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Election '08

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Independents Unite

Presidential candidates Steve Adams (I-KY) and Bob Hargis (I-OK) announce strategic alliance to boost independent campaigns. Political opponents are not known to work together, but as Hargis and Adams explain on www.independentstogether.us, "their desire for serving America outweighs their desire to compete with each other." Both candidates are self proclaimed long shots for the 2008 election, but are choosing to share campaign strategies and contacts to improve their chances.

We are inundated with news of Democrats and Republicans entering or exiting the presidential race. We see the primary battles, the power struggles within the respective parties now. Soon we will see the fight move to the general election where the opponents will be Democrat vs. Republican. News of aspiring politicians showing cooperation instead of hostility is welcome and exceptional.

For more information, contact Mr. Adams or Mr. Hargis via www.independentstogether.us.
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Independent Voice from the Campaign Trail

Immigration:

America was founded by immigrants. It can even be argued that the American Indians were the first immigrants to our country having come here from Asia , but too much of a good thing at one time is too much. We just canít afford to continue to take in the large quantities of poor from the rest of the world as we have over the last decade. Does anyone give money to every poor person they see on the street? No, and neither should we by continuing to allow the current onslaught of illegal aliens that are invading our country.

The borders must be properly controlled, the penalties for hiring illegal aliens must be enforced and a sensible system for guest workers must be developed.

Remember, while the majority of illegal aliens do work, they also artificially depress wages and, while that may not hurt you, Iím sure it has hurt someone you know and eventually it will hurt your children and grandchildren.

At the moment it can and has been argued that there are anywhere from 5,000,000 to 15,000,000 illegal immigrants in this country. Add in their babies and other American born dependents and who knows how many people this wave of illegal immigration is responsible for at this time. So what do we do now?

First, in spite of all the rhetoric by some groups, no one is going to lead a round-up of all of the illegal immigrants and send them back ďhomeĒ. We are too nice as a people to ever participate in the forced relocation of millions of people. Besides, they do contribute to society (net negative or net positive is open to debate), but we need to make them contribute on the same level and under the same rules as everyone else in America participates on a daily basis.

Letís face it, the illegal aliens are here because our politicians allowed them to come here for cheap labor and like most actions by politicians now someone needs to clean up the mess their policies (and lack of enforcement of current laws) has created.

My plan for dealing with this mess would proceed as follows:

1 - All people in the country illegally would have to register as a foreign guest-worker within 90 days in order to ever obtain citizenship. There would be no exceptions to this policy. If you donít register within 90 days, you are in a separate class and face a much harder road to move forward towards legal working status and citizenship.

2 - In addition to having to register, all illegal aliens would have to open bank accounts and obtain legal, taxable jobs if they hope to ever obtain citizenship. Household employees would need their employers to start paying taxes on them, gardeners would have to start recording their income like real businessmen and everyone would get back on a level playing field.

3 - In order to obtain citizenship, a process that I envision taking at least 3 years and up to 10 years depending on how long the individual can prove they have been in the country the following qualifications will have to be met.

- Registration, as stated above, in the required amount of time and other requirements of the registration rules.

- Opening of a bank account, having a regular, on the books job and paying taxes.

- Absolutely no criminal record including not having such offenses as driving without a license, driving without insurance or drunk driving.

- At least an 8th grade grasp of the English language.

- Payment of a fee of an amount large enough to cover the costs of all the services required to become a citizen of the United States .

These rules are fairly simple. As President I would do one thing to ensure that this situation doesnít happen again, I would make sure our rules are enforced.

First , I would strictly enforce and apply the rules against hiring illegal immigrant workers.

Second , I would direct that all instances of hiring of illegal aliens be subject to penalty by jail time Ė real jail time, not a ďcountry clubĒ jail. Itís real simple for an employer to pay a fine and move on Ė thatís just a cost of doing business. Itís not so simple to ignore the threat of real jail time in a real criminal jail. No one wants to face that prospect.

Third , I believe we need to change the Constitution so that only those born of American citizens become citizens of this country upon birth. The founders of our country could and would have never envisioned the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of babies being born each year in United States hospitals solely so their parents can use their anchor babies as an excuse to demand to stay here and take benefits from the rest of us.

Itís really that simple. If the laws are enforced and there arenít any jobs for illegal aliens then there will be no reason for them to sneak across the boarder and come here. My plan will help to make the millions of people already here a solid part of American society, bring them into the economy and help them to realize their dream of becoming an American. While at the same time, preventing this situation from occurring again.

Immigration is a great thing and brings new ideas, new enthusiasm and new life to the country. We just have to do it in a rational and planned way to ensure that life remains good for all Americans.
Mike McEnulty | Independent Presidential Candidate | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit the campaign website. | Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Reform America or its staff.


Has George W. Bush Lost All Touch With Reality?

With the mounting pressure to remove Alberto Gonzales, an increasingly anti-war sentiment among the populace and even Republicans distancing themselves from George W. Bush, how is it that he seems to be oblivious to it all?

In a statement after Attorney General answered congressional inquiry questions over sixty times with some form of "I don't recall" the president stated that he had even more confidence in his top law officer. Things like that have to bring into question George Bush's competence. One of the hallmarks of a good attorney is the ability to recall things on the spot. If the Attorney General can't remember the details of meetings held in November 2006 that required him to make decisions about the careers of eight U.S. Attorneys, how can the American people count on him to recall things like precedence in legal matters that he may need to bring before a judge or panel of judges such as the Supreme Court in his role as Attorney General? George W. Bush seems to think that his lack of coherent memory makes him the best man for the job.

When it comes to the war in Iraq, George Bush seems to be in a complete state of denial. As we increase the number of troops being sent to Iraq, the number of U.S. forces killed in action increases. Somehow, to George Bush, this is the sign that we are winning the war. The Bush administration is quick to point the finger at the media for not pointing out the successes. It would seem to be hard to find success in suicide bombings killing hudreds of people fairly regularly.

It seems that despite the majority of Americans wanting our troops out and the overall picture being bleak in Iraq, George W. Bush knows better. Despite Alberto Gonzales' inability to recall his own words or actions, George W. Bush sees a real asset to the administration. Perhaps it is we who are delusional. George seems pretty sure he's right and you know, Dick says so too.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.

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