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 like living in a town where I know all the shopkeepers and even the workers at Dunkin Donuts and my mini-mart gas station. At my 24-hr Dunkin, they make my regular when they see my car pull in. That's nice. My Dunkin franchise is owned by a (Dot not Feather) Indian couple, but mostly served by Pakistani male immigrants. One black American lady works mornings there, and a Mexican guy does the night shift. The one black dude who worked there for about 6 months was fired for stealing from the till.
My gas-mini mart place ("Eat Here and get Gas") is manned by a Haitian, 2 Mexicans, and a Dominican. 4 shifts but they often do double shifts. A nice Mexican gal worked a fill-in shift for a while, but quit because nights were too fatiguing for her with three kids at home. I am friendly with the Mexican guy and the ever-cheerful Haitian guy who is always trying to figure out how to get rich and move to Miami. He is a brother in Christ. I briefly trade life stories for a minute or two with those 2, and they save a left-over Sunday New York Times for me on Monday morning. Free, of course, on Monday.
That Mexican guy has finally gotten off Oxycontin after two years of multiple leg repairs from his job in construction when he was in a ditch when a gas line exploded. Kept working through it all, in pain. He finally feels "pretty good, thank God." He has a noticeable gimp. He is legal, is trying to bring his wife and 2 kids to the US but has trouble paying the immigration lawyer. Has not seen his family for three years, sends them money. He lives in a small apartment with a cousin and brother, and the three share a small rusty 15 year-old Toyota. He is a sweet guy but he knows absolutely nothing about America beyond the citizenship test he had to take. Other than this job, he lives Mexican.
The other day he asked me about the bruises on my jaw. "Dental surgery," I said. "Pain?" he asked. "For a while," I said, "but better now." He said he had a very bad tooth, broke it on a chicken bone. Told me that in Mexico the dentist would pull it for $25 or $50. In the US, $400. and if he needs a root canal, $1200., so he is waiting to deal with it. Dentistry is expensive.
I told him about the couple of dental schools which have free clinics. Also, I told him that most dentists will give you a payment plan if you ask. After all, most people cannot walk in and put $4000 on their credit card, or write a $4000 check from their checking.
I also live in a small town, which must be smaller than yours b/c we don't have a Dunkin' Donuts. We don't have many immigrants at all, and it is very easy for teenagers to get a job if they want one. Always openings at fast food place, the pizza shop, the restaurants (in bussing and dishwashing), Subway, grocery stores, etc.
It's a great community where those jobs are pretty much 'starter' jobs like they are supposed to be. Yes, there are several 'adults' working at these places full time, but opportunities for young people abound. I'd rather have a community like mine. More important for the next generation to have a work ethic and have a chance at developing job skills than giving those jobs to immigrants.
Sounds mean, but that is what I think. Would rather have a shortage of workers than more than we need.
We have made a terrible mistake. In the 60's we changed course from relatively low levels of immigrants to almost unlimited immigration. It was no accident, primarily driven by Democrats and in particular Ted Kennedy. He had has reasons but the main reason was that Democrats believed that most immigrants would choose to become voting Democrats and thus they could have a bloodless coup and take the country. As part of the plan they broadened welfare since it is unlikely that any welfare recipient will choose to vote against the Democrats from whom the free stuff flows (well they pass the laws but the money come from the working stiffs). We should phase out welfare and replace it with workfare; minimum wage for anyone willing to work.
This decision to flood the country with immigrants legal and illegal will bite us in the ass one day. It already does of course with about 3000 people killed each year by illegals and uncounted numbers of rapes and sexual abuse and other crimes. But I mean it will get much worse. And why? Simply because a radical left wing politician loved his radical politics more than he loved his country. We don't need more people, we are already a large country with a large population and our government is over whelmed dealing with what they have on their hands. What we need is to return to the traditions and beliefs of the 50's where children went to school and parents made sure they did their homework and when they graduated the looked for jobs and choose to have children after they were married. Our culture is being flushed down the toilet by a political cabal for political gain and we allowed it to happen. It will get worse.
BD--You have put your finger on the conundrum I have. I totally understand and support the concept that illegal aliens should not be in the country. But, living outside the Mainland U.S., I only visit once in a while. What always strikes me when I come to America is that virtually all workers I interface with, whether it be at hotels, rental cars, fast food joints, retail outlets, or others, appear to be first generation immigrants (I frankly have no idea if they are legal or illegal). For example, at the last hotel I stayed at at the Sacramento airport, it appeared all the management were Indians, and all the lower workers were Hispanics. I had a very nice conversation with the shuttle driver to and from the airport, a Latina, who told me that she and her husband first immigrated to Florida and later moved to California. A nice lady.
The question that always strikes me is "where are all the native-born Americans, don't any Americans work for a living in the U.S.?"
And the next thought I have is that if these immigrants are the ones busting their butts in America and holding the "front line" jobs, maybe that actually deserve better treatment and recognition, rather than the Americans who are nowhere to be seen.
I just checked my area (more or less) I've got a sneaking suspicion that I need another root canal - oh joy. Locally, it's 500+ to pull the tooth and about 900 for the RC.
UofW dental school - has 3 prices for an RC
Student clinic (DDS students) - $261
Grad Clinic $484
Faculty Practice Clinic $820
We tried to follow Clark Howard's suggestion and called every dentist in the phone book. "If we pay cash up front will you give us the same discount as you give the insurance companies?" No takers. One offered 10%' One even told us it was illegal to do that. we finally ran across Dental Plans .com It cost $170 per year for Lynette and me (yes "me". try taking out the "Lynette and" and see how it sounds.) The tooth I had extracted cost $170 instead of $400. Similar steep discounts for other procedures. Only problem, the nearest dentist that will accept "Careington", the plan I chose is 35 miles away in a much larger city, Macon GA.
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