Shame on LULAC, McCain and Obama

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A few days ago, both McCain and Obama spoke before the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Both candidates pandered to the crowd, climbing over each other to claim the title of “top importer of Hispanic people.” In doing so, they thumbed their noses at the vast majority of Americans who see the damage being done to our economy by uncontrolled borders and by inundating our labor force with a tidal wave of immigrant labor, especially at a time when jobs are disappearing.

Both candidates should be ashamed for lacking the courage to stand before special interest groups like this and stand up for what’s best for America. And LULAC should be ashamed for being more concerned about swelling its ranks with more immigrants at the expense of America and at the expense of its own Hispanic-American citizens. Their name says it all. These are people who think of themselves more as citizens of Latin America instead of American citizens.

The following excerpts high-light the positions taken by the candidates. First Obama:

After months of treading softly on immigration, Barack Obama put the issue center stage Tuesday when he accused John McCain of setting aside years of support for a guest-worker program to appease conservatives and further his presidential ambition.

… Mr. Obama told the League of United Latin American Citizens. “We need a president who isn’t going to walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular.” On Tuesday, Mr. Obama explicitly promised to enact such a measure by the end of his first term as president.

“Comprehensive reform” is a euphemism for a 2-part plan to (1) grant amnesty to illegal aliens already here, and (2) to solve the problem of illegal immigration by legalizing it, passing out green cards at the border like candy and calling it a “guest worker program.”

Now McCain:

… “I and many other colleagues twice attempted to pass comprehensive immigration legislation,” Mr. McCain said, adding that many Americans were skeptical after previous reforms failed to stem illegal immigration.

“We must prove to them that we can and will secure our borders first. … But we must not make the mistake of thinking that our responsibility to meet this challenge will end with that accomplishment.” Hispanic advocates want a comprehensive package that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Mr. McCain was more circumspect and got a less enthusiastic reception as a result.

Give the edge to McCain. There’s not much difference between the two candidates on this issue, but at least McCain “gets it” that we need to secure the border. However, I continue to endorse Obama based on his position on trade. Why? Because, of these two issues that I consider most important to America’s future – population growth (of which most is immigration) and trade – it’s the latter that’s of the most immediate concern. Long term, they are of equal importance. Further growth in overpopulation in America will slowly erode our economy. But those effects have been compressed, placed into a time capsule, and imported from the future by our idiotic policy of trading freely with grossly overpopulated nations. As a result, our nation now stands on the brink of bankruptcy and total financial collapse. (If you don’t believe me, just check today’s news stories about the government’s plan to take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, fodder for another post coming soon.)

If you don’t understand what I’m talking about here, I strongly recommend you purchase my book, Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America.

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4 Responses to Shame on LULAC, McCain and Obama

  1. Robert says:

    Pete,

    I would differ with your conclusion as to which problem is of more immediate importance, population growth or trade. Let me just point out that once an amnesty is given, this nation will immediately add about 100 million new residents(20 – 30 million current) and another 70 million via chain migration. To me the population issue is the one that is irreversible.

  2. Pete Murphy says:

    Robert, I certainly understand your concern. You and I just may differ on the numbers and the timing. My understanding is that we currently have about 12 million illegal aliens in this country. I think that’s a more reasonable number than 20-30 million. The latter number would mean that one out of every 10 people in this country is an illegal alien. I just don’t see it. There may be pockets where it’s 100%, but those would be exceptional cases. So, let’s say that it’s 12 million and that we continue to import people at the current rate of 1.1 million.

    My calculation of the imported effect of population density (see page 131) is that, by trading freely with overpopulated nations, we have effectively (in terms of the effect upon our economy) raised our population density to 348 people per square mile.

    The current, real population density is about 85 people per square mile in the U.S. So, in order to achieve the same negative impact as today’s imported effect, we’d have to raise the population density to 348, quadrupling our population. If we immediately add 12 million people and then continue to grow our population at a rate of about 1% per year (the current rate, due mostly to immigration), then it would take 135 years to reach a population density of 348 people per square mile.

    This is why I feel that the trade issue trumps the population issue at the moment. Sure, I’d rather see both issues addressed simultaneously. But if I have to choose – as I will have to do in November – then I’ll pick the trade issue.

    Oh, by the way, whether it’s McCain or Obama elected in November, regardless of what they’ve said during the campaign, my hope is that they will quickly realize that it’s impossible to keep growing the population through immigration because of constraints dictated by the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deal with any of the phalanx of problems that are attacking us from all directions. We’ve never faced such an array of problems that are directly linked to overpopulation. It may be the 2×4 to the side of the head that our leaders have needed for a long time.

  3. Robert says:

    Peter,

    I too hope that the next president will come to his senses and recognize the obvious problems being caused by our trade and by overpopulation. Provided below is a link to a talk on youtube regarding the current illegal population which states an over 20 million as much more likely, additionally when the relatives of these illegals are allowed to migrate to this nation, we are looking at a very large population increase over short period of time.

    Regards,

    Robert

  4. Pete Murphy says:

    I haven’t watched the U-Tube video yet. I’ll have to save that for the next time I’m at the library and can use a high-speed internet connection. (I’m still on dial-up.) But I can’t really say whose number is right. Regardless, it’s a huge number and we can only hope that our leaders come to their senses. I just think people are going to have a rude awakening when the next administration gets serious about our energy problems and global warming and they find out what the details mean for their standard of living. When that happens, people are going to take a real dim view of importing more people and making our lives that much worse.

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