GOP Says Yes To Guestworker Program
According to a Washington Times report, the Republican National Committee voted to support President Bush's guestworker program, with only one member vote opposing the resolution. The unifed front paves the way for President Bush to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform initiative as the Senate considers immigration reform when it reconvenes this month. For the full story, see here.
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Despite efforts made by R.L. Ranger's letter (01/24/06 ID) defining a "globalist" as a kind of
intrinsically disordered person, I am not whatever
that neologism means. I am not particularly interested
in cultures other than the Western civilization that
is the combination of the Christian faith with
classical thinking. I think it is superior. Further, a
more reputable site, Merrian-Webster, defines
"globalism" as "national policy of treating the whole
world as a proper sphere for political influence." A
"globalist" would be someone who supports such policy.
In any case, I do not support "globalism," I am just a
pragmatic person. I believe in the sovereign
individual that follows God's commandments, not in the
sovereign state. The current nation-state model is a
nineteenth century creature that has created the
"welfare state," a humongous bureaucracy, to extract
resources from its citizens. If one looks at a 200
year-old map one will understand that the boundaries
of the nation-state don't mean much. I'd rather
prefer multinational enterprises and private
entrepreneurs profiting freely rather than bureaucrats
dictating where to live and what to do.
Mr. Ranger's letter (01/24/06 ID) must also realize that one's US citizenship should not be the basis to take anything for granted. Skills and merit determine the difference in compensation that is received by anybody doing the same jobs on this planet. Geographical position and citizenship will be irrelevant. Americans can't be too greedy to ask too much, citing the strong "almighty" US dollar, high salary and living standards, cheap imports while pretending that spiraling US deficits and debt as the result is alright. It's not going to happen. Americans will face the consequences of the market. The US dollar will devalue and hurt US living standards somehow and someday. High labor costs will force US companies to outsource jobs. Many may not like it but it is inevitable. Minutemen, Lou Dobbs, Tancredo and all his fans may yell at immigrants and jobs outsourcing, but they need to get real. Protectionism and xenophobia won't help but will hurt US image and economy. I am not a globalist nor psychic, only one with common sense.
I would be interested in learning at what frozen point in time Mr. Ranger's letter (01/24/06 ID) fixes "traditional America." The letter's evident resistance to new ideas brings to mind the reason Africa continues to fail development tests - its inhabitants resist absorbing ideas from other cultures for fear of losing the essence of theirs. Asians have little fear of a loss of identity from incorporating improvements from elsewhere. Certainly the United States has not suffered from incorporating ideas from all types of disciplines into our society. As an elderly person I can attest to the fact that the American society of my WWII youth was very different from that of the 21st century. While not all the new is good, I would certainly not want to return to the relative poverty of the 1940's. Again while not all that is new stems from immigrants, enough of it does to convince me that the xenophobia expressed in Mr. Ranger letter's is not good for the US.
In a rural graveyard at the edge of a small Mexican village located high in the remote mountains of the state of Michoacan, a frail little woman gathered with relatives and neighbors to lay her husband of some fifty years to his final rest. At her side, as the wooden coffin was lowered into the earthen grave, were two of her seven children, all of whom one by one had at one time left home to covertly cross the border to the North to escape poverty. The two at their Mother's side were fortunate in that they had achieved legal residency as a benefit of the 1986 amnesty. The others were not so fortunate and they did not return for the interment for fear of being caught in the ten year ban law. All seven of the children have established families and children born to American citizenship.
The deceased Father was a diabetic and had developed gangrene. Amputation of his foot was recommended. It took time for the children to amass the money required before the surgery would be performed but finally they did and the infected foot was amputated. It was too late. The gangrene had spread. In the second surgery the lower leg was removed. Two weeks later the father was dead and in his grave. (The last surgery fees are still to be paid.) The visiting two children returned to their families and homes. The Mother remains alone to live out her life with whatever her children may manage to send her. They would like to bring their Mother to them to care for her. This has not been legally possible and she is too frail to cross a forbidding desert like they did. Whether we speak English or some other language, whether our skin is white or brown, we are all entitled to the God given right to life and the pursuit of happiness. This is a true story.
Richard E. Baer
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