Arizona Governor Takes First Shot On Illegal Immigration

The issue of illegal immigration has been around as long as I’ve been alive, and then some.  There have always been those who live in the shadows that have come to the United States for a better life.  I’ve been to Mexico and have seen the squalor that many in the country lives in every day.  If I lived in a third-world country like Mexico, I would probably do what I could to escape that life.  That being said, they are still breaking the law by entering the United States illegally.

Those that simply want this “problem” to go away wish to grant amnesty to all of those 12-20 million illegals who reside in the land of the free and home of the brave.  If my memory serves me right, this idea has been tried before in the 1980’s.  I recall that President Reagan granted amnesty to several million illegals.  Wow, that sure took care of the problem!

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has his take on what we should do to “fix” the problem.

I have no idea if this new law in Arizona establishing harsher penalties on illegals will do the trick, but it sounds like the residents of the state have had enough (70 percent support the measure.)  Some of the provisions discussed in the media sound a little hard to utilize, but it is a start.

Here is the problem I have with the whole amnesty deal – it doesn’t solve the problem! Anyone can go down the the local Home Depot and hire an illegal immigrant to do some yard work or off the books labor.  The area I live in has several major orchards – I seriously doubt all of those fruit pickers are legal, but that is just mere speculation on my part.  Granting amnesty to millions of illegals (stress on the word ILLEGAL) might bring them out of the shadows but will do nothing about the growing ranks of the unemployed.  I wonder why President Obama is so hacked off.  Hmmm…..

For immigration reform to work it has to be a concerted effort.  The Federal Government has demonstrated they have no interest in pissing off the Latino community (I’m not convinced that that would actually happen, but what do I know) and seems to have little interest in actually fixing the problem.  Hard choices have to be made and no one seems willing to buck up.  That’s called kicking the ball down the field.

I’ll take this opportunity to republish my plan to help curb illegal immigration from my post on March 14, 2009:

If I were President of the United States, here would be my 5-Point plan:

1. Send US troops down to the border to stop the flow of illegals.

2. Make sure the fence is secure with no gaps.  If we do some type of environmental damage, so be it.  The illegals inflict more damage near the border than anyone else.

3. Go after employers that hire illegals and fine them, maybe put the owners in jail.  Start with the big companies and work you way down.  With the threat there, many of the problems will cure themselves.  Plenty of jobs for Americans presently out of work.

4. Deny any social benefits to illegals.  If it’s an emergency situation, treat the injury, and send them packing.  If a child has been born here and is considered a US citizen, let them go packing also.  Parents who come to the US to have a child just so they are US Citizens is a ridiculous idea and should be repealed.

5. Continue to enforce the laws currently on the books and strike the term “Amnesty” from our language.  Amnesty policies only create more illegals.  (Hear that Reagan and W?)

Sounds as good today as when I wrote it last year.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Rep. Hank Johnson: Will Guam Tip Into the Ocean?

This is just too funny.

Hey Congressman Dufus, Guam is not a canoe!  It’s not going to tip into the ocean.  Someone needs to give this guy a simple lesson on what an island is and is not.

How in the world did the Military individual keep a straight face.  He deserves some kind of award for that!

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin, It’s Gettin Kind of Hectic…in Massachusetts

It’s always fun when there is a special election.  Doubly fun when it’s a national election.  This is the case in Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, January 19, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to choose a senator to replace Ted Kennedy.  Ted Kennedy held this spot for 46 years until his death last August. 

There is a real dog fight in a very liberal state between Democrat Marth Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.  Below is an ad in support of Scott Brown.

Here is an ad from the DNCC in support of Martha Coakley.  Michelle Malkin reported that the ad has been pulled from the air.

President Obama flew into Massachusetts to try and help the sinking ship named the Martha Coakley, but I’m guessing it won’t fill the holes in the hull. 

I really can’t wait to see the election returns on Tuesday night.  What will happen if a Republican wins Ted Kennedy’s seat.  I guess the super majority will be quashed and the Democrats will actually have to start talking with the Republicans.  I’m sure Harry Reid can’t wait!

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Lieberman: Denied By Stuart Smalley

Does it seem strange that this Health Care monstrosity is being pushed to some artificial deadline (Christmas) for no good reason?  I’m not one for doing things because “that’s the way it has always been done,” but it does seem curious that Al Franken denied an extra minute of time to former Democrat (and current Independent) Joe Lieberman on the floor of the Senate. 

I really don’t care about the procedural crap that goes on in Congress and every other political body in the United States.  I think we are way too formal with our government and need to speak in common language that more than just the lawyers in DC can understand.  So…the question is…why is the procedure being changed in this instance if it has not been that way, in recent history?  Why the rush? 

Earlier in the week, while debating defense spending, Senator Tom Coburn demanded a reading of a spending resolution from Senator Bernie Sanders.  My illustrious Senator, Dick Durbin, stated “How in the world can we in good conscience do this at this time of year?”  How can we in good conscience not bring relevent issues to the floor?  If these yahoos read the bills, amendments and resolutions aloud in the chamber for all to hear, they might make better decisions rather than rush to judgement and vote for items they have not properly read and vetted.  Why is this so hard to fathom?

Senator Menendez added:

“It’s become very clear to me, as it should be clear to just about everyone, that everything they’re doing has nothing to do, nothing to do, with helping Americans get affordable healthcare or get jobs, but everything to do, everything to do, with winning the next election,” Menendez said. “The Republicans have decided their road to electoral victory in 2010 and to poise themselves 2012 is for this president and this Congress to fail.”

Health Care?  I thought they were voting on defense spending?  Just trying to get things straight.  As far as having Congress fail, I for one am of the opinion that the less that Congress does, the better.  The only seem to screw up things that are put into their hands.

Maybe the rub is just with Republican and Independent politicians.  Maybe Al Franken is so inexperienced that he needs a lesson on procedure.  Maybe the party in power wants to stifle debate on this vastly important issue (Health Care).  Who really knows.  It is interesting, though. 

Back to the Health Care monstrosity, I hope the bill is read aloud for all to hear like was threatened before Thanksgiving.  We’ll see if they (Congress) have the chutzpah to actually do that.  I won’t hold my breath.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

Download a pdf file of this post here.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Anita Dunn Punks the Press

I believe Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, is an incredibly smart woman.  Either that or she has very smart people around her.

It was no secret that the Obama campaign utilized technology better than any other Presidential candidate (or any candidate for that matter) ever has in modern history.  The video below describes their strategy of how they really shaped the way the media reported things about Obama during the 2008 campaign. 

From WorldNetDaily:

President Obama’s presidential campaign focused on “making” the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was “controlled,” White House Communications Director Anita Dunn disclosed to the Dominican government at a videotaped conference .

“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control,” said Dunn.

“One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters,” said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama’s chief campaign manager.

“We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it,” Dunn said.

Continued Dunn: “Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying.”

 

What a brilliant strategy.  If the present day press can be led along on a string so easily, why is the other side not doing this?  Is it really that easy?

Really, this is not a new strategy.  In sales you always want to be driving the car moving your prospect from point A to point B.  You may veer off the path during the trip but you really want to be the one in charge.  The same goes here: the democrats are much much better at framing the argument and sticking to their guns no matter what comes along.  If you think back during the 2008 campaign it was the McCain camp that was generally reactive to situations and the Obama campaign was proactive.  This video lays that out perfectly.

Now I’m not an operative for the GOP, and don’t want to be one, but if the conservative side is going to combat this they are going to have to wake up and embrace technology.  The bloggers have already done this, but the majority of the American public do not read blogs.  The Republicans are much more likely to have varied opinions about the direction of the country (within the party) and a strategy like Ms. Dunn’s would probably not work the same way, but you have to start somewhere. 

Attn: Michael Steele – take notes from Anita Dunn and the Obama campaign.  This is the only way you will have to take back any seats next year. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The House Votes to Take Over Student Loans

Since I work in the field of higher education I am more tuned into the news regarding student loan funding.  We have been tracking the funding bills that have been coming up and this one seems to smack of too much government involvement.  An interesting article was posted this morning at Redstate.com on this very subject in regards to HR 3221. 

From RedState.com:

If you want an indication of just how radical the Democrats in Congress have become, consider the vote on H.R. 3221. The legislation, which I wrote about yesterday, shuts down all private lenders for higher education student loans, requires that colleges and universities adhere to a new federal bureaucracy, creates a new Green Schools Czar, and hints that any school not complying will see its students denied federal student loans.

Last year, Congress passed the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act (ECASLA). The bill passed in the House 388-21, including 221-0 among Democrats. The Senate passed it by unanimous consent. President Bush signed it. The legislation was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that allowed private sector involvement in student loans without a new federal bureaucracy.

This year, the Republican substitute to HR 3221 would extend ECASLA programs through 2014 and create a commission to develop a new private sector model for student lending. The amendment failed 165-265. 257 Democrats unanimously voted no.

Final passage of HR 3221 was 253-171. 4 Democrats voted no, 6 Republicans vote aye.

The Democrats have now rejected the same legislation they unanimously supported last year in favor of a new, expansive federal bureaucracy.

Some of you may say, “so what, the government is already involved in backing funding for the Stafford program.”  This may be true, but what this will do is give total control of the student loan system to the Fed eliminating any choice by students.  Why was the original legislation a good idea last year but all of a sudden the previous vote meant nothing?  Ahh, you have to just love politics!