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by Dave Schuler on February 12, 2013

With President Obama expect to speak about immigration reform in his 2013 State of the Union speech, this might be a good time to revisit the findings of the Jordan Commission on Immigration from back in 1997. Their recommendations still look pretty fair to me and, indeed, a lot better than what I’ve been hearing lately. The quick summary might be more immigrants that are needed, fewer that aren’t needed, and a better job enforcing the law and monitoring the results.

I’ve made my suggestion many times before: I think there should be a central, online clearing house for jobs for which H1-B visas are being sought.

As long as the battle lines are drawn between nativists and proponents of open borders, progress will be very, very difficult. I would prefer that the guiding principle be national interest. Too much to hope for, I guess.

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jan February 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

OT regarding immigration reform options, but still in the realm of tonight’s SOTU speech….

An electrician friend was over this morning and we started talking about the group of young people who were going to be left holding the bag for the large and self-serving boomer generation — basically the under 30 crowd. This discussion dovetails into the opinion piece I just read on Reason asking young people if Obama will tell them that he is screwing them big time.

But if the proprietor of the most open and transparent and clean-smelling administration of all time wants to make some real news, he might speak honestly to the segment of the American electorate that he is screwing over six ways to Sunday: Young voters between the ages of 18 and 29. Listen up, kids! Your parents are robbing your futures blind and you’re chumps enough not only to go along but to say – like the adorable title orphan in the classic baby boomer musical Oliver! -please, sir, I want some more.

From virtually every possible angle, Obama is helping to diminish the prospects for today’s younger generation. First and foremost, his response to the Great Recession – stimulus and the massive piling up of debt – is slowing the recovery. Ginormous regulatory schemes such as Dodd-Frank and the creation of huge new soul-and-bucks-sucking programs such as Obamacare weigh heavily on the economy now and in the future too. His refusal to discuss seriously old-age entitlement reform – Medicare and Social Security and the 40 percent of Medicaid that goes to old folks – is a massive storm front on the economic horizon. His preference for secrecy and overreach when it comes to executive power won’t screw young people as obviously as his economic policies, but when he leaves office in 2017, he will have created far more terrorists than he needed to.

jan February 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I would love to hear a SOTU speech given from the perspective of this guy!

There’s absolutely no reason at all that physicians, scientists, shouldn’t be involved in things that affect all of us. We’re people who’ve learned how to make decisions based on facts, empirical data, rather than on ideology,

What a novel concept — making decisions based on fact, rather than ideology!

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Jan, how’d a nice girl like you get so tied up in ideology?

Mr. Dave, as Catholics, are you planning on giving up something during Lent?

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Y’all seem pretty spare as it is.

Dave Schuler February 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm


Frankly, I’m suspicious of perpetuating the notion that physicians, chemists, biologists, etc. are thinking machines that make wholly empirical assessments untinged by bias or ideology. Scientists are human, too, and subject to all of the agendas, biases, and preferences that the rest of us are.

Dave Schuler February 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Mr. Dave, as Catholics, are you planning on giving up something during Lent?

I probably should write a whole post on this subject. Once upon a time we ate entirely vegetarian diets throughout Lent. Something like the Great Lent of Eastern Orthodoxy. My wife used to give up chocolate, a serious commitment for her. For me giving up chocolate would not have been unlike most people giving up veal brains. I rarely eat them, so why not?

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I received my first results from 23andme.

Lo, I’m Caucasian. H5a1.

PD Shaw February 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I’ve got the red beans simmering; the Wild Magnolias funking; and I just popped a homebrew. Bon Ton Roulet.

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Wild Magnolias?

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

The Nevilles are better, but the Wild Magnolias are fun, PD.

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Y’al,l I’m 56 since yesterday. The big Mardi Gras party I went to was Saturday night.

Dave Schuler February 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Lo, I’m Caucasian. H5a1

Is that the maternal haplotype? mtDNA? That’s Austrian, isn’t it?

TastyBits February 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

@PD Shaw

I’ve got the red beans simmering …

I do mine low and slow for 12 to 16 hours.

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

That’s the maternal haplotype. Beats me.

It comes from the Caucasus through the Balkans to Poland , Romany and wherever.

That’s my first result.

TastyBits February 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

@Dave Schuler

The scientific method was designed to remove bias, ideology, and theology. One’s results must be available for scrutiny, and one’s method must be available for repeatability.

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

2.6% Neanderthal.

sam February 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Dear Jan,

Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

steve February 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Shrove Tuesday so we had pancakes at church. Would much rather have red beans and rice.

Agree on physicians. Not that unusual to hear physicians deny evolution or other elementary science secondary to religious beliefs or political affiliation. However, if the intent of the statement is that more docs, scientists, etc. should be involved in public policy, I would agree. We leave it up to the lawyers more than is good for us.


Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I’ve never seen a doctor get hung up on more than money.

Janis Gore February 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

That’s not fair, Steve. But unfocused doctors have given me more than my share of grief for about eight years now.

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