Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Where have you gone George Bush?


I have supported the President for the last 6 or 7 years. I even supported the Dubai Ports deal. I have to wonder what is going through President Bush’s mind now. It almost looks like he is so involved with Iraq that he does not hear the base.
I recently read an article by Newt Gingrich in which he sets what he perceives as a set of 5 priorities for the Republican Party for the 2006 election. They all seem to be good Republican ideas that the president should read and follow. That would be ideal. Short of that ideal, I think the president should adopt some of them anyway.
Immigration. I don’t understand why he keeps talking about no massive deportation. I don’t think that anyone is looking for that as a first or even a last priority. We MUST get control of our borders. You can call it national security or homeland security or immigration control. I don’t care. It must be controlled. A fence, a wall, the National Guard, whatever it takes should be done. After and only after that we can enter into a national debate about what to do.
Gas Prices. Calling for investigation of gas prices is surrendering to those that do not understand supply and demand. If he wants to do that OK, do it. BUT at the same time, let’s take actions that will help. First, suspend part of the taxes that are on gas. Second, start exploration for new sources of oil. Third, accelerate the research for alternative sources. Fourth, remove the import tariffs on ethanol. Our production cannot support large increases in demand.
I hope the hiring of Tony Snow as his spokesman is the start of something good. I fully support his determination in Iraq and the War on Terror. I support him as opposed to the current crop of
Democrats. I just wish he would wake up and smell the politics.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am getting turned off by the Bush policies of late. Iraq has become an ongoing debacle that seems to have no end, all within the excuse that we cant give the insurgents a date of millitary withdraw.

I disagree with you on the deportation issue. My friend if what they are doing is illegal than how can we stand aside and do nothing about it, and the only answer seems to be give them amnesty. We have done this once already.

They need to be deported because they are breaking the law, period end of story. We spend over a 100 billion a year on the war on drugs and give no one amnesty. Is a pot smoker more of a criminal than an illegal immigrant?

Can I sit on the street at a rally for the illegals and smoke a joint and get away with it? No I can not can I. Yet these rallies would contain thousands of illegals. They are outside of gas stations and trailer courts everyday looking for work, yet we do nothing.

The money and resources is there, it is as usual with our government being mis-appropriated.

Here is a story from a US citizen working in Mexico:

The following from a director with SW BELL in Mexico City.

I spent five years working in Mexico.

I worked under a tourist visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.

During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same except hers did not permit her to work.

To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:

1. Birth certificates for Barbara and me.

2. Marriage certificate.

3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.

4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.

5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.

6. A letter from The ST. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was "a citizen in good standing."

7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our "I am the greatest person on earth" letter. It was fun to write.

All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.

Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location (and we remember at least four locations) we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the government's actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Loredo Texas. This meant we rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.

We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.

We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.

We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The companies Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. I was about twenty legal size pages annually.

The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.

Leaving the country meant turning in the FM# and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.

It was a real adventure and If any of our senators or congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.

The Mexican Government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White House or government offices but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The US embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican Military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy.These protests are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.

Deportation? You betcha. Insurgents hide in schools, family neighborhoods and Mosques because they know we wont touch them. Mexicans come here because they know the same.

It is time to start a full fledged asault on the illegals and get them out and send a message to those wanting to come here ilegally. Its time for America to regain the the balls and fortitude this country once had.


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