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No laughing matter

I am sympathetic to Arizona’s desire to staunch the myriad problems caused by a large population of illegal aliens, and the more Arizona is attacked over its new law (SB1070) the more sympathetic I become.

It’s a travesty that a state would come under attack for echoing a federal law that makes it a crime to be in this country illegally.  It’s all the more a travesty when the federal government is attacking the state.

But wait!  This is the country that has taken “Dumbing Down” to the level of official policy and law throughout all aspects and facets of life.  Because the federal government cannot (or will not) enforce border security no state should be allowed to presume to do so.

I applaud Governor Jan Brewer.  She is right… it’s no laughing matter.

Arizona SB1070

I’m pretty laid back on the issue of immigration.  In fact, as a Libertarian (with a capital L) I lean toward open borders, allowing anyone in who can support themselves and live by the laws of the land.  But, the last time I checked, I didn’t write the laws nor enforce them, so what I think about what should constitute legal immigration is completely irrelevant.

But, it’s that “laws of the land” that is the crucial bit here: Legal immigration.  Legal, by whatever the law of the land happens to be.  Anyone who is here illegally falls outside that crucial parameter.  Whatever color or nationality they happen to be.  I don’t live in a “border state” so I can afford to be magnanimous.  Would I feel differently if my state dealt with a large population of illegal immigrants?  Probably.  Oh, we have our share of illegal immigrants, and it seems that the population grows with every passing year, but they are mostly innocuous and hard working.

Arizona has come under fire from the Left-leaning for its new law (SB 1070)making it a state crime to be in the state if they are in the country illegally.  In other words, there are people who have the belief that Arizona does not have the right to protect their citizens and legal residents from those who are, in fact criminals by the very fact that they are in this country illegally.

The hew and cry is that the Arizona law will allow, if not out right require, racial profiling.  My response to that is two-fold: there are illegal immigrants in this country of every race… white, black, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Asian.  Even an aunt of President Obama is in this country illegally and awaiting a ruling on her deportation hearing (link).  Secondly, it’s the Left-leaning that invokes race, even President Obama in his calling upon “… blacks, Latinos, and women.”  The Arizona law does not say anything about any particular race.

America is a nation founded on the Rule of Law not the Rule of Men.

Hey!  I don’t agree with many of the laws of the land either!  Does that mean I get to ignore them?  What if it benefits my well being and social status?  What if I just feel like ignoring them?  What are the lines of division or criteria for laws we are allowed to ignore versus those we are not?  And who gets to decide what those lines of division and criteria are?

That’s the difference between the Rule of Law and the Rule of Men.  The Rule of Law governs all equally.  The Rule of Men allows for special interests and arbitrary decisions.

The Federal government has FAILED to enforce the federal immigration laws.  They have, in fact and deed, been arbitrary.  And that has cost the state of Arizona and its citizens and legal residents real dollars as they have struggled with all of the inherent costs associated with a large population of people who do not participate in the greater society and its financial support.


As for the calls for boycotts: That is an economic threat and tactic that cuts both ways.  On the way home from work this evening I heard on the radio calls for counter-boycotts.  Stop eating at Mexican restaurants.  Do not visit cities such as San Francisco or L.A. who call for boycotts on Arizona.  Why not.  We are already in a political “war”, why not an economic one as well?

America is no longer the Land of the Free and Home of the brave.  We are a country of “us” and “them.”  On many levels and fronts.  So, those that support Arizona and its new law are saying to those that don’t “Bring it on.”  And just like in a real guns and bullets war: the innocent non-combatants will suffer… collateral damage.  Oh well.  Too bad.  Too bad as long as politicians can score their political points and/or pander to their constituents, but do nothing to solve a very real and costly problem.  Costly in dollars.  Costly in human lives.

Managing the lie

It’s not usually a good thing when our government lies to us.  I do understand that there are occasions when a lie is necessary.  I even accept that sometimes a lie is told because it serves the interests of the politician or party, such as denying a sexual liaison or a promise to not raise our taxes.

What I don’t accept is a lie meant to deceive the public when the public has every right to know the truth.

Grassley Slams GM, Administration Over Loans Repaid With Bailout Money

[Via: FoxNews.com]
A top Senate Republican on Thursday accused the administration of misleading taxpayers about General Motors’ loan repayment, saying the struggling auto giant was only able to repay its bailout money by dipping into a separate pot of bailout money.

A top Senate Republican on Thursday accused the Obama administration of misleading taxpayers about General Motors’ loan repayment, saying the struggling auto giant was only able to repay its bailout money by dipping into a separate pot of bailout money.

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s charge was backed up by the inspector general for the bailout — also known as the Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Watchdog Neil Barofsky told Fox News, as well as the Senate Finance Committee, that General Motors used bailout money to pay back the federal government.

“It appears to be nothing more than an elaborate TARP money shuffle,” Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a letter Thursday to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

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But what I haven’t completely made up my mind about is whether Vice President Biden is unfortunately ignorant, or whether he thinks the American people are stupid.

[Vice] President Biden on Wednesday called the GM repayment a “huge accomplishment.”

My husband, son, and I have only ever purchased new American vehicles, and we’ve taken a certain pride in that fact.  I will never buy another GM vehicle and I will go out of my way to make sure I explain why I think it’s a bad bit of business for anyone else to do so in the future.  Yes, I know… the taxpayers own the majority of GM, but frankly, with this stunt they’ve demonstrated they do not deserve to remain in business.  They certainly don’t deserve taxpayer money to do so.

In fact, I think the SEC should look into filing charges against GM and the administration for lying to shareholders, the American taxpayers.