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2 Cents Worth On Life Its Ownself

The summer heat makes opinions and thoughts bubble up……let’s see if they are over cooked….

As you age you will notice more often that some old and useless items have an intense emotional value that exceeds all rendering.   In our breakfast nook there is a special built-in mail box, bulletin board, black board and mail box covering one wall.  We had it added special when we re-modeled over 30 years ago.  Then one of the kids used a wood burning tool and wrote everyone’s name above the mail box slots, even one for Mom and Dad.   Messages, congratulations, notices, team schedules and take out restaurants graced the bulletin board and the black board held comments from the ridiculous to the sublime over the years.  The mail boxes were for their letters and school papers and then there was the general small storage box right above each name for whatever small items they wanted to store there.   Toys, jewelry and birthday and Christmas cards have been there along with every other matter under the Sun.   It is merely a collection of cedar wood and nails.  It won’t go with us when we move.   It hasn’t been really used for years now because the youngest is 37 but no matter.   I will miss the family wall cabinet and mail box.  It reflected lives lived.

Here is the best compromise on the immigration debate–allow the illegal aliens to have permanent resident status but never citizenship.  If they really came here for work, money and opportunity then such move will allow that goal to be met.   Same with the kids.  Never citizenship.  We all have to suffer for bad decisions of our parents.  There is nothing special about illegal aliens to justify a more sympathetic attitude.

Another anniversary of the end of the active fighting on the Korean War.   Those poor guys had a rotten hand from the git go.  The first of the no-win wars.   In fact the spin doctors for Truman were active then and abetted by the compliant liberal press.  They insisted that it was in fact a “police action”.  Damned if the NYT and others of that ilk didn’t report it that way with a straight face.  Before the first year was done the front had moved back and forth several times and then settled down pretty much along the 38th parallel where it remained for over two long years before the cease fire that remains in place.   It would have been nice for the American people to know that Truman didn’t intend to do anything to achieve even a hint of victory.   He held up that facade of making an effort until he left in ’53 and then Ike mercifully put and end to it.

The guy in the White House makes a protest of “phony scandals”.   Such an old but still effective political and propaganda tool.  Simply re-label an event or transaction or program to your liking and if the press will report it that way–viola!, you have just diverted the attention of a sizable portion of the population that only follows reality shows and headlines but never dares look at facts to support their position whatever it may be.   Don’t take my word for it read the master of the art–Goebbels.   His diary should be required reading for journalists and marketing majors.   Most people rarely look beyond their own feet and the next step.   They wouldn’t see a mushroom cloud on the horizon until told to look out the window by CNN.

Anthony Weiner.   That is the lead up and the punch line.   Of course there is also the international implications of the situation.  I mean if Huma and Anthony can co-exist maybe there is hope for the Palestinians and the Israelis.   We should just make sure there a plenty of porn sites in operation across borders in that area.  Wouldn’t this be a truly new low even for New York if he were to win?  And if you know anything about New York politics that reaches down to some pretty subterranean depths.

Two young men demonstrated their ability to hack into the control systems of the modern cars last week.  They can make your car stop, accelerate, turn either direction or turn off the engine in addition to other minor nuisances.    With the proliferation of computer controls and electronics this should come as no shock but it is nevertheless very scary.  Apparently when the car manufacturers turned to computers and electronics they didn’t think about anyone hacking into the systems.  First they tell we’ll have driverless cars soon and now before that is ready to launch they inform us that some pimply-faced 18 year-old can grab my steering wheel from miles away.   Imagine the havoc a couple of those jerks could cause during afternoon rush hour in your town be controlling just a handful of cars on the major freeways.   On top of this latest concern we have to face the reality of the Government, boo, hiss, being able to track your every move in your car.   Hell, are cars going to be worth it soon?  Be lots of folks who will like the latest in the mechanical engineering but will be wanting to retrofit and take out the computer control systems and GPS signaling devices and those black boxes.    Naturally, such people who don’t want their cars tracked or controlled by others will be on a suspect list by the NSA as potential bad guys.   You’ll need a horse and buggy for privacy in the near future.

“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath been; ”  Ecclesiastes, 3/15  http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com



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Immigration And Fraud Fines Amendment–Identity Theft

The Gang of Eight has asked for input on new ideas to make their proposed immigration overhaul bill better.  For the time being I’ll not get into the question of whether anyone here illegally deserves any path to citizenship however long it may be.  We’ll leave for another day the economic cost and alleged benefit analysis of allowing several millions of low educated folks become citizens and what they bring to the table.   Let’s talk about the fines and requirements for that path to citizenship that is hawked by the 800 plus page proposal.   They do have a lot to say about the fines that will be imposed and the fees charged to the illegals when they apply for citizenship.  But there is one area that should be fined that is totally missing from the conversation so far.

Many liberal Democrats will make the case that illegals pay taxes.  They refer to the payroll taxes for social security and medicare.  They use this to counter the argument that they don’t pay income taxes.  There might be some partial truth to this but there is an element of that argument that is completely ignored by those Democratic proponents and the media.   They overlook the fact that those illegals that did pay payroll taxes only did so by fraud of one type or another.   To pay those taxes the illegal must have had a social security number.  Without that number they would not be paying anything.  That is the admission card.  Now exactly how did that illegal get a social security number?  They lied, cheated and committed fraud somewhere along the way, that is how.  They used a social security number that they stole from someone else, simply lifted it from some data somewhere or they made up false documents to apply for a social security card number.    There is simply no way they could honestly come by a social security number.

If they are using your social security number, perforce, they have committed identity theft.  This will cause you untold headaches with the IRS.  That agency is difficult enough to deal with under the best of circumstances and when someone else has claimed a refund or otherwise utilized your social security number you are in a quagmire of hurt.  If they paid  social security taxes using your number then your calculations for benefits when the time comes will be askew and will take lots of your time and energy to straighten out with Social Security so you can get what you deserve after paying in for a lifetime.  Having to fix the problem of a fraudulent refund being paid to an illegal or one of their cohort will be a nightmare for you and will delay till the end of time you getting the refund that you are really entitled to receive.   Don’t take my word for this, ask around, you’ll find someone who has been a victim and let them tell you the horror story trying to get everything straightened out.

In addition to any other provision of this proposed immigration bill there should be an amendment adding new fines and criminal penalties against illegals who have lied, cheated or committed fraud obtaining or using any social security number.  If they stole your  number they should pay a fine.  If they forged documents to get a social security number they should pay a fine.   If they lie on the application papers for that path to citizenship about using a social security number in any way they should pay a fine and also that should be a criminal offense with strong sentences and an automatic disqualifier for citizenship.  Automatic so no judge as discretion to order otherwise.

For identity theft for your social security number I believe the fine should be at least $10,000.00 and that money should be refunded directly to the victim of the identity theft.   I doubt any of the victims would oppose that idea.  Even that would only be partial recompense for the trouble they caused by their theft.  If the illegal forged document or lied on documents to get a social security number then they likewise should pay a fine of not less than $10,000.00 and that money should go directly to border security.  If they try to cover up their past deeds by lying about it on any of the applications for citizenship or legal status they should be jailed; that should be a federal crime and punishable by imprisonment for at least 3 years and then deportation or only deportation at the discretion of the government.  And no exception for the fact that they may have family members in the US.  If they lie, they go, period.

It is reprehensible enough that they violated our sovereignty but really despicable that they lied regarding a social security card number and caused so much grief to someone.  They should pay these fines and face these criminal sanctions if they continue their fraudulent behavior.   Unless and until these modifications are made part of the immigration bill then I for one don’t want to even discuss it.  I want justice for the true American citizens that have been damaged by these illegals and their actions.  If you agree let others know.  If you disagree that is fine but explain to the victims of identity theft why that theft will go unpunished.

“A friend is one who warns you.”  Anonymous.  http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com


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2 Cents Worth On Life Its Ownself

People c0ntinue to move, speak and do things so there is always a few comments on those doings…..

Well, surprise, surprise Fisker has retained bankruptcy counsel and likely will file for Chapter 11 in a matter of days.  Another green/electric car crony capitalist experiment gone bad. They got a 529 million dollar loan/grant a couple of years ago from the beings in the White House, built a few cars in Finland and several of those caught fire an blew up in the rains from Sandy.   They are down to 50 employees and looking for a buyer.  How many of the failures will there be?   I guess many more until the Feds run out of my money and yours.

The peaches are about the size of a large marble now and we’ll have fresh peach cobbler and slices on vanilla ice cream in another month or so.

Weapons of all kinds in the hands of the mentally unstable will regrettably always be a problem in a free society.  Our freedoms do give rise to greater exposure to violent crime because of those freedoms.  The gun control advocates miss the boat on more restrictions against the law-abiding.  The fact is the liberal wing of America simply doesn’t want an armed public; that is the real truth.  They was a populace that can be and will be cowed.  The killings at Ft. Hood are the best exemplar of the weakness of their arguments and those who are so politically correct they can’t or won’t recognize the truth and reality.  I worry about the mentally ill having access to a gun or anything potentially dangerous but I worry more about an  Islamic terrorists having them.  That guy was a psychiatrist for heaven’s sake!   More importantly he was a Muslim.

At last check some 30 to 40 thousand people a year were killed in auto accidents.  A 4000 pound car is and can be a deadly weapon.  When you sell your used Chevy Volt do you do a background check on the purchaser?   What if he is a nut case and plans to use the car to run down innocents at the weekend community event?   Or he just uses the vehicle completely irresponsibly and kills or injures other?   If we are going to worry about dangerous objects in the hands of those who potentially could use them to harm others then the list is much much longer than guns.

Oh, an aside on the gun debate.   Just last week one of our major media outlets reported on its opinion page that 270 people are shot each day in America.  Hmm, let’s see that is 100,000 a year.  We are a really big country and no doubt there are some people shot by accident or criminal deed  each day.  But 270?   Come on at least use some real numbers; I sure would love to see the actual data behind that number.

Is the melting pot assumption for  the US really such a good idea?  Does an objective analysis of our history and recent history support that constant stream of rhetoric from politically correct politicians.  If diversity is such a great idea then why didn’t and hasn’t it taken root in Europe?  Look at a map and you can see that Europe is positioned even better than the US to have a diverse society ethnically and religiously. Access is easy across the Mediterranean and you can literally walk into Europe from the East.  Are we so arrogant and naive that we believe we are more socially advanced and intelligent than our brethren across the Pond?    They have had centuries. indeed millennia, to ponder the alleged virtues of a diverse society and have rejected it on the whole.  Our obsession with diversity of different ethnicities and religions is of recent vintage here.  Until a few decades ago when Americans spoke of diversity they meant diverse European nations.   But all those nations did in fact have many shared common heritages in religion and political structures.   Languages varied but the culture was not alien to one another.   Yugoslavia was the great European experiment in diversity and you see how that worked out even after centuries of trying to make it work.  You now have numerous countries there and they still don’t like each other.   More reflection might be in order.

I wonder if the couple selected for that flight to Mars in about ten years by the European company will  have a really thorough physical?  Something really simple here could be death on that trip.  Will they do a preventative appendectomy on each of them?  It is an ordinary and routine surgical procedure here but if one got an attack on that trip and antibiotics couldn’t control the outbreak then they would die.  What would the survivor do with the body?  Rather doubt the “garbage” release shoot would accommodate a body.   Just one of many, many possible health issues that could arise.  Maybe they will select a doctor.  And I guess  they will send with them the opposite of viagra whatever that is; just in case of need.  (what if they don’t like each other after a while)

Much more about the attack at Boston later.  For now use that old expression –“follow the money”.  I mean from what is known so far those guys didn’t have a regular source of income but they sure lived alright.  Right now go to any of the travel sites and check what it would cost to fly to Moscow and then Dagestan and later return home.  So far there is no mention of work and the parents allegedly had bad health and no money but they were both reportedly lawyers.   One was renowned for being a clothes buff.  They had cars and didn’t seem to want for anything and they got money to buy guns.  I mean I ain’t rich but not poor but I sure wouldn’t be booking a round trip ticket to Dagestan anytime soon how about you?   Where did they get their money?  Answer that and you’ll know a lot more about who was behind them.

As our nanny state grows exponentially under the current beings in the Administration ponder the thoughts of an old German adage–“Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.”   http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com

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2 Cents Worth On Life Its Ownself

In spite of sequester the computer still works and I even managed to fill up the tank this morning, at a high price I might add, so let’s review the thoughts, comments and musings of the day…..

Why didn’t anyone at last week’s testimony of Bernancke ask the most salient question?   He should be made to answer under oath what the interest rates would be for US bonds if the Federal Reserve quit buying any of them.  Since the Fed is buying approximately 80% of all such bonds their price and interest rates are being manipulated outrageously.  The Fed is in fact cornering the market on such bonds.  We all need to know what the true “market” value  is for such US debt.  That false and fraudulent market manipulation is simply allowing the US to run deficit and higher debt ceilings as the Fed prints up new money to “buy” the bonds.  The market for US debt is phony now.  We all need to know what people around the world would loan and what interest rate they would demand for our debt.  Those rates and market demand drive everything in our economy from credit card debt and car loans to house mortgages.   The cost of profligacy can only be postponed, not eliminated.   Yes, because of the Fed we have very low interests costs now.  But that doesn’t mean we’ll not have to pay for the borrowing later when interest do go to a real normal market driven level and spike even higher to compensate for the higher debt level of your prior profligate ways.

Folks say the Republican party is absolutely doomed because of demographics.  Assume they are right.  When the Democrats have won everything there is to win and control the political process nationally and even in most of the States one wonders what their immigration policy will be then.  After all at that time they won’t be needing any new voters coming to their clarion call.  They will have won.  Who will care about new votes?  What incentive will they have for new immigrants and of course at that point the unions will be riding very high and they certainly won’t  be promoting any new immigration platform because their whole purpose is to protect union jobs not open them to competition from immigrants.  Be interesting to see how that turns out, if the predictions are true of complete Democratic dominance.

Maxine Waters says sequester will cause us to lose 170 millions jobs.  Hmmm, didn’t realize we had that many 12 and 10 years olds in the workforce.   Last I heard there were only about 150 million workers of all types in our economy.  But facts and logic never get in the way of a good Leftist rant.   Just think you and I pay her 174K a year for that brilliance plus whatever under the table profits her hubby makes off of his banking investments from regulators that get calls from her.

Greece established colonies around the Med.  One such was Marseilles.  They called in Massilia.  About the time of Alexander the Greek, one Pytheas sailed from there for the open sea beyond Gibraltar to  search for tin and amber from England.  It had been the dominance of the Carthaginians for centuries.  He was a merchant and obviously a true explorer.  He worked his way up the west coast of Europe from Portugal to France then across to Cornwall where the tin mines were. He wrote of an ancient monument that may well have been Stonehenge and gave a description of the land and his climate and people.   He sailed north beyond the Scottish coasts and went to Iceland or Norway although the descriptions are too vague to specify.  He was far enough north to describe sea ice and pack ice floes.  He wrote of the nights being only a few hours long.  What is amazing is that he made in and essentially open boat all that way and returned through the English Channel and home.   Julius Caesar may have had access to his writings to influence his decision to make a reconnaissance in strength into England almost three centuries later.   No magnet, no GPS and no maps or sea charts.  Pretty remarkable feat.

North Korea makes another threat to nuke us because we are hostile and our sanctions amount to war on their people.  That Kid they have running the place must be as dumb as he looks and he sure looks dumb.  I don’t know why we don’t take out all their nuke facilities now, right now.  Yes, there would be the usual hue and cry from certain quarters around the world.  Even China would verbally raise hell but the truth is that everyone would be relieved.  The Chinese, Russians, Japanese  and the South Koreans would love to have that threat removed from their back yard.   The world would be a safer place.  Nuclear bombs shouldn’t be in the hands of dolts and guys who think it is cool to hang out with the likes of Rodman.  Having access to nukes is way beyond his pay grade.   It makes no sense for the rest of us to suffer catastrophic harm because of his schoolboy antics.

All our politically correct and civil rights laws could be summed up in a short phrase from Proverbs:  “I will render to the man according to his work”. Proverbs 24/29.  We really don’t anymore guideline than that.

“Take heed lest thou become a Caesar indeed; lest the purple stain thy soul”.  Marcus Aurelius.  Roman Emperor and philosopher.  180 AD.  http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com

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Pathway To A Better State–V–Immigration

It is with a heavy heart that both Left and Right don’t truly have a deep-seated pride in their nation anymore.  Both believe that the US is heading in the wrong direction for completely different reasons.  It is right and natural that a citizen should be extremely proud of their country and want to feel they are part of a team working together for a generally agreed upon goal.  We desperately want to have a swelling pride within our breast when we listen to the refrains from America The
Beautiful but so many feel the country they want to love is becoming something they distrust and even revile.  It will be better when both elements can have their own sovereignty and they each can have that desired and admirable pride in their new and separate US.   One of the many contentious issues that divide the Left and Right is the question of immigration and very different views on the path forward to admission of new immigrants.

The Left going back to the 1960’s have had a deliberate and steady policy of loose immigration policy heavily favoring certain segments of the world at the expense of European immigration.  Until then our policy and simple historical, economic and cultural matters propelled the overwhelming majority of the immigrants to the US to be of European origin.  The Left had a harder time recruiting them to their cause when they came here.  They knew as any rational man would that if they allowed more immigrants of perceived minorities and from Socialist or Socialist leaning nations that those new immigrants would much more likely become new members of the Left or Democratic Party.  They overhauled the immigration laws to drastically reduce European peoples and favored heavily immigrants from South American, the Philippines, certain other Oriental countries, Africa and the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East.   They were right.  Those new immigrants did move to the Left as they became citizens and they continue to do so to this day.  The left wanted and got a very lax enforcement policy regarding border security because they would allow even more immigrants to migrate to the US and eventually receive citizenship.  After the Constitutional Convention and the reorganization of the US into two equal and sovereign entities each will be able to pursue their own vision of new immigration policy.

In the new Coastal America it would be the knee-jerk reaction that the immigration policy would be quite liberal and allow generously new immigrants and citizens.  Many would suspect that they would continue the current policy of favoring Third World countries or emerging markets.  Now many of them advocate granting citizenship wholesale even to those who violated US law in coming to the US.  It could well be true that the Left would adopt such a policy but on reflection it might be a bit different from that.  The unions form a strong and influential portion of the Left and advance the Liberal agenda.  It is an important cog in that political movement and would certainly continue to be after the grand division.  The unions are very leery to allow too many new immigrants entry because it would have a negative effect on wages of their members and their job security both of which are dominant issues in their movement.  Of course there is also the fact that after the division the Left will have “won”.  They can take their Socialist or psuedo-socialist agenda as far as they want without interference from the Right.  They can design their society through social engineering and tax policy as they wish.  They won’t be needing new voters to swell their ranks anymore.   They will have their majority for generations.

The Left likes to look to the European model for a goodly portion of its agenda and direction because it is progressive and Socialist to a greater or less degree.   A dispassionate view of Europe today would reveal that they have restrictive immigration policies; they do not have  open borders and immigrants face steep hurdles to becoming full citizens with the right to vote.   Coastal America will have no need for new progressive voters.   The significant majority of Coastal America will already be of one political vision and direction.  There are many on the Left that believe that population growth is a problem or outright evil because it leads to environmental damage and human suffering.   They will have their choices to make.

Middle America will revise its immigration policy most likely in a more restrictive manner.  It is most likely that the driving thrust of that policy will be to admit new immigrants based on merit or economic need of Middle America.  The policy will not be driven by ethnicity or perceived Third World status.   The result will be that more Europeans will likely be admitted along with substantial Oriental influx.   There would be an efficient and flexible guest worker program as they have today in Germany and other European nations.  These special visas would be granted liberally to those who bring “value” to Middle America.  The guest workers would be mostly from South America and Mexico.  That is simply a recognition of social and geographic reality.  Those immigrating with citizenship in mind will be mostly from Europe.  Not because of race but because of education and special abilities and capital to invest in American enterprises.

It is likely in a generation or so Coastal America would grow in population much more rapidly than Middle America but that trend might not last as Coastal America comes to grips with its identity and internal disputes with the entrenched interests of the unions and their power base.  They will have met all their diversity goals and economics will prevail at some point.  Middle America will grow but in a more even manner and become more homogeneous, not ethnically, but in cultural outlook and appreciation.

The great advantage of the separate nations is that each can pursue it own dream for its society through immigration policy.  They can amend  and emend as they wish without the discord of dealing with the other side.  The current disputes and disharmony we face over immigration policy would be gone.  Both Americas would be happy with its p0licy.  The best policy is what makes most of the citizens of each America content as opposed to the distrust and conflict we face as one polarized nation today on the issue.    Let each follow their own drummer.

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Presidential Honeymoon or Nightmare on Elm Street

The pundits are rife with comments these days about rallying around the new President-Elect and pulling for him to be successful.  A nice sentiment in the abstract but application might be harder to achieve.   Usually there is disagreement on one or two major issues with any new President but we basically felt they were steering the ship of state generally in a direction that was acceptable.   Many times we disagree with the methods and means of accomplishing a particular goal but the goal is one supported by a goodly majority of the people.  Improving the economy is a worthwhile goal that no one would disagree with.   But would the improved economy be one that we will recognize and afford the same opportunities and flexibility for innovation that we have traditionally fostered.  That is one of the rubs with the new administration.   Further, if the improvement comes at the cost of even bigger and more intrusive Government there will be many who will oppose that because the “improvement” will lower the bar for all of us as Nanny Government takes charge of our lives.   A fear of a drab sameness for all of us permeates many today.   The Government will be in charge of defining and controlling what you can achieve with your life and work.

If the improvement is only for some as a result of redistribution of the wealth at the expense of those who had some wealth then the stage is set for serious problems in our society and the economy itself.  Under the free market system that we have enjoyed for lo these 200 years there is always a redistribution of wealth in progress.  Those on the lower end have moved up; sometimes there ascent is truly remarkable.   Warren Buffet ring a bell.   More often it is not spectacular but steady and lifts the standard of living for the overwhelming majority of us.   Study the hard statistics and numbers for the last 100 years of our and you will see a consistent improvement of the lives of the ordinary Americans.  That history has been astounding.  Compare incomes, housing, education and net worth of families over that time frame and you will see what I mean.  Don’t forget too that even the poor receive food stamps, subsidized housing, a free education through high school and even at the college level you can receive a degree at minimal cost in the state systems or receive grants and loans.   We have more cars air conditioning and consumer goods than ever before.  In the poorest neighberhoods you will see everyone walking around with cell phones and inside most of those homes you will see a plasma screen tv.    For sure we have had our ups and downs on occasion but the steady rise of standards of living can not be denied by any intelligent person.  Likewise many of the “rich” have taken a fall.  They make mistakes and lose the family fortune.   It happens all the time.  Our socio-economic brackets have never been static and they aren’t now.   The mobility of opportunity up or down and increase or decrease of wealth has inspired all of us and our ancestors.   There has always been the hope of moving up.  If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.  You more likely will  mess up a good thing.  We have had a good thing–a damn good thing.

Change is not always a good thing.  The Russian Revolution was certainly a change but was that a good thing?  It impeded that progress of the Russian people for 70 years and ended up costing millions of lives along the way.   Was radically reducing our military under Carter a good thing?   It merely emboldened our Cold War enemies and made the world a more dangerous place.    We long ago recognized that tariff protections never work in the long run.   Smoot-Hawley was a failure and  similar  protections decades later didn’t ultimately  help the Detroit Big Three.   Histroy is replete with changes that were disasters.  

The list of disagreements with the incoming administration is very long and of great concern is that it is more than differences in goals to achieve commonly desired  results.  It is the results themselves that are at issue.   Big Government versus restricted and less intrusive Government can’t be reconciled.   Immigration can’t be smoothed over.   There are many who feel illegal is just that and that there should never be an amnesty.   Higher taxes versus lower taxes aren’t compatible.   The overriding dispute is on the size and scope of Government and the control of Government over individuals, companies and groups.    I don’t think there will be any joining of hands and singing Kumbaya around the campfire anytime soon.   The vision of the new administration is not the vision for millions for this great nation.   They feel under siege by the Barbarians at the gates.   So some of us will wish our nation well and hope it still has life left in the American dream but will oppose those trying to redefine and corrupt that dream.   Some want nothing to do with a change for what they believe to be for the worse.

To  scuttle a ship means to intentionally  sink her.   This is down by opening the sea cocks in the below deck areas.   There was a mass scuttling of ships of great note after WWI in 1919.  The German navy was required under the truce terms to bring their fleet to Scapa flow in Scotland and be interned or surrendered to the British on behalf of all the Allies.   When the Germans realized that they would never be able to control their own ships again the entire fleet scuttled on command right off the coast of Scotland.  The British were publicly outraged but privately admired the professional demeanor of the German sailors.   They weren’t really surprised by what happened it is what they would have done themselves as professional sailors.

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Immigration and the States’ Constitutional right to protection

Nothing is more innovative  than some knowledge and the human imagination.   The language of the Constitution raises interesting questions about the right of the states to take a more forceful role in damping the flood of illegal immigrants and calling upon the Federal government’s obligation to  aid in an invasion.    The language is mandatory, not merely suggestive or giving the Federal government an option to respond or not.  So let’s take a look at the Constitution together.

Article One, section 10 reads as follows “No state shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in a war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay”.   Other provisions in the Constitution make it clear that the states have a right to raise a militia and even appoint their own officers for same.   The language in section 10 recognizes the inherent right and possibility that the states might have to fight with armed forces.   Is 500,000 thousand foreigners a year who come in violation of our laws an invasion?   This could be argued, especially if many of them are promoting the illegal use of drugs in this country and and engaging in violent gang warfare killing hundreds every year in the border areas.   Are the drug trafficking and killings real?  Are those the facts?  I believe they are and the only question would be one of magnitude and degree.  

Now Article Four, section 4 reads as follows: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) , against domestic violence”.   Does a couple million illegals in California constitute a threat to its guarantee of a republican form of government?   When they take resources from the citizens of the US such as school costs, healthcare, identity fraud, and jobs, jobs, jobs, does this amount to an invasion.   The word invasion is not defined in the Constitution itself.  

It would be very interesting if the Governor of say Arizona or California make a formal application to the President and set out his case of invasion.   Such an application could be quite persuasive in its recitation of the negative impacts of so many milions of illegals.   He could assert that his state was in “imminent” danger and no delay could be tolerated and that he was calling out the National Guard to exercise the Constitutional right of the state to defend itself and at the same time demand that the Federal Government come to its aid to defend its constitutional right to a republican form of government.    l mean  document that lays out the case for defending itself and cites the Constitutional obligation of the Federal Government and the right of the state to defend itself in such dire circumstances.  A document with all the bells and whistles on it.   The Constitutional provisions in the matter are written in “plain language”.   That phrase is important because the Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the Constitution and US statutes are to be interpreted by the plain language of the document or statute in  question.

I have no idea how such a scenario would turn out.   The state Governor could not be punished or overruled under the language of the Constitution. The Federl  Government might simply ignore the call for help, but that would have very serious consequences for the long term that even the most ardent devotee of the contral government power might ponder very hard.  The Supreme Court would NOT want to touch the case; if there is a “case” to touch at all.   Is the Federal govenment going to send in the US army against the stat national guard when they are protecting the border and acting under direct orders from the Governor?   The Federal govenment could not deny the reality of the illegals by the legions and the use of Uzis and murder and mayhem committed by the drug lords along the border.   And who would defend the corruption of the Mexican Government?

I enjoy the mental exercise of this one and would hope our national leaders would take the time to do the same.   The current situation cannot endure.   States, cities and counties around the country from the northeast to the far west, north and south are all taking various actions to reverse the negative consequences of illegal immigration and it is time the Federal government stepped up to the bar and answered the call of the people.   Who knows one day some President might get a certified letter in the mail from a Governor taking action to defend  his citizens in imminent danger.  The Constitution says what it says and means what it means.

Agree, disagree or come up with a completely different thought on the subject.   All we ask here is thoughtful and intelligent dialogue.

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Immigration/welfare reform, American industry

There is no question that illegal aliens costs us billions of dollars each year with US citizens paying for school, health and welfare costs and that is not even mentioning the loss of jobs for citizens.  You do your own numbers, there are a lot of data out there to peruse.  Yeah, I know some folks talk about how they pay taxes too.  I challenge that assessment. Except for sales taxes what taxes do they pay? If they are paying payroll or income taxes it is only becasue they stole someone’s identity or falsified their payroll records and  either of those would be a federal crime.  

I for one would like to see them all removed and those savings come back to us, the US citizens.  It would be billions per year.  I for one would be willing to pay more for American goods and services that were produced or provided by my fellow Americans.   I believe we would come out way ahead financially.  You make your own calculations but be honest with them.   If they were gone it would also provide a chance to have another round of truly significant welfare reform by opening up  jobs to our own citizens and requiring  them to take those jobs left vacant when the illegals were gone.    Provide the  financial help where needed to bolster income for the poor but also provide them with the pride of work.  Many of those jobs are well-paying by the way and no subsidy would be needed.   We need a strong middle class and our people moving up from poverty to the middle class.   This would provide a perfect vehicle to accomplish that.   The fact of improvement for our citizens can’t be denied if it is really true that the illegals hold as many jobs as is claimed by their sympathizers.  If they don’t hold those jobs then what the hell are they doing here?   We are bombarded constantly that economic betterment is the reason they are coming here in the first place.    I believe we could have American money going to Americans, not foreigners, if we adopted such a strategy.  The cost for schooling illegals in Texas is in excess of 5 billion a year.  Add to that all the other costs and we are talking real money.   I think it would be a win/win for Americans.  Save money and provide jobs for those in need of them.    Just think of the cost reduction in the Federal and State prison systems and emergency room care nationwide.   Charity begins at home.   I want our politicians to put Americans first–that is what I ask and believe it is my right to do so.

I would think under normal circumstances that now would be a great time to invest in the steel industry.  Steel will continure to be in great demand world wide for decades to come.   This is especially true due to all the emerging nations and their stupendous building programs. Check it out.  The contstruction boom will continue unabated here and in  China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and the Middle East.   All that construction requires steel.   It is sad to see how far that vital industry has fallen in recent decades.  For most of the 20th century the US was the world leader in steel production.   Now  China, India and Brazil make it by the ton and we import steel from those nations for much of our steel needs. 

My hesitation is the steelworker unions.  They have historically demanded such high wages.  I don’t mind at all that they make a good living and good wages but what I fear is that they will end up destroying the golden goose just like their brethren in the auto industry.  For decades the auto workers demanded more and more and they got it.  Those wages and benefits added to the cost of  each car made in America.  Guess what happened?  We woke up one day and the Japanese had undercut us dramatically.   Our auto industry is on the ropes.   The prices were too damn high because of the wage structure of the auto unions.   Now they are losing jobs and have been for many years.  I worry that the steel industry could go the same route.   Be careful what you ask for , you might get it.   I do hope our auto industry can recover and that steel will likewise but we need to adjust our thinking.   Wouldn’t working on the line for $85,000.00 a year for wages and benefits beat working for $125,000.00 of wages and benefits on a  job that soon will not exist because the foreigners are undercutting  our prices?  I want a strong  American industrial base and decent jobs at good wages but let’s make sure we don’t price ourselves out of the market so that the industy or the jobs no longer exist.

 The month of August was named after Augustus Caesar.  The month we just passed was named after Julius Caesar.   The power and influence of those ancients still  reaches out across the millenia.

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Immigration, part deux, and Taxes

I read an article today that mentioned again for the zillionth time that illegal immigrants are really good for us and our economy because they pay taxes i.e., social security and medicare and bless their hearts they don’t even get any benefits back for them.  I really don’t like it when folks try to blow smoke my way and fog up the true facts.

First, I bet you have heard of a W-4 form that everyone who is working and paying taxes must have for the employer and certainly must have filled out before ANY taxes are withheld by an employer.  Did it ever occur to this essayist that the information on that form had to be invalid, a lie!   Whose social security number did the illegal alien use?  You can bet damn sure it wasn’t his.   Furthermore, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to indicate that even when they do fill one out with whatever SS number they use that they put down large numbers of exemptions so that there is virtually no income tax ever withheld.  If they pay any taxes then one of your fellow citizens has been a victim of identity theft.  Surely, I don’t need to explain what a hassle and pain such an event is–credit reports, IRS issues and even worse–potentially being on a criminal list somewhere.  The writer felt sorry that they didn’t even get any of those benefits from social security.   Of course they may have also messed up someone else’s social security record along the way and that person may not get all they were entitled to receive.   Oh, by the way, filing false documents with the IRS is a federal crime.  Crossing the border may not yet be a federal crime but lying to the IRS is.

Second, with regard to the argument that they don’t get medicare benefits, I beg to differ.  In my community our public hospital is overwhelmed with illegal aliens giving birth and receiving other medical care absolutely free.  They don’t pay a dime.  Our hospitals just like the ones in your area are required to render services to anyone who shows up at the door even if they have no means of payment.  Their bills are covered by taxpaying citizens of the good of USA.  I would bet a dollar to a doughnut that the situation is the same in your neighborhood.

As I have said before, I don’t mind intelligent discussion of any issue, including immigration but I despise twisted logic and outright distortions of the truth.  If someone wants to say that they feel sorry for illegal immigrants and as a matter of charity they are willing to overlook their misdeeds to get here and abuse our system then say so and defend that position.   Don’t  tell me they pay taxes like you and I do.  They either don’t pay them or they are using false information when they fill out their W-4; there isn’t any other conclusion than those two.

Watch Saving Private Ryan this weekend or honor a vet in some other way.  Freedom is never cheap or easy.   The pleasures you have today in your life (and you should really add them up) were indeed bought with the suffering of your ancestors and fellow citizens.

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