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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, August 27, 2015 in imml The following editorial from the Milwaukee Journal Senti- nel may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee for president; in the end, the party's elite will see to that. But Trump's bullying tactics - and now his bul- lying ideas for immigration reform -- are pushing some of his rivals to take extreme positions. Such as Wisconsin Gover- nor Scott Walker. Walker has been moving in that direction for a while now, telling firebrand con- servative broadcaster Glenn Beck earlier this year that he had shifted his stance from support for a path to citizenship - the humane and smart policy - to sug- gesting he would support limiting even legal immi- gration. Now Walker is tacking even harder right as Trump trumpets that he would deport all 11 million un- documented immigrants in the United States, seize the remittances they send back home and end birth- right citizenship. Like all the Republicans, Trump also would build a stronger, taller wall on the Mexican border. He claims he would have the Mexicans pay for it. Trump's ideas are ex- zenship only to hedge later. He seemed unclear on his own position. Birthright citizenship has a long history of acceptance by the public and the courts. The precept is built on a foundation of fundamen- tal fairness, something that treme, logistically and polit- served the country well for nearly 150 years. Republi- ically impossible, the prod- uct, apparently, of Trumpi- an scholarship, which is to say, no scholarship at all. But Walker, instead of offering a reasonable plan that has a chance of work- ing or distancing himself from Trump, is doubling down. The governor now is calling for a wall on the border, too, and appears to be considering the idea of ending birthright citizen- ship, which has been part of the Constitution since 1868. If you are born here, you are a U.S. citizen, under the 14th Amendment, which was passed to protect for- mer slaves and immigrants. Changing it would likely require a constitutional amendment, a virtual im- possibility. In an interview last week, Walker indicated support for ending birthright citi- cans who favor ending birth- right citizenship usually argue that the lure of citi- zenship for children contrib- utes to illegal immigration. But where is their evidence? Their argument runs counter to the promise that this na- tion of immigrants has long offered to the world. And what of deporting the 11 million now residing in the shadows of the na- tion - one Trump idea that Walker has not embraced? Deporting so many peo- ple is both logistically im- possible and prohibitively expensive; it would take years and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. And to do what? Deport what for the most part are produc- tive, hard-working people. "If we could get 12 million people to leave, why don't we just do that now? This idea that we're going to get 'em all to leave, and we're going to get the good ones back, it's a fairy tale," Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks to re- duce illegal immigration, told the Washington Post. "It's just not the way that gov- ernment could function. It's dopey. It's a gimmick." But if it garners you a few more votes in Iowa ... As was the case in 2012 when the Republican candi- date Mitt Romney suggested immigrants should "self-de- port," the GOP will reap what it sows with Hispanic voters. Party leaders understand this, noting in their "autopsy" after the 2012 president election loss that "If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn't want them in the United States, they won't pay attention to our next sentence." The nation should reform its broken immigration sys- tem by offering legal status to the undocumented in ex- change for certain require- ments and an eventual path to citizenship. Trump and Walker, instead, exploit the issue for votes. Walker's willingness to say almost anything on immigra- tion makes us wonder what he really believes. Or if he even Powerful messa rom an impe ssen er BY DAVID SIROTA - , ~~~~~ Contmbutor Earlier this month, bil- lionaire Charles Koch had a surprising message: In a K~ll~~ speech to his fellow conser- vatives, he said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and prefer- ential treat- ment for cor- porations. Why is this surpris- ing? Because David Siota the demand came from an industrialist whose company and corpo- rate subsidiaries have raked in 10s of millions of dollars" worth of such subsidies. The Koch-organi zed con- ference at a luxury resort in Southern California report- edly attracted roughly 450 conservative donors who have committed to spend- ing nearly $900 million on the 2016 presidential elec- tion. The event included appearances by Republican presidential candidates such FREE SS Vol. 119-No. 19 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Dawn Chemak Rachel Stuart Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, Al Stove, Brittani Montecucco, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Co/npany, William Ifft, president. Periodical post- age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. First Street, Cheney, Wash. 99004. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. ID PUBLICATION # 102240 The Free Press re- quests that contributors observe the following dead- lines, which will be strictly enforced: OBITUARIES. MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH. CLUB MEETINGS. ALL SOCIAL NEWS -- Monday, noon DISPLAY ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p.m. LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING -- Tuesday, 11 a.m, Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235- 6184. Subscription cancellations are non-refundable! HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 emell: cfp @ cheneyfreepress.com www.cheneyfreepress.com as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walk- er and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "Where I believe we need to start in reforming welfare is eliminating welfare for the wealthy," said Koch, who, along with his brother David, are among the big- gest financiers of conserva- tive political causes. "This means stopping the subsi- dies, mandates and prefer- ences for business that en- rich the haves at the expense of the have nots." Yet, in the last 15 years, Koch's firm Koch Industries and its subsidiaries have secured government subsi- dies worth more than $166 million, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Good Jobs First. The group says since 1990, Koch- owned properties have re- ceived 191 separate subsi- dies worth a total of $195 million. Koch Industries and its subsidiaries, which are pri- vately held, are involved in everything from oil refining to manufacturing to high fi- nance. In 2012, Charles Koch issued a similar jeremiad against government-spon- sored subsidies for corpora- tions. In a Wall Street Jour- nal op-ed, he said, "We are on dangerous terrain when government picks winners and losers in the econo- my by subsidizing favored products and industries." In his essay, he specifically derided tax credits - yet even after the op-ed, Koch- owned properties accepted more than $77 million worth of such taxpayer-funded preferences from govern- ments, according to Good Jobs First. Among the biggest sub- sidies received by Koch- owned companies was a $62 million Louisiana property tax abatement for Georgia Pacific - a paper and chem- ical conglomerate that was acquired by Koch Industries in 2005. Georgia Pacific also re- ceived a separate $11 mil- See Sirota page 5 ) Smoke and train issues are as bad as ever What's wrong with this picture? On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:15 p.m., I took a walk from Sutton Park to the Cheney High School through the Eastern Wash- ington University campus. It was hot, it was windy and it was smoky. The sun was covered with a haze. Never had I seen anywhere look like this except during the two weeks I spent in Chengdu, China, three years ago. Added to this experi- ence were four trains (carry- ing oil? coal?) blowing their horns, one of which I heard as I rounded the corner at the Cheney High School and Betz Elementary School. See Letters page 5 "it" "= John McCallum A1 Stover Editor Staff Reporter Main contact for editorial Coverage. Cov- Covets all Medical Lake government, ets all Cheney government, Community, community and school district news, as school district news and events, as well well as Airway Heights news and Cheney as Cheney High School sports. High School sports. ~ac @d~ney~~ a/ @chene yfreepm_~ com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covets all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington Univetsity sports and news. Contact for miscellaneous sports.