Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Silence On The Line

Favorite Line(s):
I guess that now’s the time
I’d better tell her
“Hon I’ve got this friend
That’s here with me
He used to be a cowboy
And a good one so they say
But now his legs are crippled
He can’t walk, you see”
“But hon you ought to hear him tell his stories
Sing the old songs play the guitar too
And I’d really like to show him Colorado
But I thought I’d better leave it
Up to you”
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2015 Cold Embrace
2014 Delightful
2013 Apprenticeship
2012 Curtain Rods
2011 A Living Force
2010 BART Rides – A Tipping Point

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I am a fiscally conservative life-long Democrat.  I do NOT support the funding of President Trump’s wall.  Other than providing jobs for American workers, there is no benefit to building a wall.  I do support increased spending on Security (border security and almost all other forms of “useful” security) – even increasing it by billions of dollars – IF NECESSARY!!  But building a wall is NOT necessary.  It will do little to nothing to increase our security or decrease illegal immigration.  MOST illegal immigration happens when people lawfully enter the country and then overstay their visa.  A wall – no matter the height, depth or width – will not reduce this.
And, in any case, when our #IdiotInChief was a candidate he promised (as he was such a great negotiator) that we (U.S. citizens) would not have to pay for a wall.  As President, he was going to make Mexico pay for building his wall.  I say:  “Let him get Mexico to pay for it!”  AFTER we have the funds coming in from Mexico, then we can start building the wall.  And furthermore, not one cent is to be spent on the wall until then, and not more than one cent over what has been taken in from Mexico should be spent on the wall’s construction or maintenance.
I am not in favor of a government shutdown.  In this case, the shutdown is entirely President Trump’s fault.  He has been President for almost two whole years and he has done almost nothing to negotiate funding from Mexico, nor demonstrate that building a wall will do more than minimally increase our security.  The “security” money would be far better spent on increasing the enforcement of hiring legal employees and prosecuting employers who hire those without work permits.  This would actually reduce illegal immigration, by reducing demand for illegals.  It would also improve the economy by marginally increasing wages for those at the bottom scales.  This is because there would be fewer workers willing to accept minimum wages, so the price for labor would go up.  That is, if you believe in supply and demand.
To any Democratic office holder who votes in support of building a wall:  I will make a list.  I will check it twice.  And, I will make a donation to any Democratic candidate who runs against you in your next primary.
On This Day In:
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2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support.  Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty.  The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.  The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.
All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency.  They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
   —  President George Washington
From his “Farewell Address“, September 19, 1796
[What happens when the minority party, the opposition party, dedicates itself to making the President a one-term President and a failed administration the first day after his inauguration?
In Republican Presidential candidates Trump and Cruz, we are seeing the results of almost a quarter century of putting a political party ahead of the good of the country as a whole.  The Republicans attempted the destruction of two eight year administrations simply because they were Democrats and then blindly supported their own eight year Republican administration which refused to raise taxes to pay for an unnecessary war which cost trillions of dollars.  The Republicans, the “party of business, fiscal responsibility and defense/security”, carried the war funding “off-budget” so they would not have to disclose the cost to the American public.
Now Trump wants to build a multi-billion dollar wall on our southern border and have Mexico pay for it.  (I guess he doesn’t feel “off-books” will work again.)  Now Cruz, who has spent the whole of his time in the Senate alienating himself from his own party (let alone anyone else who might be a Democrat) wants all the other Conservative  Republicans to fall in behind him because Trump is not a “true” Conservative.  (Now he wants friends.)  If they both weren’t so pitiable, they would be laughable.  It is truly frightening to think a major American political party would put either of these men forward as nominees for President of the United States.  But then again, what can we expect from a party which offered up Sarah Palin to be one heartbeat from the President eight years ago.
Okay.  I will now climb off of my soap-box and return you to your normal programming…    —    KMAB]
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