We’ll take a peek at some history to get perspective on the news of the day and add a couple of random life thoughts for free….
Regardless of other troubling issues with the proposed comprehensive immigration reform what difference does it make if the illegals have to go to the “back of the line”? Yeah, they have to pay some fines and wait for a while. But the fact is they are “golden” once the immigration reform is passed. They won’t be worried about having to wait. They go the golden ring on the merry-go-round. They can stay work, get benefits (read the fine print) and will get citizenship if they don’t commit a felony. Doesn’t seem like much of a burden to have to wait until those who applied legally get processed first. The line may be long but the point is they will get to the head of the line–guaranteed.
Another sore spot is that those who stole ID’s or forged paperwork should have to pay a special fine of at least $10,000.00. If they stole someone’s social security number that money should go directly to the victim and those who made one up or forged paperwork should have the money go to the Border Patrol.
How many times have you read about some Federal employee who was derelict or really pulled a bad one that got “reassigned”, “fired” or demoted yet learn later that they were only shuffled around or in fact never fired. You know, on the street without any pay. Lois Lerner is the most recent example of this; she clearly was out of line if not doing something illegal yet she is on administrative leave with pay. This problem is part politics and part the difficulty of firing a Federal worker due to the Civil Service Code and companion laws. We’ll do an examination in detail later about the Civil Service Code. For today though is suffices to say that it must be made easier to fire Federal employees for incompetence, laziness, criminal acts, negligence and those who simply can’t cut the mustard. They system needs to be revised so there is a very quick appeal after a supervisor fires someone. It should be like private industry where those above can fire those below. The review board should meet within 30 days. The board should consist of a union representative, a Federal worker and three private citizens. The citizens should be at least 60 years old and have never worked for any governmental agency. You want people with experience in life, who’ve seen the way the world works, have some wisdom from living and understand the requirement that people do their jobs correctly and ethically or they get removed. No appeal after that hearing. Boy would that change things for the better.
You probably read the story about the 72 year-old fellow shot by the cops in his own yard. They were responding to a burglar alarm across the street. The man and his wife heard a commotion and he got his gun and went out back and then was shot by the cops. Supposedly the cops were shining their flashlights and yelled “police” and when he didn’t drop his gun they fired and killed him. A real tragedy. He was no doubt pumped up with adrenaline and nervous. Who wouldn’t be with those loud noises. Even if they did yell out he might not have heard them correctly or at all and those lights were probably shining in his eyes so he couldn’t see clearly. Under the circumstances how would he have known who they were and why would he believe they were cops even if they said so? I mean this man was on his own property and doing something completely legal–carrying a gun which he had the right to do even without a carry permit and he had a right to defend home and hearth. Why the hell didn’t they knock on the door or make a phone call to the house before they just barged in? A sad case of friendly fire. Can you imagine if he had shot one of the cops and the evidence was they never had identified themselves as such?
The headlines for the last month or so thunder with the news about the resurgent boom in housing. They cite year over year increases that are dramatic. Of course the percentages seem dramatic because we are starting from such a low base. The raw numbers aren’t that impressive. Only about 800,000 new starts a year last I read which is actually not very good and far below 6 years ago. Also I have a question. New housing starts require lots and lots of new lumber production for the building. Yet, one–we are cutting timber for wooden pellets to ship to Japan for power plants and, two, the lumber futures have dropped sharply for the last 90 days by about 40%. Some piece or pieces of that housing picture puzzle don’t fit. Normally in a real housing upturn the lumber yards are working flat-out just to keep up with domestic demand and the price of lumber rises accordingly.
We’ll find out in time if Eric Holder lied under oath I hope. You are reminded that there are three elements to taking an oath when testifying. One–tell the truth. Two–the whole truth. Three–nothing but the truth. If you fail on any of those three then you are lying under oath. Q–was it day or night? A–day, when if fact it was at night. That is a lie under oath. Q–did you see anyone come out of the house? A–yes. But in fact it was a one-legged man wearing a pirate hat and you simply state you couldn’t remember anything but a man. That is a lie under oath. Q–Tell us about that man? A–well, he was carrying a large knife, when in fact he had nothing in his hand. You lied and added an embellishment to the truth. From watching the testimony and learning the facts of his personal review of subpoenas it is hard to see how Holder can pass muster under all three standards of the truth.
“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people” H. L. Mencken. Pundit and social commentator. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com