The solution is to make the border with Mexico more pourous rather than less pourous.
If we do that capital will flow South and labor will flow North until equilibrium is achieved.
Thus both countries benefit. Think about how much money undocumented immigrants have been pumping into Arizona's economy in the past decades. Even if they are paid under the table they still buy food, clothing, gasoline, and pay rent. Our economy could use that revenue right now more than ever. Unfortunately Congress won't pass a guest worker program that takes pressure off of the border. One that provides a way to document the workers and make sure they are paid fair wages so they won't be taking jobs away from American citizens. Those who are hung up on the fact that the workers are here illegally need to pick up a history book and discover how American took the Southwest portion of this Continent from Mexico by force during the Pearce administrations declaration of "Manifest Destiny" in the 1840's. Manifest Destiny meant that President Pearce decided
unilaterally that American should own all of the continent "from sea to shining sea". For twenty years Mexico complained to the U.S. about American citizens who were illegally immigrating into what was then Mexico's land (Texas, New Mexico. Arizona, California)- land which Congress had just agreed did belong to Mexico. The U.S. Government did not respond until President Pearce tried to buy the land from Mexico. When Mexico refused to sell, President Pearce found a pretense to invade Mexico. Our troops drove all the way down to Mexico City and forced the Mexican Government to sign over the land at gun point. Read about this yourself and decide who is on this land legally and who is not. We like to think we are the good guys and sometimes we are - but not always and certainly not in this case. Jay Quick
Tax rates on the wealthy are at ,or near, historically record lows. As a result ,the rich are gradually sucking more and more money out of circulation, leaving less money available to keep our general economy healthy. If the wealthy were actually reinvesting their money into the general economy (the famous "trickle down" theory) their low tax rate wouldn't be such a problem. Unfortunately, the rich are recirculating their money back into the financial sector of the economy (stocks and bonds) instead of investing it into the general economy. The net result is that we've got a complete disconnect between the economy of Wall Street and the economy that the rest of us live in. The folks on Wall Street are making record profits during the midst of this recession while the rest of us are suffering. If the rich continue to fail to reinvest their money into the general economy, where it can be used to produce jobs, then we have no choice but to increase their taxes and reinvest that money into the economy ourselves. America is probably the only country in the world where the people at the bottom of the economic scale will consistently argue against raising taxes on the wealthy. That's because we have this charming national fantasy that each of us is only one lucky break away from becoming a millionaire.
Jesse Kelly's political campaign is like a reality show. He becomes a celebrity when the press devotes the majority of their coverage to his absurd statements and positions.
Look closely at the article in the Weekly and you'll see that Giffords gets only a fraction of the coverage given to Kelly. Kelly also received the majority of the coverage from the printed press in the primary without it costing him a dime. The irony is that the press helps create the monsters that they then decry. Voices of reason and sanity rarely receive more than token coverage by the press. Yet the press continues to complain about the quality of our politicians. Very early in every election cycle the press decides which candidates the public should take seriously and that decision is largely based on the amount of money the candidates have raised, their previous political experience. or their headline worthiness. Wisdom and knowledge seldom receive consideration. The press wants to sell papers and they can't sell papers promoting quiet thoughtful candidates. Kelly is every political reporter's dream candidate.
For those who would like to know more about my positions on immigration and other important issues please visit my web site www.nonpartisancommonsense.blogspot.com. There is more to my campaign than the Tucson Weekly was willing, or able, to report. While I appreciate being mentioned by the Weekly, I feel the voters deserve to have every candidate treated with equal space regardless of how much money, or prior political experience they might have. When the press take it upon themselves to predetermine which candidates the public should take seriously democracy suffers. We're never going to attract our best and brightest to the political process if the press keeps pushing the same old professional politicians down our throats. As long as the best way to get covered by the press is to attack another candidate we haven't a chance to end the childish divisiveness that dominates our political process. We've got some serious challenges to face in the coming years and we need people back in Congress
who have the maturity, patience, and judgment to dig in and do the hard work that solving those problems requires. Voting for immature people whose primary skill set is attacking one another and pitting us against each other is hardly conducive to creating a thoughtful problem solving process. Please visit my web site and determine for yourself whether I am worthy of your consideration.
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