeff Sessions endorse? Do you think your judgment on this issue is better than Sessions’s?

      Yes, Trump is a con artist. But I believe that he has convincingly demonstrated over the past year that he is a *repentant* con artist, now using his skills to represent the neglected American working class to the best of his ability. I think there is an abundance of evidence for this. Combine this with the extraordinarily large number of new voters he can attract in the general election that Cruz/Rubio/etc. don’t have a prayer of attracting (greatly exceeding the number of “principled” conservatives who’d stay home), and I don’t think your position is defensible. But feel free to try.


      March 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      • Trump actually made Cruz. Cruz is simply riding on Trump’s coattails, deftly fooling people into thinking he is against immigration.

        And why assume Trump is a con artist? Maybe he had his Road to Damascus moment? After all, is Carl Icahn a con artist as well? He supports Trump?

        Maybe Trump/Icahn were eating at a fine restaurant, then enjoying cigars outside while noticing how much the city has changed compared to their youth?

        Cruz will abandon his immigration policies as soon as his wife does not get invited to all to the righ DC dinner parties.


        March 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm

  6. I was pretty dismayed by Trump’s walkback on H1Bs in the debate, but after chewing it over there’s still no one better to vote for. Kasich and Rubio are obvious nonstarters; they’d pass total amnesty if they thought they could get away with it. Cruz would not, but his history on H1Bs is even worse than Trump’s waffling and I think at heart he’s just a cheap labor lobbyist with TruCon trimmings. He doesn’t really mind illegal immigration as such, so long as the illegals don’t get citizenship and vote against his precious principles. Having a non-voting underclass to drive down wages while a Neo-Confederate aristocracy wields TruCon power would be ideal for him, I think.

    So that leaves Trump, who will surely disappoint to an unknown degree, but he has at least hired Sessions to write policy for him, and his quick “clarification” does at minimum show we have his ear and our side would have a voice at the table when policy is hammered out. No one else offers that. It’s also important, I think, to vote for Trump to demonstrate that the immigration vote is real and has to be reckoned with from here on out.

    It’s noteworthy that Trump rarely, if ever, talks about the effect mass immigration has on wages and jobs, which is the most potent argument with cross-party appeal. I don’t think it resonates with him. What stirs his ire is the increased crime some of these undesirables bring over, and the national humiliation the USA suffers by being such an easy mark that foreigners can walk over the border openly with little repercussion and flaunt our laws. It’s a view rooted in nationalism, but unfortunately he would probably be satisfied by merely building a wall and hefting up the border patrol. That’s important, a huge advance over the current situation, but leaves a lot on the table.


    March 5, 2016 at 10:38 am

    • Cruz is a sleazy lawyer. He knows his argument of giving illegals everything except citizenship is a fig leaf. It would fall after a few liberal attacks as cruel and unfair, second-class citizens, neo-slavery, etc. I agree with Lion and can only vote for Trump.


      March 5, 2016 at 11:51 am

    • “It’s noteworthy that Trump rarely, if ever, talks about the effect mass immigration has on wages and jobs”

      Oh, he does talk about it — he just talks about it from the other side. A great way for businessmen like him to save money with cheap labor. He said as much in the last debate, even.

      You’re absolutely right about how he conceptualizes the problem, though. I’d also note that his main talking point on illegal immigration — the need for a giant wall on the Mexican border — also seems grounded in a rather old fashioned, 19th century nation-state way of looking at the world. The reasons why this country has such a large illegal immigration problem are a lot more complicated than just “no one is guarding the border.” Most illegals are simply over-staying some sort of visa, including those temporary work visas Trump says he needed to staff his Florida resort.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      • I believe that a larger number of illegals have snuck across the border and that the official count underestimates the true number of illegal aliens living here.

        Our complete lack of enforcement of immigration laws is what encourages people to overstay their visas instead leave, so that will also be stopped if Trump enforces the immigration laws, which is what he wants to do.

      • Illegals overstay their visas because there is no penalty for overstaying.
        There is also no penalty for the employers who hire them,
        Trump may very well fix this.

        In Eastie, Trump support stokes fear

        “The fear is that he wins and then they grab you and send you back,” Melvin, a bleary-eyed 19-year-old immigrant here without papers from El Salvador, said as he waited for his clothes to dry after working the graveyard shift cleaning a restaurant. “Anyone will tell you that.”

        Nedd Ludd

        March 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      • Well there are legal penalties, but Obama and the liberal establishment refuse to enforce them.

      • Is Trump running in response to fears of illegal immigration or is he running to fight the realities of illegal immigration?


        March 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  7. The argument that Trump knows something about global warming is extremely stupid. Other arguments make sense.

    As someone who lives in Tel Aviv, I wonder what you think about Trump and Israel. Some of his supporters really despise Israel and Jews.


    March 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    • Trump was the Grand Marshal of the Israel parade and supports Benjamin Netanyahu.

      • For all his other sins, Trump has never done anything, ANYTHING to indicate he is anti-semitic. Neo-nazi internet weirdos are simply projecting their own deranged Fuhrer fantasies onto the man.

        I mean, have you seen crap like this? These sorts of people are an undeniable faction of the Trump base, but they seem insane.


        March 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      • Jonathan,

        I think you should be worrying about what happens to Israel when China becomes the world’s super/hyper power.


        March 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      • Trump should take a page from Geert Wilders and make explicitly pro-Isarael statements on a regular basis. It won’t win him much Jewish support, but it will at least undercut the bogus arguments that he’s anti-Semitic and the second coming of Hitler.

        He should also echo Sessions by pointing out that working class Blacks and Hispanics are hurt very much by mass immigration (both legal and illegal).

        Lewis Medlock

        March 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    • You should meet some of those “people” that vote Dem. And “as someone who lives in Tel Aviv”, the next time you’re here, I’ll pick you up and drop you off in Baltimo’. Unnastan’?


      March 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    • And PS, you should have just gone right to the Nazi stuff. Getting slow, you useful tool. Getting slow…


      March 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    • Some of his supporters really despise Israel and Jews.

      All the really intense Jew- and Israel-haters are Democrats.


      March 5, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      • The Stormfront people are the most intense Jew haters and they vote Republican.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      • “All the really intense Jew- and Israel-haters are Democrats.”

        I’m on some political forums so I see a lot of Jew hating from the left, and I view a lot of alt right sites and see a lot of Jew hating from the right. Although they are both Jew hating, it’s totally different types. The left hates Israel and wants it destroyed because they see it as a European colony in the peaceful middle east. They view all of the problems of the middle east as the result of Israel coming in and stealing all the land with the developed roads, infrastructure, manufacturing, universities…leaving the poor downtrodden Palestinians in the slums. Palestinians = underdog therefore the good guys.

        With the right it seems like it’s the old fashioned pre WW2 Jewish conspiracy theory. Jews are running or trying to run the world, and to do that they need to destroy white gentiles.

        Mike Street Station

        March 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

  8. Lion,

    To me, one of the biggest cases for Trump is his ability and proven willingness to shift the Overton window. Liberals have been controlling all debate for years, and they control the education system and media. Establishment Republicans constantly shift to be “moderate” and use liberal talking points.

    If Trump hadn’t shifted the conversation, the candidates would all still be running on what level of amnesty they support and would still be telling us how all the new citizens will be voting Republican (as if that would be meaningful even if they did).

    But importantly, he’s talking about issues that are important to me and the many Americans: immigration, trade, non-neocon foreign policy. He’s proven that most Republicans don’t care about BS issues that the establishment says are important like capital gains taxes, elimination of the Ex-Im bank, cutting entitlements, and eminent domain. I think he has permanently exposed the disconnect between the party and the base and it will be difficult to go back to the way it was. But we’ll have to see.


    March 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    • I will never forget one of the debates where Carly Fiorina was running. There were lots of foreign policy questions.

      When removing Trump from the conversation, the entire Republican field was basically amnesty combined with mass immigration combined with Middle Eastern war on three fronts (Syria/Russia/Iran) combined with a potential nuclear exchange with Russia.

      I kid you not.


      March 6, 2016 at 12:05 am

  9. You’re forgetting what I think is the most important part. Trump could create a sort of cultural revolution. Political correctness means that there are a lot of issues we can’t even discuss reasonably as a society, like why there’s income inequality, what kind of immigrants we want or what to do about crime. He’ll use the bully pulpit to say cops = good and criminals = bad, for example. It’s not about one policy position, but the terms of the debates we have.

    President Trump would change the culture in ways we can’t predict. I think having a president that says things that are un-PC would probably embolden others to speak their minds. The next time cops shoot a thug, we could have the president say he got what he deserved, which will lead others to think the same thing.

    How did liberals win the culture? By having people with status show super sensitivity to groups protected by PC. How can we change it back? By tackling this evil directly, not accommodating it.

    A couple more points:

    I was most encouraged by his anti-Merkel stances. To Rubio and Jeb!, she’s a great leader and part of Western civilization. To Trump, she’s a crazy woman destroying her country. Europe is going to be ripped apart by differences over immigration. Which faction do you want the US to support?

    Finally, there’s abortion. Trump pretends to be pro-life, but Cruz actually wants to criminally investigate Planned Parenthood for contributing to medical research rather than throwing baby parts in the garbage.


    March 5, 2016 at 11:13 am

  10. I guess I will vote for him. Doesn’t it take an uncouth personality to counter the silliness of political correctness? Yesterday Romney was hammering Trump about calling Mexicans rapists, making fun of disabled reporters and not letting Muslims immigrate to the US. He sounded like a social justice warrior. Cruz was no better. Neither was Rubio. An establishment guy would never be able to fight that fight for us. Trump can brawl.


    March 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

    • I heard that. It was the interview on Bloomberg Radio, right? Romney conflated Republican and Conservative like they’re synonymous. Now that’s fraud right there. Man, that Bloomberg operation is cheesy as hell. There was a funny one this morning where a former Boston Globe editor responsible for the “Spotlight” expose was being interviewed by the doltish Arthur Leavitt. You could almost hear the guy saying, “wow, these questions are stupid.”

      Harvard Hates America

      March 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    • It takes an uncouth personality to play the media and get attention but it takes a much more traditional persona to actually attract voters over the long term and govern effectively.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      • Nah, that’s just wishful thinking. People worship and obey bullies.


        March 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      • I’ll take a chance on a patriotic billionaire. Weren’t all the early American elections uncouth anyway? I like uncouth. It’s more real. It’s not trying to cover anything up. It’s hanging out in the open, unable to hide its true self, revealing all its embarrassing secrets like some guy with stubby ring fingers.

        “Presidential” to me is not presidential. It’s phony and politically correct. Remember how presidential people used to say Mitt was? Look at him now, the SJW that he is. All that presidential stuff was an act. Trump let’s you know what you’re going to get. That’s my definition of presidential — someone who is willing to talk directly to the American people. He’s not trying to fool them for votes and then, in a few years, it turns out he’s a liberal.


        March 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      • T: He loses hard against Hillary in polls.
        Dave: Which Trump are we gonna get? The debate Trump, the website Trump, or the rally Trump?

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        March 5, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    • @DB Immigration reduction is like Luke Skywalker taking down the death star. We get one shot. I don’t see reducing legal immigration as any more extreme than reducing illegal immigration. You don’t even need to argue that we need to reduce illegal immigration. That’s a given. It’s illegal. I also think we should start advocating the need to reduce “documented immigration.” Liberals have given us a gift. We no longer have to make the distinction between legal, a word with positive associations, and illegal, a word with negative associations. Everybody thinks arguing for less immigration is some impossible task. It’s nothing. The argument is easily winnable. The problem is that we have no voice. We just need a guy like Trump to slam that door open. That’s why we have to push him and Sessions now.


      March 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      • “Everybody thinks arguing for less immigration is some impossible task.”

        It was an impossible task in the pre Trump era. Now, we can actually discuss the topic. Notice that Cruz has shut up about his plans to increase HB-1’s 500% and now is trying to get to the right of Trump on that.

        Overton Window—shifted.

        Mike Street Station

        March 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm

  11. Why tackle both illegal and legal at once? It’s easier to go after illegal first since no new laws even have to be passed. There might be some new funding that is needed for enforcement but it that is different than new laws on who gets to come in.

    Later in his term he can start to work on legal immigration. You can’t do it all at once.


    March 5, 2016 at 11:17 am

    • Why not talk tough when people are in the mood for it? Then Trump will make himself beholden to that issue. Americans don’t care if we reduce legal immigration. They’re ambivalent to it. If we have a segment of our population making a big deal about it, they’ll go along. If you want to reduce legal immigration, now is your time. The opportunity might not be there later. You have to make the push now.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    • People always want to argue from weak positions and set themselves up for a loss. Arguing only to reduce illegal immigration is very weak. You have to do like Trump and set your sights higher. Argue for more than what you want so that even if you settle for less, you can still win. Trump’s demands right now are too low. I don’t think he even realizes how low they are.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      • Good point.Trump isn’t even following his negotiation tactics, unless he doesn’t really care about stopping legal immigration.


        March 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      • That’s a fair criticism, but you have to keep things in perspective. Trump is the main reason the Overton window has shifted as far as it has in the last year, however small of a shift you may think that is in the big scheme of things. His big ask had more actual impact than anything another politician in the race has done. Jeff Sessions, who has arguably done the most of any American to hold the fort against the malicious elites over the past few years, has endorsed Trump. If he withdraws his endorsement, I’ll definitely pay attention, but as is, do you trust your judgment more than Sessions’s?


        March 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      • @DB Did you see that article at Bloomberg? We could ask for anything we wanted on immigration and get it. We could ask to go back to a non-Ted Kennedy type of immigration policy and the American people would say fine. We’ve got to push hard now for everything. That Overtone window is wide open for us.


        March 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

  12. That is a very weak and logically flawed endorsement. You don’t know what he thinks about anything or who he will use to think for him but he’s still the best candidate. The fallacy in your argument is that you are assuming all the unknowns will resolve themselves in positive ways. There are enough variables that it’s possible he will end being a far worse president than any of the other candidates even if it is also possible that he would be the best.

    I’m leaning more and more towards the long term average of desirable outcomes: democratic president and republican congress. There are far worse things than a third Obama term which is what Clinton will likely deliver.

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    March 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

    • “You don’t know what he thinks about anything or who he will use to think for him”

      Actually, Trump’s thought processes are pretty transparent, based on the fact that he just says what he thinks instead of carefully preparing his policy positions the way that Hillary Clinton does. It’s Hillary who will say anything to get elected.

      • Oh of course Trump says exactly what he thinks unlike every other politician ever.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        March 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      • Yes, it’s obvious from his performances that he’s not thinking about what he SHOULD say, he’s popping off whatever is on his mind.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      • I don’t understand how you can say that someone who is constantly contradicting themselves is openly and honestly revealing how they feel. I agree that he’s a consummate bullshit article who honestly believes whatever he says when he’s saying it but I assume you meant something more substantial than that.

        Clinton is full of it but you still know what you’re going to get.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        March 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    • Dude, did you not watch the debates the other night? Trump clearly stated that he had a big fallacy.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    • It is unnecessary for all of the unknowns to resolve in a better-than-expected manner. Trump will negotiate for at least some table scraps for the American working class, especially if we remind him when he slips (he’s not perfect, he doesn’t remember everything an ideal presidential candidate is supposed to remember re: policy details, but as far as I can tell he’s honestly trying his best to represent the working class, which is why you see things like after Thursday’s debate). While Hillary is certain to continue trying to crush them with the globalist heel.

      Also, you seem to have forgotten about the Supreme Court. Democratic president + Republican Congress for 2020 could very well be justifiable. But there’s an open seat right now which must be filled with a serious conservative to preserve the court’s ideological balance. What’s the “long term average of outcomes” of the past several decades’ of Supreme Court decisions if you replace Scalia’s votes with that of a consistent liberal?

      This is not a close decision.


      March 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

  13. Can’t believe how nieve you are Lion.

    Trump is obviously making the sale, and will say anything to get elected. He is not interested in substantially making any changes. He will not build a wall in Mexico, and they will not pay for it obviously. He will not repeal Obama care. His taxes will be the same as Clinton or Obama.

    His position will be fluid, mainly by being a little more conservative than Clinton and triangulating like Bill Clinton did.

    I will be here a year from now, or even sooner, if Trump wins to mock you for falling for a snake oil salesman like Trump.


    March 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

    • “Trump is obviously making the sale, and will say anything to get elected.”

      Every politician except Bernie will say anything to get elected. But Trump has put the least effort into figuring out the “correct” things to say and just says what’s on his mind, so he’s actually more honest than any of the other politicians.

      • “Every politician except Bernie will say anything to get elected.”

        Even Bernie. When the race was just getting started he was calling for reduced immigration and saying that all lives matter.


        March 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      • He’s actually more honest? Lol

        Actually Trump is probably the biggest liar with Cruz being the most honest. Trump has flip flopped multiple times because he has no real set of core convictions. He is obviously saying whatever he needs to say to get elected.

        He just sounds more honest because he is trolling the media and it gives him antiestablishment cred. Then people like you think he is a white knight who will save them and assume all his lies will end up benefiting you.


        March 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      • “Flip-flopping” has nothing to do with dishonesty. Honest people change their minds.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      • “Even Bernie. When the race was just getting started he was calling for reduced immigration and saying that all lives matter.”

        Bernie changed his tune on that. I remember reading an interview with him on Vox back in August. He sounded like an old time union guy wanting to restrict immigration to save American jobs. The Dem establishment got his mind right though and now he is as anxious to tear down the border as Hillary.

        Mike Street Station

        March 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      • The danger with Trump is flip-flopping. The danger with everyone else is getting into office. We know what all of the non-Trump candidates are going to do.

        That’s scary enough.

        There is no down-side to Trump winning.


        March 6, 2016 at 12:18 am

    • If Trump just wanted more personal glory, there are many, many easier and cheaper ways to get it than running for President on a platform that horrifies political and media elites.

      No, he won’t deliver everything he has promised. Months ago, Scott Adams pointed out Trump’s consistent pattern of starting with a “big ask” and negotiating from there. *Thirty years ago*, Trump explicitly wrote about this practice. But Trump is the only credible candidate negotiating on behalf of the American working class at all. He will be able to get them something, on immigration and a few other issues where they’ve previously been locked out of the political process. It won’t be everything they wished for. But Hillary will give them nothing at all.


      March 5, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  14. Steve Hsu (on your blog roll) posted a1990 Playboy interview with Donald Trump (2/27/16). In it he seems to be the same person he is today. Example: “I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it’s literally going to cease to exist.”


    March 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    • Wow! That’s consistency and demonstrates my point about his belief system.

      • What do you think of Steve Hsu, Lion?


        March 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • He seems like a good guy, why?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      • I noticed you have him on your blogroll, but don’t recall posts about his stuff. Steve Sailer is sometimes in his comments field, but not everyone comments in their own name like he does.


        March 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  15. I’ve listed my own arguments for being pro Trump here. And yes, he has a lot of flaws, but he’s simply the best and last shot at getting our borders under control. Once another amnesty is passed, Texas goes blue and there will never be another Republican President. Not that it would matter at that point. A lot of bad public policy can be reversed, but who you let in here to live can’t be. The damage is permanent.

    Mike Street Station

    March 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  16. there are too many assumptions here. we don’t know what trump believes or if he even cares.

    james n.s.w

    March 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • Running for President is not a walk in the park. Doing so while trying to represent people whose concerns have been systematically locked out of the American political process for decades is excruciating. I suspect that no candidate in history has ever been subject to as many high-profile unfair attacks, this long before the actual election, as Trump.

      Yes, Trump is a con artist with a huge ego, and now he wants to be in the history books. But I think there’s abundant evidence that he’s a *repentant* con artist. He is using his skills to represent the American working class to the best of his ability. That ability is not unlimited–Cruz can clearly be expected to have a better command of policy details than Trump, for example. But Trump’s overall package is greatly superior to Cruz, Rubio, etc.

      So, many of Lion’s specific assumptions may be incorrect. But it doesn’t matter. You really only need one assumption, that he’s fighting for the American working class and will negotiate for at least table scraps for them. Hillary obviously won’t even give them table scraps.


      March 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  17. If all I knew about him was the people who hated him, that would be enough.


    March 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm

  18. I broadly agree. A symbolic vote against immigration will encourage other politicians to merge onto the issue rather than accommodate the 2020 Sheldon Adelson hotel worker drive.

    Trump obviously likes legal immigration – LOOK AT HIS WIFE FFS. He’s mentioned in the past though about it coming from places like Europe/Australia etc so that is a plus. And he’s repeated the “good ones in” thing, which means highly skilled.

    It will send the cuckolds into a tailspin once other regions receive less green card quotas. The mass deportations and wall will be the popcorn fantasy stuff we’ve all been waiting for. A


    I think Trump is emotionally unstable in terms of pride and entreaties to aggression. If a world leader insulted him or cheated him on a deal or called him a pussy, we could expect to see wild threats of embargoes, airstrikes and the like. Plus most low testosterone PC foreign leaders in Europe would secretly hate him. Although the Slavic peoples would love him, and I suspect the African leaders too.

    The only major plus in foreign policy is that the neocons hate him with an intense passion and would not be a part of his administration, thus no invasion of Iran,Syria and Yemen. B-

    Trump wants to massively ramp up military spending which is a stupid and terrible idea. Nobody spends anywhere near the US. Terrorists don’t care about being outpsent. Its retarded. He’s talked about the levels of waste and fraud in the Pentagon though. And taking care of Veterans. C+

    Nobody talks about how much Trump dogwhistles on this issue to whites. The explicit unprovoked support of the police is a stern rebuttal of black lives matter. Trump gets on with Guiliani personally. Expect a Giuliani like approach to crime – stop and frisk, increased police aggression etc. Only downside is that Trump wouldnt legalise weed and free up police resources to deport illegals. B+

    I don’t think Trump believes in religion, 2nd amendment, and pro-life stances. These are for the primary. Other people out there will care a lot more about these issues than I do, but for me: A.

    Trump’s economic and tax plans are economically illiterate. They’re borderline intellectual insulting. His tax cuts favour the rich massively. The country would be bankrupt on that fiscal glidepath, taking into account his ringfence of social security, medicaid and medicare. I almost think, like his immigration plan, he hasn’t read his own plan, much less got a calculator out. I support protecting soc sec though. His stance for more financial deregulation is ridiculous, much less his stupid assertion that regulators are running the banks (so I guess record Wall Street profits these past few years should make them better businesspeople, right?). His anti-minimum wage and parental leave stance is more technically wrong, but suffice to say, disappointing. F

    Disagree with others here on climate change, but leaving that aside…breaking up the EPA and letting local hacks and bribed bureacrats regulate drinking water, pollution, industrial waste, energy generation etc is just asking for another Deepwater Horizon. F

    Supports free Veteran healthcare, emergency care, Medicare and past admirer of European healthcare. Closet single payer supporter I suspect but repealing Obamacare is a net negative if he can’t replace it with something better. B

    Trump will demolish political correctness. He will speak his mind. White men can come back to rescue the country from low IQ low impulse control idiots. The college protests, Oscarssowhite and race greivance industrial complex will finally get a tough test, from the president of the United States no less. A+

    Trump is better than every republican left and Hilary Clinton. But not better overall than Sanders. The other thing I don’t know is that while its great Trump can’t be bought, what is his stance on campaign finance? Thats probably the most important issue of them all. We shouldn’t be relying on billionaires to be taking populist stances considering about 5% of them will have these opinions.

    Let’s hope grassroots pressure drives him even more into populist territory. Thats the real divide – populist v plutocrat. Not left/right.

    The Philosopher

    March 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    • I don’t think that Trump believes enough in his website tax plan to actually develop it into legislation and push it through Congress. To the extent he even undertands what’s in it (and I believe, like you, that he did not take out a calculator or do any hard thinking about it), it’s a big ask to lead to negotiating something else.

      • Trump talks about the corporate tax plan all the time.

        Every other Republican talks constantly about personal income taxes and tax plans they will never be able to implement because they’re impossibly destructive to the budget.

        Trump talks only about corporate taxes. Corporate taxes are much more influential on economic activity (though the amount collected is smaller) because they define legal and condoned business practices. Businesses can rearrange themselves around corporate taxes much more than individuals can. And our current code pays our companies to move jobs overseas. That’s why Trump is talking about it.

        I don’t think he has any idea what’s in the individual side. He doesn’t care and it won’t become law anyway.


        March 6, 2016 at 3:38 am

    • You never address China.

      ” Nobody spends anywhere near the US.”

      China admits to spending 2% of GDP on the military. I don’t buy their statistics. I don’t believe them. They must be spending way more than that (of course, they steal a lot from us).

      The US spends 3.5% of GDP on military expenditures, down from 4.6% in 2011. Do some research before you bloviate, OK.

      And who gives a shit what some other bankrupt country’s ineffectual leader thinks of Trump? It’s what the Chinese would do with him the WH that’s important.

      Not that HRC would be better. Either way we are f’d.


      March 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    • More: As a % of GDP, Russia and Israel exceed the US.

      Again: I don’t trust the Chinese numbers. They lie about everything.

      I’m sick and tired of seeing alt-right talking points repeated unthinkingly.


      March 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    • Trump is spot on wrt Defense spending. His plan acknowledges the need to deter China from acting too aggressively in the Pacific, while keeping options dry. The US faces more threats than jihadis — as a global power the US needs at a minimum freedom of the seas which China, Russia, Turkey, and Iran at a minimum threaten.

      Trump’s policy of massive military buildup to deter foreign aggression without getting directly into wars was Ike’s policy. Note that Ike had Operation Chrome Dome, with armed nuclear bombers circling the Arctic 24/7 to deter any Soviet Attack, nuclear or non-nuclear.

      Historically nations have become targets when disarmed and been left alone (see Hitler’s aborted plan to invade Switzerland — doable but at the cost of half a million German soldiers) when well armed.

      Note that defense spending employees lots and lots of skilled blue collar Whites and lots and lots of White engineers and other white collar workers.


      March 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

  19. I understand your disappointment Lion of the Blogosphere. One must choose the best personality and the least bad program in the general outlook.

    If Trump is more “elite corporate ruling class”-senstive than you thought and hoped, it could be also a good safeguard considering his perceived temperament.

    There has never been a “ruler” that wouldn’t pactize with inside and international elites at some points, to continue to rule. They have to share the pie among them to survive. Because the true legitimacy is not in the people but in the mighty.

    Bruno from Paris

    March 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  20. Well put – agree with all your points and with Trump. I think what a lot of the Republican establishment types and the MSM in general don’t get is that many Republicans feel sold out and betrayed. The last two Republican administrations were disasters for the country and the GOP. Bush I promised not to raise taxes and then did so, causing a nasty recession and figuratively spitting in the faces of those who put him in office. His reelection campaign in 1992 garnered less than 38% of the vote. Way to go, George!

    After eight years of scandals, prevarication and debauchery from the Clintons, Bush II won (very narrowly) in 2000. He inherited a federal budget that was in surplus but soon began running up big deficits with useless trillion dollar wars and bloated new federal programs.

    In general, the Republicans have looked better in opposition than in running the government.

    Trump seems different – he appears to be a realist and a pragmatist. I just voted for him, and I hope he wins.

    Black Death

    March 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • Tax revenue was massively boosted in the 1990s because of big capital gains from a stock market bubble. And government spending benefited from the so-called peace dividend.

      That’s not to say that Clinton did anything bad (in fact, he really didn’t change anything much from Bush), or that GWB was any better. Just want to point out that Clinton gets too much credit for stuff that was just luck.


    “Since last fall, 717 of the apprehended children and teens have been transferred to the care of sponsors in Georgia, mostly in Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. That brings the Peach State’s total since 2013 to 3,792.Many have enrolled in public schools in North Georgia, sending educators scrambling to accommodate them. [Accommodate my ass. They attend Spanish-language classes. My non-English-speaking parents attended public schools where they just picked up the Bernie Sanders version of the English language naturally.]

    A 2008 anti-human trafficking law — signed by President George W. Bush — prevents the government from immediately deporting them. Instead, the government is required to feed, shelter and provide medical care to them until they can be released to the care of sponsors, who are usually relatives. Meanwhile, the children undergo deportation proceedings in federal immigration courts in Georgia and other states where they can seek relief to stay in the U.S.”

    I need blood pressure pills.


    March 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    • Yeah, and they all live within a 5 mile radius from me in Gwinnett and Dekalb counties. I’m sure the local mattress retailers are booming. The elementary school by my house has 90% English as 2nd language students. But somehow the school is still getting a higher independent rating than comparable ones in the region that are majority black — and even the poorest border jumper infused neighborhoods still have much, much less crime than the overwhelmingly black city limits of Atlanta.


      March 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

  22. as an australian, trump is important because australia just socially copies whatever the united states does with a ten year or so time lag (australia’s sociological clock operates in a time zone about ten years behind america). anti-immigration as a position is even thinner on the ground in australia than it is in the united states. i was enthusiastic for trump, not just for the sake of you guys, but for the hope that his anti-immigration positions would eventually spill over here and kickstart the australian anti-immigration movement, which at the moment is almost entirely reserved to conservationists (yes). his performance in the prior debate however has made me lost a lot of my enthusiasm; there is very little it feels we can be certain about with him anymore. the retraction was appreciated but seemed somewhat half-hearted.

    james n.s.w

    March 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    • It’s us the needs to copy you and follow the “white Australia” immigration policy you had for so long.


      March 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • Don’t you have skills based criteria? I’d like to have skills and identity criteria so you’re already way ahead of us.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    • I’m surprised that’s the case. My impression is that Australia has the most tightly run ship when it comes to immigration in the Western world. Australia is intercepting refugee boats and keeping them away from Australia. If the idiot Europeans had done that, they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble.

      Mike Street Station

      March 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      • australia has the highest per capita immigration intake in the western world. sure, a lot of that is alleged “skills” based immigration (which includes the families of ‘skilled’ immigrants) but the immigration inundantion relative to our population size is even bigger than yours.

        james n.s.w

        March 5, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      • Right, Australia is tough on illegal immigration, but legal immigration is a nightmare. I also gather that Australia is tying itself up in knots with respect to the Aborigines. It’s gotten totally out of hand. The “apology” has turned into “I’m sorry I’m alive.” The two issues are related, I think, in the same way that immigration and race are related in the US – it’s a big white guilt trip. This groveling has got to stop in both countries.


        March 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm

  23. Back in Jan. ’13 Trump endorsed Netanyahu in a Commercial:

    Steven J.

    March 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  24. I think a lot of people have been projecting what they want to hear onto Trump, because he has been so vague and outside-the-box. A kind of wildcard candidate will get that in an environment where almost everyone else is an establishment hack. There is no doubt that Trump will be disappointing to everyone as President.

    Except for his handling of the media and ability to make liberals go insane, which, granted, will be very fun to see.


    March 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    • What Lion is doing is even worse because not just filling in the blanks but arbitrarily picking and choosing which statements to believe based on what he wants Trump to do

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      March 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      • Again, I don’t expect Lion to be right about all the details. But those details don’t matter. Trump is the only credible candidate negotiating on behalf of working class Americans at all. He will get them table scraps at least. Hillary will give them nothing.


        March 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      • “Again, I don’t expect Lion to be right about all the details. But those details don’t matter. Trump is the only credible candidate negotiating on behalf of working class Americans at all. He will get them table scraps at least. Hillary will give them nothing.”

        If orthodox Republicans have as much influence on his Presidency as the written proposals on his website indicates they do, if there is another recession in the next several years (highly likely) I could see Hillary being more supportive of stimulus spending and extending unemployment benefits than Trump would be. I trusted Trump to be reasonable on those positions at one time but not so much after seeing his healthcare plan. On the margin Hillary might be better on economic policies.

        On immigration — how much do you trust Trump? How likely is he to be able to deport the majority of illegal immigrants? He will probably be able to ramp up border protection to some extent. How much will that help? Some, but realistically not a whole lot. I don’t see Trump being significant on visa abuse. The H-1B program already has the wage and skill requirements Trump talks about but companies can still get around that. When “business leaders” get into Trump’s ear and cry about how hard it is to find workers, how will Trump, who hired foreign workers for his hotel, feel? Will be be swayed by that? Distinct possibility.

        And trade? If you read his proposals, they’re nothing. China’s role as a currency manipulator is minuscule compared to the benefit they get from their lower wages. Realistically you have to ban outsourcing jobs or hike up tariffs. No way Trump does the former. He’s talked about tariffs in his speeches at least. So we have one thing.


        March 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      • chairman, Trump needs to win the Republican nomination first. Since healthcare is not a primary driver of his support in the way that immigration is, it is reasonable for him to start with a plan which minimizes voter drift to Cruz, and then figure out later what parts must be kept and what can be negotiated.

        As for immigration, I trust Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller. And don’t forget that it was Trump who broke open the Overton window on the subject in the first place. Compared to Clinton, who ACTUALLY DEFENDS OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS, …seriously, is there any point in continuing this conversation? No conceivable stimulus spending/unemployment benefits/etc. policy difference between Clinton and Trump could make up for even a tenth of the damage Clinton is guaranteed to do on immigration. (Keep in mind that Clinton would also get to appoint a fifth liberal Supreme Court justice to rubber-stamp her malicious policy.) Trump vs. Clinton is not a close decision.


        March 6, 2016 at 2:50 am

      • Chairman: your post made me realize that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any conversation on this site about something that is a HUGE (yuge?) component of Trump’s worldview: the supposed currency devaluation of China and Mexico, and how it is “killing us.”

        From what I understand, this is a completely economically incoherent argument, and if anything, China’s currency would probably devalue FURTHER if currency markets became more open. You’re absolutely right that our outsourcing problem is primarily rooted in a wage gap, which is a byproduct of our trade partners’ state of socio-economic development more than anything else.

        Trump opposes hiking the minimum wage and has defended the use of cheap foreign labor (or even overseas labor) as a logical practice for American businessmen like himself. He has furiously both denied and supported tariffs, sometimes in the course of the same week. So… where does that leave us?


        March 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

      • Nothing is likely to change. Inevitably, we will have to deal with the fact that technology is replacing menial jobs, and there aren’t enough non-menial jobs to go around.

      • “China’s role as a currency manipulator is minuscule compared to the benefit they get from their lower wages. Realistically you have to ban outsourcing jobs or hike up tariffs. No way Trump does the former. He’s talked about tariffs in his speeches at least. So we have one thing.”

        Oh God, this is Romneyism at its finest.

        Germany and Japan are not low-wage countries.

        Low wages in Japan, I guess that’s why their streets are filled with shiny new cars, built in Japan, luxury goods of all kinds, built in Japan, got it yeah.

        I admit that I’m not an expert on currency devaluation. Well, I only have limited time what with working and reading LoTB. 🙂 But from everything I’ve been reading, China (not really Mexico, China and only China) is truly a currency predator, and purposely suppresses the reminbi to make their crappy products even cheaper than they normally would be. That, plus their almost completely closed market, has caused economic ruin in the US. NOT WAGE DIFFERENTIALS, PLEASE LOOK AT GERMANY AND JAPAN THANK YOU.

        Of course, Chinese products are only cheap if they don’t kill or poison you. Please google “Haiti dyetheline glycol.” I know you won’t, but you should. That pill you take made in China could poison you.

        Do you remember Lumber Liquidators? Oh, I’m sure you do but in case the details have slipped your Romneyfied mind:

        I realize that a lot of people here hate the MSM so much they are willing to dismiss this report out of hand, but that would be very stupid. This is not kumbaya leftie bullshit. It’s a case of total malfeasance: poison imported from China, where no one knows WTF is going on.

        If you don’t care about safety, what about the stock market. LL stock went up to something like $150. It is now $12.21. Look it up. Almost any investor in a company whose products are made in China is now at the mercy of a Lumber Liquidators disaster.

        America is in a state of advanced decay – and the left is not to blame. The blame should be placed on a generation of libertarian fake free trade ideology, the base of which is in the Republican Party.


        March 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

  25. Lion, I think you’re a smart and reasonable man. However, with respect to your Trump writing, you’re behaving like a 2008 neocon swooning over Sarah Palin. You’re delusional just like they were. You have your reasons for supporting him, but back then her supporters also had “good” reasons why they liked her:

    -She has executive experience (gov of Alaska)
    -She’s raised five children and represents family values
    -She’s prole and much more relatability for the proles in flyover land

    They also made tons of excuses when she would embarrass herself, e.g. they’d claim that raising 5 kids doesn’t give a person a lot of time to focus on policy minutia.

    This all the more painful because back in 2008 you saw through all the BS and adoration around Palin, even Steve Sailer fell under her spell. Yet here you’ve fallen for Trump. A man who wants to keep the Trump Brand going strong. I’d be surprised if Trump could adequately articulate the positions and policies on his website are, or hell, if he even knows what they are.

    I tepidly supported Trump when he announced his position on immigration and “maybe” being more isolationist when it comes to foreign policy, but I can’t trust him to keep his word, because he talks too big. An 80′ wall that Mexico will pay for? BS! However, there’s one thing that I want him to do, and he’s doing it. Destroy the current Republican party, so that someone stronger and better will take it’s place.*

    *Or something stronger and worse, who knows, as long as the current national party is destroyed.

    Average Man

    March 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    • Plain never had any sort of useful experience and her children were failures. She reeked of prole loser without any of Trump’s redeeming qualities.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    • If you’ve read the comments posted on this blog the past few days, I don’t think you could honestly walk away with thinking that his supporters (at least here) are swooning in infatuation in the same way Obama supporters were in 2008. There has been a lot of clear eyed criticism here. Everyone acknowledges he’s a flawed candidate, not a Messiah. He’s simply the best alternative on the Republican side, period.

      Mike Street Station

      March 6, 2016 at 7:14 am

    • I agree w/a lot of what you say, Palin didn’t have Trump’s positive qualities, which are: his destruction of PC, and his brave stance on immigration and trade, even if he sucks on specifics.

      It seemed in the second Obama admin that this country was being destroyed by PC. Do you remember what happened after Obergefell? The left was literally giddy with triumph over that. Instead of being a gracious winner, Obama decided to give the rest of the country the middle finger by bathing the WHITE HOUSE in the colors of the rainbow flag. When I heard about it, I didn’t even believe it. I thought it was a hard right lie. He did. I’ll never forgive Obama for that. It was the mark of a petty man.

      Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, Brendan Eich being fired, Obergefell, BLM, our culture disgraced and debased daily by people like Miley Cyrus, and it was impossible for anyone to speak up….it seemed as if we were being suffocated.

      Along came Trump and shoved all that in the trashcan. Palin had no such counterveiling qualities. She was just a dope with a pretty face, and she cooperated with her media destruction by undignified behavior.


      March 6, 2016 at 6:50 pm

  26. Trump is saying stuff a lot of people think and few have said. He’s being excoriated for it. And he’s winning the primaries. He’s exposing the system in a spectacular fashion. He deserves an award if nothing else.

    I’ve never seen anything like it. Even the Reagan revolution was nothing compared to this.

    Oh and he’s right about a couple things too.


    March 6, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  27. I hope Trump would oppose the fascists in Ukraine. Down with the Euromaidan.


    March 7, 2016 at 4:15 am

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