Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hey Obama, Stimulate This!

"Nowadays, people can be divided into three classes--the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-Not-Paid-For-What-They-Haves."--Earl Wilson

There's talk of another stimulus bill, mostly because the first one didn't work as advertised. The United States government of late has held the opinion that if a thing doesn't work the first time, then putting more money into the same thing will fix it. Redesigns of the thing are not sought after, desired, or used. Any suggestions of that ilk are shot down immediately, and at maximum volume.

It's a sad state of affairs. During the space race, new ideas were constantly tried, and the path to the drawing board was well-used. However, even some space-race ideas were just plain stupid. There's a quote that my company likes to show at every staff meeting. It may be apocryphal, but it's sage advice: "The Americans spent millions of dollars inventing a pen that could be used in space. The Russians used a pencil."

The quote is a reminder to search for the simple solution, and not make things needlessly complicated.

Which brings me to all the legislation proposed so far by the current administration in Washington DC.

Americans need jobs. Regardless of which statistic you read, a lot of people aren't as employed as they want to be. Energy is a big money-sink for the average household. Terrorists are getting the money we spend in petroleum. Wouldn't it be great if we could solve all those problems with one solution?

It would be great, and here's the kicker: we can do it, but the Administration isn't letting us. See this article: Drillgate: Internal Emails Shows Obama Team Lying to Public. A magic bullet-one that would create hundreds, if not thousands, of real, private-sector jobs that will actually grow the United States' economy; one that would keep money within our borders instead of going overseas to fund groups that don't like us very much; one that would lower the price of oil worldwide, allowing Americans to keep more of their paycheck, and doubling down on the keeping-money-out-of-terrorists' hands argument.

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your Congressman and Senators. Tell them how you feel about this, and demand that they do something to actually stimulate the economy.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On Immigration and Felonious Pilgrims

This is the last old one that I'm resurrecting. Henceforth, it's all one hundred percent brand-new content. And that's all the percents there are.

World War III

People are going to call me a racist and a bigot, but illegal immigration pisses me off. It's called ILLEGAL immigration for a reason, but liberals and other bleeding hearts (are there other kinds?) seem to give any Hispanic with half a contrived sob story carte blanche to enter the United States of America. "Their situation in their native country is deplorable. It's inhumane to deport them. America was founded by immigrants." These are the arguments proponents of illegal immigration use. These arguments don't hold water.

First of, there is a massive infrastructure in place for legal entry into the country. There are American embassies in almost every country in the world. It's an annoying chore to fill out paperwork, but it is not particularly difficult or harrowing. Having filled out the paperwork and waited for it to be processed, one may cross the border without having to fear ICE agents in the middle of the night. Thousands of people enter the country legally each month. Probably tens of thousands.

Legal immigration costs money. A lot of money. And the price keeps going up. My wife's family has immigrated to the United States 10 years ago. Right now, they wait on the next to last step for INS to process their finished applications. The final step will be a history/culture test, to show that they've learned rudiments of United States History. I didn't understand the purpose of this test for the longest time. I only saw it as a pathetic joke. You hear the statement "Most naturalized citizens know more about American history than natural born citizens" all the time. Sadly, it's true. I got a 4 on the AP US History exam. (At least I think it was a 4. It could've been a 3. At any rate, I finished the class with an A average.) I did not know the answers to about half the questions. My wife, on the other hand, didn't miss a single one.

Legal immigrants are forced by the system to learn about the land they have chosen. Illegal immigrants are not. One question that isn't on the test regards the Mexican-American War(1846-1848). Texas, originally part of Mexico, seceeded. Mexico didn't recognize the secession, much as the American North didn't recognize the secession of the American South some fifteen years later. America annexed Texas, Mexico attacked. Mexico lost. In fact, Mexico got trounced. Rights of conquest (albeit defensively) notwithstanding, the United States of America paid cash money in the amount of 15 million dollars to Mexico for the acquisition of Texas and what is now California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. In addition, the USA assumed Mexico's 3.25 million dollar dept to American citizens. That land was sold to the USA. Now, apparently, Mexico thinks we stole it, and they deserve it back. Google "La Raza" or "Reconquista" if you don't believe me.

I begin to digress. Illegal immigrants, from the get-go, show that they have no respect for our laws. They do have respect for our money. They apply for welfare and wic, and they are sucking America's golden teats dry. Sure, many illegal immigrants seem to be the "deserving poor" that politicians remember at election time then forget after their swearing-in ceremonies. However, they are felons.

A citizen of the United States of America, once convicted of a felony, for all intents and purposes, ceases to be a citizen. A felon's franchise is stripped. That wondrous ideal, a government for the people, by the people and of the people does not apply to felons. Politically, felons have no voice. And yet there are those who lobby for criminals' rights, always trumping the rights of their victims. (Again, I find myself digressing. The issue of illegal immigration touches on so many problems facing America, it's hard to focus on one thing.)

If I were to murder someone, I would be arrested, tried, and sentenced. I could evade the authorities for as long as I dared, and they would pursue me for as long as taxpayer money allowed. Once caught, I'd be punished, regardless of my motivation for murder. The same for stealing. If I got caught stealing, I'd be punished. The judge, if he was worth his stripes, would grant me no leniency because my poor family is starving and I had to steal to feed them. My motive for breaking the law IS NO MITIGATION for the fact that I broke the law. However, when illegal immigration is the crime, it's discounted. No punishment. No consequence.

Illegal immigrants come here to escape deplorable conditions in their home country. But, who's working to improve conditions in Mexico? Who is building infrastructure in Mexico? Who is purging the Mexican government of corrupt officials and affecting real, positive change in Mexico? I hear a cricket chirping the answer.

The land of milk and honey is not confined to north of the Rio Grande. Paradise is what you make for yourself. And it costs nothing. I think it's a Nationwide car insurance ad that shows people being nice to each other. A man holds a door open for a complete stranger. An onlooker sees this, and later helps someone pick up something he dropped. Another onlooker is inspired to small acts of kindness. All it takes is one inspiring figure to get the ball rolling. Being on welfare, accepting handouts while doing nothing to help yourself only enslaves you. And they are chains you put on yourself.