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27Mar/19

Fine People

Posted by Nate

White supremacists

“There are some fine people there.” Trump August 15, 2017 press-conference after Charlottesville, VA events.

Nazis marching in Charlottesville. “Jews will not replace us”.

Some “very fine people”: marchers with torches, swastikas, “Jews will not replace us”.

Fine people.

And I remember images:

Nazis marching in Germany.

With torches and swastikas.

Regular, everyday German boys,

Fine people,

Sons, daughters, husbands,

Church-goers.

Regular forlks.

And I am sure some Jews were saying at the time:

“There are some fine people among them,

We know some of them.”

It will pass.

After all, there are some fine people there.

Holocaust

How could it happen?

Fascists, they look like regular folks,

Just like us.

Fine people marching: “Jews will not replace us”.

Pittsburgh, PA, synagogue massacre.

Not important, just one crazy person.

White supremacy is on the rise.

But in Charlottesville they just wanted to protect their dear confederate monument.

It's part of history, so dear to white supremacists’ and white nationalists’ hearts.

Marching with torches and swastikas, “Jews will not replace us”.

Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht

Concentration camps,

Holocaust.

Europe in ruins.

Millions dead.

There were some fine people among

Nazis...family people, regular guys,

Just like us,

FINE PEOPLE.

And Jewish Trump supporters agreed.

MAGA

15Mar/19

To Our Jewish Community.

Posted by Nate

Do your research

Trump has 80% support from Russian Jews and the same percentage of Russian Jews in Israel, but it is not a green light to smear the other 20% and he world majority that opposes Trump.

It is nothing less than destruction of bipartisan support for Israel in the US.

I want to start with moral perspective. We want to think that we are moral people. We love our families, we have good friends, we do not steal, trying to be nice to others. And yet, for some strange reason many ignore all terrible, totally amoral behavior of Donald Trump.

Trump cheated on his three wives and his deeply religious supporters love him.

Trump ignores and insults our national intelligence institutions while saying that he believes Putin and anti Putin Trump supporters totally love him.

Trump policies take migrant children away from their families and dedicated religious family loving Trump supporters approve.

Trump is a pathological liar, and this fact is undeniable. And yet people who teach their children not to lie ignore all these lies and still support this man.

David Brooks (a Republican) said it well.

“Normal people have moral sentiments. Normal people are repulsed when the president of their own nation lies, cheats, practices bigotry, allegedly pays off porn star mistresses.

Were Republican House members enthusiastic or morose as they decided to turn off their own moral circuits, when they decided to be monumentally unconcerned by the fact that their leader may be a moral cretin? Do they think that having anesthetized their moral sense in this case they will simply turn it on again down the road? Having turned off their soul at work, do they think they will be able to turn it on again when they go home to the spouse and kids?”

So why so many keep ignoring total moral bankruptcy of Donald Trump? I it willful ignorance, refusal to accept, to learn the facts, the truth?

Following Trump's comments on Friday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, "Those who truly care about the Jewish community shouldn't politicize #antiSemitism. No one should be grandstanding now. Elected leaders can best help us move forward by ending the blame game & genuinely committing to rebuild bonds & fight #hate in all forms."

It’s no surprise that Republicans continue to try to make hay out of the Ilhan Omar controversy, even though, arguably, Democrats turned the tables on them by developing an anti-hate resolution which they unanimously supported, whereas 23 Republicans just couldn’t endorse such a sweeping condemnation of bigotry.

Characteristically, the leader of the GOP (Trump), one of the most skillful hate-mongers in major-party political history, is asserting that Democrats lost the battle over Omar while exposing their deep animus toward Jews and Israel.

Let’s look at the record.

There are 27 Jews currently serving in the U.S. House. Twenty-five of them are Democrats; 2 are Republicans. There are nine Jews in the U.S. Senate. All of them are Democrats (if you consider Bernie Sanders a Democrat). Republicans: zippo.

Are all these Democratic Jews in Congress self-loathing?

A look at Jewish voting patterns is equally revealing. According to the best available data, Democrats have carried the Jewish vote in 24 consecutive presidential elections, dating back to 1924. In six of the last seven presidential elections, the Jewish vote was more than 70 percent Democratic (the one exception was in 2012, when Barack Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote). Hillary Clinton trounced Trump among Jews by a 71/24 margin. 2018 exit polls showed 79 percent of Jews voting Democratic in the midterms.

From Nathan:

I voted for the party that fought for us, Soviet Jews to be able to come to America.

I voted for the party that cleaned up the water so now we can swim in Lake Michigan.

I voted for the party that gave us Medicare and Social Security.

I voted for the party that helped our parents come to America with us and helped us care for them.

I voted for the party that killed Bin Laden.

I did not vote for party whose president wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

I did not vote for the Nixon party.

I did not vote for the party that ignored 9/11 warnings.

I did not vote for the party who's leader announced that our free press is an "enemy of the people”.

I did not vote for the party whose President was hostile to Israel: “With a possible peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians in the air, the 41st U.S. president (George H. W. Bush) refused to approve $10 billion in loans guaranteed to help Israel cope with a wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union, and subsequently demanded that Israel freeze its settlement building before agreeing to the request.”

Despite all the lies Democratic party DID NOT start the KKK. CLAIM: The Ku Klux Klan was formed by the Democratic Party.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The Ku Klux Klan was not formed by the Democratic Party.

THE FACTS: The Klan first emerged after the Civil War in an effort to intimidate Southern blacks to stay out of politics and to exploit their labor. It was created in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate veterans. https://www.apnews.com/afs:Content:2336745806

I did not vote for the party associated with Nazis and the Alt-Right.

“In at least five state and national races across the country, the Republican Party is dealing with an uncomfortable problem. Their party’s candidates are either a card-carrying Nazi, a Holocaust denier, a proud white supremacist, or all of the above.” https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17525860/nazis-russell-walker-arthur-jones-republicans-illinois-north-carolina-virginia

I did not vote for the party who's President announced that “there are good people” among Nazis.

“President Trump defended the white nationalists who protested in Charlottesville on Tuesday, saying they included 'some very fine people,' while expressing sympathy for their demonstration against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. “ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/trump-defends-white-nationalist-protesters-some-very-fine-people-on-both-sides/537012/

I did not vote for the party where the president's inner circle is in jail or indicted.https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/17031772/mueller-indictments-grand-jury

My advice to Russian immigrants

Be informed, not misinformed.

Stop reading, listening to Russian propaganda.

Understand Democracy and how it's supposed to work in America.

Read the American Constitution and all amendments to it.

Democracy is messy and many times we hear opinions we don't like. But that's what makes us strong – continuous debate, a multitude of opinions, our diversity.

America is a country of immigrants, that's what makes it exceptional and I will do all I can to keep it that way.

3Mar/19

Immigration

Posted by Nate

Immigration policies of trump

Our Democracy is under attack.

We have lived in America for forty years. Our children, our grandchildren are first and second generation Americans. And what was strange and uncomfortable for us, new immigrants, is now a norm. We see people from all over the world anywhere we go. At work, in the gym, in the store. Our kids have friends who's parents came from India, China, Korea and many other countries. And this is America. And I like it this way. I love to go to different ethnic restaurants, food stores and learn about ethnic food. To me, to our family this is just great.

And that is why it is so sad, so disturbing and disheartening to witness our current administration and it's inhumane, mean-spirited and hateful anti-immigration rhetoric and policies.

On south border
Families detained at the border.

It is damaging to our Democracy, American economy, American leadership in the world. Trump's hateful words, short sited policies are poisoning our society, destabilizing American institutions and are tearing the country apart.

Immigration

Immigration, in my opinion, is the most troubling and the most important issue for our country. But especially crucial during the Trump administration. Starting with the undeniable fact that America is a country of immigrants. Here is a sample chart:

I will not go too deep into history because of constraints of time and space but below are a couple of US anti-immigration policies of the past. Here is a list of some people the US did not want in America:

Catholics

Chinese

Irish

Jews

Japanese

Now it is almost everybody except Europeans (maybe).

To be sure I am not advocating unrestricted entrance for everybody who is trying to come to America. We do need strong borders and customs. People need to be vetted in order to get permission.

Anti-immigration attitudes in America are as old as the country.

“By 1924, the United States had constructed a web of legislation that effectively barred any Asian immigration. It would stay in place until World War II, when the United States was shamed into dismantling the ban by its ally, China. Still, Trump and his advisers look to the time when the United States locked its doors to immigration as a golden era. No wonder his rhetoric sounds so familiar.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/10/31/trump-takes-us-back-to-the-darkest-days-of-american-xenophobia/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7b20ce34224a

The adverse effects of anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration.

World opinion about America as a “shining city on the hill”, a great friendly Democracy. It is changing. No more “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Draconian anti -immigration policies destroying America from within. Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric energized all sorts of hate groups. On the right and, as counter, on the left.

Extreme shortage of skilled labor.The skills gap is widening, unemployment in the U.S. is at its lowest rate since 2000, and nearly 60% of employers struggle to fill job vacancies within 12 weeks. But if you think it’s tough to find great talent now, new research from the Korn Ferry Institutesuggests that things are only going to get worse. https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2018/industries-biggest-talent-shortages-2030

Knowledge-intensive industries like financial services will be some of the hardest hit. These industries require a high volume of skilled workers—and as demand outpaces supply, competition for qualified candidates will soar. This is especially true in countries where unemployment is low, since employed workers have much less incentive to retrain, re-skill, or enter a new field.

Falling immigration causes companies to move abroad.Microsoft does not want to move jobs out of the United States but certain decisions out of Washington could potentially force its hands, the company's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, warned. From a report: The Trump Administration's tough stance on immigration has attracted a lot of criticism from big technology firms, which rely heavily on skilled foreign workers from around the world. Smith previously spoke out against efforts to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- an Obama-era policy that provides legal protection for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Microsoft has advocated the protection of DACA and more broadly supported immigration as a way to make sure U.S. companies are hiring talented people. "We do worry about a couple of the very specific immigration questions that people appear to be debating in Washington," Smith told CNBC's Akiko Fujita in an interview on Wednesday. https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/07/12/1148231/microsoft-could-move-some-jobs-abroad-because-of-us-immigration-policies-top-exec-says

Competition for skilled employees will intensify. And the US was in a great position because people wanted to come here from all over the world to live and to work. And what do we do? The Trump administration is trying to discourage graduating students to remain here, and pushing away skilled people with it's anti-immigration policies.

Because of concerns about high skilled people, some high tech companies are considering moving some of their operations abroad.

Farmers are suffering because of a shortage of farm workers.

A S maller number of low skilled workers come to the US creating labor shortages for farmers.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation projects $5 billion to $9 billion in annual produce-industry losses because of the labor shortages, which have become commonplace for farmers such as Torrey, who said there were 10 applicants for every job five years ago.” https://bangordailynews.com/2012/07/05/business/fewer-workers-cross-border-creating-us-farm-labor-shortage/

Foreign students . Since Trump became president foreign students are having difficulties staying and working in US due to more hurdles created by the Trump administration that is trying to encourage companies to hire Americans. The problem is that there is a severe shortage of qualified people to fill positions in knowledge-based sectors like finance, computer science, programming and engineering.

Smaller number of high skilled immigrants coming to US.

“Many talented foreign students come to the U.S. to study and hope to stay for work. But they are leaving the country in droves after earning their degrees, deploying their knowledge and skills outside of America. The U.S. immigration system does not retain this talent effectively, and recent decisions have made the system worse.” https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/408949-as-washington-ignores-high-skill-immigration-debate-us

“Following the Trump administration's executive order last spring encouraging employers to "hire American," the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested further information from a rising number of H-1B applicants, lengthening their time of uncertainty as they wait for word about whether they can stay and work in the U.S. This includes international students like Huang, the UVA grad hoping to start her new job. There is no data available to show if this is happening more frequently to international students than it was under the prior administration.” https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/07/10/599219792/u-s-degree-check-u-s-work-visa-still-a-challenge

So here is an interesting contradiction in current administration policies.

On the one hand it started a trade war with China trying to stop it from stealing intellectual property from the US.

On the other hand the Trump administration created hostile policies discouraging graduate students from staying and working here. So we are teaching the best and the brightest in American universities and than Trump kicks them out to go and work for our competitors like China.

Does it makes any sense?

I sincerely hope that this situation is a temporary setback, that our democracy is strong and resilient and will survive.

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Let's be strong my friends.

   
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