From The end of America is coming in 2020: Trump v. The Oprah, by Peter Heck (italics): “The presidency, the office that was instituted by a man who reluctantly accepted the charge with feelings ‘not unlike that of a culprit going to his place of execution,’ has become a status symbol for vain celebrities desperate to advance their personal brand.” That quote from George Washington sums up a big reason I consider our first President to have been our best President! It’s not that I think entertainment celebrities make terrible Presidents, since I would rank Ronald Reagan just below G.W. It isn’t necessarily the candidate’s profession, nor gender or ethnicity, that determines whether or not he/she would make a good or even great President, in my humble opinion. Has the Presidency “become a status symbol for vain celebrities desperate to advance their personal brand?”
“Republicans demonstrated in 2016 they were willing to sell out to such vanity. And if The Oprah runs in 2020, Democrats will demonstrate the same. After all, she will be the embodiment of everything the left wants in terms of identity politics: woman, black, perilously liberal, vociferously opposed to “organized religion,” and a purveyor of redistributionist socialism.”
Let me frame this issue in a different way. Let’s take the example of the very different approaches that two Western European nations recently enacted to deal with a highly charged issue–that of how to treat immigrants who were a net drain on their economies. From a report by Joseph Curl, 1/11/2018. “Switzerland doesn’t mess around. The idyllic nation — where the average annual GDP per capita is nearly $80,000 — doesn’t like deadbeats. The nation recently enacted a new civil rights act that prevents residents who received welfare benefits from becoming citizens until they pay back the money they took. The new regulations took effect January 1. Asylum seekers and refugees who received handouts in the previous three years can’t become permanent residents without paying back the government.
What’s more, refugees must prove they are making efforts to integrate into society in order to win citizenship. They must show that have “cultivated contacts” with a number of Swiss people, according to Kronen Zeitung. There are also new language requirements, which vary depending on the canton they are living in, the Daily Mail reports.” What do you think? Good policy? There’s a lot I don’t like about Switzerland, but either this is sound policy or it isn’t.
“Switzerland’s tough stance is different from that taken by Germany in the past few years when the nation allowed more than 1 million refugees in. But after stiff pushback from German citizens, the country’s leaders are rethinking the move. Late last year, Germany began offering rejected asylum-seekers who voluntarily move back to their home countries a one-time payment of $3,570. The Interior Ministry said those who qualify can apply by a February 28 deadline and would get the money when they get home, the Associated Press reported. The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday that more than 8,600 refugees have already taken up Germany’s offered cash to go home over the last few months, but there are some 115,000 rejected asylum-seekers in Germany.”
Hmm, rejected asylum seeker, I wonder what that’s about. According to an article in The Telegraph, Jan. 2018, Germany considers Algeria and Morocco as “safe countries of origin”, meaning their citizens will have little chance of gaining asylum. “Nearly 1,000 asylum applications per day are rejected by Germany’s overburdened system, but the federal states are “obligated” to deport, Peter Tauber, CDU secretary general, said last week. Deportations are rarely carried out, with figures showing that in 2015, only around 18,000 rejected asylum seekers were deported. Of the 5,500 rejected asylum applications from Moroccans and Algerians in the first half of last year, only 53 were deported, according to an internal government paper.The CDU and CSU hope that housing Algerians and Moroccans in designated centres will streamline the deportation process. Germany has complained that Algeria and Morocco are not cooperating in taking back their citizens.”
For purposes of this post, let’s call these policies regarding immigrants, Swiss policy and German policy. Emotions aside, which is better policy? The Swiss say about their generosity, “pay it back and integrate”, the Germans say “we’ll pay you what you don’t deserve even though you have no right to be here.” The U.S. will be voting for President again in 2020. No one knows for sure who will be running, but one thing is more likely: We will probably see the Republican candidate with a “Swiss” attitude, and the Democrat candidate with a “German” attitude.