Sunday, February 05, 2006

Question Of The Week, 2/5/06

Good morning. I don't watch television so I didn't see the Presidents State Of The Union Address, but I did read it. I had a little problem with it. That will be the subject of this weeks question. In the address President Bush said, "Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. (Applause.) To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. (Applause.) And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border. (Applause.)" I just couldn't help but leave the (Applause.) in. This weeks Question Of The Week is in two parts. Has the President started to take the wide open border problem more seriously? Why do we need guest workers at all? I'll post my answers in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Jack Davis said...

You ask two good questions:

Has the President started to take the wide open border problem more seriously? Why do we need guest workers at all?

My answers:
1. No, he's paying lip service so the republicans won't lose the House in 2006.
2. So corporations can make money off cheap labor.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Hey man, get posting again! Thanks for stopping by The GTL Blog - great to see you're still around. Blog ON, Sir....

11:48 AM  
Blogger maccusgermanis said...

1. I think he takes it serious since terrorist are probably slipping through with the workers.

2. I'd rather ask. Why not make use of a cheap labor? Despite charges of illegals stealing jobs, our free market economy has accomodated all of these workers while reaching theoretical full employment (those that want jobs have them)numbers for legal residents.

What makes illegal (or legal) immigration so unfavorable now is the over-abundance of entitlement programs. I do not begrudge anyone willing to seek employment in the US. I do begrudge any effort to make me foot the bill, when it doesn't work out as planned. Perhaps the "fair tax" can help level the playing field.

And I am concerned that many criminals hide amongst the unregulated immigrants.

I understand and support the need for stricter border enforcement, but also support guest worker visas.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

The guest worker plan is a euphemism for amnesty (despite GWB's statements to the contrary), especially if the plan applies to illegals already here. Once inside our borders, the guest-worker visas will be ripe for abuse. It's easy to hide in the United States.

Illegals are a burden on our educational and health-care systems, just to cite two problem areas. I don't believe that our President wants to recognize that fact.

GWB has always had a blind spot when it comes to immigration, or so my Texas friends tell me.

Is he taking the problem seriously? Not really, IMO. He's more worried about the impact of the issue on the 2006 elections than he is about the long-term effects of illegals coming across in hordes. After all, GWB is Tex-Mex friendly. If he took the border issue seriously, he would understand what a good purpose the Minutemen can serve.

6:49 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Thanks for stopping by to answer this weeks question.I'm late again. For what it's worth before I came here I felt I had to write a letter to the editor of the Lincoln Journal Star. Lincoln, Nebraska recently lost a soldier in Iraq. Today they published an article that mentions the Westboro Baptist Church, see my Feb. 4 post to see how I feel about them. This weeks answer. NO! President Bush is not taking border security more seriously. This is a bid for votes in future elections. I think cheap labor and greed would be the correct answer to why do we need guest workers. Since most (or all) of our elected officials are bought and paid for by big business I think we'll be seeing more of them (guest workers) in the near future.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

1:58 AM  
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1:47 AM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

America really needs a guest worker. Why? Because most Americans don't want to work Dirty Jobs such as Garbage Collector, etc etc

1:48 AM  

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