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Refugee Crisis, Illegal Immigration and a Need for Sponsorship?

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Is America ready for everyone who wants to be here? Probably Not!

With all the threats and mischief being thrust upon the United States, is there any wonder that there is such a backlash to the immigration issues?

We need a way of getting both sides of this issue to come together for the sake of inclusion. The left feels that we should allow anyone in, no matter the circumstances of the situation without any regard to the culture that exists in the USA. The right feels there needs to be some kind of restrictions in place to allow for assimilation into our culture. We now have general strikes and rioting occurring everywhere in the United States over these cultural issues.

Is this going to help the situation of the refugees and immigrants? Probably not!

American Culture has been through many migrations over the past 300 years. We have had (more…)

Racism and the Democratic Iowa Caucuses

Filed under: Economics,Politics — Tags: , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 5:38 pm 2008 January 5

In an early story we explained the system of caucusing in Iowa. Of particular interest is the system the Democratic Party uses for the selection process. There is no secret ballot, and a show of hands or standing in a particular area is the way the Democratic votes are tallied. Republican tallies in the Iowa caucuses are still done by secret ballot.

Detractors of this “stand-your-ground” voting system have noted that social and peer pressure can have a prejudicial effect on the outcome of the vote. Stephen Levitt, author of the excellent book Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything wrote a working paper available at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In it, Mr. Levitt used statistics from the (more…)