I don't normally address political issues in this blog, but announcements like this really get under my skin. NY Times top story in my inbox today:
Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights
Under Mr. Bush's proposal, which effectively amounts to an amnesty program for illegal immigrants with jobs in the United States, an undocumented worker could apply for temporary worker status here for an unspecified number of years, with all the employee benefits, like minimum wage and due process, accorded to those legally employed.
Not only that, but
The plan also includes incentives for workers to return to their countries, like a promise of retirement benefits there based on income earned in the United States.
So it's now it's ok to give jobs to illegal aliens when 5.9% of our citizens are unemployed? And since when do we need to provide financial incentives to illegal aliens to go back to their country? Between this and Clark's proposal to eliminate taxes in the under $50k bracket (funded by an extra 5% surcharge on the rich), it seems like we're out to create a society of moochers. Let's make sure that the middle class and the rich pay for a societal infrastructure that any claimant can benefit from -- free of charge -- just because they need it. Let's dis-incent the poor families from crossing the $50k income mark because they'd suddenly have to pay taxes, deal with paperwork and actually earn their place in society. (BTW, I'm all for helping people out, but I believe that handing people a fish -- instead of teaching people how to fish -- is what reinforces a welfare mentality and ultimately does more harm than good.)
But oh, my mistake: Mr. Bush didn't propose this with the express purpose of taking jobs from our citizens or cheapening the value of American jobs:
The president's proposals were designed to appeal to Hispanic groups, a constituency that the White House is focusing on as Mr. Bush seeks re-election this year. The proposals are expected to be embraced by President Vicente Fox of Mexico, who has been lobbying for them for the past three years.
Oh, ok, I get it now. Just can't quite figure out what benefits I get for actually being a citizen of this country.