President Trump threatened Tuesday to unilaterally end the right of some people born on American soil to automatic U.S. citizenship, known as birthright citizenship. “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” to end birthright citizenship, the president said. “Guess what? You don’t.”
This week, the administration proposed loosening restrictions on employee accounts designated for health care. Perfect timing. Employees are now selecting 2019 benefits, and health care is the most valued of all.
What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment—the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment—more often makes us comply with laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators but also a way to remind society at large that there can be no civilization without legality.
Performance of students in California has recently improved, but large numbers of students still remain poorly equipped to face a world of automation and economic change. Moreover, California’s economic future is in jeopardy, especially if the high cost of living impedes the flow of skilled in-migrants to the state.
In what already has been a strange election year in terms of changing narratives and fluctuating polls, here’s another oddity: California, historically an overrated commodity as far as national political influence is concerned, is now quite relevant.
In neat script near the top of the document, someone has written, “Filed under seal, March 1, 1974.” Above that, red typed letters read, “Unsealed October 11, 2018 by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Order No. 11-mc-44 (BAH).
China is changing under President Xi Jinping. In my new book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, I argue that Xi has taken unprecedented steps to consolidate his authority, has overseen the expansion of Communist Party’s role in Chinese political, social, and economic life, and has constructed of a virtual wall of regulations to control more closely the exchange of ideas and capital between China and the outside world.
“Measured in current US dollars, total global wealth rose from USD 117 trillion in 2000 to 317 trillion in mid-2018, a rise of USD 200 trillion, equivalent to roughly 2.5 times global GDP.” This is Timothy Taylor, aka The Conversable Economist, quoting a Credit Suisse Research Institute report titled Global Wealth Report 2018.
Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the ICPP, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and notes that US has managed to increase output while reducing carbon dioxide emissions in 2017. Nobody else has done that. The real elephant in the room is China, whose emission total is twice ours, but they're still committed to a coal economy. They're trying to get everybody else to cooperate while knowing that China will not.
On the morning of March 16, 1916, with World War I already raging in Europe but America still neutral, the Mexican bandito Pancho Villa led a military raid on the dusty border town of Columbus, New Mexico. At that time, New Mexico had just passed the fourth anniversary of its statehood and remained a sparsely populated outpost in the desert southwest. Still, there was an U.S. Army garrison there—and it was our soldiers whom Villa attacked in his daring assault on American territory.
In an interview for “Axios on HBO,” President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”
This is a story about a wall, not the one neither Mexico nor Congress wants to pay for, that billion-dollar dream of keeping America’s reality imprisoned inside Stephen Miller’s fantasy. It’s not about Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album either, that lyric opera of a man’s isolation from a society he views as relentlessly repressive in the name of conformity, profit, and war. Not the holy site in Jerusalem nor the crumbled divider of postwar Germany.