ZipDialog Roundup for Sunday, Sept. 10

Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
Linked articles in bold purple

Everyone is awaiting the damage from Hurricane Irma as it moves up the Florida coast. 

The advance preparation seems well handled, especially because the eye of the hurricane drifted further west than initial forecasts.

Now we wait to see

1. The scale of the devastation and the breadth of storm
2. The help given in the immediate aftermath, and
3. The long-term recovery effort

Comment: Both short-term and long-term relief will have to be done in the presence of similar damage in Texas from Harvey.

Since we all criticize the government when things go badly, we need to praise them when things go well, as they have (so far) in these two storm-response efforts.

Half-right: NYT headline is “Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule

The reference is to Pres. Trump’s three-month deal with “Chuck and Nancy” (Schumer and Pelosi) to extend the US debt ceiling and provide relief funds for Hurricane Harvey. Republican lawmakers wanted a longer extension and are furious.

Comment: The headline is partly right when it says Trump is “bound to no party.” He is not bound to the R’s ideologically. But he is bound to them practically since the D’s don’t agree with him on most big issues, aside from infrastructure spending and trade protection.

Hillary, surprisingly, says she didn’t expect to lose. Ya think? Says the loss left her “gobsmacked” (Fox News)

Comment: The inauthenticity of that word–gobsmacked???–hints atone reason she lost.

Does anybody really think that would have been her genuine feeling? 

 Immigration: Harvard Law prof. Noah Feldman: “Trump’s Right: Immigration is Congress’s Mess” (Bloomberg)

Liberals should keep in mind an important constitutional principle: Immigration is supposed to be the province of Congress, not the executive. The belief that the president has ultimate immigration power can lead to terrible results — like Trump’s travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries, also powered by the mistaken idea that immigration policy should be set by executive order.

The Framers of the Constitution thought about immigration, and wanted Congress in charge. Article I, Section 8, which enumerates Congress’s authorities, confers the power “to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” –Noah Feldman

Comment: Feldman is absolutely right. Trump’s threat to act if Congress does not is as lawless as Obama’s DACA action, which Obama himself had said would be unconstitutional before he did it anyway.

It is depressing to see people on all sides of the political spectrum so determined to get policy outcomes they desire that they ignore well-established constitutional safeguards.

Those safeguards are there for good reasons.

Media bias: National survey of senior cities shows a stunning 99.2% “believe the media wants President Trump to fail.” (Washington Examiner)

Comment: The media is reaping what it has sown–and sown for decades.

The only difference today is that, thanks to the WWW, there are sites to call them out on it.

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