July 13, 2009

The Hoax of Building Border Walls: maybe the government really wants illegals

by Peter Stern

It is estimated that the U.S. has an illegal immigrant population of 19 million. A large portion of that number is from Mexico. Most illegal Mexican immigrants come to find a better life, jobs and human rights. Consequently, we may consider that there would be no need for illegal Mexican immigrants to come to the U.S. if their needs were fulfilled in Mexico.

The U.S. could "persuade" the Government of Mexico to provide its citizens with a better way of life, e.g., better paying jobs and encourage human rights. It seems our own government does so haphazardly in places overseas, e.g., Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, etc., but never that much in Mexico. In fact, during the past decade our own rights as citizens of the U.S. have been manipulated and jeopardized by profiteers who seem to hold our lawmakers in their pockets.

Historically, border walls do not work, at least for the long term. For many years the Berlin Wall created a division of East and West Germany; finally it was torn down. Not even The Great Wall of China (parts of which are 25 feet high) could keep out invaders indefinitely and within many parts of the Great Wall are the "buried" remains --- the hearts and souls --- of millions of workers who died building it. However, we are told that the Great Wall failed, especially in "1644, when the gates at Shanhaiguan were opened by Wu Sangui, a Ming border general who disliked the activities of rulers of the Shun Dynasty. The Manchus quickly seized Beijing, and defeated the newly founded Shun Dynasty and remaining Ming resistance, to establish the Qing Dynasty." It also took millions of guards to monitor the Great Wall. So, these days some in the U.S. may say a positive aspect of building border walls is to create new jobs. Even "more jobs" is not a good enough reason to build border walls.

Border walls send out a terrible message. It is received by humans and animals, who are forced to accept them as a new part of life, which then creates many other difficult issues. Walls create unnatural prisons that force different patterns of living and create additional "walls" of hate and fear. The world does not need more "walls" along various borders. Along the border, walls between the U.S. and Mexico, depriving access to the Rio Grande River for humans (e.g., farmers, ranchers) and animals is another difficult issue.

However, even if the American people managed to persuade Washington officials to approach the Mexican government to provide its citizens with jobs, human rights and a better standard of living, will that government move to do so? It's doubtful.

And what if we persuade Congress to remove all border walls along our two nations? Would that benefit both nations significantly? That's doubtful too.

We have 19 million immigrants who have arrived in the U.S. illegally. They have all committed a crime. To do nothing about this illegal population is to permit the crime. What do we do about this illegal population? Permit them to remain? Encourage more illegal movement? Why then do we have immigration laws and regulations? These are tough questions to answer.

While most of the Mexicans who come into the U.S. illegally arrive at great risk seeking jobs, better living conditions and better lives for themselves and their families, there also is a small percentage of that population who arrive with criminal records and intent, who then work in the shadows of freedom as parasites within our society. While certainly not the majority nor even a large number who come, they become part of an unaccountable negative infringement on our daily lives.

However, contrary to popular belief, illegal immigrants are paying U.S. taxes. How many pay and how much they are paying is not clear. In reality, the illegal population in this nation pays a large chunk of social security taxes. In fact, for this and other reasons our government may secretly want more illegals. So why then build and maintain those border walls?

Bottom-line is that why build border walls if they are a detriment and how do we get the Mexican government to provide its citizens with a better life so that the ever-increasing population does not continue to enter the U.S. illegally?

The direction is not clear. We can communicate to our lawmakers that they should contact the Mexican government to initiate positive change, pushing for human rights; however, the history of that nation highlights that the Mexican government owns production and reaps vast fortunes at a large cost to its people. How do we force change that certainly will impede the future fortunes of the Mexican government and wealthy private citizens, change that will cut its profiteering?

Furthermore, how do we encourage our government to enforce our immigration laws? We can't even get our own government to enforce punishment (already provided for in our immigration laws) on American companies who hire illegal immigrants and who force that population to work in hostile conditions, with no benefits and at cheaper wages then are offered to U.S. citizens? Now that there are 19 million illegal immigrants living and working in the U.S. is it practical, and would we be able to enforce our immigration laws, to extradite that huge number? And at what cost [dollars, self sense of worth and world image] to do so?

We can also question our success in pushing for democracy and human rights in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other areas of the world [Africa, Far East]. After we leave that region will the governments we have helped support provide their respective populations with long-needed human rights and jobs with reasonable wages? It is doubtful.

Until we consider appropriately how to engage the Mexican government to change its historical and abusive political, social and economic ways, the population of that nation will continue to be undermined and treated poorly by their own government. They will continue to do anything and risk everything to leave their land of poverty and enslavement to search out better lives, under the dark of night, to live and work illegally here in the U.S. It is a vicious cycle that must be stopped, but how to do so intelligently and successfully remains a question.

So, what is the real purpose for building border walls? Do border walls serve a legitimate, positive purpose? Or do they send out a signal of hate and desperation?

Do border walls really work? No. They work only for the companies and people that build them, via earning money to do it. Otherwise, "Walls are for climbing over, digging under, or going through."


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January 28, 2009

Gov. Perry's 'State of the State' 2010 Campaign Speech

by Peter Stern

Texans still have to endure the 'governator'

Perry is the cause of many problems in Texas.

For many thinking people, what remains most visible is that Gov. Rick Perry has been the instrumental force for most of our political, economic and social problems --- from deregulation of higher education tuition and electricity to lack of state financing of public education, while pushing for toll roads throughout the state.

Gov. Perry has created many of our problems and again provides "lip-service" to fixing them.

His stance on Eminent Domain also is benign since On November 25, 2005 Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 7 that protected Texans from takeover of private property for development. Then In 2007 Gov. Rick Perry vetoed House Bill 2006 offering additional compensation requiring eminent domain commissioners to consider “loss of access” when determining dollar amounts. The bill also provided for recovery of damages, e.g., changes to traffic patterns and visibility of remaining property from the road. Now Perry again is "foaming at the mouth" about Eminent Domain because he is gearing up for another reelection bid.

Texans still pay sky-high property taxes and doubled home insurance premiums that remain the highest anywhere in the nation.

Texans, those who can afford it, are paying astronomical health care premiums and associated medical costs after the governor helped push through legislation to eliminate "frivolous" medical malpractice lawsuits under the guise that doing so would lower medical premiums and associated medical costs --- which has not happened.

Texans also need to point the blame at legislators for "buying into" and supporting Perry's self-involved political whims and plans, who in doing so helped to push-through pro-special interest bills that have caused so many problems and issues throughout the state.

If Texans vote for Perry again it is the dumbest move they can make since voting-in former Pres. George Walker Bush for a 2nd term!


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May 11, 2007

Who'da thunk it? Lamar Smith still dumb as a chicken sandwich

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You might wonder what went through the dinosaurs' walnut-sized brains during that brief period between that big ol' rock hitting their planet and extinction. Chances are their thought processes were not unlike those regularly displayed by Lamar Smith.

Matt over at BOR has a post up about my former congressman . The CD-21 Skidmark thinks it's time Congress abandon its "fishing expedition" against that nice Alberto The Torture Guy Gonzales. Speaking with the same earnestness as a man who has just been hit on the head with a shovel, Tom DeLay's bootlicker says

If there are no fish in this lake, we should reel in our lines of question, dock our empty boat and turn to more pressing issues.

As Gonzales himself might say, I can't recall the last time I've heard a more idiotic statement than that. If Congressman Clueless would just pull his head out of his ass for just a minute, he might discover that the "Justice" Department scandal ocean is teeming with fish (and not a few bodies as well).

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April 28, 2007

Not the smartest guys in the room

If you've been sitting on your couch, watching the Lege while eating Doritos and drinking Diet Coke, you may have gotten the impression that freshman senator Dan Patrick (R-Looneyville) would be a shoo-in for Captain of the US Olympic Stupid Team. Sad to report the hate radio host-turned-lawmaker actually faces some pretty serious competition for that honor.

Utah County GOP delegate links illegal immigration to Satan

The devil is sticking his pitchfork into the nation's immigration politics.

At least that's what one of Utah County's Republican delegates thinks.

Don Larsen, a district chairman, has submitted a resolution equating illegal immigration to "Satan's plan to destroy the U.S. by stealth invasion" for debate at Saturday's Utah County Republican Party Convention.

Referring to a plan by the devil for a "New World Order ... as predicted in the Scriptures," the resolution calls for the Utah County Republican Party to support "closing the national borders to illegal immigration to prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion."

Some say the illegals are only doing the jobs American Satanists don't want to do.

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