Immigration

June 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Posted in law | 5 Comments
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Ok, I realize I’m running a risk here even bringing up the subject, but I’m curious and I just have to know.

This is directed at people who believe this country’s immigration system is broken, and that, more than anything, is responsible to the preponderance of illegal immigrants. I understand that we as a country are in a bad situation here. So many people in this country are illegal, don’t pay taxes, don’t have insurance, use public services, etc. I also understand that some heavy-handed ways that local governments (most notably that of Arizona) are dealing with it can justifiably be considered inhumane, racist, etc.

I don’t want to talk about that. Well, I do, but not in a negative sense. The statements in the above paragraph (paraphrased from what I’ve heard over the past few months) are negative statements. “The system is broken.” “The current immigration laws are archaic.” “Arizona’s policies are unjust.” These are all negative statements. They say what shouldn’t be done, or what needs to be changed.

That’s fine, but I haven’t heard anybody say what we should do instead. The system is broken? Fine, how do we fix it? What is a *sustainable* immigration policy this country should adopt? For all the protests, news broadcasts, interviews, etc. that I’ve seen (I haven’t done an exhaustive search) that’s one thing I haven’t seen. It seems to me that if you (general you) want change to happen, you have to have a reasonable alternative to the status quo. Such an immigration policy needs to include a border strategy, what to do with the illegal immigrants who are already here, etc.

I googled “sustainable immigration policy” and the first few hits were unhelpful. The first link had some reasonable thoughts on the subject, but no concrete suggestions on how to realize them.

Too many articles, blogs, FB posts, etc. are crying about the plight of illegal immigrants who “through no fault of their own” live in America, do not fit into mainstream society, live in constant fear of being deported, and so on. Fine, how do we change the system, or fix the ineffectual enforcement of the current system, that allowed these poor people to be in this situation to begin with? And how do we do it in a way that is in the best interests of the United States?

Yes, I realize I, with this post, have also done nothing to help the situation. But I think I’m asking constructive questions in the right direction.

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Campaign Finance Reform Crippled

January 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Posted in law, supreme court, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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I’m so mad I could spit.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/21/us/AP-US-Supreme-Court-Campaign-Finance.html?_r=1&emc=na

The US Supreme Court has struck down campaign finance laws that limit the amount of money that corporations and special interest groups, like unions, can spend on campaign ads. They are still limited in the amount of money that they can contribute to the candidates, but they can create and run their own ads that endorse whatever candidate they wish which effectively nullifies that limitation.

What this basically does is allows groups that have the most money to have the loudest voice in the media. It is the capitalist equivalent of “might makes right” which is absolutely contrary to democratic values. Free speech should not be a justification for giving anyone the right to drown out other voices if they can buy a bigger megaphone.

This says to me that the majority of the supreme court (the vote was 5-4) believes that the USA is capitalist first and democratic second. I could not be more opposed to this ruling. I don’t care if the corporations and unions are in favor of a candidate/issue that I support or not. It’s just wrong.

Supreme Court

April 20, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Posted in abortion, bitch phd, law, supreme court | Leave a comment

Pardon my French, but the Supreme Court has demonstrated that a majority of them are buttheads.

Highly educated and carefully deliberating buttheads, but buttheads all the same.

Bitch Ph.D. delivers the medical facts on the matter. And she cites her sources. (If only more people cited their sources. *sigh*)

I am so angry that the people who run my country are doing this, I could spit.

Or worse yet, vote.

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