Friday 27 January 2017
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Trump has come out, as he said he would, firmly on the side of limiting future muslim influence in America. "We don't want to become a Muslim country" he said. With muslim birth rates outpacing that of Americans of northern European origin by six to one, his embargo on immigration from certain ‘troubled’ regions is entirely sensible, pragmatic and predictably has riled the left who, for reasons unknown, simply will not criticise even those whose avowed aim is to obliterate all other forms of thought. Maybe they see a kindred spirit.
But, but, but, we need immigration the globalist cry, as if the Ponzi model that has been operating for decades is any kind of answer. We need to take the young of poorer countries to prop up the outrageously generous pension entitlements of the baby boomers. Has anybody, in any government seriously examined this claim? The relatively wealthy pay the bulk of the taxes, which governments, always desperate to keep the plebs onside, spend on welfare programmes of such indiscriminate profligacy that they need to borrow eye-watering sums to make up the gaps.
Why? Because the flood of low-paid workers contributes nothing at all; in the UK we even pay them tax credits – calling them in-work benefits instead of the dole it is – so that they can get by. And then we moan about our low productivity while tweaking the statistics to ‘prove’ they are essential. This need to constantly expand the population, storing up even greater unmeetable costs and dissatisfaction ahead, is simply ludicrous. It is like putting people on disability benefits or keeping them at school just to make the unemployment figures look better. If anything we should be lowering the population, starting with a reduction in numbers of those who, by design, contribute nothing.
But until we get that contented, manageable population in lucrative jobs, owning their own homes and happy to rub along together we have to make do with what we’ve got. Donald Trump, of course, has a long history of finding people he can work with in order to fulfil his ambitions and right now he is filling positions to bring about the changes he wants to see. To which end he has devised the simplest of job interview tests for choosing the right man. Even as Theresa May was jetting over to the States to meet him, he was meeting eager applicants to run his new infrastructure projects, with budgets of $Trillions.
He asked the first applicant, an ex-journalist, “What is two plus two?” whose answer, somewhat predictably, was an innumerate twenty-two. The next applicant was a social worker and she said “I don't know the answer but I'm very glad that we had the opportunity to discuss it." The third applicant was an engineer of some years; he looked like he could have worked on the Hoover Dam. This man pulled out a similarly ancient wooden slide rule and came up with the answer “Somewhere between 3.999 and 4.001.” The next was a lawyer who declared “In the case of Jenkins vs. the Department of the Treasury, two plus two was proven, unequivocally, to be four.”
The Donald deploys his secret army of accountants...
The President sighed, this was proving fruitless and he only had one more applicant waiting in the ante room. This had better be the man for the job; he needed somebody he could work with. A former accountant for PWC the man walked nervously into the Oval Office, his gangly frame and horn-rimmed glasses straight from central casting. Donald looked him in the eye and asked “What is two plus two?” The accountant got up from his chair, walked to the door, closed it, came back and sat down. Leaning across the desk, he said in a low whisper, “How much do you want it to be?”