Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day and Immigration Reform and Unemployment...Oh My!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, my thoughts:

Don't get me wrong, I love Earth. It's where I hang my hat, even more specifically in America. Calling it "Earth Day" is a bit grandiose, no? I'm pretty sure, no matter how big our government gets, it will never have regulatory jurisdiction anywhere else besides the US.

A bit'o history: Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) was the principal founder of Earth Day in 1970. Ahhh 1970, what was going on in our country in 1970? A bunch of hippies were protesting the war conflict in Vietnam. The timing for such political nonsense as Earth Day was perfect. Make love not war and save Mother Earth!!!

But wait a second, there my hippie/baby boomer stoner friend...Fun fact about Sen. Gaylord Nelson, he was a proponent of real immigration reform:

"The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become…. We have to address the population issue. The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it's phony to say 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'"

Sen. Nelson must be rolling over in his grave over the Schumer, Graham Immigration Reform "Blueprint":

"Under the proposal, employers would be allowed to hire illegal immigrants only if they were unsuccessful in recruiting Americans for open positions. Undocumented workers living in the country would have to pay fines and back taxes and perform community service in order to earn citizenship. They would also have to pass background checks and become proficient in English."

According to the WSJ, it's next:

"President Barack Obama called Massachusetts’ new Republican senator, Scott Brown, from Air Force One today to deliver some news: Democrats are moving forward with an immigration overhaul in a month."

With unemployment numbers lingering around 10% and the endless continuation of jobless benefits being paid out, how in the world can they seriously think this is a good time to pass immigration "reform"?

I guess we're all about to find out what (Scott) Brown can do for you.

Cross-posted at Liberty Pundits

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