Sunday, May 28, 2006

Mexican Hypocrites

For anyone tempted to let sympathy over-rule common sense, please read the following from Newsweek (Yes, that's right, Newsweek):

As tough as the United States can be for workers who slip in from south of the border, Mexico is in a poor position to criticize. There's ample precedent in Mexico for just about everything the United States is—or isn't—doing.

U.S.-born kids may be split from illegal parents

Mexicans may hate the new U.S. plan to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops on the border, but five years ago they cheered President Vicente Fox for sending thousands of Mexican soldiers to crack down on their southern frontier.

Hispanic-rights groups are enraged over U.S. efforts to criminalize undocumented aliens—yet since 1974, sneaking into Mexico has been punishable by up to two years in prison.

Fox has spent the past five years urging the United States to upgrade the status of millions of illegals from Mexico. Meanwhile, his own government has given legal status to only 15,000 foreigners without papers.

Any why don’t they give these jobs to Mexicans?

"If you ask them, 'Why are you bringing in Guatemalans to work?' they say, 'You can't depend on Mexicans. They don't work hard; they're irresponsible'," says George Grayson, a political scientist specializing in Mexico at the College of William & Mary. "The truth is, you can pay [the guest workers] a pittance. And if they cause the slightest disturbance, you can send them back to Guatemala."


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Senate Can't Hear America

You're going to eat it, and like it!

Senate passes immigration bill

Under the Senate legislation, illegal immigrants in the United States less than two years would be returned to their home countries.

Sen. John McCain said, "I think it's really the only viable solution that you can arrive at, given that there's 11 million or 12 million people who are already here illegally.

"You can't send them back. "

If you can send some of them back, you can send all of them back.

Who's to Blame

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

For Whom Will They Vote?

Black coalition forms against immigration

The leaders of "Choose Black America," a group of community, religious and academic leaders across the country, view illegal immigration as particularly detrimental to black Americans.

"We're here to call the alarm, the alarm for justice," said Frank Morris, a former associate dean at the University of Maryland, and one of the group's founding members, at a press conference Tuesday. Morris blames illegal immigration for high levels of unemployment among blacks.

The coalition advocates legislation to control the U.S.-Mexican border and opposes amnesty and a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Cry Me a River

We are about to be deluged with tear jerking stories like the following, as part of the media drive for amnesty. I suspect our entire summer will be filled with this sort of thing. I say we keep the illegal immigrants and deport the reporters.

U.S.-born kids may be split from illegal parents

Notice how disingenuous that headline is. Once you read a bit, the story makes the exact opposite point from the one that the headline conveys.

Even though Luz Maria Medrano of Las Vegas was ordered deported along with her second husband, the couple won permanent residency after a six-year legal battle when a judge found her 7-year-old, U.S.-born son would not receive proper treatment for his learning disability in Mexico.

She’s especially happy for her other 17-year-old son, who was born in Mexico. She carried him across the Arizona desert when he was 12 months old to flee an abusive ex-husband.

In other words, it’s close to impossible to deport someone with an anchor baby. Now pardon me while I go shed more tears over my tax bill.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Democrats for Illegal Immigration

I’ve been fairly hard on turncoat Republicans in the last few days. But let’s not forget that Democrats overwhelmingly favor complete and total amnesty for illegal immigrants, and are using the same old tactics of guilt, class warfare and race baiting to get what they want.

"This amendment is racist. I think it's directed basically to people who speak Spanish" – Harry Reid (TSW note: Spanish isn't a race. We have nothing at all against Spain)

"Comprehensive immigration reform cannot succeed without a plan to bring the undocumented out of the shadows and offer them a path to citizenship, after they pay a substantial fine and back taxes, learn English, satisfy a work requirement, and pass a background check." – Barack Obama (TSW note: This statement alone is insignificant. I only include it because Obama was able to use five of my illegal immigration catch phrases in one sentence. See Wednesday’s post - Immigration Catch Phrases)

"A wave of anti-American sentiment is already sweeping across Latin America, and a deployment of military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border will only fuel these views." -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas (Note: Lets appease Chavez and that clown from Bolivia)

Warning: You may laugh yourself to death upon reading the following

"So is making this political statement in the Inhofe amendment so important that we wouldn't want to provide safety for those using the Potomac River?" -- Dick Durbin (Note: Durbin had no comment regarding the Rio Grande.)

"We all know that millions of undocumented immigrants pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for years and sometimes decades while they work to contribute to our economy" – John McCain (Note: Whoops, my bad)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Social Security for Illegal Work

I’m at a loss over this one.

The Senate also killed an amendment offered by Sen. John Ensign, a Nevada Republican, that would have prevented immigrants who legalize their status from getting Social Security credit for work while they were illegal.

Senate blocks effort to limit benefits to immigrants

Opponents argued that the program collects millions of dollars every year from illegal workers and it would be unfair to deny them credit for those payments.

"Their money sits in the Social Security Administration waiting to be matched with an eligible beneficiary, and once those workers establish the eligibility, how in all fairness can we deny them the credit for their past contributions?" asked Sen. Edward Kennedy a Massachusetts Democrat.

Someone help me out here please. I am admitting ignorance. How is it that illegal aliens have contributed to social security? Unless an illegal stole a social security number, I just don’t see how that is possible. If anything, they have taken the job away from an American that would have, in fact, contributed to social security.

This falls into the same category as the ‘pay back taxes’ idea. Even if illegal immigrants were legal, they wouldn’t be paying federal income taxes. In fact, if they were legal, the incentive to hire them would be completely erased as employers would lose the benefits of having serf labor that they don’t pay social security on. Then they would be 100% on the public dole.

But back to Social Security. If an illegal alien were to gain amnesty the day after he retired, having never once paid payroll taxes or social security taxes, he would still get social security benefits. Even Green Card holders who have been in the US for five years can collect social security. In addition, if we were to give illegal immigrants credit for time served while illegal, could we then go back to all of those employers that hired them and collect their end of the bargain as well? I think that might change the tune of some of these corporations. It certainly would scare the ‘we need them as nannies’ crowd.

Here is the vote to table the amendment on Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants

Note the Republicans that support giving illegal immigrants’ credit for illegal activity through the social security system.

Chafee (RI)
Graham (SC)
Hagel (NE)
Lugar (IN)
Martinez (FL)
McCain (AZ)
Specter (PA)
Stevens (AK)
Voinovich (OH)

Also note that the there was a one vote margin. One vote. One stinking vote. Thanks Graham.

Reuters included this unrelated, yet hilarious, nugget of information.

Mexico said it would complain to Washington about plans to build security fences and deploy the Guard. "There are 12 million Mexicans on the other side, 12 million people who live every day in anguish about the need for a reform to let them live peacefully," Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez said.

As much anguish as they are in now, they were apparently in more anguish when they were legal in your country. Let them live peacefully in Mexico. In the words of Judge Judy…Zip it!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Immigration Catch Phrases

Below is a list of Immigration Catch Phrases (no pun intended) that are really starting to irritate me. Feel free to let me know if I have forgotten any good ones.

1. Living in the Shadows – There is a very easy way to come out from the shadows. Walk right back where you came from and declare yourself free from shadows.

2. The jobs Americans will not do – I’m not going to take the time to rail against this again. It deserves its own post.

3. Undocumented immigrant/laborer – Oh please, we aren’t that stupid.

4. Nation of Immigrants – Perhaps we should erase the borders and declare ourselves to be an amorphous confederation of wanderers.

5. Comprehensive Immigration Bill/Reform – Let them stay and become citizens or we do nothing about the border. Either way its come one, come all. Screw you American Taxpayer.

6. Militarizing the border – If you don’t like it, go home and complain to the Mexican military/drug runners on your side of the border. See if they can help you.

7. We Are America – Over my cold dead corpse.

8. Legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants – Call me confused. Is it currently legal to be illegal?

9. A day without Immigrants – Shouldn’t that have been ‘undocumented wandering laborers’? Why limit it to a day?

10. Pay back taxes – How much income tax does one pay on an ‘undocumented worker’s’ salary? I’m thinking that those W2s from the last five years are going to be hard to find.

11. Catch and Release – Large mouth, brim or trout?

12. Pro-Immigration – Pro-Illegal-Immigration

13. Path to Citizenship - Amnesty

14. Guest-Worker Program - Amnesty

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Comprehensive Immigration Bill is Extortion

Here’s the thing…What to do with the illegal immigrants that are in this country is one issue. How to stop more from coming in is something altogether different. The demand by the President and the Senate for a comprehensive immigration bill amounts to extortion in my book…

'Accept amnesty for illegals or we are going to let more of them in.'

Besides President Bush, the following Republicans seem to be taking the same position:

Roll Call Vote

The 40-55 roll call by which the Senate rejected a measure by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to make allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the United States contingent on first securing borders against new undocumented immigrants.

Shelby – Alabama
Murkowski – Alaska (Perhaps we could send them to Alaska)
Stevens – Alaska (see above)
Martinez – Florida
Craig – Idaho
Lugar – Indiana
Brownback – Kansas
Collins – Maine (RINO)
Snowe – Maine (RINO)
Coleman – Minnesota
Hagel – Nebraska (I think he wrote the bad bill)
DeWine – Ohio
Voinovich – Ohio (Tears kept to a minimum)
Specter – Pennsylvania
Chafee – Rhode Island (RINO)
Graham – South Carolina (One Term Wonder)
Bennett – Utah
Warner – Virginia (This one hurts)

Didn’t have the guts to vote:

McCain – Arizona (No Surprise, also loves the Amnesty plan)
Cochran - Mississippi (Its something about Katrina)
Lott – Mississippi (Surprise, see above)
Gregg – New Hampshire

Before anyone gets any bright ideas about Democrats being the answer, let's state that 36 of them also voted against this bill. I just don’t care about them enough to post them.

Now, the second point; Bush stated in his speech:

‘Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant -- and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree. It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border.’

I have heard this logic used not only by the President, but by just about everyone that favors Amnesty. I would like to do a bit of comparative analysis. Which sounds more wise and realistic?

Option 1: Round up 11 million illegal immigrants, put them on buses, and ship them south.

Option 2: Round up 11 million illegal immigrants, put some of them on buses and ship them south. Then take some more of them, walk them to the border, make them step into Mexico, let them back into the US, and then give them amnesty. Then take yet a third group, give them a biometric card and then give them amnesty.

Now, can anyone tell me why option 2 is realistic and wise while option 1 isn’t? Half the problem with this entire debate is that the politicians have been addressing the populace as though we are a bunch of idiots, and can't understand what is right in front of our collective face. Oh, and by the way, they want us to support these people out of our own paychecks. The Mayor of Herdon had to learn the hard way. John Warner, Lindsey Graham, you may be next.

Timothy Birdnow has an interesting take on the speech.


Monday, May 15, 2006

It Is Amnesty

My gut reaction to the Bush speech is as follows:

A comprehensive bill which provides a path to citizenship = Amnesty

Since when are crimes committed five years ago no longer crimes? When did we implement a statute of limitations on lawbreaking?

Did we have to throw out that 'jobs Americans are not doing' line again? I mean, perhaps if there weren't droves of illegal immigrants here doing them for $1.50 an hour, AMERICANS COULD DO THEM!

Why wasn't this done right after 9/11?

When is my ATM going to stop asking me what language I speak?

I'm on the national 'Do not call' list. Why are people consistantly calling me and yacking away in foreign languages, only to hang up once they figure out that I don't speak that language?

How many more traffic jams will I have to endure while a parade of future recipients of my taxes walk by waving foreign flags in my face? If people love those flags so much, why are they here?

Why do I have to pay taxes to support the education of illegal immigrants' children? Can I opt out since my own children won't be able to attend those same schools due to the MS13 problem?

Can we lay off of the 'We're all immigrants' lingo? I mean, technically, the Japanese in Japan are immigrants, as well as all Europeans in Europe. What about the Chinese living in Taiwan or the decendants of the Huns. Even Mexicans are the decendants of immigrants to Mexico, whether it was 300 years ago or 3000 years ago. I mean, I don't hear too much complaining about the Normans in lower England these days.

Why do I feel no better now than I did prior to that speech?

Some further thoughts on this from the roll:

Live Blogging George Bush's Immigration Speech

It’s About Time

Environmentalists warn that bleeding heart, “compassionate conservatives” could destroy environment by granting amnesty to illegal aliens

Official PYY Response To President's Address

Sunday, May 14, 2006

CNN's Anti-Bush Poll

They don’t call it the Clinton News Network for nothing. The entire sample must be from Massachusetts.

Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush

Clinton was the king of marketing for sure, and Bush is especially bad at it. I have to question some of this though. I mean for goodness sakes, Clinton leads in foreign affairs. What kind of sick joke is that?

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton's favor;

The most notable foreign affairs accomplishment of the Clinton Administration was the blasting of the Serb Army into oblivion. Luckily, we didn't have to take any ground during that affair, since, at the time, we were afraid to put troops on the ground. Notably, all of the Iraq whiners have nothing much to say about that. Then there was that great Somalia retreat, which, among other inaction, encouraged Osama and his friend to continue their war against America. How about that USS Cole debacle to which we didn’t react? What about the bombing of the Sudanese aspirin factory and the empty Afghan caves. And has everyone forgotten the pardoning of Mark Rich?

Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins when asked who did a better job at handling the economy (63 percent Clinton, 26 percent Bush) and solving the problems of ordinary Americans.

I have to chalk that one up to marketing and media. The economy is the same. Gas prices are higher, but inflation isn’t. We are at full employment despite droves of illegals taking lower paying jobs. I really believe that the media has many convinced that we are returning to soup lines and dust bowls.

on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton;

That’s just confusing. I just don’t believe that a majority want higher taxes. It’s patently absurd, and makes me question the validity of the entire poll. Of course, the fact that it was administered for CNN made me do that in the first place.

on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

I’m trying to remember a natural disaster on the scale of Katrina during the '90s. Perhaps an earthquake in San Francisco. I have to think that the same levies were in place in New Orleans during Clinton’s time. What a stupid question.

In any case, the whole premise of this poll is absurd. Had the same poll been taken shortly after Clinton was caught holding extra meetings with his interns, he couldn’t have beaten Calvin Coolidge in a popularity contest. So why was this poll even taken? It couldn't possibly be an agenda could it? CNN is entirely too upstanding for that. I'm at a loss.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

I'm am not 100% sure what to make of this, but since I find it ....strange, I think I'll keep up with it.

Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' Bush

"The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Classic Quotes

I have nothing to say today, so I'll quote Marion Barry:

"The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist." -- Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, DC

"I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves.The Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600s. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican." -- Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, DC

Monday, May 08, 2006

Bonds Expresses More Adoration for Himself

Bonds likes his numbers better than Babe Ruth

I bet he does.

Asked if he would consider himself better than Ruth if he vaults ahead of the New York Yankees legend for second place on the all-time home run list, Bonds said: "I don't know yet, but the numbers speak for themselves."

Asked if it was hard to listen to the catcalls, Bonds said, "Dodgers Stadium is worse than here. This was nothing. LA beats them.

"It has been going on since 2003. You don't have a choice (but to hear it).

"They are supposed to be mature people but they have to look at themselves and their own children. A lot of them bring kids and say lot of things in front of their kids. If that's how you want your own children to be raised that's your problem."

I wonder if they should be bringing their children to watch an illegal drug user make lots of cash. Is that any way to raise children?

Asked Sunday that if is innocent of using steroids why didn't he just sue when the first accuser stepped forward, the often surly Bonds replied: "Are we on a steroid conversation or a baseball conversation?"

I take door number one. Answer the stinking question and they might go away.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Valerie Plame Cashes In

Tran Sient (August 5, 2005) – “I stick by my prediction that Joe Wilson will be coming out with a book, once again pedaling his lies, but for a profit. Go forth my liberal friends and enrich the man further.”

Novak Leaks on the Leak

NY Times (May 6, 2006) - Valerie Wilson, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer whose identity was publicly disclosed three years ago, has agreed to sell her memoir for a little more than $2.5 million, according to people involved in the bidding process for the book.

Book Deal for Ex-C.I.A. Officer

Alright, I was a little off as to which of the pair would actually get the deal. However, it wouldn't surprise me if the lofty Mr. Wilson comes out with a second book.

How predictable. How disgusting.

He said Ms. Wilson had submitted a detailed 50-page proposal with outlines and sample material for each chapter. "We were all astonished at the richness of her storytelling," he said. Rick Horgan, vice president and executive editor at Crown, will edit Ms. Wilson's book.

How overt.


I'll give credit when it is due. This is a great snap by the AP.

(Associated Press)


Friday, May 05, 2006

Spot the Idiot III

I smell a rat. Or at least a martini.

Rep. Kennedy entering rehab after crash

"Sometime around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol complex believing I needed to vote," he said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

In his comments Friday, Kennedy said, "The recurrence of an addiction problem can be triggered by things that happen in every day life, such as taking a common treatment for a stomach flu.

"That's not an excuse for what happened Wednesday evening, but it is a reality of fighting a chronic condition for which I'm taking full responsibility," he said.

"At no time before the incident did I consume any alcohol," Kennedy said in a statement Thursday.

Police labor union officials said earlier that officers were told not to give Kennedy a sobriety test after the mishap.

Kennedy was involved in a separate car crash in a pharmacy parking lot in Rhode Island three weeks earlier.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Voters Speak on Illegal Immigration

Politicians had better take heed of what happened in Northern Virginia yesterday.

Voters send clear message

In a stunning victory, Mayor-elect Steve DeBenedittis and four new council members were elected Tuesday night after a record turnout of Herndon voters. Only two incumbents, Dennis Husch and Harlon Reece, were re-elected after all the smoke had cleared.

And from the AP:

Immigrant labor center supporters unseated in Washington suburb

Voters unseated the mayor and two Town Council members who supported the creation of an immigrant day-labor center in a contest that some considered a mini-referendum on the divisive issue of illegal immigration.

I'm actually shocked that the AP was able to bring itself to use the term 'illegal immigration'.

The day-labor center thrust the fast-growing and increasingly diverse Washington, D.C., suburb--where about one in four town residents is Latino--into the national spotlight. Even though fewer than 3,000 people voted Tuesday, advocates on both sides of the issue viewed the election as a test case of public sentiment.

The AP doesn't want you to know that it was the highest turnout ever for city elections in Herndon. In addition, if the illegal immigrants weren't there, that statistic would be quite different. It should also be noted that, even though one in four town residents are Latino, they got lambasted in this election. Imagine what is going to happen in areas where they are less represented.

Political newcomer Steve J. DeBenedittis, 38, defeated Mayor Michael L. O'Reilly with 52 percent of the vote. Council incumbents Carol A. Bruce and Steven D. Mitchell, who voted for the center, were voted out. Jorge Rochac, a Salvadoran businessman who supported the center and was seeking to become the town's first Hispanic council member, was also defeated.

The incumbents and two council members who didn't seek re-election were replaced by William B. Tirrell, Charlie D. Waddell, Connie Haines Hutchinson and David A. Kirby, all opponents of the day-labor center.

I believe what happened in Herndon is representative of what is going to happen all over this country in November. Keep marching.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

John Wayne Lives in Iraq

I guess they could probably use a hero about now. He ought to keep his head down though.

Iraq's cowboy general

At 38, General Talabani is the youngest general in the history of the Iraqi army.

Last week Talabani was on his stomach shooting back at insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades at the Buhritz police station, just south of the provincial capital Baquba. He also led a chase of attackers in Udaim, north of Baquba -- he was the first through the door of the house where the attackers fled. He wounded one insurgent in the ensuing firefight and captured another.

"His personality drives the brigade," said U.S. Lt. Col. Frank Muggeo, the Military Transition Team commander. "But we worry if he runs around the front he's going to get himself killed."

Talabani believes in the future of Iraq.

"This country needs time," he said after a long sigh. "We need to work not like before; we need to work for a new Iraq. By fighting nothing will be fixed. These are soldiers who were killing my people, I can lead them now because we forgive. If everyone can forgive his neighbor we can forget the problem. Day by day we see things getting better."

Well, how about that.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Speaking of Tancredo

"I couldn't be happier (with the protests) because every single time this kind of thing happens, the polls show that more and more Americans turn against the protesters and whatever it is they are trying to advance."

Republican leader predicts immigration backlash

"My guess is that Americans are going to say 'What are those people doing waving all those other flags and what's this about changing the national anthem into Spanish?"

But Tancredo faces some opposition even from within his own party, where business-minded Republicans, including Bush, say the economy needs migrant labor to do jobs many Americans don't want.

Exactly which jobs will Americans not do? I don’t recall a big citrus shortage back in the 90s. Nor do I believe we were short of meat packers, nannies or landscapers.

For the second time in as many months, I have suffered the insult of having Mexican and Salvadorian flags waved in my face while stuck in traffic. There were more American flags this time, along with a few banners with communist slogans on them supporting various (illegal) workers parties. It warms my heart to know that my taxes support this kind of entertainment.

And then there is this...

A Day Without an Illegal Immigrant

But if illegal aliens all took the day off and were truly invisible for one day, there would be some plusses along with the mild inconveniences.

Hospital emergency rooms across the southwest would have about 20-percent fewer patients, and there would be 183,000 fewer people in Colorado without health insurance.

OBGYN wards in Denver would have 24-percent fewer deliveries and Los Angeles’s maternity-ward deliveries would drop by 40 percent and maternity billings to Medi-Cal would drop by 66 percent.

Youth gangs would see their membership drop by 50 percent in many states, and in Phoenix, child-molestation cases would drop by 34 percent and auto theft by 40 percent.

Meat Plants Complicit in Immigration Lawbreaking

Let me see if I can work up a little sympathy for these companies.

Meat Plants to Close for Immigration Rallies

It's not working.

The top three beef-producing companies, Tyson Foods (TSN), Swift & Co. and Cargill Inc., all said they were closing plants.

Anyone else think that Tyson Foods, Swift & Co. and Cargill Inc. ought to face a little more scrutiny from the Feds?

"We obviously have some employees that this is an important issue and could affect their families, friends and neighbors," said Chris Kircher, a spokesman for Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra.

Yep, families, friends and neighbors only. Surely not the workers themselves!

Kircher, the ConAgra spokesman, said the company favors immigration reforms that support employees' rights and the company's ability to comply with federal laws to ensure a legal work force.

Employee’s rights! What exactly is that supposed to mean? Do US taxpayers have rights? If Mexican and Salvadorian poor have American rights, why not the downtrodden from all over the planet? Is a land bridge the great determiner of who gets these rights? If I plop my happy you-know-what into Mexico City and demand my ‘rights’, do you think anyone will listen? The last phrase is basically an admission that ConAgra not currently complying with federal law.

I apologize in advance, but I have a few things I have to get off of my chest.

1. If I hear another talking head say something on the order of ‘they do the jobs that Americans won’t do’, I’m going to jump through my television and throttle them. They do the jobs that Americans won’t do for $2.00 per hour.

2. Given Amnesty (and lets call it what it is), current illegal immigrants still will not be paying one cent in taxes. That myth needs to go away as well. If they somehow jumped into a tax bracket above the free one, it would defeat the whole purpose for them being here in the first place. Then we would have to go out and find a whole new wave illegal immigrants to replace them.

3. Having massive, vocal, flag waving rallies only points out how large the problem is to those of us who would not have otherwise known.

4. Election day is coming. Enjoy it while it lasts. This could be a disturbing election. Democrats are completely out in space on the issue and Republicans are so worried about catering to future constituents that they have forgotten about the old ones. Way to create a one issue election. Good luck to you all.

5. It is not racist to oppose illegal immigration. I don’t care where they are from, whether it’s El Salvador, China or Russia. Round them up, send them back. And yes, it can be done.

6. Americans created this problem. First and foremost to blame are companies such as those listed in the above article. Second is the government, which did nothing about it. Finally, the rest of us, who stood by and watched. Through a combination of apathy, greed and PC, we have brought this on ourselves. Don’t forget to vote.