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Joe Angione is a former columnist for The Villages Daily Sun, and can be reached by email by clicking HERE
Joe Angione Live Interview on Freedom in America
Latest Edition 3/17/17
Happy St. Paddys Day!
It might simply be the “luck of the Irish” that keeps the hands of the Doomsday Clock from marching forward. There’s a lot that’s “boiling up” between President Trump’s position on Immigration and California that fiercely wants to remain a sanctuary state. And who knows where that will lead? But for the time being, let’s just hoist a mug of beer or a jug of the “Irish,” dig into some corned beef and enjoy the “wearin’ of the green.” Our doomsday worries can wait ‘til tomorrow.
Is California becoming the “anus of the universe?”
Although North Korea retains the official title of “anus of the universe”, California is pushing hard to take over that repulsive distinction. North Korea may now be looking to get back into the world’s good graces, but California is doubling down on being the nation’s foul -smelling repository of putrid, liberal resistance to federal immigration law.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared California a sanctuary state. And cities across that state are committing every felony that applies when you refuse to enforce the nation’s immigration policy. Police are not permitted to ask law-breakers about their immigration status. They’re also not required to turn over criminal aliens in their custody to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
This and other California laws that protect illegals from arrest and prosecution are placing millions of the state’s citizens at the mercy of untold numbers of violent criminals who are harbored there. It’s a situation that is driving large numbers of honest, decent Californians out of their state to seek protection and good government elsewhere.
The state’s leaders appear to be on a run-away program of piling up as many immigration law offenses as possible to demonstrate their hate for President Trump, and drive home their intention of breaking away from our union of states to become a sovereign entity. This is as close as we’ve come to recreating the conditions for a second civil war.
This rejection of immigration law is also forcing many California businesses to relocate to other states. Compelling them to move is that California’s Attorney General’s office has declared that employers who notify ICE about illegals working for them, or seeking work, are violating California statutes and will be fined and prosecuted.
Oakland’s Mayor the latest shocking immigration offender. Perhaps no example of California’s resistance to federal immigration law exceeds that of Oakland’s Mayor, Libby Schaaf, who learned of a pending February ICE round-up of alien criminals in the San Francisco Bay area and alerted residents, including criminal aliens, about the raid. She told them they didn’t have to open their doors to ICE agents, and urged those who knew they were wanted by ICE to hide out to avoid being apprehended.
Due to Schaaf’s warning, ICE officials estimate that many hundreds of illegal criminals avoided capture. Many of them had been previously convicted of armed robbery, sex crimes, child abuse and other forms of assault and battery...all of whom Mayor Schaaf believes should be made “safe” and protected from due process under the law.
President Trump called Mayor Schaaf’s warning to Bay area residents a “disgrace,” and stated his administration would be looking into federal charges that might be lodged against her.
Schaaf is worse than a disgrace. She is an enabler of violence against innocent citizens. Trump won’t have to search very hard to find the felony laws she violated that should lead to prosecution and jail time. Here’s why Mayor Schaaf deserves to be taken into custody immediately:
Schaaf intentionally violated well-known felony statutes. There’s a clear link between Schaaf’s warning and hundreds of criminals being able to remain on the run. This makes her guilty of two felony crimes.
The first of these crimes is obstruction of justice. This is a felony violation of federal statutes 18 U.S.C.A. §§ 1501 through 1517 which “protect against attempts to interfere with the administration of the courts, the judicial system or law enforcement officers. These statutes [specifically] include interfering with an arrest.”
It’s noted in THELAW.COM and Black’s Law Dictionary that obstruction of justice is “something a person does to impede the administration of a court process or proper discharge of a legal duty. The interference may be with the work of police, investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, or other (usually government) officials. Often, no actual investigation or substantiated suspicion of a specific incident [of obstruction] need exist to support a charge of obstruction of justice.”
Therefore, only by the wildest stretch of the imagination could it be argued that what Mayor Schaaf did was not obstruction of justice. Her public announcement to Bay area residents, among them many criminal aliens, urging them to resist ICE agents, did interfere with the ability of these agents to discharge their legal duty. There’s no honest defense of Mayor Schaaf that would protect her from prosecution and punishment under these “obstruction” statutes.
The second of Mayor Schaaf’s crimes is the harboring of a criminal or fugitive. TheLaw.com and Black’s Law Dictionary also clearly describe the illegal act of hiding a criminal suspect or fugitive from being found and captured. These sources also call it a crime to harbor an alien who has no right to be here in the United States.
The federal statute involved here is 18 U.S.C 1071. It requires four elements of proof to determine if harboring a criminal has occurred:
Then, by no reasonable interpretation of obstruction of justice, and harboring a criminal is there any argument for not bringing felony charges against Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Mayor Schaaf endangered everyone. Her expressed reason for making her announcement to the Bay area was to protect her constituents. How could she accomplish this if the consequence of her announcement was to prevent the arrest of criminals who endanger innocent citizens? Furthermore, how could she protect even the criminal fugitives among her constituents by telling them to resist arrest? ICE agents aren’t going to go away if fugitives don’t open their doors. They will force their way in, and the likely result could be that the fugitives are injured or even killed.
Why did Libby Schaaf act the way she did? Was she simply looking for votes to get re-elected? Did she think that federal arrest warrants were issued in the Bay area only to punish poor immigrants illegally in the U.S. because of persecution in their home countries, and who, somehow, deserved to be above the law even though they had committed crimes? Was her action purely political, spurred on by the knowledge that crimes committed by politicians like her most often go unpunished? Did she think that Jerry Brown and his band of “immigration mutineers” would protect her from prosecution?
Whatever made Mayor Schaaf obstruct justice a*nd harbor criminals brands her unfit mentally, morally ethically and legally to hold public office. Thus It’s only fair and just that her office and her freedom be taken away from her.
Trump must hold firm on his tariffs
Earlier this month, President Trump imposed heavy trade tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, standing firm against fears that these tariffs would start a global trade war with friends and foes alike. The tariffs have been signed into law with three notable “carve-outs” to allow these products to pass freely into the U.S. from Canada, Australia and Mexico.
But still with these carve-outs in place, Washington’s “bed-wetters” remain weak and wobbly that a terrible trade war will commence with the rest of the world that does business with us.
In the traumatized minds of these Washington weaklings, tariffs are a mortal sin committed against the idea of free trade that they think has done such economic wonders for the U.S. This is all just nonsense!
President Trump has often cited the deep economic disadvantage so-called “free trade” has brought to the United States, noting that our steel mills and aluminum plants have all but disappeared due to the dumping of cheap steel and aluminum on the American market. Often, the steel we import so heavily from China is of inferior quality. This causes users of this steel grave concern that their products might dangerously underperform and kill people.
Tariffs are a form of trade protectionism that has been used often by countries to save their home industries from failure due to unfair competition from low-priced imports. And let’s face it, so-called free trade can easily become unfair trade as it has in the case of steel and aluminum imports into the U.S.
Trump’s tariffs affect few products. Contrary to what President Trump’s critics say, when used judiciously and restricted to only a few products, over a limited period of time, tariffs can be very beneficial to home industries. They help make domestic products more competitive. They make it possible to launch new industries and to rebuild old ones that have fallen on tough times. Tariffs can make our damaged steel and aluminum industries stronger, allowing them to hire more workers at better pay. They also assist domestic producers in becoming more innovative, and give them time to create new advantages for their products that are worth the tiny price increases that tariffs may bring.
However, there is danger that when tariffs impact a wide variety and number of imported goods, this could generate enough alarm among exporting nations causing them to enact tariffs against U.S. products. Trump’s critics like to cite the infamous Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930. It was designed to protect farmers from agricultural imports from Europe, but it also laid heavy tariffs on many more imports, resulting in a conflict that constrained global trade and extended the severity of the Great Depression.
But Trump’s tariffs are finely tuned to just a few products and not designed to last forever. There should be no great worry that they will force many nations to respond with heavy tariffs on U.S. products, reducing their sales potential in those countries. With few exceptions, our products are imported by countries that ungently need them for their high quality, and because, locally, these products can only be produced poorly and in insufficient quantity. These aren’t countries that will start a trade war with us.
Fears unfounded that tariffs will cut into U.S. sales and kill jobs. Some of Trump’s critics fear his tariffs will add significantly to the prices of certain U.S. goods, forcing consumers to cut back on purchasing them and other goods. They complain this will lead to job losses in many industries. But it’s highly unlikely that a $50 or $100 increase, for example, in the price of a new car will turn many people away from car dealerships. Most car buyers don’t think much about the actual price of a car; they pay attention to what they have to put down on a car, and what their monthly payments will be. They’ve also been conditioned to know and accept that these payments are going to increase every year for a variety of reasons.
Similarly, if consumers must pay a penny more for a can of beer because of Trump’s tariffs, they’ll be few complaints and they’ll buy as always. If you like your beer, a penny more per can isn’t going to stop you from enjoying it.
Tariff criticism is purely political and could leave us defenseless. In view of all this, it’s clear that the uproar over Trump’s tariffs is purely political…another opportunity for liberals to make a “mountain out of a mole hill” and try to bury Trump under it. Folks, it ain’t gonna happen.
The most important thing to take away from all the tariff controversy is that without strong and profitable domestic steel and aluminum industries, America will never be able to sustain production of the equipment of war…the weapon systems essential to our defense and our freedom.
During a major war, that throws the world’s distribution of goods into disarray, how and from where will the steel and aluminum so necessary for our weapon systems come from? The only resources we can count on will be our own.
The weapons we used to win World War II were only possible because they were manufactured at home from American raw materials. What we were able to produce back then was awesome:
22 aircraft carriers
420 destroyer escorts
34 million tons of merchant ships
100,000 fighter aircraft
24,000 transport aircraft
58,000 training aircraft
2,500,000 military trucks and jeeps
257,000 artillery pieces
15,000,000 machine guns & rifles
America will survive only because of its ability to produce its own weapons of war. If tariffs are needed to do this, then so be it.
Broward sheriff a disciple of “do-nothing” Obama
A report from the Florida Family Association (FFA) brands Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel,a disciple of Barack Obama’s policy to “keep kids out of jail.” On the surface, this policy might seem to be about teaching and helping students stay out of trouble with the law. In reality, it called for school administrators to work with police to hide the activities of dangerous kids like Nikolas Cruz from police scrutiny. The goal was to make Broward schools appear trouble free with the credit going to the re-education efforts of administrators and Sheriff’s Department personnel. And so, no action was taken against Cruz, giving him the freedom to commit the Parkland massacre.
The FFA report also accused the Broward County’s four reluctant deputies of possibly following Sheriff israel’s orders. Additionally, FFA noted that the Sheriff permitted a deputy affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations to provide gun training in mosques. But the Broward Sheriff’s Department did not provide security training to local schools.
The Ballad of "Big Bad Don"
Take three minutes for a smile and a few laughs listening to the Ballad of Big Bad Don, who “came down from his tower to save us in our final hour.” Old Tennessee Ernie Ford must be smiling down on us and chuckling too over this reconstruction of his immortal hit “Big Bad John.” It may just become the fight song for all the wonderful “deplorables” who put a no-nonsense guy like Donald Trump in office. He’s a legend in his own time. Enjoy.
Replacing food stamps with food deliveries saves money
As part of his major budget proposal in early February, President Trump suggested that some of the food stamp money given to needy people be replaced by actual deliveries of wholesome, basic food items.
Liberals were outraged with the idea of taking redeemable food stamps away from the poor and substituting real food delivered to their doors. The items to be delivered would be the kind of foods that the original Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) intended to provide to enable poor families to prepare nutritious meals at home from scratch.
Today, it’s the redemption aspect of food stamps that has turned much of this assistance program into scams where food-stamp benefit cards are being abused to buy things such as cigarettes, beer and even gasoline instead of foods needed for a healthy diet. Often unscrupulous retailers will overcharge food stamp recipients’ benefit cards and then gave them back in cash half of what had been overcharged so that recipients could do whatever they want with the government’s money.
It’s reported that currently, food stamps are provided for about 42 million people, 80 percent of whom get food benefits monthly worth at least $90 per person. Trump’s proposal, would distribute to those 80 percent of SNAP recipients about half of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package consisting of “shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, rice and canned fruit and vegetables.” The tentative name for the Trump proposal is “America’s Harvest Box.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture believes state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP recipients currently pay for food at retail stores. It’s estimated it can cut SNAP costs —by $129 billion over the next 10 years. Additional cost adjustments to the SNAP program, according to the Trump administration, will reduce the SNAP budget by $213 billion over those year, thus cutting the expense of the program by almost 30 percent.
Will liberals support the Trump proposal? Not hardly. National Public Radio has already begun to attack it, saying that it’s unfairly intrusive, reduces recipients’ choices, and allows SNAP administrators to decide what foods are good for America’s families instead of allowing recipients to pick out what’s best for them and their families. This may seem to be logical and right. But it just doesn’t work out that way. Recipients have demonstrated they are terrible at making nutritionally-sound choices, choosing to overspend on “junk foods” unhealthy drinks, including beer and alcohol, and even gambling away their food stamp money.
People have the right to purchase anything that’s legal, but not with money that’s doled out and accepted by them for a specific purpose: healthy nutrition. To spend food-stamp money any other way is a gross abuse of our welfare system and taxpayer money.
Mounting Hispanic support for cuts in legal immigration
Immigration reform is the hottest topic in Washington today. And, according to the Hispolitica@shark-tank.com website, it appears that many Hispanics are not opposed to a conservative sponsored plan to cut legal immigration in half, end chain immigration, cap refugee admissions to 50,000 annually, and end the visa diversity program.
Wow! This is a huge mouthful at a time when conventional wisdom says that Hispanics are entirely opposed to any program that would end the opportunities for more of them to enter the U.S. under any circumstances, including illegal entry.
Hispolitica’s Javier Manjarres writes: “The most recent legislative fix proposed by Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, the Trump-supported Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE Act) is being welcomed by Hispanics from all walks of life.”
This flies in the face of all the liberal left’s commentary that the nation’s Hispanic citizens are virtually all against any legislation that works to hold down their numbers in this country. This demeaning lie told so often by liberals and the mainstream media mocks the true integrity, honesty and conscience of America’s Hispanics who firmly believe that abiding by the nation’s immigration law is the only way to achieve a virtuous and dignified life in the United States.
Manjarres added: “In late 2017, a group of Florida-based Hispanic businessmen, activists, pastors, and media personalities penned a letter to Democrat Senator Bill Nelson asking him to support the RAISE Act. The group outlined [its support] for all the points in the Act itself.”
Those who sent the letter highlighted the fact that “It is time for us to prioritize high-skilled immigrants who spur innovation, create jobs, and make America competitive in the global economy. The RAISE Act will do that while stemming the tide of unskilled immigrants [from anywhere] that puts downward pressure on the wages of working Americans.”
It’s too bad that their letter favoring the RAISE Act was sent to the wrong legislator. Nelson is not an enthusiast of the Act, and apparently the letter sent to him has not changed his mind. Democrats rarely, if ever, break ranks to support a “commonsense” conservative bill.