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Unable to confirm Chris Berg’s claim that David Brat is “anti-immigration”


Chris Berg

… of the Institute of Public Affairs refers to “Brat’s attack on immigration” and writes:

… what could be more respectful of the tenets of individual liberty than allowing individuals and families to travel across national borders to make a better life for themselves?

I haven’t seen anything from David Brat that opposes this.

What David Brat states on his campaign website is:

When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law.

… I support proposals that will secure our border, enforce our current laws, and restore an orderly and fair process to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens of this great nation.

Repeat: “… to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens …”

Thomas Sowell

… in his article on David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor explains the importance of “law abiding”:

A key issue in this campaign was amnesty for illegal immigrants.

… Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty.

… Amnesty is not some esoteric concept. It means that you are not going to be punished for breaking the law — and that simply brings laws into contempt. Denying citizenship is not a punishment because crossing the border illegally does not entitle you to citizenship. Providing a legal status short of citizenship is not punishment either.

… If you are serious about controlling the borders, then you pass laws to control the borders first.

Some years later, after you can see whether the border has been controlled or not — you can start discussing what our national immigration laws should be.

The free movement of people

Chris Berg says it’s time for …

… politicians who proclaim the virtues of liberty to discover its connection with the free movement of people

I support the “free movement of people” and the “virtues of liberty”.

That’s why I think it’s great that:

Over a million people a year are granted permanent residence (green card) status in the USA (link to PDF)

Between 600,000 and 750,000 people are granted citizenship each year in the USA (link to PDF)

Between 5,000,000 and 9,000,000 non-immigrant visas are granted each year in the USA (link to PDF)

That’s a lot of people following the law, isn’t it?

That’s a lot of people who have made the effort, paid the fees, passed the tests — in order to be in the USA.

The USA has a lot of legal immigrants and visitors. To me, this represents a lot of “free movement of people”.

And demonstrates that America is quite “respectful of the tenets of individual liberty … allowing individuals and families to travel across national borders to make a better life for themselves”.

And it’s nice to meet people who get visas or green cards or citizenship by means of respecting the laws of a country which is so much in favour of the “free movement of people”.

So, Dr Brat?

I haven’t heard David Brat complain about any of the above, wonderful people. Have you?

If he was “anti-immigration” you’d think he’d be quite annoyed about all or most or some of those millions of people, wouldn’t you?

But he doesn’t seem to be bothered.


I have been unable to confirm Chris Berg’s claim about David Brat “attacking” immigration.


Get acquainted with David Brat ….


Mark Levin talks about Brat, Conservative principles, and unleashing the American economy …



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USA: Based on U6 real unemployment rate is 14 percent but what is the “real” rate?

Excerpts from latest article by Michael Snyder at TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

The “unemployment rate” has not been going down because people are actually getting jobs.

Rather, the “unemployment rate” has been going down because the government has been pretending that millions upon millions of American workers simply do not want jobs anymore. This is extremely misleading.

We are being told that 162,000 jobs were created in July. Okay, so that is just barely enough to keep up with population growth, and most of the jobs that were created last month were part-time jobs.

… Good paying full-time jobs are rapidly being replaced by low paying part-time jobs.

And this trend has definitely accelerated this year. If you can believe it, an astounding 76.7 percent of the jobs that have been “created” in 2013 have been part-time jobs.

… When the next great wave of the economic crisis strikes, millions upon millions of Americans are going to lose their jobs and the official unemployment rate is going to soar well up into the double digits.

U6 figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be found here.

Rex Nutting at MarketWatch.com explains:

… In recent years, the unemployment rate has become one of the most politicized economic numbers. Which means it’s also become one of the most misunderstood numbers.

… In theory, the jobless rate should be noncontroversial. It’s simply the percentage of people who want a job who can’t find one.

… the official unemployment rate (known as the U-3 rate) was 7.7% in February; there were 12 million people who said they had looked for a job without success, compared with 155.5 million in the labor force.

But there were also 6.8 million people who said they wanted a job but weren’t even looking, perhaps because they were discouraged. Or maybe other hurdles, such as transportation problems or child-care duties, stood in their way. See the data on the BLS website.

In addition, 8 million people said bad economic and business conditions limited them to part-time hours even though they preferred to work full-time.

If you count those discouraged workers and involuntary part-timers as unemployed, the unemployment rate jumps to 14.3%. The government reports this number as the U-6 rate.

 …. the U-3 rate fell to 7.7% in February, in part because the labor force shrank by 130,000. The drop in the unemployment rate to a four-year low wasn’t necessarily great news.

About 40% of unemployed people have been out of work longer than six months, far more than at any time since the Great Depression.

If we really want to understand the health of the labor market, it’d be best to focus on employment and unemployment of the working-age population, 25 to 65, and leave millions of teenagers and octogenarians out of the equation.

On that basis U6 is not quite the “real” unemployment rate, but would, Rex Nutting, still be a couple of percentage points higher than U3 — the “official” unemployment rate.

Here is U6 from 1994 until 2013.:


U6 from 1994 to 2013


Here is U3 for about the same period:

U3 from 1994 and 2013

U3 from 1994 and 2013

(Both graphs created using Bureau of Labor Statistics data)

It looks to me that although U6 gives us a different figure from U3, the up and down trends of both graphs track closely.

How does Now compare with The Great Depression?

Both U3 and U6 figures only started being calculated in 1940 and 1946 respectively — in other words, after the Great Depression.

Further research needed.



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PRODOS Film Study Group: Dr David Hart on Frederic Bastiat

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply.

“See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.

“See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”

Frederic Bastiat

Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801 — 1850) was a Frenchclassical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly.

David Hart discusses Frederic Bastiat

Dr David Hart discusses Frederic Bastiat

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The Life & Work of Frederic Bastiat

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PRODOS Film Study Group: Thomas Sowell & Shelby Steele on Racism – Facts & Fallacies

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

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Film talks of two Black American intellectuals – being two of the
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Race: Economic Facts & Fallacies


2. Shelby Steele

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Race: Methods, Politics, Obama

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