So much to learn and so few students of life…..
When passing through the Panama Canal you are of course moving from the East to the West, the Atlantic to the Pacific. In your mind’s eye you naturally conjure up the vision of the canal aligned East to West. Take a look at the map however and you will see that Panama has a pretty sharp slant on that East/West alignment and the Canal passage from Atlantic to Pacific is actually moving from North to South. After you make the passage it is in the open sea that you finally turn westward for your journey to the Pacific and the Far East.
Whether you support the Senate Immigration bill or oppose you should at least make sure you do understand the actual language used to implement those supposedly severe “trigger” requirements. Look at it and pay special attention to the many times that the provisions of the triggers can be waived by the Homeland Security Secretary. Criminal violations, language requirements, prior immigration law violations, fencing and other security requirements, etc. can all be waived at the discretion of the Secretary. Of equal concern is the age-old problem that the Federal government regardless of who is in control will simply refuse to enforce the law or slow walk enforcement to such an extent that it is meaningless. If we are going to have specific requirements for the path to citizenship they should at a minimum be real. Example, the English language requirement only requires signing up for an English course, not completion or real proficiency in English and even that can be waived. Remember also under existing law the President or Secretary of State can grant special status to anyone they choose for whatever reason.
In the Fall of 1942 as the German army was closing in on the epic battle at Stalingrad, the Soviets launched a massive counterattack north of there against the Nazi armies. The area they attacked was manned mostly by the Romanian allies of the Germans. They were there to fight the Communists, not support the Nazis. Over 200,000 of the Romanians were killed, wounded or captured. It was a major battle by any standard and one you have never heard about. German reinforcements rushed to the breach and the Soviet attack was blunted and the battle for Stalingrad entered its bloodiest stage.
The Supreme Court ruling on the California Prop. 8 that had disallowed gay marriage is of great concern. That concern has nothing to do with the merits of gay marriage. The Supremes held that the proponents of Prop. 8 had no standing to even bring the case. The Governor and other California officials had refused to defend the initiative passed by the people. What if that Proposition had dealt with the tax rates or had mandated a flat tax and the Governor and other officials had refused to enforce that new law and would not defend it in court? Who is in charge of our democracy? The people or the politicians? Under the law of the Supremes the folks who urged and passed that Proposition were mere “bystanders” with no stake in the outcome of the litigation. The Angels on the head of the pin ruled the day and no one was allowed to move legitimate new laws through the legal process. It may have been gay rights today but the grave concern is where this direction takes us on other non social issues in the future.
Snowden and the NSA matters raise areas of great concern and the old issue of matter of degrees. We really don’t like the NSA looking into all of our calls, emails and locations with GPS devices. We do want them to target terrorists and try to keep us safe. If your 70-year old mom or dad has early stage Alzheimer’s and goes missing in the car with maybe an Iphone or IPad in tow and they are gone for a few days you would surely want the police to be able to contact Apple or ATT and try to find the location of your missing parent. This doesn’t even involve a crime but you wouldn’t want ATT to refuse saying it would violate your parent’s privacy rights. It could be your 17 year old runaway son or daughter. I want my privacy. Let the Government target, profile like crazy and go after the really bad guys and leave the rest of us alone. One of our greatest threats is our own home grown political correctness gone mad.
For our economy and job situation to improve and return to something resembling normality we need the Federal government in all its forms to back off and back out. All financial institutions are overly regulated and their interests rates are under the thumb of the Federal Reserve. The Stock market is dominated by the bond buying of the Federal Reserve. The housing market is totally controlled by FHFA; over 90% of all mortgages are now backed by it. Those interest rates affect the car industry and sales. The new Obamacare looms over 1/6th of our economy. All these factors are outright manipulations of prices, wages and the advancement of our economy. The actual fundamentals of price, supply, demand and free bargaining between a willing buyer and will seller are completed distorted. We need the Federal government in all its forms and its machinations to fade away. Let’s have a real market based on consumer demand, true wages, profits, and innovation without regulation that kills entire industries such as it being proposed with the EPA death warrant for the coal industry.
Word choice can be so curious. In England an elevator is called a “lift”. Why isn’t it called a “down”. I mean the elevator goes down as often as it goes up. Maybe it is because lift simply sounds a bit more optimistic than down.
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