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The Illegal Alien Problem

US border sign BSince we recently talked about birthright citizenship over on the podcast, this kind of thing has come up a couple of times so I thought I’d argue my position.  I am entirely opposed to illegal aliens, I am entirely opposed to giving them amnesty or a specialized path to citizenship because these people have no earned it.  They have violated some of our most basic laws, showing that they really don’t care about America or the American people.  Why should they get special treatment when they are acting like basic criminals?

But likewise, there’s really no way we can pick up between 11-20 million illegal aliens and throw them out of the country, it just isn’t logistically possible.  I also think the idea of building a physical wall is both ridiculous and useless.  It won’t stop anyone.  They can hop a plane to Canada and cross there, they can just get on a raft, float around the wall and come up somewhere along the coasts.  It makes no sense and is short-sighted, but just because we can’t do that doesn’t mean we just stop trying.

The only logical way to do this is to deny them the things that they are coming here for in the first place.  That means jobs and freebies and other things that making living here under the radar possible. So let’s start at the beginning.

We need to get eVerify up and running and accessible to all.  That must be done before any of this works.  Once that’s in place though, it’s very easy for any employer to know if their employees are here legally.  Then we just have to hold employers accountable and we do this exactly the same way we already do for fire inspections, OSHA inspections and health inspections. We have a division of ICE that visits every single business a minimum of once per year.  They do not announce their visits, they just show up and go over the employment records for every single employee in the company.  They will verify that all employees have been properly vetted through eVerify, that they have copies of their legal identification on file, that their social security numbers match, etc.  Any who is an illegal alien found to be working there, the company is fined $10,000 per illegal, on the first offense. If they find 10 illegals working there, the company gets an automatic $100,000 fine and the illegals are taken away and deported.  If they come back in 6 months and find another 10 illegals, the fine is raised to $100,000 per offense, or a $1 million fine.  These fines, like tax debt, are not dischargeable by bankruptcy and, if the company is dissolved, the fines become the personal responsibility of the board of directors and/or HR managers who hired these people to begin with.  On the third offense, the company is shut down entirely, their business licenses are revoked, their corporate structure is dismantled and the board of directors and/or HR managers can be jailed or fined.  Further, all members of the board of directors and all HR managers are forbidden from obtaining a new business license or incorporating a new business for a period of not less than 10 years.  It is the job of the board and the HR managers to ensure that nobody working for the company is doing so in violation of the law.

But this doesn’t just go for big companies, it goes for everyone.  If you go to Home Depot and pick up some day laborers, you’d better be damn sure that they are legal citizens.  That means that even individuals have to run their employees through eVerify. You might think that it’s safer and maybe it is, but ICE can stop by any site where work is  being done and check for illegal workers and while a company might be able to absorb a $10,000 hit, an individual probably can’t.  You’re running an awful risk and making one mistake can ruin you forever.

So once there are no jobs, what then?  Any major financial transaction can only be done between legal U.S. residents.  You are unable to rent an apartment, buy a house, open a bank account or purchase a vehicle without having legal status.  How do they know if you’re legal?  Well, I suppose they can all use eVerify, but there’s an easier way and this solves the problem of people over-staying their Visas as well.  When someone enters the country legally, they are issued a U.S. government identification card, which they use to establish their identity just like most people use their driver’s licenses.  You cannot engage in any major financial transaction without producing the card and for those in the country for a limited time, the cards stop working when their time here has expired.  You can use the cards to get a job, but your employer will be informed when your time is almost up, at which point you either have to get an extension on your card or you are terminated from the job.

It shouldn’t need to be said that illegals will receive no freebies of any kind.  No free education.  No welfare benefits.  I have no problem with giving them health care, so long as once they are treated, they are deported.  I also have no fundamental problem with something else Trump has been saying, that he would stop illegals from sending money to Mexico.  Yes, they did indeed work for it, but they did so illegally, hence the money was gained in the commission of a crime and thus, is no more theirs than if they just robbed a bank for it.  Can we just confiscate it?  Maybe not, but we ought to be able to control what’s done with it. If they walk into Western Union to send money electronically out of the country, they’d have to produce their ID card and if they can’t, it doesn’t go.

Really, this stuff isn’t that hard to do, the only thing we’re missing is the will and the balls to actually do it.

The Real Question for Muslims

Muslim RadicalI ran into this video over on a Google+ Atheism community and really think everyone is looking at it the wrong way. I think I have the question that nobody is asking, but that ought to be the real focus here.  In the video, which was a panel on Benghazi and the United States responsibility for it, an American Muslim stood up and said that there were many, many more peaceful, non-radical Muslims out there, but that everyone focuses on just the 15-20% of Muslims that are violent fanatics.  Now while I’ll say that 15-20% of any group is a sizeable percentage and one to be very concerned about, I will agree that it is a minority and we ought to be careful not to generalize and assume that all Muslims are secret jihadists, getting ready to murder you in your sleep.  That’s certainly not true and we need to treat decent people, regardless of their beliefs, like decent people.

The reality is, we cannot blame all Muslims for the misdeeds of a lesser percentage of them, any more than people should blame me for the stupidity of Atheism+ and the liberal feminist non-theists.  It’s not my fault, I have nothing to do with their idiocy, but there’s a difference between me and most non-violent Muslims.

I speak out.  I let the world know of my vehement disagreement with the crazy atheists of the world.  I don’t just sit meekly by and let them roll over me with their absurd nonsense, I’m on top of my own personal soapbox pointing out just how ridiculous these people actually are and I’m encouraging other people who feel the same way to do the same.  Muslims, apparently, aren’t like that.  How do you explain that most of the Middle East is run by the radicals, when the radicals are in the minority?  Where is this majority of peaceful, loving, caring, non-radical Muslims to moderate the crazies?

If these peaceful Muslims are really outraged, what are they doing about it?  Are they taking on their crazy brethren, taking to the streets, taking over the governments, shouting down the radical Imams?  Or are they standing up in a panel in America and insisting that people not lump them in with the crazies that the majority of peaceful, non-radical Muslims have totally failed to reign in?  Where are the huge groups of non-radical Muslims marching on Tehran?  Or Baghdad?  Or Riyadh?  Heck, where are the groups of non-radical Muslims marching in London, against the jihadists who insist that Sharia Law be established?  Still too dangerous?  There are more than 2.5 million Muslims in America.  Where are the massive public protests against radical Islam?  Anyone?  The only one that even tried was the laughable Million Muslim March and that was a move toward increased radicalism!

So if you guys aren’t willing to step up and clean up your own house, how can you complain that you’re being lumped in with the radicals?  Pick a side.  Do something.  Stop thinking you can share the religion but not share the blame.  If you’re not willing to collectively speak out against radical Islam, screw you.  I’d be happy to see a big concerted online effort to speak out against it, but you don’t even see that.  Why should I respect Muslims at all if they haven’t earned it?  So long as you’re not willing to be part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

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Solving the Poverty Problem

In a recent discussion on wealth redistribution, I noted that there are a lot of liberals who seem to think taking money from the wealthy, people who have made the money through entirely legal means, and giving it to people who have displayed a marked inability to make good financial and social decisions in their own lives, is a good idea.

It’s not.

Now I have no problem with helping people in need, I just think that throwing good money after bad and expecting a different result is idiotic.  Why are we surprised that most of these people make bad financial decisions with the free money they get?  How do you think they got into the situation they’re in in the first place?  I figure I might as well give my solution to the problem, a solution that actually has the goal of getting these people on their feet and working again, rather than keeping them sucking at the governmental teat for the rest of their lives, like the liberals apparently want.

The problem falls into two distinct categories, those on welfare and the homeless.  While the solutions are somewhat similar, I’ll handle them separately. Continue reading Solving the Poverty Problem