Times Change

Old habits are tough to break. Democrats were forced to give up slavery, as a result of the civil war. They never forgave the north. After a hiatus of a hundred plus years they are back at it again. They don’t propose to make the same mistake twice.

In a move reminiscent of Amazon, the democrats have learned. Inventory bad, ties up capital and is subject to loss through theft and breakage. Logistics is the name of the game. For a set price your
slave, wetback will be delivered. Business is booming.

Liberals keep trying to lay a slavery tag on Trump. This doesn’t work since he is trying to disrupt the logistics train. Actually, there is enough hypocrisy to go around. The Koch brothers and the United States Chamber of Commerce are part of the wetback support network. The thing that brings disparate groups together is money.

Dope, wetbacks, and child pornography are all multi-billion dollar industries. They all have a common goal, profit. They all have a problem, collecting the proceeds from their illegal activities. Fortunately, they all have a common facilitator: banks.

Forget those secretive Swiss bankers sitting on Nazi gold. No need to travel to the Cayman or Channel Islands. Need to convert your ill gotten gains or be paid for your illegal product. Just visit your local bank. Go out and get a credit card.

Long before there were bitcoins and the dark net there was kiddie porn available on the Internet. I guess some enthusiasts traded pictures. Most transactions were commercial, in nature and payment was expected on delivery. Credit cards fit the bill.

Forty years ago I recovered the bodies of a massage parlor madam and her boyfriend from Canyon Lake. Notable for his presence was an FBI agent pacing the beach. It turns out the madam was accepting credit card payments for services rendered. Even the suspicions of the stupidest wife were liable to aroused when confronted with a receipt for a blow job at Happy Ending Massage Parlor. The madam wrote up credit card receipts as if they came from a sporting good store.

This scheme works when everything is local. It would seem to fall apart when the purchaser is thousands of miles away. The credit card companies claim that they can’t identify suspicious transactions.

The same sleigh of hand goes on with banking transactions. Banks are required to document and report suspicious transactions to a database. They aren’t required to notify law enforcement.

Either way the self righteous in the banking and credit card industry can sit around the dinner table and bemoan the government’s pitiful efforts to control crime. The fact that their next bonus is determined by how much illegal money they launder is beside the point.

Here is an excerpt from a RAND report that identifies the amount of money criminal organizations made from smuggling wetbacks.

Helping to shine a light on this aspect of our border crisis is a recent report from the non-partisan RAND Corporation entitled, “Human Smuggling from Central America to the United States.” In the report, RAND researchers find that drug trafficking-centric transnational cartels “control primary smuggling corridors into the United States” and estimate that the total “revenues to all types of smugglers, not just [transnational cartels], from smuggling migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, combined, ranged from about $200 million to about $2.3 billion in 2017.”

In other words, cartels and trafficking rings earned as much as $2.3 billion from human smuggling just in the year 2017. This is a humanitarian nightmare, and we ignore it at our peril.

Wetbacks fresh, never frozen.