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Speak Out 5/30/10

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Making cuts

I am a law-abiding citizen who puts my son's and my life on the line everyday. I watch the police sit by while motorists run red lights. Cape Girardeau could do without a few police officers and firefighters to balance the budget.

Show compassion

SOMEONE made a poor analogy regarding illegal aliens and amnesty. The proper analogy is whether we should send a son or daughter to prison because of the crimes committed by a parent. When we deny medical care or schooling or amnesty to an entire family of innocents, many of whom were brought here when they were young by an illegal alien, we are showing the whole world that we are incapable of compassion and humanity.

Taking jobs

I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants and a proponent of preventing illegal entry into this country. However, I reject the common argument that illegal immigrants take jobs. If this were true, I would be taking a job from another citizen by having a job myself. Economies are complex webs of supply and demand. By having a job, I supply some things that allow me to demand others through the income I earn. The majority of illegal immigrants are low earners and spend most if not all of their income to get by. I do a greater disservice to the economy by saving a substantial part of my income. My position on this issue is based on the clearly defined immigration laws, not on faulty economic logic.

Background noise

THIS is concerning television movies. Why do they have music in the background so we cannot hear what the actors are saying?

Take donations

I am a child of God, a Christian. I suggest that all churches start taking donations for the $20,000 that came from Illinois to repair the cross on Bald Knob. Believe me, when this man's time comes to die, he won't be an atheist.

OK highway

THIS concerns Route 34. There is not a thing wrong with that road. I drive it every day. People are used to it. They drive between 60 and 70 mph and have no problem whatsoever. They take the curves. They're considerate of other drivers. The problem is drinking and driving and driving while sleepy and texting. The state is wasting way too much money on the highway. We don't need it.


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good morning...☺

Making cuts --- i disagree...let's get rid of a few politicians first...

Show compassion --- then you need to take care of some of those illegal alien families on YOUR money , not mine...

Taking jobs ---- what a nice thing to say on Memorial Weekend ...read my "Show compassion" reply..

Background noise ---...um , lip reading technics ?

OK highway --- .. you better take it while ya got it..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 5:20 AM

Take donations - Of course he won't, he'll be a dead atheist. Kinda harsh words coming from a child of god, a Christian. And have you seen the size of some of these churches? I think you guys could raise quite a bit more than $20,000 for the Bald Knob cross.

-- Posted by SilverPants on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 7:17 AM

Sad that ONE person can dictate how money is used because he is so easily offended. Bald Knob Cross is a tourist attraction, even if he wouldn't visit it. Yet, Christians will rally behind it again.

If illegal immigrants ONLY take low paying jobs that no American will do, why are so many construction workers out of work because of illegals? Strange how a local business had no qualms about the odd hours one group of workers worked. Or why a local union had an informational picket even while no workers were around.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 8:14 AM

*/JOE LEGAL vs. JOSE ILLEGAL/*

*

You have two families: "Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal".

Both families have two parents, two children, and live in **California** .

Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table".

Ready? Now pay attention...

Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has**

$31,200.00.**

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now

has $24,031.00.

Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per

year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

**

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.**

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.

Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

Jose Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches while Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL

program. Joe Legal's children go home.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Do you get it, now?

-- Posted by Solelicious on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Cape4Life, So are you saying that we should get rid of government?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 9:53 AM

No, send Jose Illegal back across the border immediately and keep him out. Then fine the daylights out of Jose Illegal's employer.

If the politicians won't or can't do these things, fire them and get someone (unemployeed) who can and will.

Not what is so hard about that to understand?

-- Posted by voyager on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 11:06 AM

voyager, I understand that you think that an employer should not have property rights. That government should tell him whom to hire and have complete control over his property, his business.

Am I wrong in thinking this?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 3:02 PM

OK Highway: Was this meant to be tongue-in-cheek?

That highway isn't dangerous in itself ... but some of the drivers on it certainly are. Over the years, I've learned to slow down from 55 mph on a straight stretch to allow tail-gaters to pass ... and sometimes have even pulled off the road at a driveway to allow them to go on. My thinking is I'd rather do that than have them try to pass, as so many seem to do, on a curve or hill and endanger all our lives.

If one looks at the skid marks and the memorials on that highway, it's noticeable that they are almost always on hills or curves ...

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 3:15 PM

Leo Carrillo

..there are no answers in the bottom of a bottle

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 5:22 PM

"when this man's time comes to die, he won't be an atheist."

Whether or not someone believes something on their death bed is not a indicator of whether or not something is actually true. The fact is, you were non-existent for billions of years before you were born, and you were just fine with it then. The same will be true for the billions of years after you're gone. That may not comfort people, but who says that the truth is always comforting.

I'm fine with people embracing fairy tales all they want, but they are no substitute for actual Truth. For you to make assumptions about what his end of life beliefs will be is at best arrogance and at worst, enmity.

-- Posted by SteveM on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 6:17 PM

SteveM

my greatest fear is that my reality is really someone else's dream ..and they will wake up and my everything will be gone ...so what is end of life ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 6:59 PM

Well, if this existence is the dream of another, then they are almost surely not a god. Any dream that contains my level of cynicism is a dream belonging to a very neurotic individual. :)

-- Posted by SteveM on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 7:08 PM

James,

No one is more for less government intervention than I am. With that being said, the hiring of illegals presents a series of issues. In many cases they are used and abused by unscrupulous employers. I see this frequently. The demand for this below minimum and cash only labor creates a demand that inspires coyotes and their vicious treatment of illegals in the transporting process to this country.

Once here, they drop anchor babies as fast as possible giving them entitlements by the score which is bankrupting our country. This includes WIC, food stamps, education, housing, and health care just to name a few.

The government has the constitutional responsibility to protect its legal citizens. If this means aggressively prosecuting employers breaking the law and eliminating the abuse of entitlements...so be it.

We have a family agriculture business and I deal with this on a daily basis. We try to insure hiring legal immigrants and some of our competitors do not thus giving them a competitive advantage.

Steve,

For those that are non-believers, I can only say this: If I am wrong as a believer, I have not lost anything. If the non-believers are wrong, they will find themselves in an unenviable position after death.

-- Posted by Balmy on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 11:01 PM

Leo, Balmy, V'ger, etc.

Don't worry about the illegal immingrant problem. The state will solve this issue the same way that they always do; and in the manner in which you are demanding.

More statism.

Happy Memorial Day. I am soaking up some holiday pay today. You all be sure to drive slow.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 5:41 AM

The illegal undocumented worker in Missouri is a serious issue. The problem is our Police Officers and Labor Department do not receive any help from the federal immigration people. We have laws on the books but the federal government will not enforce it when it comes to illegal immigration.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 7:52 AM

*Rick*

You said,

"Leo Carrillo

..there are no answers in the bottom of a bottle

-- Posted by *Rick* on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 5:22 PM "

How can you be so certain? Unless you have had first hand knowledge, this seems to be a rather arbitray, and subjective statement.

-- Posted by Leo Carrillo on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 12:04 AM

...Leo , Leo , Leo...folks drink for two reasons..to forget or to remember...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 8:23 AM

..everyone has it all wrong about illegal immigrants....just call them "refugees" instead of illegal immigrants...and the problems will vanish...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 8:25 AM

lumpy, Enjoy your day at work. Holidays at the plant are the best days to be there.

I think that those who are disturbed by illegals in this country just wish to grow the power of government.

Rose Wilder Lane would have expected this from those with a European mindset (extreme nationalism). Extreme nationalism births Hitler's, Mussolini's, and other police states. A police state will do more harm to this country than anything the illegals could possibly do.

When I lived in a suburb of Los Angeles, it was reported that there were more than 2 million illegals in the LA basin. It didn't effect those of us who lived in Redondo Beach or Torrance, so why would it disturb us?

If illegal factory workers bother people, move the factories off-shore.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 8:29 AM

James

..i believe factories have been moved off shore already causing job loss , no?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 8:42 AM

Rick, Yes

If the national socialists get their way, the only factories left will be munitions manufacturers.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 9:06 AM

Making Cuts-

You put your life on the line everyday just walking out your front door, everyone does. To make cuts to the police to "balance the budget" would be ridiculous. For the size and crime that this city has we actually need MORE police than what we have. If God forbid you needed the police and emergency services, and they had made your proposed "cuts" and they couldn't make it because of another emergency, then what? I'm sure you would be on here whining about the police. Maybe you should be complaining about this multimillion dollar waterpark they just built.

-- Posted by FamOf4 on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 9:21 AM

A penny saved is a government oversight

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement

He who hesitates is probably right

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.'

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble

Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells 'Theirs'

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable

Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Why do people always want to lump the police department with the fire department? Just because someone runs a red light and the police don't pull them over, why should a firefighter be laid off? Maybe you could find something more productive to do than watch the police to make sure they do their job. They are quite capable of performing their job without our input.

-- Posted by Windysunshine on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 10:32 PM


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