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Immigration Reform: A Distraction from Our Real Problem

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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.



Charity Begins at Home

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“Only in America!”  How often have you uttered or overheard these words when yet another act of idiocy occurs in the process of governing our country?  Whatever blunders our legislators commit — including our incumbent administration’s desire to grant civil rights to enemy combatants — many of our issues stem from the attitude that the Constitution of the United States was formulated to protect the rights of everyone … except American citizens!

In a vain attempt to remind The Idiots in Charge, I will tell said lunatics, who view the Constitution as a matter of personal choice, that this most sacred of civil documents was written solely for American citizens!   How anything that impacts non-citizens within our borders can even go up for debate, and votes, as either Constitutional or non-Constitutional eludes me.  If something impacts a non-citizen, defined as someone who has not vowed fealty to our nation, the Constitution does not apply!  Yet, the stupid process of determining whether non-citizens are eligible for consideration continues!

American citizens are the most generous people in the world; I defy any nation to give evidence to the contrary.  From our taxpayers’ pockets have come billions and billions of dollars in aid to foreign nations, the moment disaster strikes overseas.  Witness our government’s immediate and munificent reaction to the earthquakes in Haiti.   Now, contrast that to what our legislators did to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, right here in New Orleans.  Only in America!

Over the past several years, the U.S. has been visited by many terrible disasters at the hands of Mother Nature.  Add to this an economic collapse culminating in the Stock Market crash of September 2008, from which we have yet to begin to recover.  If any of this happened in any other part of the world, we would have dispatched aid immediately.  But, if it happens on our own soil, it requires a Congressional investigation resulting only in finger pointing, usually toward the previous administration.  Only in America!

You name it: whether it is healthcare, education, or developing foreign nations, help is just for the asking — except in America, for Americans. Why are we the second-class citizens of the world, who must go begging when disaster strikes in the so-called richest country in the world?  Surely, the foreigners we help cannot vote for candidates in our elections.  So, why is there a need to help foreigners first, instead of citizens?  As the say in Denmark “Something is wrong here.”

The only way to stop this insane practice is to enact a law that would combine monies from corporate profits and the war chests of elected officials (a.k.a., campaign funds) as 99.9% of our relief funds.  This should be done before attaching the remaining 1% of taxpayer money.  Then and only then can the rest of the world look at us as if we are the sane ones.  Only then can they say in awe, “Only in America!”

GITMO (Give to the Impoverished and Mentally Oppressed)

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Obama at Copenhagen Summit

The Copenhagen Summit was hailed as the greatest agreement upon which nations the world over could not agree.  President Obama led the charge, offering billions of dollars to resolve the man-made global warming crisis.  In light of our plummeting economy, one must wonder from which well these billions will spring.  In 2010, recipients of Social Security will not get a cost of living increase, a situation that may extend into 2011, 2012, and beyond.  Does that begin to give you a clue as to this mysterious well?


In addition to the President’s munificent offer, Americans continue to suffer for their generous hearts; we are asked to empower third world nations with our charity, A.K.A. our rapidly dwindling funds.   The charitable endeavors include digging water wells for Africans, installing porta-potties for Afghans, and presenting “little blue pills” to Bolivians.


There is an old saying, “Charity begins at home.”  With thousands of senior citizens saddled with medical, utility, cable, phone, and food bills, President Obama could issue an Executive order, allowing the elderly to enjoy their golden years.  Not drilling those wells, installing those porta-potties, facilitating the horizontal mambo of those in the continent below ours, or single-handedly saving the planet can accomplish this.


The answer to solving the problems of senior problems can be found in Gitmo.  It can be reopened.  Instead of hosting purported and admitted terrorists (“detainees”), the facility can be reopened to house the elderly.  Given all the privileges of the former occupants, the aged will have no bills, no worries, and all the comforts of home in a tropical paradise.  I can see myself now, sipping a Cuban Libra and watching the sun set on Guantanamo Bay, the soft sounds of Spanish guitars being strummed by field laborers after a hard day’s work.  My little town in New Jersey was never like this, with no cold winters and no bills, just balmy breezes and warm tropical days and nights. It’s great for aching bones and arthritis!


While the spirit of Christmas is still upon us, what better gift can be given the American seniors, who made this greatest nation on the earth, than the ability to enjoy the twilight of their years in peace and harmony?  “Peace on earth and good will towards men [and women]” — indeed!

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