THE ANSWER TO THE BORDER CRISIS

You might disagree with me

Let’s approach a subject with a clear mind and begin with two simple points. The first is America being an extremely popular place. Then there’s the notion that most problems, especially the difficult ones, are never solved by the most liked idea but only the best idea. As a starting point, let’s decide if we really have a “crisis.”

Let’s examine our record of letting people into our great land. There is an excellent article prepared and posted online by Princeton University you can see here. The report focuses on how changing immigration levels have affected the US economy and employment. Before 1920, immigration was mostly unrestricted and open. Sure, there were rules, and many were turned away, but the overall effort of building a nation was aided by the influx of people taking many of the hard labor jobs worked by slaves before the 1850s.

By 1920, the world was in turmoil because of a World War fought in Europe. America became uptight about foreigners and those who didn’t speak our language or look like us. According to the Princeton research, immigration fell from about a million people a year to 150,000. Let’s not forget the Chinese Exclusion Act that was passed by Congress in 1882. It provided an absolute ten-year ban on Chinese laborers wanting to immigrate to the United States and wasn’t rescinded until 1965. Yeah, look it up.

That brings us to the supposed “burden” at our southern border. It used to be mostly Mexicans coming through our “open” border, seeking employment or wanting to join up with family members living in the good old U.S. of A. Keep in mind that Mexicans are truly North Americans. Now, because of political turmoil in Central and South America, many people are making trips from their homelands to ours in search of opportunities and safety.

The latest immigration numbers are amazing, with a claim of six hundred thousand illegal aliens coming into the country last year and new numbers close to two million. Yes, this is a crisis, and it truly shows there is no immigration system at all. It’s a figment of someone’s imagination. I don’t want to go too far off the track, but I’ll insert a short story here.

I once lived in a very fine house in Atlanta, but it had a major problem of rain leaking into my basement every spring. After spending thousands of dollars trying to keep the water out, I finally found an expert who fixed the issue. He said, “Sooner or later water will find its way into your basement, so let it come in.” I looked at him like he was crazy and asked, “Okay, so what then?” He explained that when water comes in the best solution is making a way for it to get out. We dug a trench in the concrete foundation, a sunken river of sorts, which led the water to a drain on the low side of the house. The river was covered by a layer of concrete and we rebuilt the basement with no further flooding. Now what does this have to do with immigration?

There is always a price tag on a solution. I propose we let immigrants in, but we make the cost of entry high enough that we can deter some, while using the new funds to beef up courts, border agents and building a wall where necessary. My idea is each family of four or less would have to cough up $20,000. The large revenue stream could be used to pay for a better immigration program as well as job training, education, housing and the like. We obviously need more workers, not fewer, so it’s a win–win. My plan would also require immigrants to learn English.

What do we do with those who don’t pay the fee and come in anyway? Well, we do what we do now, send them back. We just can’t keep up with the numbers.

Some might react to this proposal as beneath us and our spirit of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” Even in the non-restricted period before 1920, a potential US immigrant wouldn’t get in if they failed a basic IQ test. They were also turned away if they were physically unable to work or if they didn’t have a family or friend who would supply lodging.

Some might argue this will promote corruption, but we seem to have corruption in just about everything we do. Just this week some jerks stole millions of meals for school kids during the Covid pandemic. Maybe this wouldn’t happen so often If we had smarter people running our programs. We must also root out the bad guys with guns wanting a life of crime in America.

Martha’s Vineyard

There is a great line in the conclusion of the Princeton study, “…our research suggests the economic effects of restricting immigration are not so straightforward. While lost immigrant workers can be replaced by new workers (for example through outsourcing), they can also be replaced by new capital (for example through automation), which in turn might also replace U.S.-born workers.” That guy who owns the factory and sees an opportunity to lower his workforce with automation, does as much damage to US workers as immigration. That big boss who pays people in Vietnam to make his products, does more damage to our workers than a few million immigrants. When every business has a sign saying NOW HIRING, we need more workers, not less.

I say let the water in, but channel it to productive use, and make sure those managing the plan understand why people want to come to America. We are still that land of opportunity, but it will be beneficial if we can help those oppressive countries causing immigration influx to become more democratic and stable. But we must be careful and consider the possibility of unintended consequences. Sometimes our “fixing” another country just kills a bunch of people, wastes lots of money and lives and in the end, the place is no better. Just look at Afghanistan and Iraq.

And should you think my idea is crazy, well, we haven’t tried it. it just might work.

 

BRAND NEW BOOK – RAVE REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your copy KINDLE or PAPERBACK OR HARDCOVER TODAY, Click here.


TOO BUSY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

The Games People Play

With all that is happening in the world and at home, why do we need a fraternity brother politician wasting our money on stunts and pranks that help no one? While tons of pollution got dumped into Florida waterways, the state’s governor was on TV talking about how the US President wasn’t doing his job! Ron DeSantis wasted $615,000 on airmailing migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. WHY? Just think about how many school meals $615,000 could have purchased for our kids. I am sick and tired of this self-righteous leader prancing around for a sound bite, when the demanding work of compromising, getting things done and improving the state is pushed aside for fifteen-seconds of fame. DeSantis is EXACTLY what is wrong with America. He’s a smart man misusing his intellect trying to convince some people that he alone can fix things.

BIG MOUTH LOSER

Only a whole family can fix a problem, not a demigod. It was amazing how the community of Martha’s Vineyard reacted and acted when presented with that challenge. They brought clothing, food and love to the matter, and people who came here for a better life believe they made the right choice. They are the champions, not our short-sighted governor who told us on TV he was sending the migrants to greener pastures. They aren’t livestock, Mr. DeSantis; they are people.

Governor Ron is pledging to spend all of the two million dollars he personally put in the budget to sky bus immigrants thinking he can score points with the people who hate them. Doesn’t he realize this was done during the Jim Crow era when southern racist governors wanted to muster up some white sheet support? Probably not, he went to Yale, not Grambling.

It’s totally ridiculous that the person running a state with a population of twenty-one million citizens thinks he’s solving a problem by airlifting fifty people to one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Wait until the South American TV news channels show how well they were received — free food, free clothing and so kindly taken care of. It’s a travel ad.

DeSantis obviously believes it’s more important for him to go viral than help the citizens of the state he governs. Go home, Ronald, and ask your mother to wash your large basket of dirty laundry!


I DON’T LIKE THE TRUMP FAMILY

Let me tell you why

I am a gigantic news junky. You could say I am a crash test dummy for political abuse and distrust. My phone is subscribed to every news flash notification I can find, and when a news story breaks, it vibrates off the table. Perhaps someday I will figure out why I do this to myself, but for now let’s talk about my least favorite subject, Donald Trump and his terrible family.

I have never liked Donald John Trump, without a single doubt. From the combover, to the phony smile, to the poor use of makeup, to the fake existence as a human being, I’m not a fan! Long before he ran for president, he’s been the kind of person who makes America look parsimonious, petty and paltry. Since Trump became President and the aftermath of the dumpster fire where he couldn’t admit he lost an election, I have an unhealthy disregard for the man.

Nice Racket

Today, I’ll focus on his clown car of a family, who believes all the riches of the world should be laid upon a silver platter before them. Donald Trump has never felt any empathy for human beings outside of his DNA, but even within his familial circle he picks winners and losers. In the Donald’s mind Tiffany is a loser because she isn’t the phony, silicon-injected princess Ivanka Trump has become at the hands of her fawning father.

I don’t like complainers, and all the Trump men use the tools of ridicule and debasement to argue against those with whom they disagree. As for the women, they come in two boxes. One, the always loyal, former model, trophy wife, Melania. The other poses as intellectually capable, but her lower-octave, vocal fry attempt at sophistication is knee-capped by the worthless babble that drips out of her pie hole — yes, Ivanka. The disrespect of burying the kids’ mom Ivana on a golf course, shows they are despicable bottom feeders, floating turds in the punchbowl.

My main gripe is their constant attempts to convince us things are bad. Their negativity attempts to pull others down with them. Their narcissism shields them from public criticism, yet deep inside they have been groomed to need so much attention and love they are unbearable as people.

I am pissed off that the FBI had to raid his Mar-a-Lago estate and beach club. Why? Because of all the airtime Trump has acquired to bullshit about his warped view of the entire incident. Right after he was elected president, I attended a banquet for my local botanical gardens. I was seated next to lovely lady who was dating a lawyer friend of mine. This woman was not only wealthy, but delightful in every way. While conversing she asked, “What do you think of our new President?” I smiled, “He’s an idiot.” She balked, “No he’s not,” and that changed our relationship. I never mention politics with her and wonder why a highly educated, well-traveled, well to do and articulate person would think Trump was anything other than a silly buffoon of a con man.

I often hear people say, “I like Donald Trump because he tells it like it is.” To that I say, “He’s a liar. He never tells it like it is!” Those who think the opposite don’t read, don’t know or don’t care about the truth at all. I don’t think less of those in his rapture, but I do feel sorry for them. Think about all those Germans who stood by and watched Hitler kill millions of Jews. Yes, the holocaust is worse than an insurrection, but that whole mess in Germany was caused by one person who decided they were above law and order.

Think about all those Republican Representatives and Senators who still believe Trump was a good president. When Trump gets pissed off at anyone in power, he accuses them of dividing the country, this coming from the king of all dividers. Polarity has always existed, but Donald Trump has taken it to an extreme. There’s a guy in my neighborhood with a huge Blue Lives Matter sticker on his car who claims the FBI and DOJ are corrupt and should be defunded. So, if you go to your bank and all your money is gone and there is no FBI or DOJ, who are you going to call? I am sure the answer is not Ghostbusters.

I’ll bottom-line it. I dislike families who think they are better than others. I don’t like the notion of one person being better than another, especially when that specialness is based on fraud, lies and hate. The Trumps abhor anyone who gets in their way. Mothers and fathers, all the way back to the days of the Drumpf’s, have taught they are better than you and me. They are grifters full of boast and deception who don’t deserve most of what they have. Prison for Donald, well, okay if that is what you want, but I would be satisfied if every current member of the Trump family would be banned from running for any public office. Yes, the sins of the father should prevent his offspring from ever being in charge of anything.

But then again, maybe a little prison time will satisfy me, especially the photo op.

 

BRAND NEW BOOK – RAVE REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your copy KINDLE or PAPERBACK OR HARDCOVER TODAY, Click here.