Saturday, February 11, 2017

Refugees vs Immigrants vs Illegal Immigrants

President Trump doesn't seem to know the different between refugees, illegal immigrants, or just plain immigrants.

My friend Dorrian Porter made this video, which I think really highlights the America we would want, vs the one we have.

And, as far as refugees go, here's a song that I loved as a kid, which I think will always be relevant:



This is the tale of a little boy
Wandering far from his home
Most of his family were with him then
And nothing but life did they own
Tortured by war in their native land
Their only recourse was to flight
Tracing the path of the sun by day
And led by the north star at night
Onward they pressed to the promised land
Not knowing if that was the way
And none of the children could understand
And this little boy used to say
Hey, hey, hey

Mama , where do we go from here
Mamma, why can' t we stay
Mamma, is daddy very near
Mamma, why do you pray

Down came the winter, the food was scarce
The people were falling like flies
Disease helped starvation make matters worse
And parents resorted to lies
Hush, your mamma will soon be well
Though all they can do is to wait
And one little boy hears the doctor tell
The others he thinks it' s too late
It' s too late

Mamma, he whispers quietly
Mamma, you' re looking old
Mamma, why don' t you answer me
Mamma, your hands feel cold

He rushes out into the chilly night
He can' t beleive what he has been told
The tears in his eyes start to blur his sight
And freeze on his face with the cold
But in the next camp, ther is a mother mild
Who' s mourning a son passed away
And fate brings the cries of the little child
To her just as he starts to say
Hey, hey, hey

Mamma, she knows what she must do
mamma, she thinks of her
Mamma, I must take the place of you
And take him into my care

Mamma, oh oh...

 

Monday, February 06, 2017

How Obamacare is good for entrepreneurship

This post, from Reid Hoffman, is worth reading:

http://www.reidhoffman.org/474-social-impact-and-politics/1469-obamacare-is-more-than-a-safety-net-it-s-a-trampoline

The basic idea is that, by coupling employment and healthcare, most people cannot afford the risk of leaving their job (even if sub-optimal) to start a company.  I know that I have often done the COBRA dance before the ACA came out when starting a new company.  With the ACA, people aren't tethered to their jobs, allowing them to start new companies.

This is good for entrepreneurship, which is good for businesses, which is good for America.  Full stop.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump and Immigration

As someone who went through the US immigration system, I'm dismayed at Trump's mishandling of immigration.  As appalling as it is to shut the door on refugees (who certainly aren't here trying to "take-yer-jobs!") I think the more disastrous part has been shutting the door on *legal* green-card and visa holders.

There is a certain contract - you, the immigrant, will pay thousands in fees, be subjected to all sorts of paperwork and background checks, and will suffer with a life on hold (and possibly be trapped working in a company you don't like, but can't leave) and in exchange for that necessary evil, the US will process your application as quickly as it can and either accept or reject your stay.

However, to then take people who have gone through that process and to lock them out is a complete violation of that contract.

I'm pleased that the outrage has been this acute, and I'm pleased that the White House has backtracked on the green-card restriction.

Oh, and, not for nothing, I'm not at all surprised that Trump made sure the ban doesn't touch any countries that he does business with (from the left-wing rag Bloomberg).