Monday, February 28, 2011

Lindsey Graham v. The Truth

Senator Lindsey Graham wants to hand out residency rights to millions of illegal aliens.  As anyone who follows the issue of our out-of-control borders knows, he's been in favor of an amnesty for years.

Well, there's certainly no shame in it.  Lots of people in our country agree with him.  What should cause him some embarrassment, however, are the arguments and assertions he's been peddling in support of his position.

Since he's had a lot of years to think about them, and South Carolina is hardly the worst university one could have as an alma mater, he should be able to come up with better stuff than the dishonest tripe that's been running out of his mouth.

Case in point, here are some "comprehensive immigration reform" cheerleading statements he peddled at a recent Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gathering, in San Antonio.

 “If we shut this country off from the rest of the world, we’re going to slowly die as a nation.”

OK, interesting observation ... and completely unrelated to the issue of what we're going to do about our southern border and the millions of illegal aliens here.  If we somehow magically permanently prevented anyone from breaking in ever again, while simultaneously deporting every illegal here, we'd hardly be "shut off" from the rest of the world.  America allows in more LEGAL immigrants each year than any other ten countries combined, and Senator Graham knows this.

“Right now, we’ve got an irrational immigration system that can’t tell the difference between a guy who wants to fix roofs and a guy who wants to sell drugs.”

That's hardly true.  Newcomers who want to repair buildings are quite welcome, and ones caught peddling dope are subject to denial of naturalization and deportation.  What these folks have in common, however, is that they are all required to enter the country legally.  The laws on the books distinguish between honest laborers and felons.  What is "irrational," however, are politicians like Graham who seem unwilling to distinguish between an "immigrant" and an "illegal alien."

“I’m not going to create a bill to help my party with Hispanics; I’m going to create a bill to help America.”

No, he's going to attempt to hustle another amnesty that is intended to help the corporate interests that own him. Lindsey Graham is entirely bought and paid for by big businesses that stands to profit from cheap labor and new consumers. This is hardly a secret to anyone who takes a peek at the list of his most generous campaign contributors. You'd just think that, in return for their money, their puppet could've come up with better lies that don't seem so lame and obvious.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing

The most recent news about immigration enforcement comes from Chipotle outlets in Minnesota.  Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel recently performed an audit and found reason to believe that hundreds of workers who prepare burritos and other Mexican fare for the above-mentioned franchise are, in fact, illegal aliens.  In response, Chipotle fired these employees, if they were unable to provide proof of legal residency and authorization to work.

Millions of Americans have expressed elation that the federal government finally did something (anything!) to enforce our nation's employment and residency laws, and there are also lots of folks who are furious that "hard working immigrants" have been displaced from their employment.

The truth, however, is that anyone who reacted with something more than a yawn to this story is getting needlessly excited.  Nothing has transpired in the "Land of 1000 Lakes" to suggest that we're getting anything other than the "same-old-same-old."

More specifically, this "crack-down" is a farce.  No illegal alien is being taken into custody.  No undocumented worker or employer is being prosecuted.  No Chipotle employee unlawfully here is being ushered into deportation proceedings.  The sum total consequence of this "immigration audit" is that the illegals who were rolling and stuffing burritos for Chipotle, will now have to apply for jobs at the Qdoba or Del Taco a few blocks away.

In short, this is a show.  And it is a show that produces not much.  No one's tossed out of the country, no one's fined, and no one will face criminal charges.  What the show is intended to accomplish, is to give the American public the impression that out-of-control illegal immigration is finally being addressed by government authorities.  This is it!  Now Obama, Napolitano and the USCIS have gotten serious!

Which, of course, they haven't.  And any party that does get serious, like the State of Arizona, will discover the true sentiments of our Chief Executive and his loyalists, when it finds itself on the receiving end of lawsuits and endless insinuations of racism.

The evidence shows that the only thing they're serious about in regard to illegal aliens, is providing most of them with an amnesty.  Just like the tough talk a few years ago about a border fence (the fence that never came close to being finished), or the more recent chirping about the newly acquired unmanned drones that are patrolling the southern border (which have succeeded in leading to the apprehension of essentially no one), the entire purpose of the Chipotle measure was to build an argument that now is the time for "comprehensive immigration reform," because "serious efforts" are being made in the area of immigration enforcement.

Don't be fooled.  Like the cool-looking drone planes, the Chipotle event is splashy, featured in news stories, and designed to grab attention.  What was actually achieved by the audit, however, tells the observer everything he needs to know about our President's true intentions -- No one's leaving, facing serious consequences or even paying a small fine.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Napolitano Joins The Immortals

At a recent speaking engagement in El Paso, Texas, the chief of Homeland Security included the following assertions during her public address:

"It is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control. This statement—often made only to score political points—is just plain wrong."

"We need to be up front and clear about what’s really happening along our borders. Our border communities are safe."

"So today I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we’re going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you."

"Taken as a whole, the additional manpower, technology and resources represent the most serious and sustained action to secure our border in our nation’s history. And it is clear from every key measure that this approach is working."

And with these words, Janet Napolitano has indeed placed herself in select company.  Some of the exclusive club members with whom she is now rubbing elbows include ...

Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

"They tried to bring a small number of tanks and personnel carriers in through al-Durah but they were surrounded and most of their infidels had their throats cut."

"Today I have visited the whole Baghdad city, no invaders found. You go and see how we have ousted them from this city. They are crying outside and waiting to receive bullets. They will be killed shortly."

"They fled. The American louts fled. Indeed, concerning the fighting waged by the heroes of the Arab Socialist Baath Party yesterday, one amazing thing really is the cowardice of the American soldiers. We had not anticipated this."

"Today we slaughtered them in the airport. They are out of Saddam International Airport. The force that was in the airport, this force was destroyed."

"Their forces committed suicide by the hundreds.... The battle is very fierce and God made us victorious. The fighting continues."

Daryl Zanuck

"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

 Gerald Ford

"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration."

"I don't believe that the Romanians consider themselves dominated by the Soviet Union. I don't believe that the Poles consider themselves dominated by the Soviet Union."

 Marion Barry

"I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves. The Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600's. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican."

 Hermann Goering

"The Americans are good about making fancy cars and refrigerators, but that doesn't mean they are any good at making aircraft. They are bluffing. They are excellent at bluffing."