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Sep. 10, 2019

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IN BRIEF

Under Trump: Record Minority Employment, Fewer Food Stamps

The Washington Post reports, “For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year.” If, as the Leftmedia loudly insists, President Donald Trump is a racist only interested in promoting white nationalism, he’s evidently doing a terrible job of it. In fact, under Trump’s leadership, black unemployment has hit record lows. And it’s not just blacks; minorities in general are enjoying record employment levels, as are white Americans.

Meanwhile, as the economy under Trump has surged, the number of Americans on food stamps has dropped by over six million since January 2017. The Daily Caller notes, “In February 2017, the first month after Trump took office, 42,297,791 persons were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of June 2019, 36,029,506 persons were participating in the program.”

Yet during Barack Obama’s long “recovery,” the number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million to 3.9 million. One of the main factors for this increase can be tied to Obama’s waiving of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act’s work requirements. While Obama increased the number of Americans who depended on the federal government (and, by extension, the Democrat Party), Trump’s actions have reversed this trend and now fewer Americans find themselves on the government dole.

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Good Border News but Bad Bench News

Some good news from the border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan reports, “During the month of August, CBP apprehended or deemed inadmissible a total of 64,006 people. For July, that number was 82,055. This represents a decline of approximately 22%. Moreover, the August number reflects a decline of 56% since the May peak, which was a staggering 144,255.” Stemming the flow of illegal border crossers is a key priority for President Donald Trump’s administration, so it’s good to see numbers going in the right direction, even if August’s apprehension numbers are still higher than any other August in over a decade.

Credit for that progress goes in part to ongoing work on border barriers, albeit largely replacing old sections rather than constructing new ones. Credit also goes partly to Mexico and several Central American countries, which have at Trump’s behest made some changes in how asylum-seeking migrants are processed. More change is needed to deal humanely with the vast number of migrants. Many are indeed seeking refuge from terribly violent homes, but many more don’t actually meet any reasonable definition of asylum seeker. In any case, they are also overwhelming the system.

Meanwhile, speaking of asylum, some bad news on the border. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, an Obama judge ensconced in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, re-issued a nationwide injunction “preventing the Trump administration’s ban on asylum-seekers who travelled through a so-called safe third country before arriving in the U.S.,” reports National Review. Not only is Tigar grossly exceeding his own authority to “check” Trump, he’s giving the middle finger to a higher court. National Review adds that he “issued the ruling after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in August narrowed his previous nationwide injunction, allowing the Trump administration to implement the asylum-rule change in Texas and New Mexico but not in California or Arizona.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board is exactly correct in arguing, “Nationwide injunctions are supposed to be an extraordinary remedy, not an automatic resort for plaintiffs who dislike a policy. The Supreme Court needs to step in and define the limits of this increasingly willful judicial intervention.”

The elected branches of government are responsible for securing this nation. Congress has entirely abdicated that responsibility when it comes to immigration (and, frankly, a host of other issues) for transparently political reasons. That leaves President Trump to do what he can. Unfortunately, he’s fighting for secure borders and reasonable Rule of Law immigration policy not only against caravans of migrants seeking to cross the border illegally but against judges who seem hell-bent on asserting their own despotic rule.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

GOOGLE PROBED: “Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative’s leader, announced Monday. … ‘When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,’ said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican. ‘Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information? Is something really free if online ad prices go up based on one company’s control?’” (CNBC)

UNBRIDLED SPENDING BINGE: “As of Sept. 4, the federal debt had already increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2019 with more than three weeks to go in the fiscal year, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury. … So far, over the past twelve fiscal years, the federal debt has increased by $13,525,104,127,328.91 — or an average of $1,127,092,010,610,74 per fiscal year.” (CNSNews.com)

OBSESSION: Leftmedia coverage of Trump 11 times greater than Democrat hopefuls (The Washington Times)

PUSHING BACK: “The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against San Francisco Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a ‘domestic terrorist organization,’” according to Fox News. “The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.” Tangentially, “Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Democrats say Americans should be prohibited by law from belonging to pro-gun rights organizations like the NRA, a view shared by 15% of Republicans and 10% of uanffiliateds,” a Rasmussen survey reveals.

PARLIAMENT SUSPENDED: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain’s rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit.” (Associated Press)

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS: More loss of life in the Bahamas: At least 50 deaths have been confirmed after Hurricane Dorian (NBC News)

POLICY: Taliban terrorists have no place at Camp David (National Review)

POLICY: Don’t overhype the link between climate change and hurricanes (National Review)

HUMOR: Walmart declares itself a “gun-free zone,” changes name to Target (Genesius Times)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Of all the preposterous proposals put forward by the Democratic presidential candidates during the CNN climate change town hall meeting last week, the dumbest wasn’t outlawing plastic straws, incandescent light bulbs or air travel. It wasn’t the contention that climate change is the globe’s greatest threat since World War II. It wasn’t even the fantastical hypothesis that hurricanes are racist because they target "communities of color” more than white areas. No, the dumbest (and most dangerous) idea was a rehash of the widely discredited authoritarian idea from the 1960s and ‘70s: population control. … This is a fundamentally anti-Judeo-Christian ideology that disrespects human life and — as history proves all too well — can lead to dastardly consequences for basic human rights and economic progress. In regard to environmental problems and the constantly changing climate of our planet, human ingenuity is the solution, not the cause.“

SHORT CUTS

Upright: "If you don’t like the law, you go across the street. You change it. It’s not my job to do [Congress’s] job.” —Justice Neil Gorsuch

Observations: “The better you do and the happier you are, the more money you have in your pocket to spend, the more freedom you have to just live the life you want to live, the unhappier [Democrats] seem to get.” —Laura Ingraham

Friendly fire: “I think that the identity politics that are being used to further divide us, to further drive separations between us, and purely for selfish, political gain is a real danger.” —Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Friendly fire II: “I think it’s important for us to think about what is in the best interest of the country and the American people, and continuing to pursue impeachment is something that I think will only further … tear our country apart.” —Tulsi Gabbard

Friendly fire III: “I don’t support open borders. Without secure borders, we don’t really have a country. And while some of the other Democratic candidates will say, 'Well, open borders, that’s a conservative argument and that’s not really what’s being advocated for,’ if you look at some of the practical implications of some of the things they are pushing for, it is essentially open borders.” —Tulsi Gabbard

Demo-gogues: “I really believe sincerely … [that] if the Bill of Rights … were put before the public today, I’m not too sure that we would hold onto [them].” —House Majority Whip James Clyburn

Alpha jackass: “[The El Paso assailant] drove 600 miles with that hatred, really at the invitation of our president, and opened fire with that AK-47 on innocent people in a Walmart, killing 22 of them and grievously wounding many dozens more.” —Beto O'Rourke

And last… “Are all the Democratic candidates really for abortion on demand at 39 weeks? That’s insanely evil. The average Ku Klux Klan member gets to look down on people who hold that position.” —Frank J. Fleming

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