Immigration Reform: A Distraction from Our Real Problem

Posted on 31 January 2013


 

Of all the problems facing our Congress and our nation, the most important – in the humble estimation of this author – is putting America back to work.  Since the Great Recession of 2008, unemployment levels have remained at approximately 8%, persistent unemployment hovers closer to 20%, and full employment has vanished from our landscape.

 

With a problem of such enormity and of such significance to the average working American, one wonders how our President and Congressional leaders can have time to consider any other issues.  Yet, it appears that unemployment is far from a priority for our governmental officials.  In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, gun control has – yet again – surfaced as a primary issue.  And, of course, gay marriage always seems to be a hot topic among lawmakers, both Federal and state.  As of this writing, however, the prime issue of the day appears to be immigration reform.

 

Yet, controlling guns, recognizing gay and lesbian marriage, and granting another amnesty (we had immigration reform in the 1980’s) to those in this country illegally, will not restore our economy or put a single American citizen back to work.  These issues are largely a distraction to government leaders and a waste of time to the American people, who – if I am any representation – are fuming that our legislators have yet again turned their collective backs on our country’s most pressing need.

 

While I do not believe that it is the government’s responsibility to create jobs, I do believe that addressing the proliferation of economic globalism and creation of an environment conducive to job growth are legitimate concerns of our leaders.  Yet, as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, the branches of our Federal government seem more concerned with dealing with peripheral issues while our economy stagnates and we slip and slide toward what seems an inevitable national financial demise.

 

Instead of working with private industry to stop the exportation of American jobs to foreign lands and identifying how government can partner with businesses to create opportunities for American workers, our President and Congressional leaders seem content to officially recognize Gomer Pyle’s (Jim Nabors’) marriage to his longtime male partner Stan Cadwallader or to curry favor with illegal immigrants in the hopes of gaining their votes in future elections.

 

Our Federal government, charged with defending our Constitution and personal liberties, has become a mockery.  We have traded leadership for pandering and posturing by our elected officials.  Perhaps, it is time for a new American Revolution – not to break free from foreign tyranny, but to liberate our nation from government run amok and restore our traditional American values and position in the world.

 

Our government has become a poor steward of the trust placed in it by American citizens.  It has squandered the tax dollars of hard-working Americans and added insult to injury with empty promises.

 

If government wants to redeem itself in the eyes of an increasing disdainful American public, it should follow the old adage “Let charity begin at home,” and forget about appeasing 12 million illegal immigrants and concentrate on the real problem facing our nation.  Only then will America finally be on a road to recovery and renewal.

 

 





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