Thinking about “the wall”

Nancy Pelosi is playing a dangerous game.  Let’s look at the facts.

When Donald Trump was still a candidate for the US Presidency, one of his cornerstone promises was to “build the wall.”  He was running against Hillary Clinton, who’s popularity among Democrats was so high it was almost sacrosanct.  Even Bernie Sanders couldn’t beat her.  But she lost the general election to Donald Trump.  Those facts are not disputed.

But, now, Nancy Pelosi had decided to make the obstruction of “the wall” a pillar of her service as the reinstated Speaker of the House of Representatives.  She needs to realize that she runs the risk of so strongly galvanizing Trump’s support base that she will guarantee his re-election in 2020.  I don’t say this to attempt to change her mind (because I harbor no delusions that my word has so much weight) but because I want to be fully understood when I say the following.

While I believe that Pelosi is delusional in thinking that blocking the wall will help the Democratic Party, I do not believe that she is wrong about why she is blocking it.  Building the wall will not do anything to prevent illegal immigration.

Why do I say that?  It is VERY simple.  Even if the wall is built, it will do nothing about any of the reasons WHY people choose to illegally enter the United States.

There are 3 main reasons why someone would illegally enter the US. In no specific order, they enter the US for jobs, citizenship, or entitlements.

As it stands now, an immigrant who illegally enters the US for a job can make a better living working the same job as a US citizen, while taking only half the wages the citizen needs to earn.  An illegal immigrant pays no taxes, gets free health care, and (as I have witnessed myself) they will often live with 3-5 families in one home, while avoiding getting a driver’s license, car insurance, or other things US Citizens need to survive.  That does NOT stop them from driving cars on our streets, or using our health care system – they just don’t pay for any of it.  We pick up the difference by paying more for our insurance, licenses, and basic needs.

Citizenship – another reason that someone would illegally enter the US is if a woman is pregnant and wants her child to be a US citizen.  The whole world knows that the US is one of the few remaining sovereign nations that grants unrestricted Birthright Citizenship.  While it was once fairly common among developed nations, it is now seen as anachronistic, a throwback to a time that is no longer relevant.  Most G-8 countries do not use this system anymore.  The US does, which is why more people than ever are turning to the US, looking to fulfill their dreams for their children’s future successes.  There is only one way to do anything about this – end the practice.  We only need a minor change to make a major difference.  Just require that all future Birthright Citizens have at least one parent who is already a US Citizen, and this will no longer be a draw for illegal immigration.

Entitlements – free welfare, medical care, and even government subsidized smart phones go a long way to encourage people to believe that they can live a better life in the US than they could in their own home country.  As the law is currently written, no hospital can legally refuse to treat any patient purely on the grounds that they can’t afford to pay for emergency care. Plus, any married man working an “under the table” job, which is illegal,  has a wife who qualifies to apply for welfare benefits on the grounds that her family has no income.  The welfare agencies are not only not required to verify citizenship status, they are actively PREVENTED from doing so by Federal mandates.  Once again, the fix for this is simple.  Start requiring ALL welfare agencies to verify LEGAL US residency, every 6 months, and this will no longer support those who are here only to take advantage of our generosity and altruism.

Best of all – those are all changes that cost almost nothing.  We don’t need a $50 Billion dollar wall to stop illegal immigration.  We just need to end the reasons why citizens of other countries would want to enter our country illegally.  Leave the current LEGAL entry system alone – people who are willing to follow our rules to legally enter the US should always be welcome.

And, let’s not forget, Donald Trump is a businessman.  He’s intimately familiar with “the Art Of the Deal” – he even had a book written in his name on that very subject.  So, if Pelosi were to go back to the negotiation table with Donald, and offer full support for ALL 3 of these suggestions, we might see an immediate end to the debate about the wall AND our illegal immigration problem.

Synchronicity strikes again . . .

About a half hour ago, I was on our front porch when a pickup-truck drove by pulling a flat-bed trailer.  On the trailer were two portable outhouses, custom painted metallic silver.  There was a wooden sign attached to the sides of both, and if I read it right, it said, “Political Action Service”.

That, by itself, was enough to get me laughing, and I shared it with my wife right away.  But, the humor was compounded quite a lot when, about 20 minutes later, someone rang our doorbell.  It was a young (mid 20’s?) woman looking for my wife.  She said she was from the Democratic Party.  I politely handed back the propaganda she offered, saying that we weren’t interested in either party at this time.  She graciously accepted the materials and left.  But I was thinking – “I know where this stuff really belongs.”  In those outhouses!  LOL.

Gaining clarity . . .

Today is April 5th, 2017.  I wouldn’t (quite) call this a major breakthrough in my understanding of myself, but mostly that is because I don’t see how this can lead to anything.  But, I do have an idea.

I had a dream while I was sleeping last night in which I wrote something bemoaning the state of politics in the US.  In the dream, I specifically used this statement: “There are no liberals or conservatives in US government.  There are only those who are greedy or despots, and there are plenty of both in both parties.”

That needs some explanation, especially in this era of hyper-partisan politics.  What I mean is that there are those who went to Washington for the ability to enrich themselves financially, or there are those who think their idea of an ideal government is so great that it is okay to use the power of government (force) to compel those who disagree to submit.  As of this writing, I don’t see anyone in Washington who doesn’t fit into one or the other group.  There hasn’t been anyone in Washington, to the best of my knowledge, who didn’t belong in one of those groups FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

I’m not just talking about elected officials, either.  Every non-elected bureaucrat who works in Washington is in one group or the other.  Every Presidential appointee is in one group or the other.

The longevity of this partisanship in Washington is infecting every facet of society.  Christians think it’s okay to use the 1st Amendment to compel atheists to attend SOME form of church.  The GLBT crowd think it’s alright to use the force of law to compel some form of “equal treatment” from those who do not want to associate with them.  Liberals think they are being “tolerant” when they write laws that compel submission from conservatives.  Conservatives think they are looking out for themselves and their families when they empower businesses and churches to exercise greater influence and control.

EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES needs to learn the meaning of TOLERANCE.  We can not build a more tolerant society by empowering an ever-growing, ever more powerful, government.

Oh, and just in case someone cares – I’m picking on the United States because it is my home, not because it is alone in experiencing this problem.  The whole world needs to wake up and realize the perils of hyper-partisanship.  And ALL Muslim mosques need to start speaking out AGAINST the use of force to compel change for non-Muslims.

Pagoda Day . . .

I don’t have a Facebook account, but my wife does.  One of her friends, Karen, posted this on her FB page, and I liked the idea enough to share it  . . .

“I think we need a new holiday.

I propose that we start one that happens every 4th year, the Wednesday after the election. We should call it “Pagoda Day.” Political Ads Go Off Da Air Day.”

2-3 days . . .

Seriously, what is this country coming to?

A little while back, I was talking to my dad and he mentioned that he had an extra “Trump for President” yard sign, and asked if I wanted it.  Needing an excuse to get him here (I hadn’t yet delivered his birthday present, which was overdue at that point) and preferring Donald to Hillary anyhow, I accepted.

When he got to our house, the first thing he did was put it in our front yard.

I really didn’t pay that much attention, but I did notice that 2-3 days later it was gone.  Missing.  Vanished.

Seriously, is this country now so polarized that the only acceptable response to someone putting up a yard sign is to STEAL it?  Cue the violins, Nero has a solo coming up . . . .

Hillary Flip-flops . . .

I seem to recall that one of the favorite pass-times of political candidates over the last 40 years or so has been catching opponents in contradictory comments and skewering them for the conflicts.  Both parties have done this.  So, I think it only fair that we give Hillary Clinton equal treatment.

My apologies for the fact that these links are YouTube videos.  I’d prefer to link to the direct news source that provided them, but this is one of many ways that our world is actively trying to squeeze people like me out.

What does Hillary believe?    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dY77j6uBHI

Hillary on gay marriage rights:

https://youtu.be/t6_ULryoM3Q   https://youtu.be/maEvJQBJH4s

More inconsistencies:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McA560WtLI4

 

Saturday Posts . . .

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