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Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?: Left of Center View

Could the bail out of Wall Street lead to more foreign investment in America? What? Are you kidding? America is already leveraged to the hilt, and most of that money ainít home grown baby. Hell, first it was the Japanese, now China. Ever since WWII we have been making up for our short comings with foreign money. It makes perfect sense. We are, ok, were, the last super power so why not own a piece of us? Itís always a good idea to have the biggest kid on the block on your side. Worse comes to worse you at least own a piece of the lumbering giant so you can claim an alliance of sorts if things start to go south and you need a little muscle to get you out of a spot.

To the victor go the spoils. For centuries this made sense. Fight the war, win and you have the means to pay for it and make a little scratch for your trouble. Lose, well then paying for it isn't really your biggest problem now is it? It usually pays to be on the winning side of these things. But what if youíre in a position to gain the spoils of war but canít find someone else to foot the bill? Weíre in Iraq and we won, right? But yet here we the taxpayers are sinking money down a bottomless hole and getting nothing tangible back. Where are the profits of war this time? While Iraq is sitting on budget surpluses in the billions we are still spending ten billion plus a month to keep them safe from their own people. Itís no wonder our economy is in the tank. Our leaders canít even find a way to break even while controlling a nation sitting on the second largest oil pocket on the planet.

So we are in a war that isnít profitable and the news at home ainít much better. Every day we hear about one more bank or brokerage going under or being bought out. Foreclosures are happening at an alarming rate. Arenít war economies supposed to be strong when your side is winning? Where the hell are the spoils of war going? Maybe we need to look at this from another angle. War involves killing. Killing, under non state or church sanctioned instances is murder. And how do you typically solve a non-domestic violence related murder? Simple, follow the money. In the case of our nation there is an alarming regularity of the nation going to war when the new and improved GOP is in office and it seems that a lot of Republicans make a bunch of money from oil and defense contracts.

Does this mean all Republicans are money hungry murdering bastards? Far from it. But we might want to examine the facts. There is a small group of ďevangelicalsĒ who push their agenda ahead in the name of Christianity and democracy like the two are tied together. It all sounds very noble, yet somehow time after time nobility equals profit for the people pushing the hardest to go to war. Arenít they the same people that told us if we gave them tax breaks the money would work its way down to the little guy? What happened? Theyíre still rich and weíre still waiting for it to ďtrickle downĒ.

This whole starting wars thing seems like a racket if you ask me. The ones who start it make millions while the very same immigrants they rally against sign up to fight and die in the hopes of gaining citizenship and respect as human beings. Nobody ever asks where the money went because they are too busy chanting ďUSA, USAĒ when victory is declared. Since a good number of the immigrant soldiers die fighting, they do the work and never actually get the thing they signed up for. Talk about a win, win for the GOP. William Wallace was right. The cheapest army is one you don't have to pay. Once he pointed this out to the Irish mercenaries who stood against him, basically as cannon fodder, they joined his cause. Obama is at least offering healthcare if you join his.


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Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?: Right of Center View

The better question is do we want more foreign investment in America? Right now China holds about a trillion dollars worth of American debt. For those of you trying to wrap your heads around that number that is a one with twelve zeros after it. That is a number so large that if you started counting and counted one digit per second twenty-four hours a day it would take over thirty one thousand years to get to the end. In short the Chinese have us by the short hairs and are basically in control of our economy if they want to be.

Congress is talking about spending another trillion to bail out Wall Street and take a guess at where that money would likely come from. Well, we have two main creditors with the cash to lend to a government as big as ours. We can either bow down to China or Saudi Arabia. Chances are, nothing short of WWIII will ever get us out of debt with China and Saudi Arabia. The taxpayers in this country are pretty much working for foreign creditors now. All this while CEOís of failing companies get multi-million dollar severance packages when their companies go belly up!?! Why are we even thinking of paying for this? We donít need a bailout, we need a house cleaning and perp-walk for the jackasses that got us into this mess.

So far the only one of these bailouts that was done right was AIG. Thankfully someone without their head inserted into their rectum thought to make the $85 billion they got a loan with the American people getting a substantial stake in the company. If they turn around maybe we might even see a profit. Maybe we should all insure with AIG so we can make sure they stay in business long enough to get our money back. With the polls leaning toward Obama AIG just might end up being our Socialist health care provider under his tax and spend health care plan.

So the question in my mind is really what does this seemingly inevitable bailout mean to me? I donít have a ton of money in the stock market and I read my loan papers so I donít have a loan I canít afford to pay. Am I and others like me going to get stuck with the bill while our leaders make us even more indebted to Communist China and Islamic fundamentalist Saudi Arabia to bail out the greedy bastards on Wall Street who got us into this mess in the first place? Wasnít it the government who is asking for the blank check now the same government that made the rules for the people on Wall Street? Why should we think this plan is going to be any better than their plans of the past? Clearly they are not always on the ball when it comes to fiscal policy.

It isnít free market forces that got us into this mess. Itís swindlers and politicians who support swindlers that got us here. We need common sense regulations that make sure banks donít lend to people who canít afford homes and if they do they should be allowed to crash and burn so a more responsible bank can take their place. Right now we need to haul the CEOís of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into court and charge them with deceptive business practices for all the sub-prime mortgages their people structured for people who clearly couldnít afford to buy homes. The same goes for every Wall Street executive whose firms created the investment funds based on the same shady sub-prime real estate dealings. Then we need to seize their assets and use the money to stabilize the housing market. If we are going to have a ďbailoutĒ of Wall Street the money needs to come from the Wall Street executives who made the mess. We need to rip up the golden parachutes and give the money back to the people they cheated to get them.

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What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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