Posted on 8/27/2015, edited 6/19/18*:
Bernie Sanders has a working class heart: he supports a fifteen-buck national minimum wage (Rolling Stone Magazine). A minimum wage that permits life is predicated on an ethical and a moral belief more than a financial formula.
Donald Trump’s effect on the dynamic of the presidential race is based on many shared worries, values, perceptions, with other Americans. He pounds, attacks, the status quo, and creates the interaction of ideas, ideals, debate. His presence brings and will bring out what is important in the other candidates, and the dynamic of the presidential race.
Beyond the obvious benefits of a fence running the length of our shared border with Mexico securing the border is a wider, more detailed, more in-depth issue; it is economic, cultural, social. The market of illegal drugs in the U.S. is a primary engine that impacts illegal immigration at the border as the drug cartels are so much a part of the smuggling of all things, including illegal immigrants.
Some years ago (1990s), approximately 75% (35-40% a few years ago*) of the cartels financial pie was predicated on the sale of marijuana in the U.S. Legalize marijuana in the U.S. and take away the bulk of the cartels financial will to do harm in the U.S and Mexico.
The cartels’ current annual income is 64.34 billion dollars (Latin American Herald Tribune) -- according to the U.S. government, 19-29 billion in 2014 (NPR). The violent, brutal, effective, drug cartels have as much money, the technology, and opportunity to attack or defeat border security as we have to maintain it.
Posted (a version*) on Carbuncle Moon 7/15/15: Are the Central American children fleeing from the drug cartel/gang-infested and American-market-driven illegal-drug war zones refugees or illegal immigrants? When a firefighter puts out a fire does the firefighter concentrate on containing those fleeing the conflagration to first put out the blaze or is the fire put out and the survivors attended to simultaneously?
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