Caring for the Poor and Middle Class

It amazes me that liberals stand by the argument that they are for the working class and the poor.  Seems to be that you aren’t helping the working class or the poor when you drive jobs away through high taxes and regulations, or when they keep stores like Walmart away, and place huge taxes on cigarettes and alcohol knowing full well the poor will still buy them.  How exactly does outlawing bags or “encouraging” people to buy new vehicles (keeping them in debt) help?  How does massive unchecked illegal immigration help?

How exactly do liberal policies help?

Every child should go to college?  Why?  So they can have the joy of working at McDonald’s with a mountain of debt they can neither repay or get out from under?  Are there that many jobs out there?  I realize they’re saving the word “depression” for a Republican President, but where are the jobs?  Forget the degree, just jobs?  Are they doing anyone any favors?

Somehow creating a mountain of debt by giving trillions of dollars away helps the poor and working class?  That money didn’t go to the poor and working class.  It didn’t create jobs.  It went to the same people the liberals shout that they are protecting us from, the banks, big business, and Wall Street.  No wonder Pelosi is winking at Occupy Wall Street.  The jokes on them!

Restricting the American farmer, taking away water rights and cutting off land use, thus contributing to higher food costs, somehow benefits Americans?  Somehow we have to have open borders to keep farm labor costs down, but the flip side to that is they do everything else to inflate prices then blame everyone else for the high prices.

Sitting on vast resources that we can’t touch, resources of oil and natural gas, inflating the cost of everything across the board, forcing people to choose between filling the tank or paying the mortgage, forcing parents out of the home for greater and greater periods and taking away the time that should be spent as family somehow benefits the people?

And the children, how do these policies help the children?  We all know the claim that liberals protect the children, but how exactly does bankrupting our children’s future while “radically transforming America” help the children?  Is that what they think they’re doing when they outlaw prayer from the public schools (unless it’s Muslim; we don’t want to offend)?

Are they teaching the children to think critically, to recognize the keys to success individually and collectively, to really understand how the world works, or are the teaching them that it is all owed to them?  The key to success as they teach it is not based on merit, but on the color of your skin, or at least the group you claim, just ask Ms. Warren.  Ask the entrance board for Annapolis or West Point.  Those who excel apart from the prescribed box are “evil”, unless it’s a Hollywood celebrity or some other train wreak that we’ve traded real heroes for.  That’s progressive!

Yes, the liberals are looking out for the poor and the middle class, but few of us can afford such love and devotion.

I know, how racist of me!

Some facts for the unconvinced…

January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took control of this nation…
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George W. Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH!!!
U.S. Deficit was $247.7 billion the lowest in four years.
And Bush was slammed for average gas prices of $2.29 a gallon for unleaded.

Who is helping the poor and middle class?

Amnesty and Taxes

The argument is that amnesty should be granted to illegal aliens so that they will pay taxes.  The fact is that they do file taxes with an  ITIN, an individual taxpayer identification number. A 9-digit ITIN number issued by the IRS provides both resident and nonresident aliens with a unique identification number that allows them to file tax returns.  Sounds good?  Not really.

By claiming dependents, even ones outside the U.S., as well as EIC (Earned Income Credit) these illegal aliens are getting refunds of thousands and thousands of dollars without paying a single dime in tax revenue.  They are not only willing to file their taxes, but look forward to huge refunds while Americans struggle to balance the budget ay home and in their local, state, and federal government.  Claims by illegal aliens equalled  $4.2 billion in tax year 2010.

Please take time to read this article.  This information is vital in understanding the situation.  I would love to hear your thoughts also.  I have seen this going on for years, and it is proof positive that amnesty will not generate revenue but cost us billions and billions of dollars.  Justice Scalia comparing illegal aliens to bank robbers wasn’t so out of line after all.

That’s one hell of a high tax for “cheap lettuce!”  Add to this all of the other facts, and we are paying a huge crippling cost to appease and take care of people who don’t belong here.  It is national insanity to avoid doing what is right for America.  The federal government doesn’t even want states to verify citizenship to vote.  Many areas have come up with idiotic laws to protect illegals while penalizing their own, such as Los Angeles‘ impound policy which will take the vehicles of citizens and not illegal aliens.

All Americans will benefit when and if the United States should finally resolve to deport and punish those who violate our laws, including those businesses that hire illegal aliens.  Automatic citizenship for anyone who can come here and have a baby needs to stop.  Eisenhower deported them, we can too.

A nation without borders is not a nation at all.  To do otherwise is national suicide.  We have always had controls in the past.  To regulate who can come here and who can’t is well within the rights of any nation.  There is nothing racist about it.  The poem on the Statue of Liberty was not an eternal pact for open borders.  It’s a poem, not a Constitutional Amendment!

This issue needs to be addressed.  Both sides have ignored it far too long, and “We the People” are left holding the bill.  A bill of $113 billion a year and growing.  $1.6 billion a year in Los Angeles County alone, and yes, Los Angeles is broke!

California! Liberal Paradise

California is the focus of a new Wall Street Journal article.  The article, California’s Greek Tragedy, is an absolute must read.  California is a liberal state, and it is reaping the fruit of its failed policies.  When you look at what California once was, and how prosperous it was, the impact is striking.  It demonstrates that what has happened in California could indeed happen nationally, especially as we pursue the same failed policies and ignore the will of the people as California has.

Speaking of California, I’m sure y’all have heard of ESL classes, but San Diego is going for Duel Immersion as a cost cutting measure by combining ESL and regular classes.  Oh sure, never mind that Californians have voted English only, who wouldn’t want their kid to learn Spanish?  But ask yourself this, if this becomes the standard, who gets the teaching jobs in California?  Who gets laid off because of the budget?  As we continue building a “bi-lingual” state, it is native-born English speakers who are sent to the back.  “Americans Need Not Apply!”

Ah poor bankrupt California.  All those six figure pensioners draining the state of cash!  I know, the golden days were suppose to last forever, but they did not.  California is losing their companies and their middle class who are fleeing in droves, and even the illegals have slowed their invasion.  No jobs!  Not that they replace what California lost with the middle class exodus.

This is the state that has Los Angeles and other cities impounding (rightfully) unlicensed drivers cars.  That is UNLESS they are illegal.  The police chief reasons that Americans can get licenses so they are still expected to uphold the law.  So two sets of laws with Americans having less rights than those who are criminals?  And yes, they are criminals.  All those illegal aliens cost L.A. county $1.6 billion a year.  That is a heck of a money pit there.  Consider the high cost of calling yourself a sanctuary city.

California will even pay for hormone therapy for transgendered illegals, all while screaming for more taxes.

Highest taxes in the nation!

They just keep taxing away all those jobs to states like Texas.  Matter of fact, here is a list of 100 companies leaving California.  That’s right, people are fleeing the liberal paradise by the thousands.  I think even ol’ Jed and Elly Mae have packed up and left.  Here are 19 reasons to leave California, a little old as the picture is even bleaker now, but I will list their reasons here.

Unemployment in California was 12.4% in September – one of the highest in the nation.  The unemployment rate is over 20% in eight California counties.  This is even higher when you consider the odd way California counts unemployed.

The Unemployed in California is equal to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Not even state government jobs are safe in California these days. Last month, government agencies in California slashed a total of 37,300 jobs.

California has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.

California has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%. Indiana has the next highest at 7%.

Residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the U.S.

Even with all of the taxes, the budget deficit for the California state government for the current year is approximately 19 billion dollars.

California’s unfunded pension liability is estimated to be somewhere between $120 billion and $500 billion.

Twenty percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid.

Budget cuts are even jeopardizing public safety.

1 in 4 Californians under the age of 65 had absolutely no health insurance last year.

California’s poverty rate soared to 15.3 percent in 2009, which was the highest in 11 years.  Considering how poor you have to be to make that list the number is shocking.  The standard is $22,113 for a family of four.  Current rate is now 16.3%.  A two bedroom apartment in Los Angeles averages $1,689 a month.  That is $20,268 a year just for rent.

California’s overstretched health care system is also on the verge of collapse.

California home builders began construction on 1,811 homes during the month of August, which was down 77% from August 2006.

Earlier this year, in Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

The “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50 states.

Residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

Over 20 percent of California homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages.

And no one can forget the Sacramento tent cities (they are in quite a few cities)

The “Terrible, Absolutely Terrible” Cuts California Must Make To Balance The Budget.

 

 The only real question is, why haven’t I moved yet?

 

Smile When You Say That…

It’s not my job to judge.

It’s my hobby.

 

On a run right now from Los Angeles to NYC which takes me through some of my favorite areas which some people call fly over states.  Personally I’d be just fine avoiding L.A. and N.Y.C. and staying in all those other areas that are generally ignored by those in the big cities.  Coming off of some time at home reminds me of how much I miss my wife and kids, but I know I am out here for a reason.  God will take care of the rest in His time.

As for that picture, that’s chicken fried steak, or what people in those fly over states call dinner, and it is some good eatin’!  No, it isn’t chicken.

Been reading all of your blogs and comments while out here, and keeping up on the news.  For the former, a sincere thank you!  I love what y’all write about and keeping everyone up on what is going on.  I also love your comments and interactions.  Haven’t been here long but real glad I found this place.  No, I’m not a Harvard professor, but I’m of the opinion that a Harvard education is over-rated.  Could do a few blogs on that topic alone.  Hard to believe it was a Christian university once upon a time.

I actually did go to college.  A real Christian university no less.  I am just a few units shy of my degree, and that all lower division.  I don’t know that I ever will finish.  At one point I wanted to teach, and write.  Not a good time to get into teaching now, and at this point I’m not sure that I’d even want to.

As for writing, I’m doing that here.  I absolutely enjoy it, and it is good to connect with people and exchange ideas.  I need to learn more about WordPress and download office so I can write things out before I come on here.  I prefer it that way.  Gives it a little more polish, and if y’all are willing to check out what I put up, I want to honor your time with some effort to make it worth while.  This post excluded, however any suggestions on WordPress or in general are greatly appreciated!

The Conservative Hillbilly made my day today.  Check out his post here.  His post is dead on.  Could not agree more, and thank you brother for mentioning me.  I am honored.  Pass you a frosty one any time!

Fixin’ to turn in for the night.  It’s been a pretty good day, and again, thank you all for your time, your comments, and your subscriptions.

 

California Logic – Dangerous and Contagious

Los Angeles has imposed a$1,000 fine for throwing a football or a frisbee on the beaches of L.A. county.  Their reason being that such activity could potentially injure someone.  It is an issue of public safety.

Safety?  This from the place that wishes to make sure that illegal aliens caught driving without a license will not have their cars impounded.  An idea that is so brilliant that the state of California may ban impounding cars statewide for driving without a license.  As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the local newspaper that impounding vehicles presents an “unfair burden” and “disproportionate blow” for illegal aliens, who he refers to as a “valuable asset to our community.”  The chief says it’s a “fairness issue” because there is a “vast difference between someone driving without a license because they cannot legally be issued one and someone driving after having their license revoked.”  In other words, under the LAPD guidelines, citizens will have their vehicles impounded at their own expense, but illegal aliens will keep their illegally driven cars, thus illegal aliens are above the law.  And why not, San Francisco says it is ok for illegal aliens to drive without a license.  Problem is people die, like this four-year old in Santa Rosa.  So public safety clearly takes a back seat to illegal alien advocacy.

Don Rosenberg’s 25-year-old son was killed by an unlicensed illegal alien driver who had previously been stopped and let go in San Francisco.  This father will never again have his son or hear his voice.  His letter to Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles is something that everyone should read.  Consider the stories of all the deaths listed here.

AAA has done several studies on the impact of unlicensed drivers and has some eye-opening statistics.  AAA says that, of the 40,000 fatal car crashes every year, one in five involves an unlicensed driver. The California Department of Motor Vehicles says that compared with licensed drivers, those driving without licenses are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident ,five times more likely to drive drunk and over four times more likely to flee.

The danger is obvious.  We require people to take a test because a vehicle is something that can result is multiple deaths.  It is a privilege, not a right.  If someone is hindered because they engaged in illegal acts we should not revoke laws to allow them to place the public at greater risk.

Politics has become more important than public safety.

I tried to find statistics on deaths by frisbees or footballs but I could find none.  $1,000 fine for throwing a football, but unlicensed illegal alien drivers are perfectly fine.

After all, they played the race card.

 

 

One Size Fits All

The independence of the states within the Union once served as a check on coercive social experimentation.  One size does not fit all, nor should everything be dictated from Washington.  If Massachusetts wishes to socialize the state, while Texas limits the role of government, so long as it is within the framework of Constitution, should that even matter?  Let Massachusetts and Texas each pay for their own government, and show the views of their own people, different though they are.

Much of what the Federal government decides should be decided at the state level.

Laws that may seem perfectly right and reasonable to the people of California may not hold the same importance or logic to the people of North Dakota or Alaska.  The one size fits all mentality of the Federal government, which tends to cater to the urban experiments at the cost of rural folk, does not work.  It only serves to breed resentment and deny the people their rights within the framework of the Constitution.

Why should the Federal Government decide that what the people of Los Angeles want is forced on the nation?  Is it not better to see the cost of socialism impact a state and not the nation?

For a society that claims multiculturalism is a good thing, why do we not allow for regional differences?  Is difference of culture and view something that we will only allow to foreigners?

Being one people does not mean that we surrender our regional differences.  Truly, there are things we should agree upon, as we are a nation based on an ideal and not a race, but is there not room within that ideal for individual rights and regional color?  I believe there is, and to force a one size fits all approach is to force a great number of people to all conform to one mindset.  It is a gross misrepresentation of the American ideal.