Let’s give ’em something to text about
Purple coverage of the Republican debate and Trump’s veterans event
This is not the first time protesters and Trump supporters have clashed:
The Gang of 8 was a bipartisan group of 8 Senators who wrote a 2013 bill to reform the U.S. immigration system. It did not pass, and current Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio was a gang member (ha, you know what I mean). The bill would allow for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to have a pathway to citizenship. Read more here.
Even among Republicans, — 4 in 10 of whom oppose making citizenship an option for people in the country illegally, it doesn’t seem to be a make-or-break issue in their choice for president. Four in 10 conservative Republicans and 3 in 10 tea party Republicans favor a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the country illegally.
There are approximately 11.5 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S. We’ve all heard the statement that immigrants are “stealing jobs” from Americans.
But what effect do immigrants actually have on the U.S. economy? Are they, as some claim, taking jobs away from Americans? Let’s break it down.
This is true if you parse the numbers the way his campaign did, looking only at total job growth over the last seven years of his eight-year tenure. But there are plenty of caveats to the talking point, including the prevalence of low-paying jobs that Bush policies didn’t necessarily create. Many of those jobs evaporated after the housing bubble burst. A more level way to measure jobs would have been to look at the growth rate, which put Florida fifth in the country while Bush was in office.
Bishop Timothy Woods, a clergy member in Ferguson, explained things to FiveThirtyEight:
“A low-income worker fails to pay personal property tax on a car. Aggressive policing makes him more likely to get pulled over and ticketed for that offense. Poverty makes him less likely to pay the fine. Pretty quickly, a minor offense turns into a warrant, then jail time. A criminal record makes it harder to find a decent job, which leads to continued poverty.”
Puerto Ricans may play a major role in the 2016 election. Not only do Puerto Ricans lean heavily Democratic, but more than a million of them now live in Florida. That’s 10 times as many who lived in the state in 1980.
Most Americans get their insurance through their employers, making it harder for workers to change jobs which makes the economy less efficient/dynamic. This is the one thing Obamacare was designed to change with the exchanges.
The exchanges were created to foster competition between health insurance companies who are trying to offer the best deal on the website (healthcare.gov). The idea was that hopefully the competition would bring costs down so that individuals could actually afford private individual health insurance.
Out of 15 promises to help veterans, Obama has kept 9 of them. VA claims soared during Obama’s 1st years in office (along with wait times) as many veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Also under Obama homelessness among veterans decreased by a third.
Here is Donald’s veterans affairs reform plan.