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A Path Through the Wilderness

A Path Through the Wilderness

By    |   Sunday, 20 January 2019 10:47 AM

The border wall debate which has ground government to a halt is not a new one, nor are the arguments for---and against it. “These people are refugees and we should help them,” “They’re illegal immigrants, not refugees,” “No human is illegal.” The same talking points are rehashed every few years or so and then the news eventually moves on. The issue is never resolved because we never challenge the premise of the issue. The argument is always; what do with people when they get here?

What if, instead of deciding what to do with people when they come here; we decided to help them where they live so they wouldn’t feel compelled to come here in the first place?

Illegal immigration, by way of our southern border, has been an issue for decades, going back to the Eisenhower Administration. The race of the coming peoples has varied widely. During the Cold War, refugees escaping the Iron Curtain came to America, via Mexico form Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador. In recent years, it’s been young men, illegally seeking economic advantages. What makes this current crisis unique is that the people coming are overwhelmingly women and children, many of whom are fleeing failed socialist states. This makes the crisis at the border is an economic one, not a political one.

So let’s fix their economies.

In times of necessity, presidents in the past have turned to captains of industry, CEO’s, technology company founders, and the like to serve the country. The practice started under Theodore Roosevelt and continued with FDR. During World War I and II, these “dollar-a-year men” would advise, consult, and in some cases directly manage an essential industry or government agency. When the Affordable Care Act website crashed and became a national punchline, a team of Silicon Valley tech “wunderkinds” saved the day. President Trump has every right to reach out to the nation’s economic and industry leaders and find volunteers to help solve the various economic crises that plague many of the southern countries.

These businessmen and businesswomen and entrepreneurs from across America could sign up for 6 months or a year and assist Central and South American countries rebuild their economies. Government, of course, is disastrous when it comes to solving problems. Sixty years ago, government declared a “War on Poverty” and billions---maybe trillions---of dollars later, poverty is more widespread, more grinding than ever before.

So government must and should turn to the private sector. It would be stupid on anybody’s part for industry to turn to government. Which of course is what the deeply corrupt student loan company Navient---which many more appropriate call “Deviant”---does. Same with the shady Elon Musk as well as the criminal solar scheme, Coronal of California, which gets millions of taxpayer subsides to install polluting solar farms which don’t work.

As Ayn Rand said, “Government helping business is just a disastrous as government persecution. The only way government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.”

An Economic Corps, modeled on the Peace Corps, could recruit young finance, economic, and business majors out of college. These young entrepreneurs could revitalize some of the most economically disadvantaged countries. This could be accomplished in conjunction with a temporary wall.

This could also give Donald Trump enough political leverage to find a compromise with the Democrats to build a wall. But only temporarily if his plan works.

In exchange for creating the Economic Corps and building a wall, Trump agrees with the Democrats to tear down the wall in five years if the Economic Corps program begins to work.

Trump might actually earn the praise of some of the mainstream media if he embarks on this course.

In short, if we can make a Space Force, why can’t we make an Economic Corps? There was a time when the GOP in the 1970’s and 80’s was the party of ideas. Ideas are what animated Jack Kemp, Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan. The right was bursting with creative initatives to expand wealth and freedom. It’s time for the GOP to pick up this standard again.

Plus, and the end of the day, it is the right thing to do.

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The border wall debate which has ground government to a halt is not a new one, nor are the arguments for---and against it. "These people are refugees and we should help them," "They're illegal immigrants, not refugees," "No human is illegal." The same talking points are...
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