Alright – here is a little deviation from my regular “A few random thoughts…..” post. This is targeted to one subject only – just how screwed up things are in this country.
First – illegal immigration and unemployment
By “official” government numbers – there are approximately 14 million unemployed people in this country. By many estimated – there are close to 20 million illegal immigrants residing within our borders.
Many of these illegal’s are working. The old adage is that illegal immigrants will do work that Americans just will not do. My opinion – that is pure BS! I know many people that would be willing to work just about any job to provide for their family. The system itself provides incentives to remain unemployed. If you are collecting and are able to find a part-time job – the earnings acquired via that part time job are subtracted from the unemployment checks. Now – maybe I am just a tad nuts here – but I suspect that if Joe Blow is collecting unemployment and has a choice to work and get paid x-dollars or stay at a home and get paid the same x-dollars….I am thinking he will stay at home. Great job government!
So – back to illegal immigration. If the right decisions were made years ago (let alone now) to control those invading this country illegally – I suspect that unemployment would be a lot lower than it is now. The system also needs to be corrected as already mentioned. There needs to be real and true incentives to getting off unemployment.
What else is frustrating? This could start getting fixed tomorrow if laws were passed that made it illegal to hire illegal immigrants and provided heavy fines if caught employing any. If the illegal’s could not find work – they would go back to their country of origin.
Bottom line – things could be done to provide for a positive result if we had true representatives of the people in Washington.
Second – Big business and corporations
I am not anti-capitalism. What I am is observing that it is unbelievable to me how corporations have been on the receiving end of government bail-outs as people were loosing houses and their jobs. For many people – this is old news. Of course – our government is responsible for providing those funds. Not all businesses accepted these funds (example is Ford Motor Company) – however it is pathetic the hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money that went to big corporations. Know what else? The government of the United States also bailed out FOREIGN BANKS!!
All of this going on while people in this country – the tax payers of this country – have been struggling and paying too much in taxes. Now those responsible are talking up that “something must be done to reduce spending.”
That’s like Charles Manson coming up with the solution to world peace.
Next – I am so tired of hearing every time gas prices creep up that the oil companies have no control over those prices – yet take in HUGE RECORD BREAKING profit at the same time. Hmmmm……I think somehow the two are related. Just say’n.
Again – our government has created a system which has enabled this to happen and has done nothing to change it. If the government really wanted to help the economy out and the citizens of this country – drilling for fossil fuels would be allowed in more places and regulations would be reduced. There are many many places that could be safely drilled and with that large supply of oil – prices would drop (unless oil companies kept them up and retained the profits).
Our government is not a republic……it is a corporate representative.
Third…..and last – Our borders and usage of our military
This is pretty simple to me…..we seem to be able to travel the world and protect the borders of countries like Kuwait and Iraq – but we cannot seem to be able to protect our own.
Billions and billions of our tax dollars are spent helping the rest of the world by sending aircraft carriers, planes, equipment, and troops every time one of our “allies” get a belly ache. This is all done to the cost of the United States taxpayer. Now – why can’t we seem to be able to secure our border to the south and our border to the north. Not enough money? Too expensive?
I have never been so frustrated with our government as I am right now. Such a total lack of common sense and use of logic. If someone ran a business like this- it would go out of business in short order.
I didn’t even mention the over-printing of money from the Federal Reserve and corresponding inflation……
or……..The total theft of social security dollars that hard working Americans have sent to the government for THEIR retirement – not for funding whatever Congress feels like using the money for……..
or……..I could go on and on and ……..