• ZipDialog Roundup for Thursday, June 22

    Articles chosen with care. Comments welcomed. Linked articles in bold purple

     Trump proposes major change in immigration policy, barring new immigrants from public aid for 5 years  (Fox News)

    Trump’s proposal would build on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who become public dependents within five years of their arrival. Many of that law’s provisions were rolled back during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, but Trump’s proposal would make more categories of federal benefits off-limits to immigrants.

    Currently,states typically have the authority to determine eligibility for local public assistance programs. –Fox News

    Those who are here on non-immigrant visas or who are not here legally are already barred in most cases.

    The White House is citing studies that show half the families headed by new immigrants are on welfare, compared to 30 percent of non-immigrant families.

    Comment: Expect a firestorm.

     The Banana Republic of Illinois. The Wall Street Journal writes a withering editorial: “The Illinois Capitulation: Gov. Bruce Rauner cries uncle on taxes and economic reform” (WSJ subscription)

    My friend, Joe Morris, quotes that editorial, writing that Rauner decided to

    accede to Democratic legislators’ demands that he “accept a four-year increase in the flat state income tax to 4.95% from the current 3.75%, expand the sales tax and implement a cable and satellite TV tax” is “a political defeat by any definition since Mr. Rauner campaigned on lowering the income tax to 3%, not on restoring the rate close to what it was under the last Democratic Governor” but that “the citizens of Illinois will suffer the most.” –Joe Morris, quoting the WSJ editorial

    Comment: Rauner won a rare Republican victory in Illinois by promising to “shake up Springfield,” as his campaign slogan had it. Instead, Springfield, controlled by Boss Mike Madigan, shook him up. It’s hard to see how Rauner can win reelection against strong Democratic contenders, who are salivating.

     Remembering a Federal judge who blazed a trail for women: Phyllis Kravitch  (New York Times)

    Broke barriers in Georgia in the 1940s and became the third woman on the US Court of Appeals in the 1979.

    Judge Kravitch embarked on her legal career in Savannah, Ga., her hometown, in 1944, more than a decade before women were allowed to sit on juries in the state. Though she had graduated second in her law school class at the University of Pennsylvania, she said in an interview with the American Bar Association in 2013, she was turned down when she applied for a clerkship with a justice of the United States Supreme Court. He told her that no woman had ever clerked at the court, she recalled, and that he did not want to break with precedent.

    She was also turned down for jobs at one law firm after another, at least one of which explicitly refused to hire Jews. So she returned to Savannah to practice law with her father, Aaron, who represented black and indigent clients struggling to find legal counsel. –New York Times

     Nancy Pelosi takes the heat for Democratic loss in Georgia special election  (Washington Post)

    Comment: ZipDialog made the same point as soon as the election results were in. Pelosi was an albatross for the local candidate. She is for every House Democrat outside the coasts and college towns.

    But the WaPo and others who focus on Nancy and Chuck miss the larger point. The Democrats have no positive message. Their negative message is simple: Trump bad.

    Bernie had an affirmative message. It was unrealistic, unaffordable, and, if it were ever adopted, catastrophic. But Hillary had no message, and neither does the national party. They are running on the charred remains of social programs begun by FDR and LBJ, plus identity politics.

     Black Lives Matter try to block a Gay Pride Parade in Columbus, OH. Virtually no media coverage despite arrests and injured police.  (ABC6 in Ohio) PJ Media and Heat Street also reported it. No one else.

    BLM was protesting a police shooting in another town. Unclear why they decided to use that issue to block a gay parade in Ohio.

    Comment: Why does the story matter? Because the left makes a big, big deal out of “intersectionality,” which means all progressive groups must support each other. That’s an old-fashioned strategy (you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours), dressed up in fancy words. But BLM’s action shows its limits. The left knows it cannot easily criticize them (because they would be called the worst word in the lexicon); BLM knows that and exploits it.  


    zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
    ◆ Joe Morris
     for Wall Street Journal editorial on Illinois
    ◆ A friend for the Columbus, Ohio, Gay pride versus BLM protest


  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Tuesday, Sept. 27

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

    ♦ FBI reports a 10% increase in murders this year over last, 3% increase in overall violent crime. (Daily Mail)

    ♦ The Supreme Court after Scalia. Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for CNN and the New Yorker, states the obvious truth:captain-obvious-thanks-labeled-200px-margins-on-left

    For the first time in decades, there is now a realistic chance that the Supreme Court will become an engine of progressive change rather than an obstacle to it. “Liberals in the academy are now devising constitutional theories with an eye on the composition of the Court,” [law professor] Justin Driver said. The hopes for a liberal Court will begin—or, just as certainly, end—with the results on Election Day.   –Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

    Comment: Well, duh.

    ♦ BlueCross drops all Obamacare coverage in Tennessee’s three biggest markets: Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga. (Times Free Press, Chattanooga) These shoes will continue to drop, alongside premium increases, and will become an election issue.

    ♦ Stock market is high, but are valuations unprecedented?  Nick Kalivas, Senior Equity Product Strategist at Invesco comments:

    Stocks may seem expensive at the moment, but valuations seem less troubling when taking into account interest rates. Clearly, low interest rates have tended to buoy valuations. But there are also other forces at work. The sharp drop in energy and commodity prices in 2015 weighed on corporate profits. –Nick Kalivas, Invesco

    Cubs logo w baseball 201px♦ Chicago Cubs win 100 games for the first time since FDR was in his first term. (CBS Sports) After so many woeful years, the Cubs are a great team, built by Theo Epstein and his staff, managed by a savvy Joe Maddon. You never know how deep into the playoffs a team will go, but this team is not a fluke.

    ♦ SnapChat, now renamed “Snap,” tries to succeed where Google glasses failed. Their new glasses-camera photographs a wide angle, more like human vision, and can record brief video. The company plans a slow roll 0ut. (WSJ)

    alicia-garza-blm-labeled-200px♦ Black Lives Matter co-founder, Alicia Garza, promotes the idea of “police-free communities” (Daily Caller) It’s just a guess, but I don’t think this plan will work out well.

    Garza argued that the United States gives too much respect to police officers, explaining that when police do wrong, a few bad cops are blamed, rather than a “corroded and corrupt system.”

    “Quite frankly, many of our [Black Lives Matter] members are continuing to investigate what it would mean to have police-free communities

    Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
    quoted in the Daily Caller

    depaul-free-speech-nope-200px-margin-left♦ DePaul to student socialists: pay for multiple police or you cannot hold your first meeting of the school year. DePaul again shows why it is one of the worst universities for free speech. (FIRE) 

    Comment: Well, at least the Thought Police are free at DePaul. FIRE, which reported this maltreatment, is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. It is genuinely unbiased, supporting campus free speech from all viewpoints. It represents what’s best about voluntary organizations in America. (Charles Lipson comment)

    chicago-teachers-union-labeled-200px-margin-right♦ Chicago teachers vote to authorize a strike.  The union will have to decide if they really want to go through with this and pick a date. (Chicago Tribune)

    Comment: This could quickly turn into a trainwreck because there is no money to meet the union’s demands.  The cupboard is bare at the school system, the city, and the state. Chicago residents know that, so I’d be surprised if there is much public support for the strike. That won’t stop the teachers from going out, but it will stop them from achieving any financial demands.