Thursday, January 08, 2004

Political sppppewwings
"It's mind-boggling that in the midst of economic recovery with 9 million people jobless, President Bush would propose this…It's going to have a dire effect on wages for American families. It will cause huge displacement of American workers. We will witness how American jobs are given away right before our eyes."
President Bush called for a major overhaul of America’s immigration system Wednesday to grant legal status to millions of undocumented workers in the United States, saying the current program was not working.
"There is no job that is America's god given right anymore."-- Carly Fiorina the CEO of HP, part of the consortia that is supporting the Computer Systems Policy Project

Akin to legalizing drugs, the administration’s efforts legalizes illegal immigration. Not to be confused with legal immigrants who respect the law of the land, this is going against the main beliefs of this country: to abide by the law, not reward illegal behavior of colossal proportions, not to mention observing the sovereignty and borders of the United States especially post 9/11, all the while minding the well-being and interest of law-abiding Americans. And as if prolific outsourcing isn’t enough, this administration now proposes to sanction massive insourcing of American labor at the behest of the hospitality, restaurant, and farming industries.

The central overriding concern here as one of principle: rewarding illegal behavior, which seem to rely on a policy litmus test implying that America is no more than an economic bazaar – what does it mean to be American anymore? We’ve become a mercenary nation where economics trumps all, taking the place of [now withering] deliberate domestic and foreign policymaking which all comes at the expense of long-term prosperity and the traditional nurturing of middle class families – and undermining the backbone of this country.

It’s unfashionable these days of political correctness to be so outspoken. Yet to be able to do so is what makes this country great and what it use to mean to be American. We've become somewhat too engrossed in maintaining, and fearful of endangering, the economic well-being of self and our families which has rendered many rather mute, rendered mere cogs running broken machinery, leaving alone what is “not too terribly broken”.

Over the long-run, this mentality has eroded what has made America so exceptional, standing a league above the rest – unwavering respect for the rule of law, freedom, trust, and respect of fellow countrymen, coupled with open and vigorous discourse, fostering a liberal democracy that engender ideas, ideals and astounding innovations which steadily improve the well-being of not just a few, but all, Americans.

"Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules."
- Thomas Jefferson

"In all business, there is a factor which cannot be compensated for in dollars and cents or computed by any measure. It has no relation or connection with the mercenary and is represented only by the spirit of love which the true craftsman holds for his job and the things he is trying to accomplish."
- Frederick Louis Maytag