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Senior Ice lawyer sentenced to prison for stealing immigrants’ identities | US news | The Guardian


A senior lawyer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing the identities of immigrants facing deportation and using them to to take out credit cards and run up more than $190,300 in debt. Raphael Sanchez, formerly the lead attorney for the Seattle Ice office, also used the photograph of a murdered woman on some of the fake identities he created and claimed several deported immigrants as dependents to dodge tax collectors.

Source: Senior Ice lawyer sentenced to prison for stealing immigrants’ identities | US news | The Guardian

Trump Threatens Harley-Davidson, Saying It ‘Surrendered’ – The New York Times. My Comment


Trump is not negotiating trade deals! He is setting new taxes! His tariffs raise the price of certain commodities and categories of goods, and also make business and consumers prices higher. Because trade is part of the global supply chain, it resists government action. Building economies of scale is best for a single nation’s interests.

Economic growth is pinned to demand; new production follows a template:
1. Infrastructure in housing/transportation/public services (talk to anybody who has landed a site contract);
2. Business clusters and supply chains (why 5 West Virginia counties lead in US polymer chemical exports);
3. Financing and regulation (West Virginia again, tax breaks must go into research), and
4. Economies of scale (global relations Trump overlooks).

The US political economy also reveals racial thresholds larger than the trade deficits. The black income gap (70%) and the black employment gap (2X/twice the white rate) have remained roughly constant for 50 years. “Together are they the fixed costs of racism?”

Trump’s lower unemployment numbers didn’t change the disparity. Black workers remain unemployed at twice the white rate. Their wages are lower. Structural racism remains–the gap persists in the face of black success.

Public Shaming Feels Good. That’s No Reason to Do It. – The New York Times. My Comment


The new political mass psychosis is rooted in a strange place—comfort/ugliness as a lifestyle. Stripped of the flag, parades, the anthem and winning, America has arrived at a point where racist inhumanity is a broad lifestyle, with school shootings and gun ownership and death by addiction; with mass killing teenagers and paying for silence about non-existent sex, and breathing-while-black. Government agents removed breast-feeding children, children too young to know the meaning of a promised ten-minute video call.

Civil–? Who are the Blessed? The Mercy givers? Not Trump! He prefers oppositional-defiant swag to prayer and works, his hell-raising full of loud blame never tells the full story and ignores peace, the path of the poor. Not Trump. His thrill is the absurdity that the US, the world’s leading arms merchant with record sales, is a global victim, raked over for jobs and cash.

His Jericho-in-America gives money to the wealthy, then blames nations, friends and foes. Neither prophet, messenger, or sanctified, nothing in his mind is greater than himself, including his sins. Trump believes in his own measure. He dangerously ignores any downside or complicated evidence in his decisions. He recasts limits and complications as blame rather than errors.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/opinion/maxine-waters-public-shaming-trump.html?comments#permid=27639265]

Public Shaming Feels Good. That’s No Reason to Do It. By Frank Bruni Opinion Columnist June 26, 2018 1026 Image Maxine Waters caused controversy Monday night when she encouraged voters to take inspiration from the recent public shaming of Trump administration officials.CreditAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images For a solid week, the most discussed story in America — the one that dominated serious newscasts and owned the home pages of influential periodicals — was the Trump administration’s cruel separation of migrant families and detention of some children in de facto cages. The outrage transcended political party, forced President Trump to change course and represented an all-too-rare instance when his reprehensible actions earned a properly disgusted, widespread rebuke. “The dumbest thing in American politics” is how a Republican strategist described the mess that Trump had needlessly made. “The dumbest, dumbest thing.” So why, when the strategist said this to me, did he sound upbeat? The answer is that it was Monday night and a miracle had occurred: The Democratic Party — well, one Democratic congresswoman in particular — had given journalists a different story to turn to, and this new narrative allowed Trump and his enablers to play the parts of victims. “Thank you, Maxine Waters,” the strategist said. Waters, rightly apoplectic about Trump, had exhorted voters to take inspiration from the recent public shaming of Trump administration officials and harass and heckle them whenever opportunity struck. “You tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she said. [Also read Michelle Goldberg on what she describes as a crisis of democracy, not manners.] And, predictably, a significant chunk of the talk in the news and on social media focused on whether the country had descended to some unfathomed nadir of acrimony. Weeping children on the border ceded the stage to screaming adults in Washington restaurants. “Inhumanity” made way for “incivility,” a noun that was being applied to Trump’s supporters and his detractors and was thus obscuring the maliciousness of the former. Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to do damage control. Chuck Schumer, on the Senate floor, issued a sort of apology. Democrats showcased internal divisions rather than a united front and, in the parlance of sports, blew their lead. Let’s put aside the question of decorum and how we get back to a place where political debate is constructive and Congress is a realm of problem solving and progress, not a modern-day Colosseum in which gladiators do grisly battle. Let’s focus instead on tactics. Does public shaming serve the cause of thwarting Trump and limiting his considerable damage to America? The answer is more likely no than yes, and I don’t think that we can take that risk when a man is this miserable and the stakes are this high. Public shaming competes with the very developments that illuminate those stakes. The Supreme Court just validated Trump’s Muslim — er, travel — ban. Harley-Davidson announced that it’s moving production and jobs outside of America. There are constant fresh revelations about the ethical squalor of members of Trump’s cabinet. Let’s direct voters toward the red meat of their wrongdoing, not their indigestion when they go out for a chimichanga. It’s possible that public shaming will have no effect on voters’ feelings and decisions, which are largely baked in by now. But it’s also possible that public shaming intensifies an ambient ugliness that sours more Trump skeptics than Trump adherents, who clearly made peace with ugliness a while back. And those adherents, nursing a ludicrous sense of persecution, could turn out in greater numbers this November as a result. It’s also the case that Trump can’t win on facts, which is why he has no regard for them, or on policy, which is why he’s cavalier about it. But resentment? Fury? That’s the toxic ecosystem in which he thrives. He’d like to turn all the country into a Trump rally. If the noise is loud enough, no signal can be heard. Trump’s opponents say that it’s not fair that their confrontational conduct draws censure when his own conduct is more confrontational — and is heartless and racist to boot. They’re right. It’s not fair. But you know what’s less fair? This presidency itself. And you know what would be even less fair than that? Trump’s getting another two years with an obsequious Republican majority in Congress and, heaven help us, a second term. The stain on America could be indelible. Preventing it takes precedence over all else. So what matters now isn’t what’s viscerally satisfying and morally just. What matters is the absolute best strategy. What matters is victory. And behavior that could imperil that victory can’t be encouraged on the grounds that it’s reciprocal and feels good. “I’m outraged all the time,” a friend said to me near midnight Monday. “You want to know what I’m doing with it? I’m going to polling

Uses and Abuses of Economic Formalism – The New York Times. My Comment: Tj


Trump and the media are too concerned with him! That concern misses key economic details and great stories! Trump’s Pavlovian box box of blame feeds the media into reporting a closed cycle of stories and that strip context and skip details and concepts.

Missed Details–pundits and reporters miss the key stories of the economy: the seismic failure of US corporations/the administration to innovate by modifying best practices and analyzing powerful economic trends. My readers know the stories of Bolsa Familia (Brasil’s successful poverty program that focuses income and social benefits on educational success, as education breaks the cycle), the development template success of West Virginia’s Chemical Alliance, South Carolina’s transportation manufacturing, Phoenix’s call centers, and the ultimate template, China’s Pearl River zone. You cannot talk about economics without discussing these realities, their details!

Conceptually, the distinction between political corruption and moral debauchery is being blurred and erased. Corruption’s new forms mirrors old ones: cronyism, service to special or personal interests, under Trump, a vigorous dedication to xenophobia/racism, a growing global brand of white supremacy taking national form in demands for closed borders.

Conceptually, Trump promotes fear as truth, success by misrepresentation, inflamed by broad falsehoods and scapegoating. He abuses authority, defies the rule of law, and shifts common resources to the rich.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/opinion/uses-and-abuses-of-economic-formalism-wonkish-and-self-referential.html?comments#permid=27662871]

America’s Trading Partners Are Having Plenty of Fun Without Us – The New York Times. My Comment: “A Migrant Labor Force”


Were it not for his biases, which causes him to reject economic opportunities; Trump could establish American leadership of global food security, with an executive order. Trump direct Immigration to issue America First visas for America’s fishing waters, farms, and agricultural plants, similar to other visas for summer and professional work. Agriculture was the fasting growing segment under Obama, outpacing manufacturing, global growth expanding exports. It’s close to crisis under Trump, showing a single year 45% net income drop. Trump tariffs are raising prices on Western farmers with no plan to help, when their annual rainfall is less than 20 inches.

The best agricultural workers in the world are our neighbors. Across the country, America has lost crops in the fields. Data shows declines in production efficiencies. With a clear need for agricultural labor in harvesting, processing, packing and shipping, Trump’s racist loathing and blame blocks economic growth more than trade imbalances.

Civil disobedience is a part of the tradition of law. Those workers present themselves offer America a great opportunity.

The US breadbasket can be a global hub for economies of scale, with expanding labor and skills. Instead of immigration, think labor, low wage jobs that are difficult to fill, require skills, and create demand and prosperity. Why are farms and plants not demanding visas for food workers, our best economic bump?

Trump is not negotiating trade deals! He is setting new taxes! He is setting fiat prices–government-determined prices.

Trump is using random numbers for tariffs not tied to any plan or goals. His tariffs (25%?) raise the price of certain commodities and categories of goods, and make business and consumers prices higher. Because trade is part of the global supply chain, it resists government action by quotas or tariffs.

To expand trade, build economies of scale, Soviet gas, for example, or Brasilian coffee. This is the best path for rebalancing a nation’s trade interests. We don’t need a milk war with Canada! BMW’s largest plant, making its luxury convertible, is in a Republican state! Boeing imports. But its profits are not matched to trade–trade balances are not profits and losses.

New economic growth follows a best practices template, not trade war:
1. Infrastructure in housing, transportation, public services (talk to anybody who has landed a site contract);
2. Business clusters and supply chains (why 5 West Virginia counties lead in US polymer chemical exports);
3. Financing and regulation (West Virginia again, tax breaks must go into research),
4. Economies of scale (a powerful tool of global relations Trump overlooks that China engages).

Economics is an easy way to inflict abuse on communities with a narrative that says their abuse is in everybody’s best interests. “Deserving blame” is a favorite Trump technique. His narratives depend upon blame. Without it he has nothing to rail against.

[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/opinion/trump-tariffs-allies-trade-deals.html?comments#permid=27643348]

Truth


Actually extrapolation is not as big a danger as the academy makes or as we once thought. What is the test of truth is its repetition. Truth has great depth and persistence, it can be found in diverse relationships and differences and and contradictions as well as similarities.