Friday, May 13, 2005

Americans for Fair Taxation

See my latest post at Americans for Fair Taxaztion here. The National Retail Federation has it wrong. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but you'll have to read the post to find out just why they are wrong and what I've said.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Two Cases Against Illegal Aliens

THIS IS REALLY GETTING OUT OF CONTROL: "Starting today (Tuesday), health care providers can start charging the government for the costs of providing medical care to illegal aliens. That's right, you and I will have our earnings confiscated to pay for the health care of people who are in this country illegally. The tab? They say $1 billion over 4 years is being spent. My guess, it will be closer to $5 billion when all is said and done.

"Here's an idea. How about spending $1 billion on policing the border so the illegal aliens don't arrive here in the first place? Imagine that, people who don't belong here being kept out. What a concept!

"This is yet another step from the open borders crowd to legitimize illegal immigration. We have worker cards, driver's licenses....and now health care. It's reaching a point where becoming an actual U.S. citizen isn't going to mean anything. Since no one is really being sent back, what's the point of obeying the laws of this country and following the rules?"- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 5/10/05

INGLES NO, ESPANOL SI: "Gov. Janet Napolitano (Arizona Democrat) vetoed a bill Monday that would have made English the state's official language and required that government business be conducted in English."

Both from CHUCK MUTH'S NEWS & VIEWS May 11, 2005 (subscribe here)

And these are just two of the reasons I'm against illegal aliens. Those of you who have read my posts before know that I have no problem with legal immigrants, but I have a serious problem with those who come to this country illegally or come legally and stay past their visas making them illegal. Return to your home country and come back legally and I couldn't be happier to welcome you. And once again, if you think I'm a bigot or a racist because I don't (can't and won't) condone illegal activities, then don't let the door hit you on the way out.

And a bit more:

Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT) says: "I don't think there's a place in the Republican Party for racism, for xenophobia, for ideas that are fundamentally un-American."

I totally agree. I don't think there's a place in America for racism, xenophobia (being unduly fearful or contempuous of that which is foreign, especially strangers or foreign people - I had to look it up myself), or for ideas that are fundamentally un-American. But, I don't think that wanting secure borders is any of the above. I also don't think it's wrong to expect everyone to pay for their own medical bills. And what is wrong with expecting people who work in this country, not those who are visiting such as tourists, but those who hold down jobs of any sort to speak our language? Why should government in America be conducted in any other language? I'm all for due process and proper defence and making sure that the defendant is able to participate in their defense. Part of that is making sure they understand the proceedings. Anyone who does not speak English can provide a translator.

We're educating illegal aliens and now we're paying for their health care. I am all for education and I am a firm believer that education is the number one way to keep children from a life of crime. And no, I don't think anyone should be turned away from emergency rooms when they need health care, I just don't think the US taxpayers should bear the entire burden of educating and giving health care to illegal aliens.

Americans are generous to a fault. We want to help everyone succeed. I am proud that people come to this country expecting to make a better life for themselves and their families. But every straw has a breaking point. Unless something is done, our borders and our security is compromised, and our economy is in danger. Our economy can only take so much.

Tax reform will go a long way toward helping the economic side of the problem. But until the borders are secure, our very way of life is in danger. No, I don't think it's un-American, racist, or xenophobic to believe that our laws should be obeyed. In fact, I think every one who enters any country should obey the rules of that country.

And if you can't obey the rules of the land you are living and working in, you have no respect for that country. Shame on you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

And This Is Why We Are There

I found this picture at The JAG-ged Edge, but you've seen it in countless other places.

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It's to make Iraq safe for future generations. Unfortunately, we can't stop Iraqis from killing their own. The little girl in the picture was killed by a suicide bomber who drove into a group of children. A real hero that is. While I try very hard not to judge other people (I try to leave judgement of other people up to God), in this case, I hope there's a very special place in hell for (insert word of your choice - I can't think of any to describe how I feel about) people who deliberately kill kids.

Speaking of which, and not to change the subject, I've been trying to come up with a word or phrase that describes "people" who commit atroious acts. I can't even use vulgarity as it just doesn't describe the depth of my loathing for "people" who kill innocent people, whether they be children or adults. I thought about "vermin" but isn't that slanderous toward real vermin? Any help?

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Mother's Day

It's the second Sunday in May, the day we celebrate Mothers.I am not a mother (well, I have two cats, a dog, and a husband but that's slightly different), and my mothers (both birth and adoptive) have passed away (within days of each other as it happened), as did my mother-in-law.

So, even though they are gone, I'd like to thank each of them for what they did for me.

I'd like to thank my birth mother for giving me life and making the decision to allow someone else to raise me. A selfish woman would have insisted on keeping me and raising me on her own. We might have had a great life together, but by giving me to someone else, she showed selflessness and a great love for me and care for my future.

Thanks to Mom, the woman who took another woman's child into her home, heart, and family. She's the one who taught me to be independent, and to be the mature, responsible adult I am today. She gave me the values, morals, and ethics that I live by today.

And thanks to my mother-in-law. She raised the son who became my husband. She trusted me with his care, accepted me into their family, and treated me like a daughter.

All I can say is, thank you, to each of you. Each of you has my eternal respect and my love.
Sunday Ramblings

No thanks AARP: Found a link to an anti-AARP website. I joined AARP last summer when I became eligible (okay, now you can figure out how old I am, but as long as I don't put the numbers to the page, I can be whatever age I want to be in my mind :D ), and a couple of months ago, told AARP they could forget about me renewing. In fact, I'll do my best to dissuade everyone I know from being members. ::getting off the soapbox:: And here is a link to their petition pledging to not become members of AARP.

Lips Brothers say that the Social Security squeeze will start in 2009.

And speaking of Social Security, Dan at No Speed Bumps has an interesting idea of combining Health Savings accounts, Personal Retirement accounts, and a flat tax to reform Social Security. They work hand in hand like parts of a puzzle. Since I'm a proponent of the Fair Tax, I would be more interested if it promoted the FTA instead of a flat tax, but I promised to go back and fully read the post so that I could be better informed on Dan's idea. Just because I support the Fair Tax doesn't mean I will dismiss another idea without better understanding it. (And I can't try to convince Dan of the error of his ways if I don't fully understand his idea.) Go and read it yourself. He makes some interesting points.