Vail Valley Voices: Random thoughts
• I believe in a woman’s right to choose, just as I believe it’s a woman’s right to carry a licensed .45 revolver in her purse.
• Democrats have viewed “undocumented workers” as potential Democratic voters, while Republicans have viewed “illegal aliens” as cheap labor for big business. Both are misguided. We need a fence, punitive penalties on employers that hire illegal aliens and a fast track for citizenship to any illegal alien who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without a family on Welfare or who serves honorably for three years in our military.
• The term illegal alien is not disparaging or dehumanizing. U.S. law code stipulates that a person who unlawfully enters this country, remains here without permission or overstays their visa is, in official legal terms, an “illegal alien.” An undocumented worker is an unofficial term crafted by a liberal media, other illegal aliens and those who favor amnesty.
• U.S. legal tradition presumes that all words used in a piece of legislation are intended to have meaning, and if the meaning of a word or phrase is ambiguous, the debate over the legislation should focus on the intent of those who wrote it. The purpose of the 14th Amendment was not to grant citizenship to every person who happened to be born on U.S. soil – i.e., “anchor babies.” Rather, it was intended to grant citizenship to the freed slaves.
Records from the 19th century Senate debate are clear that Sen. Jacob Merritt Howard, of Michigan, proposed the addition of the “jurisdiction requirement” specifically because he wanted to make clear that the simple accident of birth in the United States was not sufficient to justify citizenship.
• If two people of the same sex want to get married, let them do so provided they do not infringe upon the rights of anyone else. That said, once gay marriage is made legal in all 50 states, watch for a lawsuit citing a violation of civil rights by a threesome from some cult that wants to get hitched or a lonely pet owner in San Francisco who wants to marry her cat.
• Blaming the economy on Bush has become tedious. The Washington politicos who made it their mantra need to man up and take responsibility for exacerbating what was an already bleak economic situation. These dissemblers are fully aware that budgets come from Congress, and the Democratic Party has controlled Congress for nearly four years, which means the last budget George Bush and a Republican Congress were responsible for was the $150 billion deficit in fiscal year 2007.
Nancy Pelosi’s House controlled the budget process for fiscal year 2008’s $420 billion deficit and the $1.85 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2009. She also controlled the $1.2 trillion fiscal year 2010 budget deficit and the projected $1 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2011.
So, the deficit the Democrats inherited was the $150 billion deficit from fiscal year 2007, the last of the Republican budgets. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, who voted for the 2008 $420 billion budget deficit. In effect, Obama actually inherited a deficit he voted for, and, with the help of Pelosi and Reid, went on to expand four-fold since he took office.
• The administration has gone to great lengths to avoid using terms such as Islamic terrorist or Islamo-fascist. Perhaps this is part of the president’s Muslim outreach strategy. But understanding your enemy’s motivation and objectives is a fundamental precept of war fighting. By downplaying or ignoring religion’s power in this conflict, we hinder our ability to fully understand militant Islam. As a consequence, we limit our options in fighting this threat. Could the Allies have strategically assessed Hitler’s Germany without using the term Nazis or fully understanding its ideology?
• The statement, “Every civilized Western democracy has a universal health plan, and therefore, the United States should have one, too,” is bumper-sticker mentality at its finest. The U.S. has a population of approximately 305 million people, while the population of the average civilized Western democracy is fewer than 12 million people (e.g., the Netherlands, 17 million; Sweden, 9 million; Ireland, 4 million, etc.) Even the most populated Western democracy, Germany, has only a fourth of our population. All of which means that addressing health care in the U.S. is a far more complex issue than that overly simplistic statement suggests.
Quote of the day: “It doesn’t take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid and smack their little behinds when necessary and say no!” – Andy Rooney.
Butch Mazzuca is an Edwards resident.