Monday, March 29, 2010

When do you become just an American?

Today I heard another story about hyphenated Americans wanting to be recognized. My question is, when does someone become just an American and not a Japanese-American, Mexican-American, Arab-American . . . How many generations do you have to be American citizens before you stop being an Iranian-American and become just an American?

People in the U.S. seem to need to identify with some other country even though they were born in the U.S. and have never been to that country. Take the Arab-American of the story. They wanted to be identified as an Iranian-American or a Puerto Rican-American even though she was born in the U.S. People want to identify with Puerto Rico even though the closest they have ever gotten to that island is watching some major league baseball player from there.

Diversity is a wonderful thing. But I think we will only become a great nation when the American Persons who make up the country begin to think of themselves as "Americans" rather the requiring a hyphen to make them feel special.

Deepening the Problem?

Balancing local budgets is difficult in these hard economic times. But this American Person is wondering if the politicians aren't taking the wrong approach. Today, I heard that our local transit district will potentially cut 50% of the bus routes due to budget problems. 50 percent! Does this make sense?

We want to get people back to work to strengthen the economy, but we take away the very infrastructure that they need to do that!? Where is any sort of strategic thinking going into this process? It's the politicians who have gotten us into this mess in the first place. In good times, they all rob these budgets to do things they want, leaving the districts to fend for themselves. Then, because of poor fiscal discipline, when difficult times come, this is the result.

It's indicative of the politician's thinking -- what can I do to get re-elected NOW!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Passes

The congress -- actually, only the Democrats in Congress -- have finally passed some form of health care reform. Already, the Republicans are massing to repeal it -- guess there just isn't enough profit in reform for their supporters.

During the vote, a representative yelled out "Baby Killer!". He now claims that he actually said, "Its a baby killer!", referring to the bill rather than the representative casting the winning vote. Which ever it was, this wholly in appropriate statement got to me. This representative probably calls himself a Christian, but to me he's not. He is a single-issue idiot who doesn't want abortion. He would rather that a child is born with problems because his mother can't get prenatal care. And after the child is born, will probably have additional problems because his parents can't afford pediatric care. His parents probably have low wage jobs, but what does this representative care because, the corporations which support him are making obscene profits because they have sent the parents' jobs overseas to people who earn even less than minimum wage.

Don't get me wrong, I do not believe in abortion as a means of birth control, but I have more concern for the poor than most congressmen who claim to be Christian. This representative will probably spout Bible passages to support his single-minded attitude. The one he should be spouting is, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'. [Matthew 25:40]

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Past Thoughts

I have been commenting on politics at my home blog for some time. It thought I'd share that link with you so you might want to see that I have long been frustrated with the dysfunction of the U.S. political system at all levels. I have no particular qualifications to comment on politics except for the fact that I'm affected by it. Of course, I'm not sure that having been a politician or lobbyist necessarily qualifies you either! Anyway, I'm commenting. I know not many are reading, but it makes me feel better!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Immigration -- the Ultimate Hypocrisy

President Obama has agreed to push immigration reform and in exchange, the Hispanic caucus has agreed to vote in favor of health care. I find both causes worthwhile, but I find the country's attitude about immigration reform generally full of hypocrisy. Immigrants are the support for agriculture in the U.S. Growers say, "I can't get a citizen to do these jobs". But what they really mean is "I can't a citizen to do these jobs for the amount I'm willing to pay". OK, we all like cheap food, so, in order to make a reasonable profit, growers have to reduce their labor costs.

People who object to immigrants, generally feel that they receive services while they do nothing. Of course, these are the same people who ship your and my jobs overseas where the labor is even cheaper to maximize their profits. It's an interesting hypocrisy from this group of people.

I have long thought that the U.S. needs to admit that this shadow economy exists and make "guest worker" type rules which allow farmers to charge less for labor, but gives the immigrants who perform the labor some rights and chances to better themselves.

It will be interesting to see how the immigration debate plays out. If the health care debate is any indication -- and I'm sure it is -- the debate will be divisive.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Corporation for Congress

Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people, too, Murray Hill, Inc. has declared that it will run for congress. You really have to admire the fact that they are trying to reduce the cost of government by cutting out the middlemen -- the greedy politicians. After all, special interests have long run our government. Why not let the one special interest that is now a "person" directly govern.

Of course, we'll probably have to set up some form of out-of-work politician's fund if this catches on, but, at least we'll be able to tell where the money comes from.

The American Person

I have blogged before about my frustration with the phrase

The American People

especially when it comes from the mouth of a self-serving politician. So I have decided to declare myself The American Person and start this blog. It will allow me to comment on the condition of politics in the United States and declare that I am not part of any particular group and that no group speaks for me when it comes to what I believe.