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.
Not so very long ago, its national mythology notwithstanding, the United States was little different from most other countries. In 1970, its foreign-born population was 4.7 percent. And, while most of the West has embraced mass immigration in the last half-century, America differs significantly from those developed countries, like Canada and Australia, that favor skilled migrants. Personally, I don’t see what’s so enlightened and progressive about denuding Third World nations of their best and brightest to be your doctors and nurses, but it does demonstrate a certain ruthless self-interest.
By contrast the majority of U.S. foreign-born residents now come from Latin America, and more than a quarter of them — 12 million — from Mexico. A policy of “family reunification” will by definition lead to low-skilled immigrants: An engineer or computer scientist is less likely to bring in an unending string of relatives — because his dad’s a millionaire businessman in Bangalore and his brother’s a barrister in London, and they’re both happy and prosperous where they are. Insofar as there is any economic benefit to mass immigration, it’s more than entirely wiped out by chain importation of elderly dependents and other clients for the Big Government state.
What I get a kick out of is this: Bill Gates--yes, that wonder boy of greed and generosity. Yup--there he is in Africa trying to help the poor starving Africans (what he is really doing is buying up huge portions of land to be used for agriculture in collaboration with, or in opposition to the Chinese who are doing the same thing. BUT, not to worry--boy genius is putting millions right here at home into finding better ways to educate the masses. HOWEVER, if we look at it from another perspective it might look different: how about this. Boy wonder gives millions to help education and in exchange he is allowed to bring into his country thousands of people who have been schooled elsewhere. It seems those computer types get a better education in India (British School System) than they do right there at the U. of Washington the school that is less than 2 miles from his own home. THE school into which he has already poured millions of dollars for a "computer program",which clearly isn't doing nearly as good a job as those Indian people. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER is that Mr. Gates gets all those Indian engineers (and the two generations that come with them) for about 1/3 of what he has to pay those who graduate from U W. My o My now I am beginning to wonder what exactly is his relationship with the teacher's unions, the engineer's unions, etc. -- Mr. Good Guy, or Mr. Evil. I know one thing--we have a hell of a lot of young people walking around looking for jobs in the computer industry in this country that Mr. Gates could be hiring rather than bringing in "skilled labor" to do jobs "Americans won't do".
Moderate immigration, from the 1920's to the 1960's, seemed to work out pretty well for America, didn't it? The increased immigration after that seems to have cause more difficulty, especially for those American citizens who have a willingness to work but no special skills.
Teddy Kennedy was one of the main salesmen: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2006/03/31/ted_kennedy_reformed_immigration_in_19652
It worked great in moderation, and I believe still could. Don't even get me started on illegals, however.
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Run it at home; I'll see it/you there! I know it'll be worth my while.
Ted Kennedy is the guy who started the Dems bias toward coordinating foreign policy with the Kremlin. Also took a little item off page 6 over to Katherine Graham, and turned it into "Watergate". Wouldn't surprise if he was responsible for the break-in --that smuggle money unaccounted in Fiji can set off the damndest things if you have a national newspaper in your pocket.
The Kennedys --brought to you, along with organized crime per se, by Prohibition. The only good thing it ever did was it caused Big-Nose Kate to whip the crap outta Carrie Nation (and retire her career) at a one-saloon-too-many brawl in Wyoming.
You can thank Ted Kennedy for opening our borders. Between killing his mistresses and paying off cronies with our tax payments he found time to set us up for destruction of our constitutional Republic with unlimited immigration. With the third largest population in the world, does the U.S. "need" immigrants? The high tech companies would have you believe immigrants are better software & electronic enginneers but the truth is the immigrants are willing to work 80+ hours a week for 40 hours worth of pay. A lot of citizens in high tech fields were kicked out in favor of the immigrant slave labor. In low tech a lot of construction workers have been replaced by cheap labor from legal and illegal immigrant labor. Why? Why would our government put the interest of foriegners aheand of the citizens? After the gang of 8 screws the citizens it will be downhill and the end of the great American experiment. Rewarding illegal immigration will bring more massive illegal immigration. Most immigrants now consider themselves to still be citizens of their former country and are only here for the money and free stuff and have no intention of assimilating into the American melting pot. McCain and Rubio and most of congress will destroy the country and may inadvertently make Obama's presidency look good by comparison. My question is: Is McCain simply incredibly stupid or is it his intent to finish Ted Kennedy's work of destroying America?