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.”
… “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.