Imagine the ballast tanks of a submarine (spenders in the economy) where the air is retained at the bottom of the boat to keep the ship (the economy) afloat. As the sub ages, some the ballast tanks (those 55 and older) begin to leak at the seams ever so slightly (spending less), thus salt water begins to creep in (they spend less b/c they already have a house, cars, boat, cottage, etc.).
The older they get - the leakier they become; thus more weight at the bottom of the ship and the sub begins to sink (drag on the economy). You cannot repair them (stimulus programs). You cannot blow the water out (war or widespread contagion and death). You must replace those ballast tanks (spenders) as difficult and painful as it is (new births or immigration) or the economy sinks and cannot be held up.
Yes, he was a very strange bird BUT the premise obviously stuck in my head. Good job!
Now you tell me ONE politician that tells us the way it truly is. Not a single person. It's not as if American's would suddenly embrace immigration..........certainly some never will but then Americans might actually begin to realize that politicians are doing nothing more than perpetuating the economy we think/hope is enough to sustain our jobs......and all their "outrage" over immigration is, in fact, just an act.
Without new spenders, we will see jobs stagnate or begin to disappear. After all, you can't buy much when your new job pays $7.25/hour
I'm not holding my breathe on the GOP really doing anything on nullifying Obama's recent immigration actions other than bellow, back stab and complain. When it comes down to it, it's simple economics and they know it. Our aging workforce must be replaced via immigration (for the time being - more on this in my next post).
The GOP says they want to speed up the process on the 11-20 million out there. Alright then. Maybe we should have elected a group of experience Grandmothers to the post because they would have had the necessary budget pounded out long before now. The House poo-pooed on their last effort to do so, slashing the amount requested by the Senate and appropriate committee. Obviously they know more than the committee does.
Still we wait but it is clear they need to increase funding to DHS (or ICE - whatever department is running things nowadays) to:Include video conferencing capabilities such as Skype. While this may require software upgrades - we are no longer using telegrams to communicate. Let's get with the 21st century.
Here's an idea. How about new immigrants be required to pay a naturalization FEE to come into the U.S. (unless they provide evidence it is for work or medical purposes) and I'm not talking a "filing fee" either. Then they should get in line behind everyone else waiting to obtain citizenship but at the end of a three year term (or whatever) if they have not - issue a Warrant and into the database it goes. If they're even pulled over for a speed ticket, law enforcement will know they are in violation and they are quickly detained for border personnel pickup. Do no pass go. You don't get to go home and get your toothbrush or call a Lawyer.
After all, WE U.S. citizens are born into automatic debt and must be pay fee to expatriate ourselves. Why should immigrants seeking a better place to live, be any different? I'm not saying $20k a piece, but even if it were $2000 per adult and $500 per child under 16, these fees would help offset overhead costs. If they do not come through the "front door", but sneak through barriers and beneath fences - deport them. Period. I don't care how many relatives they have here already.
I can already hear push back from the legislature on this one because they will want every penny earned in the U.S. - kept in the U.S. but it will come back as that immigrant comes through the door. Of course "vacationers" is a big question here, but I think you get my drift overall.
It will also send a clear message to others: America is not free to enter.
They should be required to check in with the appropriate department every six months until naturalized and if they do not - a Warrant is issued for their arrest, and immediate deportation when located. They are here on our good graces. It is a privilege and one which can be lost. When/if they do check in, an updated criminal background check is run to ensure they're still clean. Update work records, address, etc. After all, our goal is to place them on a path to citizenship. If they're not following the course, they get flunked and booted.
Sounds like a plan to me.
btw Has anyone noticed that mainstream media is no longer pounding the table and screaming about immigration? Amazing - just after mid terms too. Did they get your blood boiling? Yep, that was their objective and now they're almost silent. Typical politics in America. Did you bite?