Friday, July 13, 2012

Dream on Dream Act...

… from my friend, retired school teacher, principal, and administrator….

"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc.. where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools. Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.(OUR TAX DOLLARS ATWORK)I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO havecell phones. The school also provides day care centers for theunwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.(OUR TAX DOLLARS ATWORK)I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America .(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less than 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"(whores)and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears. Free medical, free education, free food, day care, etc, etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled not only to be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes. Americans, We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return? It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and anAmerican culture that has become so weak and worried about"political correctness " that we don't have the will to do anything about it.If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know including your Congressmen and Senators. CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.Consumers don't want expensive produce. Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.But the bottom line is cheap labor The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor." Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free. He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.He qualifies for food stamps..He qualifies for free (no deductible), no co-pay) health care.His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.He requires bilingual teachers and books.He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI.Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense. He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills AND his. The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up. Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!

Best Regards,

Mike Johnson

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

'Gator Bait

There is an old saying that "when you're up to your ass in alligators, it's difficult to remember that your main objective was to drain the swamp". And it is here that I think we find ourselves politically.
I must qualify before going any farther that I am not politicised. I actually know very little about politics, foreign policy, economics and the myriad of other subjects one needs to be proficient at in order to be a politician....gee, did I just make a satirical funny? Because as little as I know about the preceding, it doesn't appear that those we chose to lead us know much more.
But I gotta tell ya, as much as I'm pissed about the abhorrent way that our leaders are not (leading), as well as the direction those on the looney left are taking us, I'm a bit more disgusted with the way those factions on the right are carrying on against each other.
I've said before in posts that up until 9/11 I couldn't have cared less who was in the White House. By the time whatever they decided to do trickled down to where I lived, it was so watered down one way or another that the change to me personally was minimal. Made little difference whether a republican or democrat was at the wheel. I'm quite sure that that stance is a matter more of my lack of interest than in the importance of who reigned. All I can say is the day to day of surviving was more important than politics. And that didn't change until 9/11.
I think it was a matter of unlucky coincidence that the planes flew into the towers on Bushes tour. He had only been in office a few months so really hadn't had a chance to do much of anything to cause what happened from our end. I've since then heard all the rhetoric about how the preceding 20-30 years gave cause for the terrorists to feel justified in what they did. It doesn't wash with me much, a terrorist is a terrorist and why they do what they do is no where near as important as the fact that they did it and they need to be stopped before doing it again. Or, in the case of the suicide type, destroy the nest they came from. Which is what I think George had in mind. Regardless of what the arm chair pundants say now, I was there and I saw what I saw. Had I been in his shoes I'd have done more towards laying waste to as much of the area as possible, but that's just me. Statesmen obviously have other considerations.
So anyway, we did what we did and that pissed a lot of people off. So when it comes time to chose another POTUS, a war weary populace (especially the liberal side) decides that George is the full cause, not the terrorists, not the backlash of a war on them, and the effect it had on our world vision, and the worlds view of us. And given that George was a Republican, the country felt we needed to do a 180. The social liberals capitalized on that sentiment and shoehorned in the abomination that we have sitting in the Oval Office now. Again, I'm no politician but I could have told you the first time I heard him speak he was bad news. And nothing he has said one single time in almost four years has swayed me from that initial assessment.
But here's my point in going where I've gone.
The liberal left really doesn't have a choice as to whom they are going to vote for. I guess it's all kinds of unacceptable to try and bring another democrat in during an incumbents election cycle. Why, I haven't the slightest idea. I simply cannot see how any sane person can view what this abomination has done and want another four years of it. But be that as it may, I have no expectation that the liberals will do anything but vote for him.
I have a completely different set of expectations for those that oppose him. That being the case and point of this post. I'm flabbergasted by the division on the right.
I classify myself as a republican because that's what my folks were. That's the way I was raised, more on the conservative side, but I really couldn't have made any comparison of a "right/left" perspective because if you've never engaged in something it's impossible to comment on it. Or so it should be.
I studied civics in high school and we learned the basics of our governmental system as well as elements of our two party political system. When I went to school not much was revealed about an independent middle ground. Certainly nothing as defined as the Tea Party. My folks said they were republicans so that's what I was. I voted a couple of times when I was a young man but it was always strictly on that party basis, with little or no knowledge of who I was voting for. I didn't even vote for Bush the first time around. But after 9/11, and watching how he took charge of the situation, I certainly voted for him the second time. I like George. I like what he did. And if anybody got handed a rotten deal it was him. We have some problems today because of where he had to go, and what he had to do, but we are still standing. I shudder to think of what would have happened had a 9/11 occurred of Barry's watch. Talk about FUBAR.
I wasn't all that much of a McCain fan during the '08 campaign. But after watching it dwindle down to what the left threw at us with Obama, I couldn't really vote for anyone else. I know when I did vote, I saw more faces in the school where we ballot than had been there in decades. I'm not racist, but the turn-out where we live was an incredible sea of black faces. I spoke with a few. Every single black person I spoke to told me they were voting Obama because he was a black man. They couldn't have told me anything more about him than I could have told them. I know I didn't vote against him because he was black, but rather because I thought he was a pompous asshole. And I still do.
I have to admit that several months ago I couldn't have told you diddly squat about Romney. I didn't focus on him, so I couldn't have told you a lot about him. I was really hoping and praying that Palin would pick back up where she left off as the VP selection, and carry that on for a run at POTUS. I'd have voted for her in a heartbeat. She was the one thing that McCain did that impressed the hell out of me. Here again, I speak more from the heart than from a knowledge of politics. I'm a man, and she's a woman, and there is a certain attraction we guys get from strong women, but she just impressed me. I liked the way she spoke, spoke up, and what she spoke about. She's my idea of what a strong willed woman can accomplish if they try. I would have had no problem whatsoever following anywhere she chose to lead this nation. I still think the same way.
Having said that, there are other Independents that carry some of the same values she does. I'm a constitutionalists. I believe in the moral, and religious foundation that our founding fathers established. There are many candidates that ran during the preliminary campaign that carried more of the core values that I believe in than Romney. But the people spoke. I didn't initially believe in the selection, but once it was made, there was little point in spending time and energy fighting it. So I began to focus on the positive aspects of his campaign. The more I listened, the more I became convinced that he was a workable alternative to the really horrible situation we have with Obama.
I would have voted for anybody the right, as a majority, selected over Obama. The only one I would have been really happy with would have been Palin. Aside from that, its the same thing flip flopped from '08. Anybody on the right has got to be better than what the left coughed up....again.
I think Romney will work for America, instead of against it, like Obama has for the last four years. And in the process it's just possible that an independent conservative right might gain the strength, support, and momentum it needs to effect some serious reform to this nation.
I say all of the above to say this...why in the wild world of sports would anybody with the common sense God gave a gopher, who had recognized that Obama was the single worst decision American ever made, ever consider voting in such a fashion as to give any advantage to him? If you don't agree with Romney, fine. I suppose there are times when we don't agree with our boss, but we don't quit. I don't agree all the time with my wife, but I'm certainly not going to divorce her over it. Why is it so difficult to understand, that unless we face a total landslide situation, the race between these two will be so tight that any voter distraction is likely to see another horrific four years as a result.
I heard it said by another in a recent social post. If you vote for anyone other than Romney, and by chance he does not win, and Obama does, you will be as culpable, and responsible for that loss of American Freedom as the worst liberally social leftist out there. You can look in the mirror and just consider yourself to be as guilty as any knuckle headed, koolaide drunk, self entitled, tit clinger there is. And in my book a traitor, because you had the chance, knew better, but instead chose your own pridefull wants over the needs of the country.
This is going to be an ugly race. Obama has pulled out all the obvious stops, as well as some not so obvious ones. What are the chances he's not sitting around at night cackling about the divisness he's injected into the rights rhetoric?
So I think that it's high time that we all knuckle down and get on the same page. No one out there has a snow ball in hells chance of defeating Obama other than Romney. And that only if we consolidate our efforts, put aside our differences, and focus on draining the swamp. If you vote for anybody but Romney, consider yourself a traitor in my book.