Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Is Immigration Talk Only About Voters

Friday, July 20th, 2012

What’s the story with immigration reform?  It seems to me that immigration reform becomes an issue during election year, and then all we hear is local politicians speaking about a need for change during non election years.  Why is it this way.  Firstly most are considering Hispanics to be a swing voting group.  Not swing is in, they may vote for Romney, but swing as in they may or may not vote at all.  While immigration reform is something that needs to be discussed by the federal government, it only seems to be a topic of discussion during an election year.  Illegal immigration can drain a state bank account, because if you are not paying taxes you aren’t paying into the government, and you aren’t paying for the facilities that you are using.  While immigration reform is usually seen as a race issue, in reality it’s all about money, just like elections.

Arizona, et al., Petitioners v. United States Supreme Court Decision

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This is a big one, although not the biggest Supreme Court decision everyone is waiting for.  This is the court case that establishes whether or not Arizona’s immigration law is legal.  Here is the opinion of the court and some concurring and dissenting opinions.  Here is the bottom line that the Court came down on, the state of Arizona has the right to assist Federal Government in finding illegal immigrants.  So that means in the state of Arizona a police officer can ask you for proof of citizenship if you receive a citation of any form.  The case says that the state of Arizona cannot change or go against any federal law, so the state of Arizona cannot deport these immigrants themselves, and if the Federal government doesn’t want to deport them, then this person could be re-released and recaptured.   Bottom line, Arizona police can help find illegal immigrants, but the state police can’t do anything with them.

Both sides are calling this a victory.  I am calling this as a clear sign of a need of immigration reform.  The problem is that with the economy being so crappy, the average American doesn’t care, unless you live in a border state.  Justice Scalia tries to argue in his opinion that states have the right to keep whomever they want in or out, but it seems to me that the law hasn’t held that belief since the Civil War.  Federal Law supersedes state law, that’s why the Supreme Court has so much power, and this problem needs to be solved on the Federal level, since we can’t live in a country with 50 different immigration policies.

Election Year Smoke Screen

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I am getting tired and frustrated with this election year.  Birth Control has become a major hot button issue due to Obama‘s health person, I know she has a title  but I don’t feel like looking it up, requiring religious institutions that have multi-faith employees to provide insurance for birth control, and then Obama creating a loop-hole for it.  This thing has turned the entire country against women who choose to control when they get pregnant.  It seems to me that these Republican men mostly, are making all these women out to be sluts, who can’t keep their legs together.  Quite frankly you should be asking who they are screwing, because it takes two to tango. Now we can get into the fact that birth control helps with many other illnesses, and not just for pregnancy prevention, but that’s not the point.  The point is that women are being singled out in this debate as being something dirty and bad, because they are sexually active.  I find that appalling.  I thought the birth control debate in government was over in the 1970s.  Now the state of Arizona is trying to pass a law that allows employers to not cover birth control unless it is proven, with documentation, that it’s for a medical reason, and allows employers to fire women who choose to take the pill for pregnancy prevention.  This is an outrage, an absolute outrage.  The blatant attack on privacy is an outrage, we have a right to not have to share our medical histories with our employers, unless it interferes with the job, and birth control interferes with no job.  I am outraged that election year politics have turned into a moral fight against women and their right to a private life.

A Shooting of a Liberal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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I am sure by now that all of you have heard about the shooting in Arizona.  But for those who haven’t Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside an Arizona grocery store on January 8th during a public rally.  The motives of the gunman have not been stated publicly but to most it is obvious.  Giffords was a liberal.  Her campaign emphasized the liberal agenda including stem cell research and a higher minimum wage.  Now what really makes people concerned, including the new Speaker of the House John Boehner, is that over the summer the campaign got really dirty.  Sarah Palin with the Tea Party was using slogans such as, “Don’t retreat reload,” and at her opponent’s rallies the supporters could shoot m16s to show their support.  I know that politics shouldn’t be that deadly but maybe Giffords’s death can be a watershed moment in the political game.  I hope.  Although I don’t see this happening for long, maybe the evil rhetoric will go down for a minute but let’s wait for the next election.  Hopefully politicians will think about their rallies, instead of letting their supporters shoot m16s in the air, cause you never know what kind of people will be in your audience.