The Right-wing Republican media machine is one of the best ever. The synchronicity of this machine, which covers the blogosphere, radio and television, warrants many graduate theses. Now that the truth of Vice President Dick Cheney’s deceit via President Bush’s aloof entry into Iraq is being uncovered, the machine is gearing up for a major change in subject. The media are tossing around the illegal-immigration balloon in an attempt to tie it to potential terrorism. Every crime committed by an illegal is accentuated. It is important that we do not allow this to happen lest we fail our country yet again.
The insanity of the War in Iraq has cost us more than $400 billion thus far. It is rather immoral that we can spend limitless amounts for a war whose major beneficiaries are the VP’s crony corporate associates while:
- Making every American more vulnerable to terrorist attack in every corner of the world
- Sacrificing major necessary infrastructure projects
- Underfunding K-12 and college assistance in a time when our major competitors are gaining on us
- Not providing the resources necessary to protect the homeland
We must be aggressive in showing this change in topic is a farce. The right wing knows that when illegal immigration is framed in terms of terrorism, American job loss, health-care and welfare abuse and depressed American wages, most marginally skilled Americans will generally accept their misinformation at face value.
To counter the misinformation we must be ready to answer each point and offer actual solutions. While we can not condone illegal immigration officially, our economy depends on it. The reality is that illegal aliens as a whole contribute much more to our society that they take in the aggregate. Many pay Social-Security taxes from which they will never benefit. Their disposable income turns over many times to support many local economies. They perform services that most Americans would rather not do at a fair price.
The reality is if we had spent elsewhere the 25 percent of the monies we spent in Iraq, we could have done much more to protect our borders. Moreover, we would have been able to spend more time on legitimizing the guest-worker program we tacitly have.
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