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Trump’s Digital Wall

With Gary North’s permission I have reprinted this article from Wednesday’s newsletter. The link to the original article is at the bottom.  

Juggling on the Berlin Wall on 16. November 19...

Donald Trump used a visual image for “seal off the border.” He used a wall.

He isn’t going to build a wall. He will not ask Congress for the funding.

He doesn’t need to.

The border can be policed by satellites and a few thousand low-cost drones. The technology is cheap. It is available now.

These are cheap drones that carry no missiles. They only carry cameras. There can be night drones and day drones. They can observe what is going on for miles.

Put up 1,000 drones at all times, day and night. Aim their cameras 10 or 20 miles south of the border. Is there a truck coming north toward a desolate area? Meet it with troops.

There will be enough troops on the cheap fenced border to head off 80% of the trucks. If 80% of the trucks can’t get their cargo through, the wholesale immigrant business is finished.

Post a thousand troops and drones at the high-crossing areas.

The strategy here is to eliminate the wholesale immigration business. Make the immigrants walk to the border in remote areas. This will drastically reduce the crossings. Move the immigrants from wholesale to retail.

MAKE A DEAL WITH THE COYOTES

Coyotes are the people who take money from desperate would-be illegal immigrants to take them across the border in trucks. They are middlemen.

I propose that Trump make them two-way middlemen.

A coyote brings a truckload of people to the border. On the American side of the border is a border patrol officer who is assigned to an Army unit. He makes the truck driver an offer: “Take them back. Here is $25,000, cash.”

Yes, I know: pretty soon there will be trucks loaded with fake immigrants. So, run the initial program for long enough to get the word out: “Don’t pay anyone to take you across the border. The gringos have cooked up a deal with the coyotes. The coyotes will take your money. Then they will take the gringos’ money to bring you right back.” Six months will do it.

If traffic starts back up, re-start the program.

Keep the immigrants on the Mexican side of the border. This way, there will be no expensive court hearings on our side of the border. There will be no ACLU attorney coming to the defense of illegal immigrants in the middle of the night in the South Texas desert. The immigrants will not cross the border. Mexico will retain jurisdiction.

Station enough troops and drones on the border to seal it off.

Better yet, arrange for the coyotes to bring the would-be immigrants to established check points. No muss, no fuss.

But, you say, no sensible coyote would do this. It would kill his business. So, stage it. Hire some Mexican Americans in South Texas to do a fake crossing at a fake border. Rent an old truck. Have an actor pay the “driver” a wad of bills. Use a dash cam. Make it look real. Then post the video. Do one of these a week. Use the same two or three trucks.

Have you ever seen Wag the Dog?

Trump can supply the video crew. He is a master of reality TV.

Keep the drones flying. Let the coyotes know that they will not be able to get their cargoes across the border. “We can see you coming.”

Maybe a truck turns around and heads home. The driver does not get $25,000. Word will get out: “Don’t pay this guy.”

Maybe the driver stops. He gets his $25,000. He drives them back. Word will get out. “Don’t pay this guy.”

Maybe he unloads them on his side of the border. He gets $25,000. He leaves them. Word will get out. “Don’t pay this guy.”

If he crosses the border, he gets no money. He loses his truck. He gets no food or water. He is sent back on foot with the others. “Have a nice walk with your friends.”

The people who get unloaded will be given two choices: (1) put on a GPS tracking device and start walking back to civilization with food and water supplied by the Americans, or else (2) don’t put on the device and get no food or water. There is this threat: “Take off the device before you get to town A, and the next time we catch you trying to cross illegally, you will get no food and water. And we will catch you. Take the device to our local exchange store, and they will give you $100 cash.” Of course, they are photographed at the border. Their faces go into a facial recognition data base. If they get caught again, they get no food or water for the hike back. “Buy food and water from your buddy.”

Why the exchange store? The store will advertise locally. “If you get caught when our drone system catches the truck that takes you to the border, and if the driver leaves you behind, you can get $100 for the GPS device you will get when you return from the border. We’ll make sure you are in our ‘caught trying to cross the border’ facial recognition system. Then you will get paid.”

Word will get out to the coyotes’ customer base.

Post Spanish language videos on YouTube. The viewers will see the drones, the troops, and the money exchanges. “Warning: the U.S. government has an arrangement with the coyotes. It pays the coyotes to bring people right back at a profit of $25,000 per truckload. You will pay $1,000 for a one-day round-trip visit to the border. The coyotes will make money both ways.”

Put up videos of families walking away from the fence in the middle of the desert. “This is what happens if you try to cross the border in a truck. The drones always spot the trucks. You will be greeted by American troops. Save your money.”

Goodbye, wholesale immigrant market. Hello, individual families on foot.

BETA TEST THIS BY LATE APRIL

This would be cheap to implement. The beta-testing could be operational within three months of Trump’s inauguration.

Put a bird colonel in charge of this. Offer him two stars if he gets it operational by Christmas, but only one star if it’s a day late. Trump can make this offer on January 21. He can ask for volunteers. He will get lots of volunteers by January 23. By February 1, there will be piles of applications.

This colonel would be granted the authority of a four-star general for this project until December 25, 2017.

The colonel will find holes in the system. Most of them can be plugged. He could then ramp up the program by October 31. It would be working by December 25.

Give the program until December 31, 2018 to work. By then, the flow of illegal aliens will be down by 80%.

Priority for Army promotions would be given to successful captains and majors who cut down immigration rates. The statistics would be simple: “Reduce the immigrants in your sector by 20% this year, and you go to the top five of the short list for promotion.” The Mexican border would be the fastest track to stars on the shoulder.

Word would get out. Fast.

CONCLUSIONS

Could Trump do this unilaterally? Of course. He is Commander-in-Chief. Paul Ryan isn’t. Mitch McConnell isn’t.

Trump doesn’t need a wall. He needs only the will.

Here’s the link to his original article: http://www.garynorth.com/public/15899.cfm

Latest Poll Rejects Republican Politicians, Favors Newcomers in Presidential Field

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 23, 2015: 

One had to read well into CNN’s latest poll on the Republican contenders to discover a startling fact: Republicans, for the first time in memory, are rejecting Republican politicians en masse in favor of three who never have held political office. Here are the numbers from last week: Trump: 24 percent; Fiorina: 15 percent; Carson: 14 percent.

Much ado was made over Fiorina’s leapfrogging over Carson, and Trump’s fading by eight percentage points. But, deep into the report was this: “In a jam-packed GOP presidential field, the leading candidates are the only ones who have never held political office.” Here’s the math: those three are favored by 53 percent of Republican voters polled, leaving the remainder with the crumbs.

Gary North, an observer of the political scene ever since he worked as an assistant to Congressman Ron Paul in his Washington office in 1976, has never seen anything like it. In his members-only newsletter, North wrote:

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Stocks to Fall Further, Say Market Bears

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 26, 2015:  

Marc Faber, the bearish financial commentator from Thailand whom financial talking heads in the media love to hate, really doesn’t care what people think. He’s old enough to know his own mind (he’s 69), and he’s been right often enough that his opinions carry plenty of weight. He’s also a curmudgeon. In his June 2008 newsletter, following the arrival of $600 “stimulus” checks in everyone’s mailbox, Faber wrote this, belittling the idea that much if any of that free money would help stimulate the US’s moribund economy:

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Truancy Laws Snag 13-year-old Piano Prodigy

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

It took just one day for the chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to respond to Petula Dvorak’s column in the Washington Post on Monday. Chancellor Kaya Henderson issued a public statement condemning Dvorak’s column for inaccuracies and claiming instead that she was working with Avery Gagliano’s parents to avoid charging the 13-year-old piano prodigy with truancy.

Gagliano was one of just 12 musicians selected from around the world to

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The Supreme Court’s Docket is Full of Cases that could Endanger Liberty

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013:

The potential for liberty’s shrinkage during the Supreme Court’s session that began on Monday is significant, with some exceptions. The cases on the docket range all across the spectrum:

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Warren Buffett’s Railroad is Testing Natural Gas to Drive its Locomotives

The quiet revolution going on in the energy sector as a result of fracking is being punctuated by changes unseen and unappreciated, such as the recent announcement by Warren Buffett’s railroad, BNSF Railway.  The largest railroad in the country, BNSF is testing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to

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Declines in Trust and Revenues Force Sales and Spinoffs of Formerly Prominent Newspapers

The back-to-back announcements of the sale of the Boston Globe to Boston billionaire John Henry and the sale of the Washington Post o Amazon founder Jeff Bezos earlier this week continue to track the shrinkage of the newspaper business that has been going on for more than a decade. Henry bought the Globe from the New York Times for just $70 million, a fraction of the

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NSA disclosures recall days of the East German STASI

When Wolfgang Schmidt learned about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning its ability to collect personal data on millions of American citizens, he was astonished. As a lieutenant colonel in East Germany’s secret police, the STASI, his department was limited to tapping just 40 phones every day. If a decision was made to tap a new phone, one of the others had to be disconnected. Said Schmidt:

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Once Reviled, Capitalism is Making an Extraordinary Comeback Worldwide

This article originally appeared at McAlvany Intelligence Advisor

 

Hidden inside an obscure study just released by Barclays is a nugget of huge importance that reflects a sea change in the growth of entrepreneurial capitalism. The results of this development could equal if not exceed those of the

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Fox News president’s email to his people about the James Rosen affair

Here is Roger Ailes’ email, if you care to look. He says some nice things that I’m certain were reassuring to his employees who are probably asking themselves whenever they send an email or make a phone call, “am I being watched?”

Let’s remember who Roger Ailes is. He is

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More on Ponzi schemes like Social Security

I haven’t seen much lately about Ponzi schemes, much less about how Social Security is a Ponzi scheme “with a gun”. I first became aware of the nature of Social Security when I got into the life insurance business and was able to discern the difference between insurance, and Social Security which

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Gary North is worth much more than $10 a month

My subscription to Gary North’s newsletter just paid for it self in one commentary. His analysis of this article helped improve my understanding of their conclusion: prices could decline in the near future.

I subscribe to John Mauldin’s free newsletter which today consisted of an outlook by two other very bright guys, Lacy Hunt and Van Hoisington. I have read both of them. And Mauldin used to be a partner of Gary North. Confused? Don’t be. This is just to say that they have immense credibility with me and I would automatically be sympathetic to their point of view.

But with North’s analysis I now have a better understanding:

The Fed is deliberately driving down the velocity of money (how fast money circulates) by keeping the banks’ excess reserves with them rather than letting the banks lend them out. They do that by paying interest on those reserves. Look at it from the bankers’ perspectives: why would you loan your precious reserves to risky customers, even those with excellent credit ratings, when you can make risk-free loans to the Fed and earn interest there? True, it’s less interest than you might get from a customer, but with them you run the risk of not getting your money back. You don’t have to worry about that with the Fed.

So North thinks it’s a deliberate policy to keep the banks from lending, which keeps price inflation from hitting the grocery stores. He says it’s the best of all possible worlds for the Fed: they can continue to finance the government deficits with digital money without price inflation.

If, however, the Fed decides to stop paying interest on those reserves, or worse, decided to start charging interest on those reserves, this action would force the banks to take back those reserves and start lending them out. This would result in price inflation almost immediately. North thinks that if the Fed does that (reverses course), we could see prices double in a matter of months. For the time being, however, the Fed has no interest in doing that. I’m not sure why the Fed would ever start charging interest on those reserves. So price inflation is highly unlikely, and we might even see some small decrease in the overall price level. This is helpful information. It agrees with the conclusion by Hunt and Hoisington but I have a better understanding, thanks to North.

Here’s the link to North’s analysis. You’ll see that it’s a paywall. I pay $9.95 a month to get over that wall and read his stuff. This single analysis of a well-written article which could have misled me and my understanding of the world has paid for my subscription for a least a year. I think North is way undercharging. Don’t tell him I said so.

A very smart guy reviews Stockman’s massive new book

Whenever someone as smart as David Stockman (President Reagan’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget) writes a 768-page book (The Great Deformation), it makes me nervous, for two reasons: I don’t have the time to read 768 pages, but if I don’t I might miss something important. So I was gratified that

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Here’s another reason I’m not going to see Lincoln

Tony Kushner is the screenwriter for the movie Lincoln. Gary North has uncovered a video of Charlie Rose interviewing Kushner. It won’t take you long to come to the same conclusion: this guy is so far off the mark that anything he might have to say about Lincoln is going to be

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There is Only One “Natural Resource”

Rendering of human brain.

Rendering of human brain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Donald Boudreaux wrote an article honoring Julian Simon five years ago and it’s just as relevant today as it was then. In it he notes that Simon was persuaded that there are no natural resources, save one: the human mind.

Simon’s most important contribution was to crystallize and explain an insight that even the best economists before him only glimpsed — namely, that human  beings in free societies are “the ultimate resource.” Nothing — not oil, not  land, not gold, not microchips, nothing — is as valuable to the material well-being of people as is human creativity and effort.

In this day of iPhones and fracking, the internet and hybrid automobiles, I think people take an awful lot of it for granted. We have enjoyed the benefits of freedom without understanding really how it works. We just expect it to

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Groupon no longer offers gun-related coupons. Who cares?

Groupon decided that ideology was more important than profits and halted offering any discount coupons related to guns or the gun industry such as training programs. They may be having second thoughts.

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Amazing Nullification News from Wyoming

wyoming welcomes you

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A modest little bill, H.B. 0104, called the “Firearms Protection Act” has the potential to re-ignite the whole states’ rights issue that  many think was long settled by the Civil War. All it says is this:

Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

That’s all. Simple. Easy. Clear. And profoundly important in the freedom fight. Alex Newman, writing for The New American, says it exactly right. This is “nullification legislation that would void unconstitutional infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, even providing prison time for any federal agents who may try to enforce Washington, D.C., gun control in the state.”

The key word here is

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How I’m learning to love Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Schumer

And it’s not because I’m originally from the east coast, either. As my bumper sticker used to say: “I’m not a native but I got here as fast as I could.” No, it’s because their actions are wonderfully self-defeating. Bring it on!

They want to ban guns. More precisely they want to keep private citizens from

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Idaho to allow private online classes to teach the kids

This is a wonderful breakthrough:

Starting next fall, Idaho students could have the option of taking math, history  and other online classes provided by the Khan  Academy, the online content nonprofit that provides courses free to anyone,  anytime and anywhere.

Eric Kellerer, a spokesman for Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), tried to downplay the implications:

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Establishment Economist Greg Mankiw Speaks Some Truth

N. Gregory Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Economist Greg Mankiw is a study in contradictions. His establishment credentials are impeccable: a graduate of Princeton – summa cum laude – with a degree in economics, then on to MIT and Harvard Law. He chaired President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, advised Mitt Romney, and now teaches economics at Harvard.

But every now and then he speaks the truth, or at least some part of it. In his article in the New York Times, Mankiw was clear about who’s paying the taxes in the country: the rich, by a country mile:

In 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, the richest 1 percent of Americans paid 28.9 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (That includes income taxes, both individual and corporate, and payroll taxes.) Members of the middle class, defined as the middle fifth of households, paid 11.1 percent of their income in taxes.

Some of this difference in tax rates is attributable to temporary tax changes passed in response to the recent recession. But not all. In 2006, before the financial crisis, the top 1 percent paid 30 percent of their income in taxes, compared with 13.9 percent for the middle class.

These data suggest that the rich are not, as a general matter, shirking their responsibilities to support the federal government.

Wow! Considering the source, this is an amazing admission. The rich are paying more than their fair share! And then he goes on to explain that even if Obama has his way with Congress – which he is largely getting – the proposed increases on the richest Americans will

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.