Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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More parenting is needed

Aug 01, 2019

Peter Gray in Psychology Today advises for less parenting. The problem is exactly the opposite: There is not enough parenting. In the past, when most of our ancestors lived in self-supporting households, often a farm, out of necessity, children were an integral part of whatever adults needed to do during their daily life, and they learned that way. Now, we do not need to do as much at home. Work is outside the home, food is brought in, heat is turned on and off, and mysteriously magical, colorful screens are the center of most activities. If we leave children free to explore what they find the most attractive, they will play video games. There might be some educational value in it, but one needs to learn much more. Hence, we need more effort in parenting, with parents doing more in the home than is otherwise required, and spending more time with children outside in order to introduce them to the real world. This realization hit home after I witnessed the surprise of a 7-year old seeing apples on my apple tree.

Less fight more work
Jul 30, 2017

The fight over Obamacare repeal is over, at least for now. The GOP can start to work on a new proposal that each of us can look at it, and then compare how my particular health care solution would play in it, as compared to Obamacare. In a television interview, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that Obamacare “may be working for Washington, it may be working for insurance companies, but it’s not working for patients.” Maybe it is time to consider patients’ involvement in the preparation of an Obamacare alternative? It could be that Obamacare repeal failed just because it has been prepared by Washington with consultation from insurance companies. Let us start with addressing 19 health care issues that politicians avoid talking about.

How to pay for the wall?
Apr 04, 2017

If you want to build the wall, pay for it with your own money. How much of your own money are you willing to donate? Trump received 62,979,879 votes. If each of Trump’s supporters voluntarily donates at least $1,000, which corresponds to about $42 per month for the next two years, and if we encourage those who are more affluent to double their donations, then Trump can have on hand about $100 billion, which may suffice for a substantial piece of the wall. Hence, all of you who are talking loudly about spending my money on building this wall, stay away from my wallet, but open your own wallet and send money to the “Build the Wall Fund.” Put your money where your mouth is.

What is wrong with Russia?
Dec 22, 2015

It appears that Russian leaders cannot free themselves from the medieval concept of regional influence, where weaker neighbors were subdued into becoming serf states. Is anyone capable of explaining to them that in these times of a global economy, any influence comes from economic strength? Russia, thanks to its size, natural resources and well-educated labor force, has everything that it takes to maintain a dominant position in the region, just by maintaining free trade with all its neighbors. It can do so without military interventions in Georgia and in Ukraine. Russia has everything that it takes to be a respected wealthier neighbor, to whom everyone in the region would turn for help when needed. Instead, it is a bully and a hooligan. It would take so little to change that. But it is so hard for Russia to do it. 

Closed mind for closed borders
Nov 19, 2015

Known to some as a libertarian, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. speaks against open borders. His argument is that it is an infraction against private property. He misses the point that most people migrate just because Mr. Rockwell’s neighbors want them on their private property – for picking apples, washing the dishes or writing a computer code. Then, Mr. Rockwell wrongly laments that those foreigners invited by his neighbors violate his private property rights by loitering in the public spaces that he frequents. He wants the government to deny the rights of his neighbors to do on their private property whatever they wish, so he will not need to face immigrants in the public spaces. Mr. Rockwell left the train called “liberty” at the station called “xenophobia.”    

They do not know…
Sep 14, 2015

Mr. Trump says: “A lot of what I’m doing is by instinct.” I prefer that our President would make decisions based on systematic due diligence. The instinct that guides Mr. Trump in his professional life arrives from his vast experience, starting when he was growing up under the mentoring of his successful father, followed by a solid education and years of practice. Mr. Trump's confidence is misguiding, as it gives his supporters the illusion that someone who mastered real estate dealing can be equally skillful as President. It is similar to the illusion surrounding Dr. Carson, that he can be as good a President as he is a brain surgeon. If both gentlemen were humbler, they would realize that they qualify to be President equally as much as Mr. Trump qualifies to conduct brain surgeries and Dr. Carson to run Mr. Trump’s real estate empire. The problem is not that they do not know many things they should; the problem is that they do not realize that.

Freedom cannot be legislated, its restriction can
Mar 31, 2015

Indiana voted in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In his WSJ piece, Gov. Mike Pence claims it was needed to protect the religious freedoms of Hoosiers. Every legislative act by its nature limits someone’s freedom. The only way of increasing freedom is by identifying existing laws that curb personal liberties and then eliminating them.  Hence, if Gov. Pence sees that under some circumstances, the religious freedoms of Hoosiers are not respected, he could correct the situation by eliminating laws causing this problem. We have the Bill of Rights, and it suffices. No “enhancements” are needed.

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Border security, or BS for short

Something is missing in the passionately debated border security, as a part of the immigration overhaul. Advocates for increased border protection bring up the issue of the nation’s security as the main reason for all the elaborate and expensive border protection provisions. People sneaking throughout the border are mostly low skilled and seeking entry level jobs in the U.S. It is a mystery to me how by picking strawberries at American farms or cutting meat in American slaughterhouses they can endanger the nation’s security.

Is there any enemy that tries to conquer our country by sneaking its agents through the border? No, Mr. Smith, an American employer has a job to offer and instead of hiring Mr. Jones, his neighbor, he prefers Mr. Gonzalez from Mexico. There are more Joneses than Smiths; hence, as a majority they voted in a restrictive immigration policy. Joneses want the government to use its military to stop at the border foreigners who want to compete with them for jobs. Nothing better describes the enemy that made our borders insecure than the old phrase from Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

The immigration amnesty of 1986 is perceived as a failure because it did not stop illegal immigration. I am old enough to remember that in 1986 the core opposition to amnesty was the same as now: Americans wanted limited immigration, perceiving immigrants as taking their jobs. It was obvious then, that there was no way to stop foreigners from coming across the border illegally or by overstaying their visitor’s visas. Hence, in order to pacify opponents of the amnesty, the bill had a provision making it illegal for American employers to hire undocumented immigrants. As an employer then, I remember that the law had no teeth in it. I cannot know what was in Reagan’s mind on this issue, but I suspect that Reagan hoped that that law would never be fully enforced. This law can be fully enforced only in a totalitarian state as the Soviet Union was; it is a far reaching government restriction of the freedoms of individual; it is against the spirit of the Republic. This law, as well, should be challenged as unconstitutional, but as constitutional lawyers advise me, because of the Slaughter-House Case from 1873, it might be hard to win it.  After all, for the first 210 years of the Republic, an American employer had the freedom to hire anyone regardless if this person came from across the street, across an ocean or across the Rio Grande. Forcing employers to ask for permission from a Washington bureaucrat to hire a foreigner does not sound to me as a concept favored by someone believing that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

Protecting American jobs is often mentioned in debates about immigration reform. Some Americans may lose jobs to immigrants, but usually civilization progress is the cause. In construction for example, not long ago it took weeks for a team of skillful carpenters to build a house frame. Today, those frames are prefabricated, and it takes a crane, one skillful man and one helper to put a house frame in days if not hours. This helper might be an immigrant, but he is not the reason why carpenters have less work. With commoditization of software programming, the prices for routine tasks are defined worldwide by what programmers in India are willing to accept. It is our choice whether this Indian programmer will work here, pay taxes here, pay rent here, buy his car here, or he will be employed in a foreign subsidy of an American corporation, paying taxes there and spending their profits there.

Immigration in general expands economy. An employer, not a bureaucrat in Washington, knows best how to increase productivity by hiring a few immigrants here or there. If a meat packing factory replaces Americans with immigrants on the production line, it likely will expand thanks to a lower labor cost. This opens opportunity for new, even better paid jobs in management and maintenance. This prospering factory generates new jobs in the community as well; hence, Americans who lost jobs to immigrants on the production line have plenty of opportunities to find other jobs, if they want to adjust. Protection of American jobs as it is now incorporated into our current immigration law puts our government in business of maintaining status quo, as opposition to progress. It means curbing productivity of the most productive among us at the cost of providing doubtful assistance to those who are too lazy to adjust to progress.

Making border security a condition of proceeding with the immigration reform is putting things upside down. We have unsecure borders due to our unrealistic immigration law, due to putting our military as a government tool of micromanaging the labor market. Despite that this is pure socialism, many people calling themselves conservatives support this policy with a straight face. If we recognize that the faulty immigration policy caused the massive illegal immigration, then one should expect that the immigration reform would establish a new policy that foreigners who can find a job here would be able to come and work here legally. This way people seeking employment here would not need to cross the border illegally. Only drug dealers, smugglers and other criminals would cross the border illegally, but then why should dealing with them be part of our immigration policy?

The mantra of immigration opponents is that if we relax rules of admission, the next day billions of immigrants would arrive. If this was true, we would have them already, because as far as reports from the border tell us, almost everyone who wants to cross the border illegally eventually does it. Hence, the size of our population of illegal immigrants is defined by the needs of our labor market, not by the effectiveness of the border security. Even more, if we allowed free labor movement, during recession, unemployed immigrants would go home, knowing that they could return.

The lofty talk about border security in the context of our immigration reform is big baloney. Whatever immigration related problems we have on our borders they can and should be corrected by establishing realistic immigration policy that people seeking employment would have no benefit from coming and staying illegally.  We will obtain full border security if instead of a double or triple layer fence on our Mexican border we will form an even better fence guarding our supposedly free market economy from the politicians eager to micromanage it.

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About me

I was born in 1951 in Gdansk, Poland.
Since my high school years, I have interest in politics and love for writing. During my college years, I started writing to student papers and soon became freelance author to major Polish political magazines.

In 1980 I wrote a book “Czy w Polsce może być lepiej?” (“Could it be better in Poland?” – this book is available only in Polish) analyzing major problems in Poland at the time and outlining possible solutions.

I was among those Polish political writers who by their writings contributed to the peaceful system transformation that finally took place in 1989. Since 1985, I live in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in service business, I have seen the best and the worst places, I met the poorest and the richest. I have seen and experienced America not known to most of politicians, business people, and other political writers. For eleven years, I ran my own company. Presently, I am an independent consultant.

My political writing comes out of necessity. I write when I see that the prevailing voices on the political arena are misleading or erroneous. Abstract mathematics and control theory (of complex technological processes) strongly influenced my understanding of social phenomena. In the past, my opponents rebuked my mathematical mind as cold, soulless, and inhuman. On a few occasions I was prized for my engineer’s precision and logic.

I have a master’s degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in mathematical machines from Politechnika Gdańska (Technical University of Gdansk).

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