IMMIGRATION THOUGHTS

From 17 to 6, the GOP field narrowed further last week when Jim Gilmore, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie left the race. Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz remain.

6 finalists

How about a crib sheet about the candidates and their positions on immigration? I’m sure that these will be discussed at the CBS debates-which can be seen on CBS TV this eve at 8 PM Central time.

BEN CARSON: His stance on immigration involves always keeping in mind that we are a nation of immigrants and unfortunately, many decisions that have been made lately have caused members of the GOP to be labeled as xenophobes, racists and mean-spirited; while they attempt to solve a problem quite involved. Immigration used to mean something; citizenship, obeying the laws of the US, and participating in our electoral process, to name a few. He’d address legal as well as illegal immigration. his website

DONALD TRUMP: There must be a wall around the border because a nation’s soverignty is not assured if it’s border is penetrable. A nation without a secure border isn’t really a nation and a penetrable border is the cause of much that ails us, work-related issues, amnesty (which he disagrees with), and cheap labor to compete with American workers. his website

JEB BUSH: Using a technologically advanced system to enforce our borders, he would tighten and enforce existing immigration laws and enforce a very rigorous pathway to legal immigration for those who are here illegally. By improving infrastructure, the border will be patrolled more effectively (like boat ramps for the Coast Guard and new roads to improve effective patrolling of very remote federal land. Cartels know that this land is not patrolled well now, so this area is especially vulnerable. his website

MARCO RUBIO: Even though most of us are descended from immigrants or are immigrants, we are a nation of laws that need to be enforced to have an effective immigration system. Our current system is broken. Legal immigrants are becoming fewer and fewer while illegal immigration is increasing in frequency. He believes that a secure border is one way of preserving our national sovereignty. He also believes strongly that enforcing existing immigration laws is NOT anti-immigrant.

He will hire thousands of border patrol agents and will eliminate federal funding of sanctuary cities and he, too would wall the 700 miles of our southern border, deporting criminal illegal aliens.  his website

JOHN KASICH: Very likely the more electable of the candidates, John Kasich, as the governor of Ohio, believes that illegal immigration, the declaration of a caliphate, rise and thriving of ISIS are results of the lack of American leadership in the world and creation of a vacuüm in which ISIS spread. his website

TED CRUZ: Emphasizing that border security is part and parcel with national security, he sees enforcing the security of all of our borders as necessary for a good national defense, he would crack down on illegal immigration knowing that 40% of illegal immigrants have overstayed their Visas. He, too, would build a wall and vastly increase our border patrol and he has emphasized that this wall would work.

As long as American unemployment remains high, he would increase scrutiny about H-1-B Visas, no longer federally fund sanctuary cities, deportations of those here illegally would increase and he among others would end the current ‘catch and release’ of those here illegally who have committed crimes.  his website

 

IOWA CAUCUSES AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

So, the Iowa caucuses are this Monday, 2/1; and on 2/9 New Hampshire decides! Citizens are now waking up from a ‘long winter’s [political] nap’ and beginning to pay attention. Well, there are others who develop an interest after the conventions are over. I can’t do that; not when my candidate of choice is in the running.

Deciding what we want president is a personal choice. Yes, its very ideological; some want intelligence and aren’t easily swayed by ‘smooth-talk;’others value experience over policy. And still others like enthusiasm that comes with ‘fresh to politics’ (the Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Donald Trump of the GOP outsiders); while still others enjoy the freshness that may come with youth.

After hearing Martin O’Malley (Democrat) this morning, I really zoomed in to his likability. I know, I know, he represents the Democratic party. Am I off my rocker?  So relaxed and ‘at ease’ ON THE STUMP that I’m surprised he isn’t polling higher than he is; but then again, his competition is stiff.

That’s where I feel Carly Fiorina is, speaking to (not at) and she deftly connects WITH her audience. Carly is very capable and competent, but like Martin O’Malley she is up against some very stiff competition. Her response to that?, “Well, I’ll have to work twice as hard to get my message out;”

Election 2016 sort of personifies this. There is a terrorist threat, there remains wage stagnation, unemployment or under-employment there are concerns about candidness. The problems facing our nation are huge. Do you want your president to heal the divide-or do you want the next president to dive head on and fix the issues, first?

We all decide how important and how to prioritize what each candidate says AND does. Yet, others want to flesh out the details of the big  and justify how they think THEY’RE IMMATERIAL.

Immaterial? I heard this response on ‘Washington Journal’ this morning. “I can’t see the importance of these e-mails. I don’t know why Americans pay attention to Hillary Clinton’s e-mails instead of the wonderful platform she runs on.” AMERICA. WAKE UP?

America, am I missing something? Point out to me, the reason that I SHOULDN’T be concerned that Hillary Clinton may not see prosecution for putting ultra-sensitive information on her personal server. A Secretary of State who doesn’t see WHY some things are just so sensitive and why still other communications should NEVER see the light of day.

Merry Christmas-belated-from Carly Fiorina

It has been said that a candidate who expresses a faith, is proud of it and a personal use of that faith is a person who will “try to shove religion down your throat!”

This is the first time that I knew the strength of Carly Fiorina’s convictions and as much as I don’t have the faith that she has, I know that there is a place for all of us citizens of heaven!

Coming to You Soon!

“Watch Your Mailbox!
I just wanted to let you know that today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package…….
It contained:

  • two tomato seeds,
  • cornbread mix,
  • a prayer rug,
  • a machine to blow smoke up my ass,
  • 2 discount coupons to KFC,
  • an “Obama Hope & Change” bumper sticker,
  • and a “Blame it on Bush” poster for the front yard.

The directions were in Spanish. Yours should be coming around the pike real soon!!”

I would have put this in the joke section because it is funny, but funny often provides a lot of grist for the mill. Sure, we should be more self-reliant by growing our own tomatoes. But do self-reliance and  making cornbread from a box-mix? Doing for ourselves AT THE SAME TIME AS having someone do for us by making CORNBREAD FROM A BOX? This needs to have sparked a national dialog 50 years ago, though my mind is pretty well made-up. I know, what a cliché to hang my hat onto,  “my mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts!”

Then we have the prayer rug which says to me that SOMEONE doesn’t think that we all tolerate people of other religions well; OR DOES IT? Other religions were ‘around’ well-before Christianity, which is one of the newest religions on the earth.  I know for myself, that I want others to tolerate my faith just like I tolerate theirs, that religion is a very personal thing. Government has no business in the religious preferences business; just as it has no business in the sexual preference ‘market.’   They only reason the government has ANY reason in these ‘arenas’ is when freedoms granted to us by the Constitution are at stake.

We fell for the ‘hope and change’ stuff 3 1/2 years ago and found out the hard way that it really meant ‘MORE OF POLITICS AS USUAL.’ Actually, it meant worsening of politics as usual as the pols we often deal with are Chicago-style politicians who for the most part, know one loyalty: MONEY.

Discount tickets for KFC. Deep-fried, the more calories, the better? But, what about Michelle Obama‘s war on obesity. Has this been trumped by ‘the-more-people-who-keel-over-of-a-heart-attack, the-fewer-people-have-to-be-covered-by-Obamacare-or-a-single-payer-system?’

The ‘BLAME IT ON BUSH poster for the front yard seeks to remind us of EVERYTHING  that we’ve heard of in the last 3 1/2 years; ‘INHERIT’ is another ‘catch-all!’ What about a increasing a 10 trillion dollar debt to $15 dollars is palatable by ANYONE’S standards. That same $5 trillion dollar debt was unpatriotic in the past; but why is it acceptable now?

“How’s That 2012 Election Working for Ya?”

Dear America,

Republicans:

How’s life treating you? No, really … How is life treating you? Boy, that Republican primary was really something wasn’t it? They called it what? A vetting process? I guess that’s one way of describing it. From where I sat, it looked more like a demolition derby. The winner has three flat tires, his rear end smashed up to the back window, and has steam and smoke billowing out from underneath the hood. But the Mittmobile is gassed up and ready to run the Indy 500.

Yes, by definition, I am a conservative, so let me be the first to commend you on a job well done Republican Party. That was quite a spectacle. That fabulous vetting process netted us one of the best looking mannequins that I’ve ever seen. His suit fits absolutely perfect, and talk about exciting! He really lights up a room doesn’t he? Boy, if we can just take back the White House with this guy, our problems should be all over!

Democrats:

How’s life treating you ? If your boy can just get four more years, he should have this country running like a finely tuned sewing machine, right? He was just learning how to put on the skates during that first term right? You’re not going to like hearing this, but your boy has a couple of fatal flaws. One, he doesn’t understand math. Two, if his testosterone level was half that of his wife, he’d be twice the man that he is. People who love this man have been blinded by his oratory skills, and have mistaken progressive thinking and intellectual soundness for acute weakness. His inability to solve problems is a result of his inability to lead or accept responsibility.

Read More Here:  “How’s That Election Working for You?”

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