"We are talking about American families and American communities". We are? I thought we were talking about illegal immigrants there for a minute.
I'm not a big fan of Rosemont, but like everyone else on this board, I use copper in my daily life. If Davidson Canyon and Cienega Creek are waters of "national importance" then is there really anywhere in the United States where the EPA *would* allow a copper mine to be built? Is the plan going forward to just import all of our copper from countries with no environmental regulation?
The red light cameras are way too confusing. It seems like they were rolled out without anyone testing them. They've proceeded to catch a bunch of people who were just engaged in the time-honored Tucson tradition of getting out in the intersection because the know the trailing left arrow is coming.
And they said the speeding cameras would only take your picture if you're speeding, but come to find out they are videotaping traffic all the time. That may help law enforcement, but it wasn't explained that way to the public, so, again, it feels like surveillance and as if the government was lying to us.
I'd support most anything that reduced traffic injuries and fatalities, but these have been so abused, I say get rid of them.
Just say no to the gang of 8. Why give green cards to 11 million illegal aliens while at the same time doubling legal immigration rates from 1 million per year to 2 million? We have about 25% unemployment among young black workers, yet the Democratic party is advocating bringing another 30 million, mostly unskilled, workers into the workforce this decade to compete for scarce jobs. Why?
Historically immigration rates have averaged closer to 250,000 per year. A compromise immigration bill that granted amnesty and *reduced* immigration rates, or at least left them the same, would make sense, but not this "reform" that is nothing more than a sop to big corporations so they can pad their share prices with cheap labor (and write some fat campaign checks) while Democrats pander for Latino votes and pretend to be looking out for the little guy.
See this site to understand how incredibly high immigration rates have become in the past 50 years:
This isn't as specific but gives other information regarding the unprecedented immigration levels we've had the past 20 years.
It's not "reform" it's a doubling of already very high immigration rates (from 1 million to 2 million per year). To put that in perspective, 1 million is already 4 times the historic average of 250,000 per year.
Additionally the CBO predicts illegal immigration would only be lowered by 25%. It also predicts the result of this "reform" passing would be continued unemployment over 7.5%. Not surprising when you add at least 30 million, mostly unskilled, new workers this decade with 20-30 million per decade more thereafter.
Yet the Democratic party, who supposedly supports "working families," is pushing this. Even though the people it will hurt worst are low-income Americans and, disproportionately, minorities.
Why? Well, it's a combination of racial politics and corporate money. I wouldn't mind an eventual amnesty for illegal aliens already here in conjunction with good enforcement and an overall *lowering* of our historically high immigration rates.
But this bill. No. No way.
Ha, yeah, a convention center should open up lots of high-paying bartender and waitressing jobs.
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