OPINIONS (From Page 6)
ALLIE’S OPINION — Cagle Cartoons Letters
gas prices. It looks as though I may have been prophetic The hypocrisy of the Demo- crats concerning gas prices is mind boggling!
In 2006 when Bush was Presi- dent and gas prices were around $1.87 a gallon Barbara Boxer said that the government was run for the oil companies. Nancy Pelosi said the high prices for gasoline came about because Bush has no real energy policy. In 2008 running for election Obama said he could feel the consumers pain with gas prices around $2.00 a gallon. Today with gas prices over $4.00 a gallon and heading for $5.00 a gallon the President sug- gested that people should drive less and drive smaller cars. In fact the Obama administration now sees a lot of good in higher gas prices because less pollution is going into the environment, alternative forms of energy are being sought and since the higher prices cause people to drive less, fewer people are being killed in automobile accidents So when Bush was President and gas prices were around $2.00 a gallon that was a bad thing. Today according to the Democrats, with gas prices soaring towards $ 5.00 a gallon, that is a good thing for the above mentioned reasons. Democratic hipocracy? For sure!
Roy Azzarello Goodyear
2 different views
of government Editor: There’s talk about “two” Americas, and I’m sure most readers wouldn’t want to live in either one. I often debate with my Democratic friends, and even though I convince them on most issues, they can’t believe I’m a Republican. Whenever Santorum opens his mouth, I start to agree with them. Here are the views of a “Fiscal” Republican. 1) Guns: they aren’t for hunt- ing — they are to make sure the government/military thinks twice before removing any of our rights. There’s a reason the states wouldn’t ratify the Constitution without it. 2) Welfare: this is one where the dems convinced me — American poor do not riot and revolt like other countries, and this is due to the cost we pay in welfare — safety has a price. I still dont’ think they should have HBO and high speed internet though. Families should not be raised on it.
3) Obamacare: This is a debacle. Our debt (and taxes) are going to skyrocket, level of care is going to drop, advancement will stop (things like face trans- plants will be a thing of the past), and good luck trying to fi nd a doctor in 20 years.
government, and vice-versa. Churches can’t be made to marry gays, but to not allow them to marry is religion sanctioned
4) Religion: Has no place in
discrimination. It can’t be argued otherwise, marriage is more than the ability to have children. 5) Capitalisim: Works itself out. If there is a market for your product, you can sell it. Take smoking in bars: if people actually wanted them to be smoke free, people would have opened bars where you can’t smoke, and they would have tons of business. Republicans believe the
government’s only obligation is protection, Democrats believe the government should provide
everything. Litchfi eld Park Editorial analogy
was off course Editor:
In my opinion, your March 23rd Editorial could not have been more “Off Course”! If we stick to the “nautical” terms of your thinking, the role of
a City manager at the “helm” of a city, means he “steers” a course provided to him. His “helms- manship” may infl uence avoid- ing obstacles, adverse currents, assessing options .... keeping the ship in “trim.” A city manager should never be expected to “choose a course.” That responsi- bility falls solely and completely with the elected leadership!
Litchfi eld Park (See Letters on Page 8)
Higher immigration fuels long-term population growth GUEST COMMENTARY
by Joe Guzzardi Cagle Syndicate
According to a recent Migratory Policy Institute report, 24 percent of the 70.6 million children living in the United States in 2010 have at least one immigrant parent. The total refl ects the overall increase in immigration into the United States but reveals almost nothing about the long term consequences of adding to population growth through an expansive federal immigration policy and lax border enforcement. More worrisome is that the report didn’t mention how many of those children have been born to illegal immigrant parents and are therefore what’s commonly referred to as anchor babies. Current estimates calculate that about 8 percent of all children born every year in the U.S., roughly 350,000, have alien parents and are therefore granted automatic birthright citizenship. Illegal immigrants’ children make up 7 percent of the nation’s 18-year-old and younger population. An anchor baby’s signifi cance vis-á-vis immigration
law is often lost on the general public. In a nutshell, a child’s citizen status provides his parents with virtual ironclad protection from deportation. Immigration
offi cials are much less likely to deport parents with minor, American citizen children than they are childless aliens. The child, if effect, “anchors” his parents to the United States. When citizen children become adults, they can petition for legal status for their parents who, in turn, also petition other family members still living abroad. All these steps, bundled together, create another immigration phenomenon known as chain migration. Awarding citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to parents who have broken America’s laws is the height of folly. No European country does it. As citizens, the youthful demographic is entitled to various welfare subsidies and other services. Parents, even though legally disqualifi ed from welfare, can receive food stamps and Medicaid on behalf of their children. On average, 40 percent of alien-headed households collect welfare benefi ts. In states with high immigration like California or New York, the average is nearly 50 percent. The debate surrounding anchor baby citizenship has been simmering for several years without boiling over. But every time a think tank like the Migration Policy Institute releases new data that show immigration levels increasing without interruption from one year to the next, the need for permanent correction in the misinterpretation of the 14th constitutional amendment becomes more pressing. As applied today, the 14th Amendment grants
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citizenship under jus soli — if you’re born here, you’re a citizen. This has spawned serious, more sophisticated immigration abuses beyond simply crossing the border to have a baby. The birth tourism industry that offers pregnant women packages to travel to the United States for pre- and post-natal care has fl ourished. However, Constitutional scholars point out that citizenship is awarded pursuant to federal statute and that the Supreme Court has never rendered a decision on a related case. Academics claim that the 14th Amendment was originally written to guarantee citizenship to freed black slaves after the Civil War. The Senate and the House have introduced bills that
would grant citizenship only to children who have at least one American-born or legal immigrant parent. But, despite their importance, these bills have been viewed as fraught with political repercussions. Co-sponsors are few. As of 2010, the United States’ immigrant population was 40 percent of the total. Some states experienced alarmingly high, unsustainable immigration growth. Among them were Alabama (92 percent), South Carolina (88 percent), Tennessee (82 percent), Arkansas (79 percent) and Kentucky (75 percent). Much of that growth has been incentivized by the prospect of American citizenship. In election year 2012, population growth and its link to immigration is, without question, one of the most important but least discussed subjects on the campaign trail.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow.
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