FROM Kevin Cottrell
The Mexican Border and California's Economy The recent crack down on border security has reduced the number of crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, 99% of which are perfectly legal. Today's San Diego Union-Tribune reports a 21% drop in the past three years at San Ysidro and 24% at Otay Mesa. That’s bad for business, not just in the border towns but all of Southern California, including LA and Orange Counties. Delays at the border are costing the region billions of dollars. How bad is it? What will it take to restore business as usual on both sides of the border?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.