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Addressing Illegal Immigration

Ellis island Immigration Museum hall, 2009
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Illegal immigration is a real problem for this country,  and not only for out-of-work Americans.  Our southern borders are turning into war zones with drug smugglers, gun smugglers, and human traffickers having free rein while Obama‘s administration and Janet Napolitano‘s Department of Homeland Security do nothing and tell us “its’ ok … don’t worry … be happy!”

Trafficking in illegal aliens is also a danger to the illegal aliens themselves. Many illegal aliens from Mexico, South America, China,  and other nations are transported here under unhealthy, even dangerous conditions.  They have no real means of supporting themselves and put a real strain on America’s already dangerously strained economy by using tax payer provided services without paying any taxes.

Do I hate immigrants?  Of course not.  Most of us are descendants of immigrants.  But our descendants immigrated legally.  They came through Ellis Island or other immigrant entry ports. They came here to build something, to join a dream!  They fought to earn their place in society and helped to build a great nation.

I have nothing against legal immigrants.  I am not for punishing the children of illegal immigrants for the crimes of their parents.  However, amnesty just rewards law breakers (and gives Obama an instant ACORN friendly voter block).  Governor Perry’s providing education to children of illegal immigrants is a way to get them off the welfare rolls and turn them into productive members of society … rather than have them join gangs or vote in Obama’s (and other progressive-liberals) illegal alien voter blocks; is his way of dealing with a real problem!  At least Perry is doing something!  Like Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing something.  Obama’s administration is doing nothing … except perhaps selling guns to the Mexican Mafia (see “Operation Fast and Furious”)!   Is Perry’s solution perfect… of course not.  What solution ever is?

Do we need to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across our borders?  Of course we do!  Can we “pack up” all the illegals we currently have and ship them back?  Probably not.  Should there be some sort of  path toward citizenship for them?  Maybe so!  But not in front of, or at the expense of, those trying to immigrate legally!   Do we need to look at existing immigration laws and discuss possible streamlining, simplifying, or other changes? Probably so!

I think the discussion of the immigration issue and how to address  related concerns needs to open and frank; with all relevent points considered!  Not all would agree it seems!

An article on The Blaze reports that on Tuesday, the San Antonio Tea Party was part of a panel discussion supported by a local public radio station: 89.1 KSTX.   The topic of discussion was the DREAM Act and the problem of illegal immigration. 

Jonathon Bryant, a Government Studies teacher from John F. Kennedy High School attended the event along with some of his students (who, according to Bryant, may be illegals).  Mr. Bryant asked a question of the panel about students that were illegal aliens and what should be done with them.  After the president of the group affirmed his support for the laws governing illegal aliens in the schools, Mr. Bryant just couldn’t contain himself. He decided to levy the “Nazi” charge. 

So this is what are teachers are teaching in our schools.  Anyone with a view opposing the progressive-liberal agenda or supporting the laws of our nation is a “nazi.”   Just another example of the intolerance of “progressive-liberal tolerance.”

The Truth About “Blood For Oil”

Blood For Oil?

Blood For Oil

Do you really think the War in Iraq and its relationship to oil is that simple?

When will the public demand the real truth from our government officials? There is so much misinformation available today it is scary. Some are naive enough to think that the war in Iraq is simply about oil! Well, maybe it was for France, Germany, and Russia. Those countries signed lucrative oil deals with Saddam Hussein not too long before the U.S. led invasion of Iraq to oust that despotic, brutal, murdering dictator in an effort to help stabilize the Middle East region. No wonder they didn’t support U.S. actions … it seems that oil before principles … was their watchword!

The U.S. does consume something like 14 million barrels per day. As Americans, we like our SUVs, our four-wheel-drives, and our liberal elite sure do like their private jets … despite the fact that doing so directly contradicts their politically correct lip service to the “global warming” problem!

Private Jets

Senator Hillary Clinton is busily doing her share … contributing to the global warming problem, and not just through her campaign rhetoric … even if it is just a lot of hot air.

Liberal environmentalists love chastise jet travelers because (according to them) the CO2 emitted by jets at high altitude is supposed to have a more rapid, negative impact on the climate than the same amount of CO2 emitted at sea level. This “fact” is often used as a justification for liberal elitist claims that we “common people” should be riding on trains … instead of flying home to see the family at Christmas.

However, despite the supposed horrors of global warming, Senator Hillary is still spending a great bit of time running around on private jets, as she campaigns for her version of a new Clinton Presidency, thus making her own, very real contributions to the global warming issue.

Adding to the irony, Senator Hillary spends a large part of her campaign time railing against corporate largess and executive pay scales.

So, just to get this straight in my mind … Hillary Clinton is against “corporate largess” … except for case of corporate largess involving corporate buddies of the Clinton’s … who are allowing their corporate jets to be used by Hillary so she can jet around the country…complaining about corporate largess and global warming.

Something is rotten in Denmark … me thinks!!

There is, however, a humorous part to this story. One of her corporate supporters is being sued by the corporation’s shareholders for wasting millions of dollars of corporate funds, including $900,000 spent on flying around … guess who … Bill and Hillary Clinton.

While all this is very interesting, however, the real truth is that oil plays very little role in the American War in Iraq, or global warming for that matter.

Did you know that the top source for crude oil imports to the U.S. is Canada at 1.944 million barrels per day. And … while Saudi Arabia is clearly second at 1.479 million barrels per day, Mexico comes third at 1.198 million barrels per day), Nigeria comes in fourth at 1.163 million barrels per day, and Venezuela comes in fifth at 1.135 million barrels per day. Of the top five exporters of crude oil to the U.S. …. only one is a Middle Eastern nation.

Or … to put it another way, of the top five exporters of crude oil to the U.S., only about 20% is imported from the Middle East. By the way, none of the oil the U.S. imports comes from Iraq!

Personally, I would like to see all imports of crude oil from the Middle East (and Venezuela … at least while Hugo Chavez is in charge) to the U.S. stopped … why don’t we instead buy more crude oil from Canada, Mexico, or even Nigeria. It seems silly to support the very terrorists who trying to blow us off the face of the earth!

Blood for Oil

Are our Arab allies really our allies … or are we being duped into financing the payments being made to the insurgents we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hmmmmmmm?

Pelosi and Reid To The Rescue

Reid & Pelosi

Quick to act, but not to think … our non-all-seeing democratic leadership is declaring a new direction in energy policy. The House, on Saturday, edged toward passing $16 billion in taxes on oil companies and offering tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy and conservation efforts. Will someone please explain to me how raising the taxes on oil companies by $16 billion going to lower the cost of gas or reduce our dependency on crude oil form the Middle East?

Republican opponents of this proposed new direction in our national energy policy state the legislation ignores the need to produce more domestic oil, natural gas and coal. One GOP lawmaker pointed out the “the pure venom …,” our liberal democratic leaders in congress have. ” … against the oil and gas industry.”

I am not surprised … can you say “nest of vipers?” I knew you could!

Alaskan Oil Drilling Alternative

Pipeline Bears

Would drilling for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge help ease our dependency on oil imports?

With oil prices nearing last year’s record highs, President Bush renewed his call for Congress to authorize oil exploration in Alaska’s largest wildlife refuge as part of a broader energy bill. Bush urged lawmakers to pass the energy bill that has stalled in Congress since the beginning of his first term, saying it would help wean the United States away from overseas sources of crude.

It might if that oil was used for that purpose. And … we are talking about an area that, in scale, is like a postage stamp in relation to the wildlife refuge. Also … modern oil drilling methods are vastly improved over the leaky oil rigs often visualized by those arguing against the idea of drilling in Alaska. The negative environmental impact to Alaskan wildlife is, in all honesty, essentially zero!

But is oil drilling in Alaska economically viable as a means to decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil? Many experts say that Alaskan oil is simply to expensive logistically to transport by ship, truck, or pipeline to the continental U.S., and that it would make much more sense to sell Alaskan oil to Japan, and intead increase our imports of crude oil from Canada and Mexico.

President Bush has called on Congress to back the development of “clean coal” technology, which would allow broader use of the most abundant U.S. energy source with less environmental damage; encourage the construction of new nuclear power plants; and overhaul aging electrical grids and pipeline networks.

Sounds like a pretty good plan to me … why the opposition Pelosi? … Reid? … could it simply be partisanship politics?