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Giving visas in Ebola "hot" zones
GARY KALTBAUM: Charles, the State Department has direct authority to suspend visas at a moment's notice for security reasons. These are hot zones, they are letting in a hundred visas a day come through. These are people who are free to come here and a situation where things are getting a little touchy here and it's been spreading a little bit. It is something that should be done and done immediately.
DAGEN MCDOWELL: I think it looks bad and I don't think the democrats want to do it. I think they are worried, for an administration that has been so concerned with optics and the way things look...
CHARLIE GASPARINO: A common sense would dictate we do this even more so than ever before. I will say this, this is a degree of political correctness and I don't think this administration, the liberals in this country, the left want to see us banning travel from Africa. I think it comes simply down from this, the notion that there is a legitimate medical case to open borders from those countries is preposterous because you can help those countries by quarantining those countries as other African nations have done. And you can also help by having commercial and charter flights and dealing with them... by the way, wouldn't it be great if we could.. the big thing would be to help the people over there with first class medical assistance, that is key and we are not doing it.
ADAM LASHINSKY: Because that isn't the root of the issue, we don't want to behave, what you are suggesting Charlie, you in particular, is sort of an immature knee-jerk approach to this which is to say because there is a problem in this country. We are going to say that nobody in that country can ever have access to the United States while we are going through this process...
BEN STEIN: Well the idea that you can nip it in the bud by sending over a few medical personnel is insane, these are big areas with millions of people, the infection is spreading incredibly rapidly and spreading by the thousands. The idea that we can send over a few nurses and doctors and stop it is just preposterous. There is no legitimate reason to be issuing visas to people from those countries. We can stop it. Our first duty is to protect the citizens of America. We are Americans; American welfare has to come first. Political correctness be damned.
Anti-Walmart protests are back
BEN STEIN: Unless every single thing we have known and been taught about economics is wrong it means fewer workers will be employed. Look, I love Walmart, I love the people there, I am a daily Walmart shopper when I am up in Idaho in the summer. Those are the greatest people in the world who work at Walmart. I would like them to be paid more but I don't want them to lose their jobs. And by the way, Walmart employees, between 1.3 and 1.4 million employees, at most only a couple hundred have demonstrated against Walmart. Those are college students and paid agitators, they have nothing to do with the people who work at Walmart.
GARY KALTBAUM: That's all it is. Look these protesters area just absolutely nuts, the fact is that Walmart's full hourly wage is $13 already. There are only 6,000 of them are at minimum wage and they are already fixing that up. Walmart is the greatest job creating machine in history before and going forward and these morons make people lose jobs.
DAGEN MCDOWELL: The irony is that that is New York City isn't it? They are protesting in New York City where there is no Walmart because they fought a Walmart opening here and if it did that would actually be a pay raise for people who shop there because it is so inexpensive people would have more money from their paychecks and their dollar goes further so you know where they can stick it.
CHARLIE GASPARINO: You know every time I protest in front of Cavuto's office you know there is a security guard, I can never get any traction out of it. I don't know what's going on here. I think you and I were talking about this at the break; these are paid agitators for the most part. I think that if people knew where tax payer money, which funnels its way from community organizing groups like ACORN like these other big unions, there's sort of this coalition of the left that pays people to attack big business I think the American people would be aghast of what is going on. This is a real tragedy for our economy right now.
ADAM LASHINSKY: I think the economic analysis is not as cut and dry as ben would have you believe. I would make two observations. Number one, I wish we were above calling people names like morons, nuts, and agitators when people are expressing their right of free expression.
Paying and staying
GARY KALTBAUM: Well it is sheer hypocrisy to have the government of Mexico not wanting there citizens back. We were hearing them saying that our immigration is bad, how bad a people we are, look what they are doing. Welcome to the immigration story.
BEN STEIN: Well I think you got that exactly right, Follow the money as they used to say during the Watergate era, follow the money. I believe the largest single source of revenue in hard currency for the nation of Mexico is indeed refunds or rebates as they call them from Americans who used to be Mexicans who are sending money back so it makes perfect sense to them to spend a few dollars to help a guy get a visa, he sends back thousands. It makes perfect economic sense for them not so much economic sense for us.
DAGEN MCDOWELL: It's the differed action for childhood arrivals. It's an Obama administration program about 700,000 people have gone through it so far. It's only been in place a few years. It applies to people who are here illegally but here before the age of 16 and guess what, liberals want this expanded and then some to parents, to people over the age of 30, so we talk about it now, it will be a much bigger problem. It's like green card-lite essentially
CHARLIE GASPARINO: We all love immigrants on this show, I know that for a fact. I am a grandson of an immigrant but here is the difference, you can't have open borders in a welfare state, Milton Freedman, complete common sense dictates that when you start importing lots of poor people, as hard as they work, they will tax your social/welfare system, your schools, hospitals, everything. And it's costing more than its producing right now. Here's the thing I don't get, like the Wall Street journal editorial page, do they really believe the people in Arizona are racist when they want to build a wall or stop immigration, they are not. They are reacting to the fact that their hospitals are flooded, that the network of care is stretched.
ADAM LASHINSKY: Well it is interesting to hear you mocking the Wall Street Journal editorial page which I happen to agree with on the immigration issue completely. They make a lot of good sense Charlie. But I will try to keep it on the subject. ...
GARY KALTBAUM: Coca-cola (KO)
ADAM LASHINSKY: HCP (HCP )
BEN STEIN: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)