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America - Under New Management: Left of Center View

The sign is out, anticipation is high. The world awaits, hoping that the promise of has returned to America. So while the preparations have been made, we should keep in mind that the party hasn't started yet.

For everyone that cheered the exit of the current administration, for all the tears of joy, remember this: they still have sixty plus days in power and the restraints have been lifted. We already have two unpopular wars, why not a third. What’s to result from the corporate bailout? They have the money, and the people overseeing its distribution may well be unemployed come February first. So if anyone should be throwing a party these next couple of months it sure isn't the folks moving in. They're the ones who will be responsible for cleaning up the mess.

So while yes, this should be a time of great celebration for those of us that have been getting the short end of the stick for the past eight years, this is not the time to be lax. A wounded tiger is more dangerous than a healthy cat. Change is coming, but this is not the waiting period. The President elect has already warned us of the hard work ahead, but the time to start is now. We need to keep an eye on the ones heading out the door to make sure they don’t leave a bigger mess behind than is there already and we need to roll up our sleeves and be ready to get working on day one under the new chief.

We finally have the leadership we need to get moving again. We have also gotten lazy and used to waiting for things to happen. While the election is over and we got what we wanted, it’s time for us to step up too. Just voting for change is not enough. You actually have to earn it. So while the place may be under new management, ours is a growth position and we come to work with the world watching. Prosperity is opportunity converted. Opportunity alone is not success. The question will be what can we do with this unprecedented opportunity for change? We now have the opportunity, but we won't truly know what we have to work with until America reopens for business.


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Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
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Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
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?
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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America - Under New Management: Right of Center View

So the move to the left begins. Now, as a person who tends towards the fiscal right, I actually don’t have too many issues with the incoming President. George W. Bush is the embodiment of a big government President. Good riddance. He and his cronies exploded the deficit and left our economy in shambles. He does own this economy too. It takes about five years for the full impact of economic policies to be felt by the people so the last few years are on him and the Republicans. Sorry guys, you were anything but conservative while in office. You made this mess, like it or not.

Now we wait and see what the new guy will do. He seems to have the sense to surround himself with experienced people. So far he has chosen seasoned veterans to help run his new administration and made it clear that he will get to work on day one undoing the damage done under the neo-con “genius” who preceded him. There is one concern I have though. I really hope that the left being in charge will not go similarly to the right being in charge in that they ignore the majority in the center and go off on a wild tangent of swinging the pendulum of government to an opposite extreme of the place it has been for the last eight years. We need to work from the center now. Far left doesn’t work and far right doesn’t work. We need common sense leaders working for the vast majority of Americans living in the center.

All that being said I want to say that there are some things we need to do as well. We need to keep an eye on the people in Washington from now on. Their social stands be damned! We need to keep an eye on how they govern and spend our money. We work hard for the money we earn and government takes a big chunk of it every check. If we are going to be paying the bills we need to keep an eye on how much those bills are and if they are necessary. Just like we cut out eating at the restaurant when we’re broke, we need to make sure that Washington is not wasting money while we are up to our eyeballs in debt as a nation.

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The American Dream

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
The Election and Public Policy
Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
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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