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New Beginnings: Left of Center View

Each year we see the beginning of the year as a new beginning of our life in some ways. It is a fresh start and a renewal of the soul with the old being safely in the past and the new stretched out in front of us as far as the mind can see. In the freshness of this annual resurrection we have the chance to take our minds in new directions. It is a natural starting point with limitless possibilities.

For many of us this new beginning is a time to reflect on the past and try to correct the things we may have been disappointed in from the last year. For others it is a time to put aside old concerns and look on life with a new optimism. For yet others it is a time to mourn the passing of the old and fret about what the new year will bring. In all of these things one constant remains. The new year is a time of transition from what was to what will be.

As we are looking to the future now is the perfect time to decide to put old hatreds and bigotries aside and think about how we can make the world better for everyone in it. America has endured much hardship as have our brothers and sisters around the world. Now is a time we can come together and find solutions to all of our problems that can benefit everyone.

Whether the problem is education or immigration there are solutions that will work for everyone on some level. There is no reason that protecting American jobs canít be compatible with opening our borders to workers from abroad. We have become so trapped in a mindset of either-or that we have not had the audacity to say ďwhy not both?Ē While we are looking to the future and feeling a sense of hope itís a good time to ask ďwhy not both?Ē Why canít we bring guest workers in to do jobs we donít want and still find jobs for Americans to do? Why canít we have equitable taxation and good schools? Why canít we have both?

Most of our limitations come from within our own minds and if we ever hope to find real lasting success we need to learn to think differently. Solutions are rarely simple and life is never black and white. The shades of gray are the things that define life. I propose that we all resolve in 2009 to ask ďwhy not both?Ē


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New Beginnings: Right of Center View

2009 is here and itís time to put the old behind us and get on to the new. The last year was filled with a lot of things that are in some ways better forgotten. If you bought stock last year, you might want to just forget about that for a while. Itíll probably come back up in value at some point but donít expect to get rich anytime soon. If you were in a blue collar field, chances are your employment situation didnít improve in 2008. Better to forget about that too for a while. If you owned an SUV in 2008 please accept my condolences and I hope you have a pot toÖwell, I hope youíre not completely broke from filling up your tank. Again, itís better forgotten.

So itís on to 2009. Weíve got a new President coming into office. God only knows if heíll be any good but he certainly would have to work at it to screw it up any more than the guy on his way out. He seems to be a hard worker. If you watch the news much it seems like heís working harder to be President than the guy actually in the White House. Heís had more press conferences in the last month and a half than W. has had in the last year. You gotta give him credit for keeping out there in the public eye. It seems like heís focused on fixing stuff too. He hasnít even taken office and heís lobbying the new Congress to pass his economic package. Give Ďem hell Barry! Get our people working again!

Now on the border we still got some issues. The fence ainít workiní too well and we got too many unemployed Americans to be taking on overflow from next door. Donít get me wrong, I like the idea of cheap labor for the farmers and all but I donít want to see my next door neighbor out of work because somebody from south of the border will hammer nails for less than he can. I know they need to work too but they also have a perfectly good country of their own that could use to be spruced up a bit. Maybe if they picked up the place a bit they would have more people interested in doing business down there. Iím just sayiníÖ

Whatever you think of 2008, you need to let it go. Itís done and over with so we need to move on to 2009. Things might get better or they might get worse but one thing is certain, they will not be exactly the same. The one constant in the world is change. Time to see what change 2009 has in store. Happy New Year!

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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