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The Election and Public Policy: Left of Center View

So, this is it; Maverick vs. Messiah. Sounds more like a boxing match than an election, only in this case we have bet the farm on the outcome. The run-up to the election less than a week from now has been wildly entertaining, but yet unlike a sporting event the outcome of this bout will have a deep and lasting effect on all our lives.

It really is shocking how quickly the world can change. During the primaries Immigration was a hot button issue, now both candidates just promise to “Secure the Border” and move on. How did an issue as vital as Immigration come to rest next to Farm Subsidies on the various party platforms? Both are still very important to the parties directly affected, but the national spotlight has faded.

For the first time in a generation politics are personal. Special interest groups were able to gain their prominence and power because the majority of Americans really didn’t care one way or the other about the various causes they championed. Politics were fodder for late-night comedians and debates were annoying delays to sporting event start times or what the talking heads were going on and on about on the filler channels between ESPN and Oxygen.

But oh how things have changed. Did you ever think $3.50 a gallon for gas would bring a sigh of relief? That Congress would need to tell a CEO that the billion dollars they were handing over should be used for something other than executive bonuses? The Canadian Dollar surpassing the U.S. Dollar? Bread, eggs and milk being all that the family food budget can afford? A war the rest of the world now opposes grinding on draining billions a month while Russia returns to prominence? Oh and North Korea now has the bomb. What a difference eight years can make…

While the world has changed around us, as has our standing in the world, regardless of our internal differences we remain a nation united in our division. For the first time in a long time everyone has a stake in the election as the policies and politicians chosen will directly impact our daily lives. Everyone agrees that change is needed. O.K. everyone but Mr. Cheney who, to be fair, may be a little out of touch at his “undisclosed location”.

The country needs to get moving again, and the journey begins this coming Tuesday. No vote equals no voice. Not voting in a democracy is the most unpatriotic act possible and one that dishonors the sacrifices made by our courageous men and women in uniform. Those that have fought and died for our freedoms risked and gave their lives so that we could all have a say in our government. That is no small sacrifice. They have given us a gift beyond measure when they said they would volunteer to go into harms way for our freedom and our democracy. We as the recipients of such a great gift have a duty to honor those brave lives risked and lost. We become the eternal voices of the fallen when we exercise our right to vote. So though we disagree on the issues, or the candidates behind them, let us all agree to come together as a nation on November 4th and show the world democracy in action. VOTE!


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Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
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
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The Election and Public Policy: Right of Center View

As a fiscal conservative and social moderate I thought going into the campaign that John McCain was a lock for the person I would like to see in the White House. As the election draws near I now cannot in good conscience support him. His willingness to do a complete about-face on his past stands on the economy and government’s role in it have made it clear to me that he is more concerned about winning than sticking to his principles. He has seemingly decided to sell his soul to win the presidency.

When the campaign started he held to his beliefs and took it on the chin for being a social moderate with fiscally conservative leanings. Somehow along the way he lost sight of the reasons he wanted to be President and began to pander to the extreme elements within the Republican Party. Now he sounds like Joseph McCarthy accusing people that he has worked side by side with and praised for their bipartisan efforts for years of being Socialists who are “dangerous” to America. What happened to the man who sponsored the “McCain/Feingold” bill in Congress that actually reformed political campaign laws to the benefit of the people? Now his people use loopholes in the laws to spend over a hundred thousand dollars for clothes, hair and makeup for his running mate. Where is the man who rightfully criticized John Edwards for his four hundred dollar haircut?

I have to say that it makes me wonder what other principles he will back off on for political expediency. He backed the Wall Street bailout package without insisting on lobby reform and returns on the people’s investment. He wants to continue the Bush tax cuts for the fat cats that he once said he could not “in good conscience” vote for on the floor of the Senate. Under his new tax plans I would get a five thousand dollar tax credit for health care but be taxed for the first time on my health benefits worth about twelve thousand dollars a year. Working class people already struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads will be left paying more while the rich folks still get all the breaks.

And what happened to talking about border security? The campaigns have all but abandoned the subject. We still need to secure our borders and the money needs to come from somewhere. The Republican “free market” policies have let our jobs go overseas and made the rich richer while sticking it to the little guy. We need to get more money into the budget and cut wasteful spending like the no-bid military contracts given out in Iraq and Afghanistan by the current administration.

It’s time that working folks came first and the fat cats got sent to the back of the class. It is us against them and we’re doing all the work while they sit back and get paid. While I may not like all of the spending proposals of Obama I do like that he thinks of the Middle Class first in his tax policy proposals. I of course would love to be rich one day and not get hosed for making it but I’m not now and I can’t afford to subsidize those who are. I’m voting for Obama. Maybe he’ll do better. At the least he’ll do it differently than Bush.

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With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?
What Does Trillions of Dollars in Debt to China Mean for Our Future?
Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
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
Archives by Date

A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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