We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've been slow to realize this: the O is turning out to be a dud. I did not vote for him, but I had some hope that he would try to govern as a pragmatist-moderate - against all evidence, of course. Even the thrill is gone for Chris Matthews.
"Carter tried weakness and the world got tougher and tougher because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators, when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead," Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker in the House of Representatives, recently said. And then he added: "This does look a lot like Jimmy Carter."
President Obama took office wanting to distinguish himself from President Bush. That was foolish and arrogant. Now, as Der Spiegel concludes, he is trying desperately to distinguish himself from Jimmy Carter.
Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama
and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the
plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.
Changing admissions requirements from favoring extended family members to favoring high-skill immigrants could give Republicans cover from charges that they are anti-immigrant. They could argue that, in a time of high and extended unemployment, it makes sense to switch from admitting job seekers to admitting job creators.
The 1965 and 1986 laws resulted in a large illegal immigrant population because they promised things that proved beyond the capacity of government to deliver. Now that a combination of public indignation and high-tech ingenuity have increased government's enforcement capacity, and while the inflow of immigrants is slowing and an outflow of illegals may be accelerating, we may have reached a point when we can put in place immigration laws with enforceable limits and that encourage an influx of the kind of immigrants we need most. Can Congress act?
News Junkie ... I disagree with the Examiner [which doesn't often happen]. The next big test for Congress is the Cap&Tax-tax-tax bill, a truly sinister piece of legislation which promises to severely handicap our efforts to recover from the current recession. Cap-and-tax closely resembles the VAT, which heavily taxes products at every sage of manufacture, so that the final tax burden on the finished product is much heavier than is evident to the casual eye or that the public suspects. As AGW is based on falsely deduced data, so is cap-and-trade. Our country has very large reservoirs of petroleum, natural gas in shale, which would give us an advantage [and a good bargaining position] over almost any other country on the globe, and allow us to resist being held up by the Mid-east in any sort of political blackmail. But if the Administration refuses to allow the oil and gas industry to produce our energy riches, either on-shore or offshore, we are still captive to the interests of inimical dictatorships.
This is not to say that I'm not concerned about illegal immigration from hostile countries. I am, and I want it controlled. With a finite number of slots for admission of new citizens, I contend we should be welcoming educated people with technological skills, rather than relatively unskilled folks who cannot speak English and refuse to learn. But this is a long-standing problem which probably won't explode in our faces immediately, while Cap-and-trade will start taking money out of your pockets and mine right away, just as the Obamacare bill will.
Let's hope we can hone oour targeting skills here, and not get distracted.
The 1965 and 1986 laws could have had immigration enforcement provisions that worked. Our government was just not interested in enforcing the law. Obeying laws is for the little people and Political Correctness is the law of the rulers. Now a massive percentage of California's population are illegal aliens or the children of illegal aliens. Our schools and emergency rooms are overcrowded and the clueless bureaucrats in Sacramento and Washington DC wonder how it came to be that we have 30 million people in a state with a water system designed for 18 million. Huge swaths of open space are gone forever due to illegal immigration, and legal immigration for that matter.
I said it decades ago and my elected representatives ignored me. Sanchez, Boxer and Fienstein, Bush, Clinton and Bush, they all ignored the message. "If we don't enforce strict immigration laws they will keep coming until living here is worse than living there."
They knew that. But they needed to force change on us. They needed their gas crisis, their water crisis and their education crisis so they could take more of our money to "fix" the problem.
Create a crisis
Proclaim the crisis
Pass new laws to create the next crisis.
That is what our government has been doing to us for a very long time. The illegal aliens that relocated to the United States will get yet another amnesty and we will get to pay the bill, clean up the mess, shut up and sit down.