Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Viva la Revolucion!

Waaay back December 2001, I posted something on what was a forerunner of what would be called now a "group blog" that I think is still timely even though the "blog" is now pretty much defunct, I appreciate Fang keeping it up for Posterity. In fact I had a short email exchange with the the venerable VDH in which I asked him if his book espousing the same theory was his own independent idea or if he had read my post a couple years earlier. He got quite pissed off, but then again, I might have been a little blunt in my query as well so his response might be understood. I can be a real a$$h0le sometimes I'm afraid, even when I am not trying to be. (He insists that it is his own independent idea BTW. Hey, maybe this is a case of great minds thinking alike after all...) The post stimulated quite a bit of commentary. Mind you, the "blog" (there were no such things back then) was populated by a number of liberally bent people.... and few that were just bent, and you people know who you are! =b

Today in the Chonicle posted an article about the proposed US-Mexico Border fence that has been proposed and has overwhelmingly passed in the House beside another article talking about how many upper class Mexicans come to McAllen to shop in American stores. The article graphic was supportive of this article. The implication was clearly to undermine the fence proposal (they would of course call that "balance") without addressing the primary problems of illegal immigration. They even tried to undermine the proposal within the article itself, but were not terribly persuasive in my opinion. Lets make sure our senators know that when they take this up in February, they had better pass it. And let Mexico know that the United States will no longer be thier safety valve, they are going to have to address thier own problems instead of dumping them on our doorstep.

3 Comments:

Blogger Digitaldon37 said...

It loooks like I never commented on that thread...so I'll comment here. I never understood why people can't separate legal and illegal immimgration. Those who are opposed to building a fence (or putting the military on the border, or what ever solution is proposed) always make the argument that we have plenty of room, that our country was founded with immigrants, they help our economy...blah blah blah.

Hey, if we got room and all,let them in LEGALLY. It's the illegals that we are trying to keep out.

However we need to look at the tax burden verus benefit ratio in how many people we do let in. We may be getting cheap houses (at least in Texas) and cheap burgers but we are indirectly paying for cheap labor's health and education costs through our taxes. Which is why I tend to favor a consumption tax (affects everyone - including 'undocumented' workers) over a property tax.

December 29, 2005 11:07 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Don, you've hit the nail on the head for me as well. Hey, I have nothing against immigration, as long as it is LEGAL immigration. I want the US Gov. to do background checks and KNOW who this person is that is entereing the country. I want that person to be as trackable and taxable as I am. To make LEGAL immigrants jump through so many hoops but to turn a blind eye to the illegals in our midst is an insult to those who try to dot the I's and cross the T's (or is that dot the T's and cross the I's, I always get that confused...) Waving the magic amnesty wand is just as insulting however. They get citizenship as a reward for breaking the law while legal immigrants still have to jump through hoops. That is patently unfair. Especially since the process takes so long largely because the INS takes it's sweet time about processing the paperwork, throw about 30 million illegals filing for amnesty at once into the system and you can imagine what would happen to the backlog! The legal immigrants would get shafted yet again!

I don't buy the "help our economy" argument. It can be demonstrated that they are a net drain on the economy.

December 29, 2005 12:05 PM  
Anonymous ttyler5@hotmail.com said...

People who consistently confuse the issue between legal and illegal immigration are fond of quoting the words on the Statue of Liberty -- despite the fact that the immigrant ships were headed for Ellis Island and a long and grueling legal entry process, and millions were turned away there and sent home.

December 29, 2005 10:12 PM  

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