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Don’t ever do this – Please!

When I saw a post today describing how the Obama campaign would like to be part of your wedding, etc. registry  I really did not believe it was real.

So sure was I that this was a fake story, I actually went to the Obama for America site, because I had to see this one with my own eyes.

{SIGH} It’s all too real.  Including the fake cheerful and youthful, yet mangled (gravy BOWL?) syntax.  Including the comments which range from loyally supportive to understandably snarky to downright mean as Mrs. Obama might say.

But what, exactly, are they saying here?  The first thought that comes to mind is “boy, these people are really desperate for money”, something with which even I can sympathize.  The second thought is that Obama and Co. seek to interject themselves into the most private, joyful moments of their supporters’ lives, with their hands out for money.

Like an insidious begger importuning a couple on a date, they accost you and request a share of something they should never even think they had a claim on.

Very, extremely creepy.  And rude.

Many on the Left probably wouldn’t believe this, but there is a debate taking place on the Right these days and I’ll sum it up this way: should we get down in the gutter with them, or do we continue to try and be better?

John Boehner’s recent advice to his house colleauges not to “spike the football” if Obama care is struck down by the SCOTUS is a pretty good example of the “be better” school.

Andrew Breitbart’s  entire life was a shining example of the “get down in the gutter” mode.

And, like with the Death Penalty, I usually sit on the fence over this.  My kid tells me “it’s important that we’re better, that’s a big part of why we’re right and they’re wrong” and I think she’s correct.  I’d like to think I’d cut my throat with a rusty razor blade before I’d say things about Mrs. Obama or the Obama daughters or pretty much anybody else like the things that those on the Left have said about Sarah Palin, her daughters and so many others.

But, the IRISH part of me always wants to jump in the gutter and start swinging.  In fact, I’m happy if you give me an excuse!

So, I’m torn.  But not today, today I am all on the “be better” side.

Please, please Mitt Romney, Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives, Moderates, PLEASE DON’T EVER DO THIS!!!!!

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One thing I don’t get about Obama’s immigration proposal

OK, I want to get this out there.

I can understand Obama instructing DHS not to pursue illegals in the narrow category of those brought here as minors, who are law abiding, etc.  That clearly falls under a discretionary standard and my guess is those people have been pretty much free from undue scrutiny for a long time now.  Making it official just makes it official, and provides a handy political boost to the Pres.

But I do not see how Obama, or DHS, or anybody else has the authority to instruct that these persons are now eligible to apply for legal work permits.

My understanding of Senator Rubio’s mini-DREAM act is that he would permit these same (or similar) situated persons to apply for student visas.

I could be wrong about some of this, and I’m not going to take the time to check it out, but there is a world of difference between student visas and work permits.

We do need “comprehensive” immigration reform and maybe we’ll be able to get it if Republicans are returned to one-party power in DC.  It needs to include many things the left won’t like.  In fact, it should consist pretty much of ONLY things the Left won’t like with 2 exceptions: 1. no mass deportations of law-abiding illegals already in the country and 2. a path to legalization for that same group.  Pretty much they should hate everything else in it, or it won’t be satisfactory to the rest of us.

These are the things, off the top of my head, that I would include:

=A solid closed border, including Mexico, including the airports, including visa departure verification

=To make visa departure verification easier I’d implement requirements that a return trip must be booked before entry is permitted, I’d shorten general travel visa times, which I think are now generally 6 months, to 2 months (with some exceptions)

=No bi-lingual education in any public school

=Required civics lessons (“what it means to be an American”) in every public school

=No more Spanish language assistance from the Federal Government.  I grew up in NYC and am fine with Public Health notices being published in as many foreign languages as necessary, but I find it very offensive that the IRS offers every form in Spanish and English.

=Alternative proposal, make English the official language of the USA

=END THE IMMIGRATION LOTTERY, arguably the worst concept for immigration every imagined, not to say implemented.  Does ANY other country take their future residents based on luck?

=End chain migration.  We should only admit spouses, minor children, and elderly parents with no options for care in the home country and who would remain ineligible for any “aid”

=Absolutely no welfare for non-citizen immigrants, legal or illegal, including food stamps, home heating aid, medicaid and any other “soft” welfare that is on offer

=No citizenship, EVER, for any person who has entered this country illegally – we’ll find a way to regularize you and your US born children can even grow up to be President, but you will not be able to vote for them

And, finally, increased penalties for crime committed by illegal aliens.  Of course this last one would have to happen on the state level and I don’t know why it hasn’t been already proposed.  Basically we’ve been giving illegals a “commit crimes for free” card and that needs to change.  I would say tack an extra 5-10 years on any criminal sentence if you committed a crime while in this country illegally.

None of this will work, or should even be considered, until we really have control of our borders.  For at least 5 years, that in conjunction with the poor economy ought to stanch the flow enough for other reforms to be put in place.

 

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Don’t throw the snowball

In hubby’s family there is an expression, he made the snowball but he wants you to throw it.

I think the debt ceiling negotiations between President Obama and the House Republicans are a good example of this dynamic.

Barack Obama would like to make the snowball of increased taxes and get John Boehner to throw it.

And like the bad little boy in the Robertson Davies novel, Obama will have a hard little rock tucked inside that snowball.

He will accomplish two major goals, he’ll get to TAX THE RICH and he’ll alienate the Tea Party from the Republicans.

Needless to say the Republicans are on a very strict probation with the Tea Party.  But, if they have 1/2 a brain between the lot of them, they know it is we who brought them to the dance.

If they have another 1/4 brain altogether, they will realize the polls are in their favor.

The republicans need to do one thing TODAY, they need to draw up a bill stipulating what things will be paid, and in what order, and what things will stop being paid, and in what order should we hit the debt ceiling.

They also need to emphasize that yesterday our President stated that we cannot meet our most basic obligations without borrowing money.  This is of a piece with his earlier remarks about businesses being unable to borrow money to meet their payrolls.

Everybody who has had even a glancing association with a business, either for-profit or non-profit, understands that if you are borrowing money to meet your payroll, or pay your rent, you are in deep trouble.

If we really can’t pay our Interest payments, pay Social Security obligations, pay our Military and other Government employees, keep watch for hurricanes, etc. without borrowing 2.4 TRILLION dollars NEXT MONTH, well, we better find some savings, or have a garage sale, or something RIGHT NOW.

Don’t throw the snowball John Boehner, subject it to sunlight and watch it melt away.

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