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Harebrained idea

May 21, 2006

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To the editor:

OK, the Republican Congress has voted to install a multimillion-dollar, 370-mile fence that will require constant surveillance and upkeep, and the Republican president is sending 6,000 troops to patrol the border. It is safe to assume that the fence building will be done through a no-bid contract to Halliburton or some other cronies of the president. Next we will hear Bush say that it will be up to future presidents to decide how long National Guard troops will be detailed to patrol the border.

How about spending the money to go after businesses that hire illegal aliens instead? Well, that option is out because then U.S. businesses would have to pay a decent wage to U.S. citizens. No money for schools, the elderly, veterans, upkeep of transportation infrastructure, but plenty for harebrained ideas.

David Hann,

Lawrence

Comments

lunacydetector 10 years, 1 month ago

just think, in a little while, a letter to the editor might be written regarding our democrat controlled city commission installing a $75,000,000 library that services 1,000 people a day.

classclown 10 years, 1 month ago

Why does everyone insist on saying that library is going to cost $75,000,000? It is not going to cost $75,000,000. That is just a proposal that has to go through the process of approval by the city commission.

Come on now. We all know that after it gets approved, by the time the first shovel hits the dirt it will be around $90,000,000. And well over $100,000,000 by the time the ribbon is cut. Not to mention the added costs of putting tacky art all around it.

I say build the library as a giant roundabout with all roads anywhere near it being forced to drive around it.

monkeyhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

If minimum wage was raised to $10/hr., many of the people who "will not take those jobs" may start taking those jobs. Then the illegals will go back home because there won't be employment for them.

I agree that the feds should go after the employers (we don't have any of them here, do we?) But, the tide has got to be stemmed. What happens if the illegals get amnesty? Then maybe THEY won't do those menial jobs anymore, so another invasion could be underway.

paladin 10 years, 1 month ago

monkeyhawk- "What happens if the illegals get amnesty? Then maybe THEY won't do those menial jobs anymore, so another invasion could be underway." Maybe that's the whole point of the "guest worker" scheme. So, that they can take YOUR job, but get paid much less, no benefits. And a whole new wave of illegals will flood in to take their old jobs. Part of the overall plan to eliminate the American middle-class by the corporate power elite. A minimum wage of $10.00 will never happen, because its not necessary. Wal-Mart pays about $6.00 an hour and there is no shortage of legal applicants for those jobs.

bunnyhawk 10 years, 1 month ago

and how long will a nation of working people allow their interests to be thwarted by a handful of greedy barons and tycoons? Not only does our failure to enforce immigration law keep our wages and benefits and job security at profitably low levels.......but we allow ourselves to be diverted by artificial differences such as race as language. I'm 100% certain that the interests of illegal workers are much closer to mine than are the interests of Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Carl Rove(r)! We're willing to put hard working parents in jail, but we serve up a friendly pat on the back to employers who knowingly, willingly, and purposively hire illegal immigrant workers...........they even pay to get them here so they don't have to pay a living wage to American workers. And Bush is desperately trying to divert attention from his multitude of failures by keeping our attention focused on those awful immigrants and muslims, and we march right along in step. How desperate will things have to get before we collectively take steps to put a choke collar on corporate greed in America?

bearded_gnome 10 years, 1 month ago

Hey, that Library is gonna require millions of dollars in repairs, upkeep, personnel costs, and no word how long the library personnel will be kept going there, no end strategy, and the costs of maintaining air conditioning, flood water management, etc. wow, we can't build a library, by david Hann's logic!

xenophonschild 10 years, 1 month ago

paladin:

Thanks for the site info. Ol' GWB is certainly undependable in the crunch.

Can we ever trust/expect conservatives to do anything . . . except give tax breaks to their wealthiest constituents?

bisky1 10 years, 1 month ago

thanks to bill clinton's ability to negotiate a good deal we have a fine company like halliburton to go out and build a big ol' fence to keep them illegals out. thanks bill.

Godot 10 years, 1 month ago

"Hey, that Library is gonna require millions of dollars in repairs, upkeep, personnel costs, and no word how long the library personnel will be kept going there, no end strategy, and the costs of maintaining air conditioning, flood water management, etc. wow, we can't build a library, by david Hann's logic!"

The Library folk are already asking for increased salaries so that they can attract better employees than they have now. The bills will just keep piling up.

bisky1 10 years, 1 month ago

just trying to keep things balanced out, defender. the deal was made by the previous adminstration and yet somehow bush is responsible. i did notice that you agreed this was a clinton deal though.

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