May 30, 2007
My sentiments exactly. A commenter at Sweetness and Light writes:
I’m sick of people saying, “We can’t police 12 million illegals back to Mexico”.
That is to say, I’m also sick of Bush.
We can’t stop the illegal immigration? That is a load of Bull…
We can create a decent worker program that gives Mexico the work/income it needs to remain stable and have the program still be acceptable to the “needs” of US employers. However, this illegal crap needs to be addressed–and harshly.
But before you can do that, you MUST stop the market demand for illegals by heavily fining companies employing illegals–and any individual that are doing so.
Fine them $7,000 per illegal hired, per year they were hired–which includes the projected loss of taxes and impact on social programs, and throw in a manditory 1-year jail sentence to the company CEO and any Board Members/Human Resources officers who oversaw the employment practice of hiring of illegals. Then you offer a reward of $10,000 to anyone providing information about anyone hiring illegals…and you’d see the problem dry up fast after the first 20 companies were raided. Without jobs, their prospects here are slim at best…and the fines pay for the rewards. If the papers were falsified, you half the fine and remove the jail time–IF THE COMPANY CAN PROVE they had adequate safeguards in place to discourage hiring those with illegal papers…SS#’s are often a dead giveaway.
As for the “Sanctuary Cities”….They want to harbor illegals? Fine. They also lose ALL federal aid and earmarks….money for roads, medical, education–they lose every bit of it when they are found to be circumventing immigration law or they stop enforcing it. Even the most fiscally efficient cities would last about two months before they went bankrupt.
As for the lawsuits being filed about illegals–you pass a law in Congress limiting the US courts from hearing cases involving those illegally in the United States. You want to work in the shadows…then you are going to live there, too. But take heart–those hiring you will be paying the price too.
The fix is easier than anyone wants to admit–but no one has the guts to carry it out.
What no one really wants to talk about is the fact that once you make these people legal, they no longer truly benefit their employers due to pay increases and taxes–don’t forget about minimum wage and federal guidelines for competitive wage earnings. So, many of these newly legals will get laid off–remember what happened after Reagan’s little amnesty bill? So, we create a new welfare class that has put nothing into the system but takes billions out. And companies go on hiring newly arriving illegals to fill the jobs they still don’t want to pay taxes on. Just look at what happened to the meatpacking jobs in Chicago…That’s why you punish the companies–and make it HURT. Fiscal pain is the only way to deal with this problem. After all, it’s the fiscal prostitution that has caused it in the first place…
It’s less about locking down the border, and more about enforcing the laws and creating stiffer penalties that are so horrific no one will dare hire an illegal. As for the false papers issue, each time you catch someone using false papers they get 2 years hard labor and no money to send home, 20 years if they are distributing them. If they want to work, they can do it from prison, making products for the governments and nonprofits to use. The amount we pay to imprison them would still be less than they would cost us on the outside due in large part to the drain on our social programs.
Yes, there is a solution (oversimplified though this may be)–but no one really wants to try and solve the problem. Remember, Mexico imprisons anyone they find illegally entered their country–and they don’t go easy on illegals, either. So why do we have to go easy on their people?
There, I feel a little better….
I’d also attack the illegals’ access to Emergency Room health care for free. Provide the care and then deport them. And the remittances sent back to Mexico? Tax them in lieu of unpaid income taxes.
Ditto for social welfare. Illegal? Need welfare? Go home. We’ll even give you bus fare to the border.
I’ll believe Bush and the Democrats are serious on border security when there is a mile-wide mine-field across the whole length of the border. Just hoping.
May 29, 2007
Annie Jacobsen’s reporting on the suspicious behavior of Syrian musicians on a US flight has been vindicated. Michelle Malkin has more. After that terrifying incident, Annie Jacobsen has been using her formidable journalistic skills to track down failings in the security systems that are supposed to protect the US commercial aviation system.
She has another case that has been lost in the bureaucracy:
What We Know
Apparently Anwar Al—— applied for a US visa with doctored paperwork from the University of Arkansas. Despite the required face-to-face interview with US Embassy officials (a fact confirmed with me by the State Department) no one caught this. Instead, an embassy worker issued Al—— a visa to come to a University in the middle of a University semester, a highly irregular time. Al—— got on a plane and flew into the United States, despite his name being on a terrorist watch list. Al—— passed, undetected, through Customs and Immigration despite the fact that he presented what must have been fraudulent travel documents and despite the fact that his name was on terrorist watch list. Three days after his illegal entry, he was involved in a suspicious incident at an airport that involved six US Federal Agencies. Not one of them detained him for further questioning; ICE agents never examined his travel documents; an Arabic speaker never questioned him in his native tongue; and bomb-sniffing dogs never examined his bags. FBI couldn’t “verify” that this particular young man was the terrorist on the watch list, so Al—— was let go. Al—— never showed up for class. Four months after he arrived, in February 2007, University officials reported him missing. ICE agents never contacted the University for a follojw-up to his absence, nor did agents from FBI. Anwar Al—— had successfully
slipped past every, single federal control system put in place to catch someone like him in a post-9/11 world. He remains at large.
What We Don’t Know
What we don’t know is why Anwar Al—— decided to commit fraud, break multiple US federal laws and toss a coveted United States education to the wind. The University confirmed with me that Anwar Al——’s prospective tuition would have been paid for by the government of Saudi Arabia had he shown up. (He was on a full scholarship) This begs the question, what possibly could have been worth more to Anwar Al—— than a free ticket to an American University? One wonders if a ticket to Paradise promised Anwar Al—— a greater reward.
Before 9/11, ordinary citizens might have dismissed Jacobsen’s interest as paranoia. Post 9/11, it is disconcerting to know how easily the bureaucracy has fallen back into a pre 9/11 mindset.
May 29, 2007
Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.
HT: Braden Files.
May 28, 2007
In our family, that is my father, who served in Montgomery’s 8th Army in North Africa (think Tobruk and Monte Cassino), my father-in-law, who skippered a landing craft into Utah beach on D-Day, and my mother-in-law who served in the Red Cross at the front lines in Europe.
Thanks to them, and millions like them, civilization was saved from the nightmare of Nazism and Japanese Imperialism.
God Bless them all.
May 27, 2007
There he was, a man who now ranks with Lee Harvey Oswald, as someone who should never again be referred to as a Marine. He is the man who spewed terrorist propaganda to slander marines fighting for their lives in terrorist infested Haditha. He is the man who said the US should retreat to Okinawa. He wants the US to hand victory to Al Qaeda tomorrow.
Him honoring our military? The Marines are dishonored by his presence.
May 27, 2007
Sweetness & Light reacts appropriately:
If Mr. Libby deserves three years in prison Mr. Fitzgerald deserves life.
And the Plames should face a firing squad.
The other villains the piece are Armitage, for not owning up to the original leak in public, Comey for letting Fitzgerald investigate process crimes after Amitage confessed to DOJ, Gonzales for utterly inadequate supervision at the DOJ, Bush for letting himself get bulldozed into appointing a special prosecutor before he knew what was going on, and the MSM for lying about every aspect of the “case”.
The Plames are getting the OJ treatment. They got away with destroying the administration’s credibility and their MSM confederates are rewarding them royally.
May 24, 2007
Gas prices have hit record highs so media morons and congress critters are once again claiming the gas companies are ripping us off. Did they say the gas companies were giving us a well deserved discount when gas prices dropped below $2 earlier this year?
I usually buy my gas at an intersection with gas stations on three of the four corners. On Monday the el cheapo station had prices 20c lower than BP and Sunoco. The lines there were so bad I drove off to another gas station and paid the 20c extra.
Interestingly, when gas prices hit $2, diesel prices were 40c higher. Now, diesel prices are 40c lower than gas prices. If the oil companies were ripping us off, wouldn’t they have kept diesel prices higher than gas prices? They couldn’t because of the laws of supply and demand. Diesel demand is mainly based on commercial activity. It varies season by season, but not by much. Gas demand is based on commercial and recreational demand. In summer, people drive much more. So demand goes up.
Of course, in a regulated market, the laws of supply and demand are distorted. The EPA requires oil companies to change their blends season by season, and region by region. Not surprisingly, the regions with the cheapest blend to produce get the cheapest gas.
The other big factors affecting gas prices are feed-stock prices, set by world-wide demand for oil, and refining cost. The US has not been able to build new refineries in decades, because Greenies are Nimbys. However, existing refineries have been extensively modernized and upgraded. I wouldn’t peg the lack of refineries as a constraint so much as the need to meet EPA mandates. The bigger cost is having to produce so many regional/seasonal/ethanol blends to meet EPA and local rules. How do we know this? Because, after Katrina, the government relaxed the EPA rules. Despite a huge loss in refining capacity, gas prices stayed reasonable after Katrina.
The US could impact gas prices if it expanded its own production of oil. However, the impact on prices would not be dramatic. The reason is that oil is a fungible commodity. Any extra US production would enter a world market. That’s not to say the US should not relax the rules and regulations that forbid oil companies from exploiting domestic resources. Every new non-OPEC producer will help break a dangerous cartel.
Gas prices are high today. They will fall. With better governance they could fall even further.
Al Gore’s movie has a dramatic graph showing how global temperatures rise as CO2 concentrations rise. Unfortunately, for Al, his graphs also show how global temperatures fall as CO2 concentrations fall. Which caused what? If rising CO2 concentrations cause global temperatures to rise, why did global temperatures reach a peak and then decline? If rising global temperatures cause CO2 concentrations to rise, why did global CO2 concentrations reach a peak and then decline? Obviously, Al Gore has confused correlation with causation.
Another factor is at play, and the shrinking of Mar’s polar cap suggests a possible solution; variations in the Sun’s energy output. Temperatures have risen, but not for the reasons claimed by Global Warming demagogues. They will decline, but the Global Warming demagogues will have magically transformed themselves, yet again, into Global Cooling demagogues.
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