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May 18, 2007

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Elegy to the American Middle Class

I'm Mr. Lefty-liberal. Actually, closer to socialist in many ways (think Gandhi, not Stalin). So it's likely a big surprise that I'm in favor of doing all we can to stop illegal immigration, short of mining the borders. It's also a surprise considering someone in my own family was an illegal immigrant, and who is now a resident alien under the last amnesty program.

At the moment, I favor no immigration of any kind. I think we need a multi-year moratorium. Then we can work to figure out who is here and why, and then decide who is to stay and who is to go. I'm sure we have people here, now, that we don't want. Let's get about the business of securing the nation from them, especially in our post-9/11 era.

The other day, I saw Ted Kennedy and President Doofus standing symbolically in agreement on an immigration bill they want to fast track. This thing is going to be rammed through Congress by Memorial Day unless we can stop it dead in the Senate. If not, it will be Memorial Day for the US economy and the notion of national sovereignty.

So far, the bill sounds really, really bad. What's odd is Ted Kennedy, a staunch union supporter, favors it. What's up with that, I wonder?

If we were a socialist country, this wouldn't matter. The more the merrier. The safety net could handle any short-term adjustments. But it's not. We live in a country without a safety net. We live in a country where potholes can't be filled, Medicare is being stripped of its funding, and the military-industrial complex is gobbling up every spare penny in its own defense (and sure as heck not yours and mine). Very soon, I predict we will have gasoline shortages, just like in the third world. I would not at all be surprised to see shortages of natural gas and electricity, next, like back in the days of bad-old Enron.

We are being squeezed economically so that the only growing economic class is the working poor. This is a direct result of a "free" trade policy and various forms of illegal immigration, from the importation of Latin America's unemployed across our porous southern border (and the exportation of their unemployed to the US), to the importation of billions of foreign workers a day through out ports of entry. After all, when we import goods and services from abroad, it's as though we allow all those workers into the US every day, isn't it? It's as though we throw the borders open every day, invite billions in to work, and then they leave without paying a nickel in taxes. Now that's the dumbest guest-worker program I've ever heard of. It's simply insane.

At this rate, I think it's buh-bye to the middle class by 2020.

The only way I would support the proposed immigration bill is if it included a tariff on all imported goods and services. Let's say an American is paid $1 to make a broom. And let's say the foreign worker is paid $.30 to make the same broom. I say the tariff should be the difference: $.70. That money could go to pay down the debt, fund the safety net programs necessary to mitigate the added social costs from illegal immigration, and build-out alternative energy systems. It would also bring industry back to our nation, and stop our free-market fall into third world status.

I expect the Banana Boat Republicans to take us down the road to the third world. They've betrayed the country since the 1920s, so why stop now? But I'm really, really angry with the Democrats. If they don't start standing up for our nation, its workers, and our sputtering economy, I say it's time to give them all the heave-ho and create a party that will provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for us and our descendants.

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