All too often, the issues facing our country are discussed in purely political terms with partisan ideology at the center. This guarantees that opinions will be formed purely on emotion, and not the facts. If the issue is illegal immigration, Republicans hate Mexicans. If it’s education, Republicans hate children. If it’s welfare reform, Republicans hate poor people.

So on that note, let’s examine how Democrats fare under the same level of scrutiny, shall we?

Hating Mexicans

In America, we have immigration laws – like them or not. They are in place for a reason, mainly to ensure that we know who is coming here, and that we can accommodate the increase in local, state, and federal services their presence requires. Currently, we let roughly 1 million immigrants into America legally, almost 2,800 per day. Think about it: 2,800 people per day that need jobs, housing, food, education for themselves or their children, drivers licenses, social security cards, and many other necessities. Now add to that another 1 million who come in illegally, or overstay their visas. These are people we don’t know. They could be anyone from a hard-working farmer to an Al Qaeda terrorist – and anyone who tells you differently is wrong. If we don’t know who they are, then we don’t know how they aren’t. Now, while some people will say it’s racist to single out Mexicans in the illegal immigration discussion, let me explain why that is by showing you the country of origin of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

#1 – Mexico: 62%

#2 – El Salvador: 5%

#3 – Guatemala: 4%

#4 – Honduras: 3%

That’s quite a drop-off from #1 to #2, isn’t it? Also bear in mind that these 4 countries equate to 74% of our illegal immigration problem, and they all enter the U.S. through our border with Mexico. So it’s not racist to talk about our southern border, it’s REALITY.

So, don’t like the laws? Change them. But until then, the government’s job is to enforce them. And that’s what Republicans want. They want a secure border. They want legal immigration. They want those here illegally to be deported when caught, according to the law.

Now we can argue immigration reform all day, and I’m one Republican who thinks it is impossible to deport the 15-20 million people here illegally. However, until we actually pass immigration reform and discover a way to handle all of these issues, we have no choice but to enforce the laws.

But what about Democrats? Do they hate Mexicans too?

Many liberal Democrats argue against raiding businesses that hire illegals. Why? Because they will be deported, and working for $3 per hour in unsafe conditions is still better than Mexico.

Really?

If that’s the case, isn’t the problem Mexico? And if everyone with the motivation to work hard leaves Mexico, who will be left to fix it, other than the drug cartels?

So these liberals would rather have illegal immigrants working in unsafe conditions, unable to report accidents, earning slave wages – simply so they don’t have to return to their home country?

Appalling.

Slavery was wrong in the 19th century, and it’s wrong today. But you don’t hear anyone saying that liberals hate Mexicans, do you?

Hating Children

Education is a hot button issue that is frequently distorted into an ideological war of emotions, when in fact there is nothing emotional about it. Schools exist to educate. Period. And on that measure, they are failing.

Since 1970, our education system has flat-lined on achievement in reading and math. Despite that, we’ve increased funding exponentially with zero results. Zero. Absolutely no movement of the needle. So the answer is more money?

“Since 1971, educational spending in the United states has more than doubled, from $4,300 per student to more than $9,000 per student, adjusted for inflation.” – “Waiting for ‘Superman’”

So if money is the answer, why has money not been the answer? And does wanting the correct answer constitute hating children? Of course not. Does putting your own selfish agenda ahead of the success of our children, and our nation, constitute hating children? Judge for yourself.

Many of the obstacles to fixing our education system reside with those controlling it: Teachers’ unions.

Do not confuse teachers’ unions with other unions, or you will fall into the same trap of thinking with emotions. Unions were created to help workers negotiate for better pay and working conditions, against giants of industry who were profit-driven. Education is a non-profit endeavor, paid for by tax payers, and therefore there is no evil CEO to demonize.

There are many things that will help toward improving our education system, including the use of technology to lower the cost of educating our children as a whole, rewarding the best teachers while coaching or removing the underperformers, adequately preparing middle school children for high school, and high school children for college, and making school districts accountable to parents and tax payers.

Unfortunately, teachers’ unions do not want technology to lower the cost of education our children, because it will result in a need for less teachers – even though our school districts are wildly under-staffed as it is.

Teachers’ unions also do not want teachers to be treated differently, in any way. So rewarding great teachers, and firing bad ones, is completely off the table.

Furthermore, these unions resent standardized tests, as they do not believe the performance of students has any bearing on how qualified a teacher is. After all, they can’t make the kids learn.

In fact, according to “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (the two most organized unions) spent $55 million on federal campaigns over the past 20 years, and 90% of it went to Democrats. So, if teachers’ unions are in the way of improving education, and they donate almost entirely to Democrats, do Democrats hate children?

Let’s pretend you own your own business. Would you want to keep your good employees, and get rid of the bad ones? Would you want to reward your best people with incentives to perform well? Would you expect a return on your investment? Well none of that applies to education, mainly because of teachers’ unions.

Apparently, if you support school choice, merit pay for teachers, and accountability to parents and taxpayers, you hate children. But if you want to give those controlling our education system more money, after a 40-year track record of failure, well… you’re a kid’s best friend. (Read: nightmare)

Hating Poor People

Almost a full 50% of Americans pay no income tax. Now just to clarify, most do pay it in their paychecks, but they get it all back on their tax returns. And while they do contribute to Medicare and Social Security like all Americans do, this 50% of Americans are far more likely to need Medicare and Social Security than those who do pay income tax.

With that said, the answer to everything these days seems to be: “Tax the rich – or you hate poor people.” I guess it is perfectly okay to hate rich people. After all, rich people are the ones hiring the rest of us. But it’s not all rich people that are evil blood-sucking greed-mongers. What about actors? Hollywood is gluttonously wealthy, yet you don’t hear liberals screaming for them to hang, do you? Nobody blames the ills of society on Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller, do they? Yet from June 2009 – June 2010, they were the two highest paid actors in Hollywood, earning $75 million and $53 million respectively.

“But it’s different,” they’ll say, because people pay to go see Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller, which justifies their huge salaries. Of course that argument doesn’t seem to work for the rich guy who created Wal-Mart, an outlet in which millions of Americans pay to buy things – justifying his huge salary.

You see, it’s all about emotion. The guy who runs the business must be exploiting workers, while Johnny Depp makes people smile. Of course if Wal-Mart went out of business tomorrow, we’d see how many people would be smiling when all of their employees were out of a job, and the public could no longer buy a pair of jeans for $8 or an entertainment center for $69.

If you wanted to raise taxes on soda and bottled water, would that be good for poor people whose grocery bills would go up? Well, that’s what Democrats in New York and Nevada want to do.

Does it help or hurt poor people when gas is $4/gallon? Wouldn’t drilling for oil inside the U.S. help bring those prices down? Many Democrats are against drilling in America, even though they love beating up Republicans for going to war for oil in the Middle East. If we had more drilling here, Democrats would have one less thing to blame on Republicans – so obviously that’s out of the question.

Conclusion

There are many things to dislike in our country, and even some things to hate. There are a lot of things to love about American too, but most people take those for granted.

To think that Republicans hate Mexicans, children, and poor people, simply because of their political views is just plain ignorant.

I don’t think Democrats hate Mexicans, children, and poor people either. But they do hate Republicans – and that’s really what all their bitching is about.

The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.

 

Next on the Agenda: Amnesty

Dems vow to pass amnesty for illegals

With poll numbers plummeting, Sen. Harry Reid vowed at a rally downtown Las Vegas to pass reforms which would benefit illegal immigrants residing in the United States. “There’s no excuses, there’s no excuses. … We’re going to do immigration reform just like we did health care reform,” adding that, “We need to do this, this year.”

Anyone who read that last statement should have shivers running down their spine, considering all the “transparent” backroom, closed door, bribes and special deals that it took to pass that horrendous piece of legislation.

However, Reid’s arrogant promise that it needs to be done this year validates what I predicted would happen at the beginning of the year: “My guess is that this year will be the year of…immigration legislation.”

Oh how I was right. You’d think after such a beating Democrats took to get healthcare passed, they’d stop as touching anything else as politically toxic as immigration would merely insure their defeat in November.

Actually, I’m glad that Democrats are going to push forward with Comprehensive Immigration because it will further guarantee their defeat in November.

The problem that Democrats face is that they have a mere seven months till the November mid-term elections to get this passed—which puts them in an even more precarious position.

Though considering the arrogance of Sen. Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack H. Obama, I wouldn’t put it past them to at least try.

Why though do Democrats want to push this through so fast?

There are essentially two reasons for why Democrats want this passed.

Reason number one is votes. The main provision of the amnesty bill would be to not only grant the 10-20 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. amnesty for entering our country illegally, but also allow them to stay, get an expedited path towards citizenship and granting visas to bring family members left behind in their home countries.

The last provision could bring that 10-20 million even higher with the potential path to citizenship for their family members as well. This very real possibility makes any Democrat salivate uncontrollably because it would make these illegal immigrants—figures show 70-80% are Hispanic—into a permanent voting bloc of the Democrat Party.

Don’t believe me? Well, in the 2008 presidential election, nearly 67% of all Hispanic voters, voted for Obama. Why? Because he promised he would pass the amnesty bill for the illegal immigrants residing the in country with a bunch of nifty benefits to go along with it.

With millions of additional votes, it would guarantee Democrat power for decades—in return, these illegals would be made a permanent under-class because of Democrat policies which would make them dependent on government assistance.

One need only look at another group of people who’ve been made dependents due to Democrats policies—Black Americans. Because of the big government, hand-out policies advocated and emplaced by Democrats over the last 50 years, Black Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats in elections.

Current figures place the number of black Americans who consistently vote Democrat above 90%, with an overwhelming 97% of black Americans voting for Democrats and Obama in 2008.

Why because for years black Americans have been suckered into believing that the Democrat party stands for the advancement of their community—all the while advocating and implementing policies which keep them subservient such as welfare, abortion and perhaps the most racist program ever devised, affirmative action.

These types of dependent policies aren’t exclusive black Americans alone. Look at this nation’s senior citizens. When social security was passed back in 1935 it was meant as a “temporary” relief to seniors during the Great Depression—made greater because of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Well, just as all liberal “temporary” social programs, the real goal was achieved when seniors began totally depending on social security checks for their livelihood. This is just as true today as it was 75 years ago.

Anytime, it is mentioned that Social Security needs to be reformed, the Democrats bring out the scare tactics of, “You’re gonna lose your check and be thrown on the street!” Just like they did back in 2005 when President George W. Bush tried to reform Social Security.

Are we starting to see a pattern here? Democrats do a “favor” for a certain group of people, then all of the sudden these people become dependent on the program which was created, thus allowing the government exercise control over those citizens.

This is exactly what will happen if amnesty is passed. Democrats will make them a permanent under-class who will consistently vote for them as they specifically benefit from their policies.

The second reason Democrats want amnesty passed is because of Big Labor. See, currently illegal immigrants work in deplorable conditions while getting paid next to nothing for their labor—this is virtual slavery.

What amnesty would do, is once these illegal immigrants are suddenly granted legal status, they will be able to join unions. Why? Because union membership is at an all time low and continues to drop. In fact, over the past few decades union membership has been steadily declining.

Because of declining membership, which means declining membership dues, unions are the verge of extinction. To survive they need fresh victims which they can suck money from. Legalizing roughly 10-20 million would be a big boost to union membership.

In addition, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the largest backer of the amnesty bill.

If it’s not blatantly obvious already, unions overwhelmingly contribute millions of dollars to Democrat campaigns with SEIU being the largest financial contributor to Obama’s campaign in 2008.

In order for the Democrat Party to survive financially, Big Labor needs to survive and the only way Big Labor can keep shelling out millions to Democrats is to steal it from union membership dues.

If those who think that the illegal immigrants will benefit from this amnesty bill, need only look at how Democrats have treated similar groups of people in the past. They leave them impoverished, ignorant and dependent.

Matthew Jarzen is the president of the UNLV College Republicans. His weekly column can be found in The Rebel Yell. The views expressed in this blog are the author’s, and do not necessarily represent the views of Right Pride or GOProud.