Border Wars: Fiscal Conservatism Strikes Back


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President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico is facing a major problem: A wall of resistance from his own party.

A growing number of congressional Republicans are objecting to the cost and viability of a proposal that was a rallying cry for the billionaire businessman during his insurgent campaign. Interviews with more than a dozen GOP lawmakers across the ideological spectrum suggest Trump could have a difficult time getting funding for his plan approved by Congress.

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Want to Argue about Politics More Effectively? Learn Risk Analysis 101


For those of us who work professionally in risk management, it’s striking how many of the controversies surrounding the Trump administration are essentially controversies about risks.¬†That means that if you want to argue more effectively (and intelligently) about many of these controversies, you need to know some basics from the discipline known as risk analysis. The good news is that the basic concepts are very easy to learn.

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Trump’s Protectionism vs. Trump’s Immigration Policies


From the right-wing Washington Examiner:

If Trump wants to reduce illegal immigration (already at an all-time low), the best thing he can do is to encourage our neighbors to the South to continue embracing free trade and commerce that has been empirically proven to raise the standard of living, create jobs, and lift millions out of poverty. To the extent we are able, we should be encouraging increased economic opportunities for Mexicans in Mexico. This will result in even less migration.

If Trump thinks Mexico is bad now, just wait until our neighbors to the South turn their back on the free enterprise system.

LINK (H/T: WinteryKnight)