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  • Mike 

    born
    Let me clear this up once and for all.
    1. Wages are a contract..If I pay to mow my yard mowed it's for services received..Nothing else.
    2. I think I posted that they are responsible for $55 BILLON in taxes (sales, payroll and state for other services & fees)
    3. You have no earthy idea what everyone’s ancestors did with their money besides (apples & oranges) because their country of origin is so much closer...They are not separated by an ocean.
    4. You have no idea how and why I feel this way but I'll give you a hint..I'm a bleeding heart liberal who believes in the humane treatment of others...You can check my comment history ...I do not speak ill of any race, color, creed, religion or sexual orientation...but most of all I would rather have actual facts than personal opinions...i have a lot of faults but i don't fall into the category that I mentioned.
    5. I despise myths substituted for facts.
    6. It a three part blame of government, businesses, and those who willing enter this country illegally.

    This why the problem cannot be fixed.

    1. People like you don't have the foggiest idea of how to deport 11 million people..Funds, finding them, processing and deporting them..Do you know how much that will cost? Do you know the logistics? I’ve read some very good estimates.
    2, People like you would scream & holler if anything remotely looking like amnesty is mentioned..Example, anything less than attrition is amnesty.
    3. Most that are here illegally know once they go back; it will be nearly impossible to come back with a 10 year backlog in place.
    4. You think we are overpopulated but truth is this country is old and getting older and fatter.
    5. Income inequality started 30 years and it has nothing to do with illegal immigration.
    6. Know fact that if all illegal immigrants left (won't happen) this country; we would collapse...food would rot in the fields, companies operating in unsafe conditions would shut down and hotels would go from $100 a night to $300.
    7. Companies like status quo, poor working conditions and low wages with no benefits.
    A couple of weeks ago I saw the immigration special on CNN ,where white conservative Republicans were battling each in Kansas because the farmers and ranchers were wanting to hire more illegal immigrants. This one landscaper spent about $2,000 in advertising trying to hire Americans at $8.62 an hour, 5 answered the ad, 3 came to apply, and 1 remained for 2 weeks.

    You worrying about that one ER in Edna is not at the crust of our problems...;-)
    That's all and this time I mean it..You'll disagree with 100% of it but that's OK, someone might agree.

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  • Mike 

    born

    You issue is those from Mexico who are here illegally and Edna and how it applied to you and I understand your resentment....I 've seen the same resentment over affirmative action .You don't place any blame on the businesses because they will not listen to you, if it benefits the business..the color of money is green...Hillary talked about bilingual signs as a safety measure pointing out that NYC has signs in about 11 different languages in order to serve the people. If you fly out of San Antonio several flights will be announced in Spanish....When I was in high school (decades ago) our counselors were advising to take a Spanish course and many businesses paid extra for that extra skill, becuase the distance between Mexico was not going to change. But your anger is much more than that.
    Your main issues.
    1. Send money back to Mexico..Really? He works in the hot sun all day for a paltry sum and now you will deny him sending it back to his family.
    2. A reason for our economic downfall? Another really? About 55% of those here represent about 5 or 6 million people out of 310 million and they are the blame..I guess they were Wall Street Brokers..Doesn't add up.
    3. According to Pew Research and I've submitted it many times; only about 6% of our medical costs are attributed to them.They are usually young and healthy
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    And that's just a start but we've been over this for 6 years now;I'm through but I just wanted to post my opinion...BTW you are not the target,several comments here as usual.

    I don't like illegal immigration anymore than anyone else but I cannot agree with most of the comments,so it's best to leave.

    I just got this via email thought I would post for those who will remain..
    .;-
    Once we rid Victoria of all things Hispanic, then we can start on the Asians--You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a nail shop or a Chinese Buffet!..:-)

    Have a good night

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  • Mike 

    Whoa, Spanish and has always been a part of South Texas with English being the primary language used. Brownsville, Laredo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, El Paso, and Victoria will always have a Mexican influence because of our state’s history of multiculturalism and the close proximity to Mexico. It's been that way since I was a toddler and that's a long time ago. The overturn of the Arizona will not change that one iota.....

    I don't know what kind of transformation some seem to want, do you want to replace all the music, food, and freedom to be what you want to be? Do you want to tear down the Mexican food places, missions, rename some cities and replace them with hamburger joints filled with old Ferlin Husky music and impose fines on people for not talking English or will that not be enough? I suspect not. Exaggerations and nativism do not mix well.

    It's shouldn't surprise anyone that most of the illegal immigration is coming from the southern border because it's only 232 miles from here. A little less than half of the illegal immigration is coming from overstays because we have a broken immigration system but the voters would rather say the vilest things imaginable about human beings, instead of demanding that Congress fix the problem. There are many who want attrition only, even if it means" status quo" and if allowed to post their true feelings, it would not be printable despite the ad nauseam " I don't mind immigration....legal immigration."
    Sorry for going off topic but there’s just so much of this nonsense I can stand.

    Good decision, Sheriff O’Conner, you don’t want to be the test case SCOTUS is looking for to scrap the remaining provision in the Arizona law.

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  • Mike 

    born2Bme

    You made a wise choice and because when someone compares the economy to a swimming pool it's time to pick your things and make your exit; they have no concept, other than the latest Fox sound bite. Fortunately there an antidote for that; it’s a half hour segment of Jon Stewart. That's one of the analogies and the other was one they recycled from the Great Depression era which is a lot shorter. It goes like this, you get two government workers to dig a hole and then you get two more to refill it and on and on. There were a lot of talking points like this used against FDR's stimulus programs which are still there like the Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge, Social Security,(WPA, is gone but could be replaced with a infrastructure bank) and the minimum wage. To right wingers, all those works would be considered socialism.

    Ideally we want a private sector recovery for several reasons but private and public sector employees are human beings (consumers) but you will never be able to convince supply- siders. You see they operate on just one side of the “supply and demand" equation. They believe if the job creators make enough money, some of it will eventually trickle down to the consumers. They will try to convince you that every dollar that you give to the government is a dollar that doesn’t go to the private sector. Those people just want to justify the fact that they hate paying taxes. Shared sacrifice is not in their vocabulary. Once the dollar is put in circulation, we don't have a great big machine the separates public sector money from the private ones. We know that Halliburton would close down tomorrow without government contracts etc. Government is not in the profit making business, although they did make a profit off the Wall Street bailout. It profits when the people do like they did with NASA and the internet. Government will always be an essential part of our economy because of its involvement in our trade agreements, they also make sure that we have clean air and water, ensure that our shipping lanes remain open, collect the revenues, disperse the payments for entitlements, and make the laws that are essential for a civilized society. Besides if a city gets hit with overnight weather-related natural catastrophe, who are you going to call Exxon or FEMA?

    We’ve seen the devastation in Florida recently, so the Senate was trying to address the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program for five years but Rand Paul, a single senator will not let it go forward until he gets a vote on legislation declaring that human life begins at conception. Huh? What's that got to do with flood insurance? This a Congress that have a 9% approval and they work hard to keep it that way.

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    cattleman cont.

    The history of welfare in the U.S. started long before the government welfare programs we know were created. In the early days of the United States, the colonies imported the British Poor Laws. These laws made a distinction between those who were unable to work due to their age or physical health and those who were able-bodied but unemployed. The former group was assisted with cash or alternative forms of help from the government. The latter group was given public service employment in workhouses.

    When the Great Depression hit, many families suffered. It is estimated that one-fourth of the labor force was unemployed during the worst part of the depression. With many families suffering financial difficulties, the government stepped in to solve the problem and that is where the history of welfare as we know it really began.

    Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Social Security Act was enacted in 1935. The act, which was amended in 1939, established a number of programs designed to provide aid to various segments of the population. Unemployment compensation and AFDC (originally Aid to Dependent Children) are two of the programs that still exist today.

    http://www.welfareinfo.org/history/

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  • Mike 

    cattleman

    We've always had some kind of assistance way back to the Civil War.. that I know of. During the Depression there were soup lines and a lot of assistance because we just don't let people die on the streets.. I'm not saying that family didn't help family back then and a lot of that is being done today but these people are being made scapegoats for all our ills..During the Depression, the poor dirt farmers of Arkansas and other states throughout the south were the scapegoats. They were called shiftless and lazy... It's funny how history repeats itself... The middle class is now the poor and a lot of our citizens are on government programs, through no fault of their own. Unemployment is at 8.1% and even higher in the inner cities but the Transportation bill just sits there as Congress fights over trivia partisan matters.

    BTW I'm not going to lie; I think a prosperous country such as ours should have a safety net for the unfortunate who fall between the cracks. I also think that everyone should be entitled to healthcare.

    Christians should know that, because there are over 2,000 references relating to taking care of the poor in their bible... Oh, we can quibble about a "culture of dependency" but I read the first thing we did in Iraq was set up free schools and Health Care for all. We did the same in Afghanistan..... I don't know of anyone who likes those who take advantage of our safety net and I hold the same sentiments for defense contractors who do the same thing.

    You’re right we could have a discussion on this because even if you don't agree with 10% of what I say, you're still a reasonable man in my opinion.

    I’m always amazed that the same amount of contempt is not aim at Wall Street who took $8 trillion out of economy through reckless ,unscrupulous but legal trades and came hat- in- hand to the taxpayer...Welfare is a budgeted item; go check the comparisons. The blame always goes downward.

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  • Mike 

    It was about this time last year when I finished a great book titled " The Great Depression America:1929-1941...thanks for the link;a good refresher.

    I was amazed at the similarities down to the word for word talking points. There are charts after charts and trends about income inequality and people ignore them and just blame who ever is in office. What did the" Occupy Wall Street" do?They didn't replace any lawmakers. Like them or not,the Tea Party helped by Fox ,talk radio and Koch Bros. elected legislators to do their bidding.

    The overburden on a middle class is what caused the fall of the Roman Empire and if you think about it, the poor and the rich are taken care of ;so the brunt of economic hard times falls on the middle class.

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  • Mike 

    cattleman

    That may be but he is still leading in all the battleground states...The president will have enough money but he doesn't have donors who want to gut the EPA,get favorable banking laws or want to protect the tax cuts for the wealthy...He certainly doesn't have a Sheldon Adelson who says he is ready to spend $100 million of his own money.

    Oh,I think "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive" is enough to beat Romney and then the debates will finish him off...I heard Romney's own party leaders are now calling him Mute Romney because he doesn't have an answer for the current events.

    Do I detect the middle of the road shifting to the right as the election nears?...:-)

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