5:05 — Joe discusses at length Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s immigration platform that focuses more on American workers and citizens and less on illegal immigrants. When asked by FOX News’ Megyn Kelly if his new approach on immigration is more in line with Republican candidates running for the presidency, Walker responded, “Well, the one thing they’re not saying is we need to make sure as part of any future legal immigration system that goes forward has to account for American citizens and the workers of this country and their wages to make sure that even with legal immigration in this country we respond to to it in a way that doesn’t take jobs away from hardworking Americans.”
Finally, someone is putting the American worker front and center as they deserve to be. I refuse to allow any type of amnesty that could potentially harm the middle class financially. While the media paints immigration as a bi-partisan issue that has the backing of the entire country, the actual populist approach would be to focus on the legal wage earners already living here, paying taxes.
The left and the media are reporting Walker’s turn on immigration to be “far right.” MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin wrote, “Walker’s newfound skepticism of legal immigration levels is a potential turning point in the still nascent presidential race, potentially dragging the Republican Party further to the right than Mitt Romney’s hardline immigration platform in 2012.” You’re damn right, Benjy. And that’s a good thing. Perhaps Governor Walker could be the leading voice amongst conservatives in the amnesty debate. He’s already proven himself to be an effective fighter in Wisconsin, now he’s proving he could be just as aggressive on a national stage.
6:05 — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest seemed to suggest that Iran has “suffered” enough when asked if additional sanctions would be imposed on Iran if they don’t release the three Americans currently being held hostage. “There is no doubt that the unjust detention of Americans in Iran has continued to serve as an impediment to better relations between the United States and Iran. There’s no doubt about that,” Earnest told reporters on Tuesday. “So there already have been consequences that Iran has suffered as a result of this.”
Why are politicians and the media insisting that the continued nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US must include the hostages’ release during the talks? Forget that. We shouldn’t even be talking to Iran at all until they 1) release the hostages 2) recognize the existence of Israel (because they don’t.) and 3) stop sponsoring terrorism. These should be the only preconditions to possible talks. Key word is possible.
6:35 — Joe claims he saw the worst of prime-time cable news when he watched the Huffington Post’s Marc Lamont Hill debate ex-NYPD detective Harry Houck. Hill was unable to refute Houck’s professional analysis, backed up by stats mind you, that contrary to what the media has been reporting, black people aren’t being routinely murdered by white officers. Houck kept pressing the pundit to produce facts that could prove his claim, a frustrated Hill shouted, “I’m looking at the trail of dead black people at the hand of law enforcement!” Yes, blacks have a higher propensity to be involved in officer-involved shootings, but that’s most likely because the offending rate for blacks is almost 8 times higher than whites.
7:05 — Joe claims that Americans are losing their ability to think and reflect. “We’re getting ready good at reacting to news stories,” Walsh said. “However, most don’t seek out true facts for themselves, or critique what they’re processing. Instead, when they first hear of any type of news, they immediately start sending out tweets.” Waxing poetically about his youth, Joe misses the days before technology when people would speak to each other rather than “spouting off” at each other. “We make rash decisions, and unfortuanetly we’ve allowed our politicians for far too long act the same way. It’s sickening, and it hurts our ability to critically think and reflect,” Walsh said. “If we don’t stop this trend, I fear it’ll only get worse. That’s dangerous.”
7:35 Four hosts at MSNBC are delinquent on their taxes, but you probably haven’t heard.