Resolutions

On the final Law Talk of 2017, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are taking a look back at the year that was. First, an assessment of President Trump’s first year in office, on matters both foreign and domestic. Is it possible that our dynamic duo is warming to The Donald? Then, what do the Kate Steinle verdict and recent terrorist attacks in New York tell us about the shortcomings of American immigration policy? What does the future hold for the Mueller investigation? What will be the biggest legal stories of 2018? What are the professors’ New Years resolutions? And why did the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles nearly derail the construction of Richard’s house? Tune in to find out!

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Taras Coolidge

    This comment from Prof. Epstein deserves emphasis :

    “The investigation of Trump and the Russian collusion … is now a two edge sword … Their charges against the President, which thus far seem to me have not been proved — but oddly enough the charges against the Democratic National Committee and Jim Comey may be much more serious, if these guys were actually feeding false information to the FBI in order to trigger the probe of Trump and the Russian influence to begin with …”

    Where immigration is concerned, libertarians like Epstein (and the Cato Institute) suffer from a strange blindness about the political implications: in effect, the Californization of the United States.

    The Democrats, who suffer from no such disability, changed our immigration laws in the 1960s to bring in more incompetent immigrants, people who can be relied upon to remain dependent on government assistance for generations, and thus remain reliable Democrat machine voters.

    The Democrats feel they were burned when their one-time core constituencies, the Irish and Italians, rose to the middle class and started voting Republican. They are doing all they can to prevent this from happening to blacks and Hispanics.

    On the gay wedding cake story, my understanding is that a conservative activist tried to buy such a cake from two Muslim bakeries in the vicinity, but was turned down.

    The government isn’t interested in suing them, of course. Progressive policy on religion is: attack Christianity, ignore Judaism, subsidize Islam.

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    • December 31, 2017, at 7:52 AM PST
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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    Right before listening to this podcast, I listened to Power Line Ep. 48: Celebrating a Year of American Greatness. The contrast was striking.

    This podcast was realistic about the problems with President Trump. The other podcast just ignored the problems.

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    • December 31, 2017, at 7:55 AM PST
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  3. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    I thought it interesting around the comments about the Cato study, finding a similar percentage between immigrants that commit crimes as the general US population, etc. Well, so what? If, for example, 5% of immigrants become criminals,that might be a small percentage (which is what Richard argued), but what’s 5% of 10 million?

    The policies Richard spoke to facilitated the entry of eventual murderers into our country. I never think it’s a good idea to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but there’s zero constitutional requirement to let anybody in the country. That we cannot form consistent policy around immigration, and then actually enforce it, in part by not allowing cities to ignore federal immigration law, means we’re all culpable in some way for these horrors that get perpetrated, despite the best of intentions made in policy.

    I wouldn’t for a second assume Democrats or Progressives want murderers let into the country. But that is what we’re getting. With all the complaints about Trump, many of them justified, shaking the hell out of the stupor we’ve allowed ourselves to wallow in, in terms of the size of gov’t and its policy impacts on our daily live might be what’s required in order for us to wake up and realize what we’ve done to ourselves, and our children.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/nyregion/ms-13-gang-killings-long-island.html

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    • January 1, 2018, at 9:23 AM PST
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  4. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    Chris Campion (View Comment):
    I thought it interesting around the comments about the Cato study, finding a similar percentage between immigrants that commit crimes as the general US population, etc. Well, so what? If, for example, 5% of immigrants become criminals,that might be a small percentage (which is what Richard argued), but what’s 5% of 10 million?

    Identity theft is very widespread among illegal aliens; it’s almost obligatory. I suspect the Cato study ignores this.

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    • January 1, 2018, at 11:07 AM PST
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    One trick I’ve seen Linda Chavez use is to compare immigrant crime rates, not with the general native-born population, but with native-born Hispanics – who already have an elevated crime rate.

    I think another trick used by immigration advocates is to lump together legal and illegal immigrants, using the lower crime rates of legal immigrants to cancel out the higher crime rates of illegal immigrants.

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    • January 2, 2018, at 1:04 PM PST
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