The President’s critics persist in the myth of lax enforcement of immigration policies as the cause of the flood of refugees from the south. It’s a simplistic answer to a complex problem that serves an extreme diabolical purpose.
As is with any social problem, Americans prefer to point fingers and blame. This crisis is no different. We blame the parents of Central America for sending their children away, we blame the President for not enforcing the law, we blame the porousness of our borders, and we blame employers for hiring illegals.
Ambivalence: Holding simultaneous and conflicting attitudes and emotions about a certain issue.
The refugee/immigrant/illegal alien issue is NOT an all-or-nothing-support-or-reject-issue. If you're an intelligent and reasonable person, you probably have some mixed feelings about this. Just like other Americans, swaying back and forth in this cognitive tug-of-war, I’ve been vacillating between sympathy and national self-interest for several days.
On January 6, 2000, the last thing in the world I wanted was a dog.
After five hyper cocker spaniels and a herd of feral cats, I was finished with the inevitable heartaches that are a predictable part of owning animals.
But it was the day after my son’s 12 birthday and all he’d ever wanted was a dog…and you know how easily we’re persuaded by our children’s tears…So that very day, I was determined that the boy was going to get a dog. Within minutes of perusing the ads for animals, we settled on one: “Free to a good home, female, pug mix.”
For almost a year, story after story has been written about the exodus of wealthy Americans to Puerto Rico. Because of laws enacted in 2012, a move to the island guarantees that personal investment income (i.e. capital gains, dividends) will be completely tax-free.
Because Puerto Rico has a unique legal status, American can escape most U.S. taxes without renouncing U.S. citizenship to do so. The only requirement is to be a physical resident for 183 days out of the year.
The SCOTUS/Hobby Lobby decision has given me a severe headache. Just like Citizens United or McCutcheon, today’s decision opens up a Pandora’s box of enormous proportions that can never be contained or controlled again.
This is becoming a habit with the Roberts Court.
Lawmakers, corporations, SCOTUS and world leaders…all of us, each of us…is a hapless victim to the illusion of control.
All news is a mixed bag, depending on the lens through which you view it. The key to staying sane is to have no illusions, without becoming disillusioned and cynical. To maintain that balance, we must read, stay informed, and utilize our own reasoning capabilities (not the media or our party line) to reach logical conclusions and solutions. If we can donate money, that’s good, but political sweat equity is even better.
Why is it that certain news stories are overlooked and less important ones are given more attention?
A friend sent me this controversial gem of a story from Abilene involving Congressman Randy Neugebauer and I never noticed it on any Lubbock media outlet. It’s more than a week old and yet, the story remains under the wire; obscured by accident, or perhaps, by choice.
The media might not tell us what to think, but it does influence what we think about. Right now, there is a lot of hyperbolic and dramatic debate about the situation in Iraq, gun violence, and student debt, but how much of that can the average American control?
Last week’s Texas GOP convention was something plucked straight out of the old sixties satire, That Was the Week That Was. When I read their 2014 platform, I thought I was reading The Onion…but it was real.
Deleting the words, freedom, freedoms, liberty, liberties, family values, true conservative, makers, takers, control spending, we-the-people, patriot, and patriotism, here’s the Spark notes version:
Republican politicians are experts in the art of empty rhetoric. From the VA crisis to Benghazi, the GOP is playing politics for personal and political gain, milking these problems for all they are worth. Now they have another political cow to milk: the rescue of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.