Deportations And The National Debt: These Inevitable Days Of Reckoning
Day Of Reckoning
We knew when we came.
We hadn't done it the way
we should have to stay.
The day of reckoning always comes around.
Who was responsible for today?
I want to raise this question: who is really responsible that tolerance of illegal aliens has come to an end?
And I want to suggest this answer: past Congresses and executives that legalized previous illegal entries, thus encouraging more illegals to believe that once in America (by whatever means) they would eventually be legalized by another Congress, and another, endlessly.
Everyone knew that at some point it would end. Now that sad "day of reckoning" is here, and there is no question it is sad.
To patrol a border, catch and deport illegal aliens, only to have those who eluded enforcement be rewarded with acceptance, was a mockery made legal, over and over again.
Now it is ending with deep sadness for individuals, friends, families, and co-workers who knew the deportees as the good people so many of them are, except for one thing: they counted on breaking the law they were evading, and being rewarded with a life they hoped for, but knew they were not legally entitled to.
Their sadness is a sadness so many of us share.
But it isn't just the police and federal authorities who are knocking on those doors. It is long delayed reality.
The porous borders that allowed so many foreigners to slip into the United States undetected, still to this day allow them to do so, irregardless of their intent.
Americans do not want, nor will they tolerate a "police state". But neither can they remain free in this country they love, if they have no real way to govern who is here and why they are here.
America's immigration laws were designed to do just that. Lax enforcement coupled with a repeated lack of political will, has led to this point in time, this day of reckoning for America's past and the pasts of those being sent to their home countries.
As for the special program for immigrants brought here illegally as children (DACA), I prefer a DACA that protects children brought here at such a young age that they had no memory of their home country and its language and customs, so that America is the only land they ever loved. Those that knew their native language, their native customs, and knew enough to know they were coming here illegally should be deported with their parents. Those that stay should not be allowed to sponsor family members that do not stand in line with others who have applied to come legally.
Another Case Of A Lack of Political Will, And Every Day Is A Day Of Reckoning Called Interest
At $48,000.00 per minute, the interest on America's national debt is crippling and growing.
Now valid social programs are on the cutting block, defense and education are handicapped not because America is failing, but because the debt and the interest are rising and burdensome.
Each zero means ten times the number before it.
Paying The Piper
American politicians past and present, and American citizens past and present, know a good thing when they see it, and they spend it!
Not only is the national debt of America a burden, Americans' personal debt is a burden, so much so that America's social programs are, for so many Americans, the only retirement program they will have when they retire.
America has spent, and spent, and spent.
Congresses never saw a vote getting program they didn't vote for, regardless of the fiscal impact.
Facing budget deficits to pay for all of them, rather than trimming them back and face popular criticism, recent Congresses and presidents have failed to submit balanced budgets.
Now, faced with overseas adventures and terrorists, and a domestic infrastructure that is decayed, fiscal policy (such as it exists) has become a race between finding jobs, raising income and tax revenues, and preserving the American way of life, or paying the piper.
A lack of political will and reasoned fiscal restraint has led America down this path. The way back is uphill, demanding, and filled with obstacles not the least of which is convincing demanding citizens that they can't have their cake and eat it too.
Sacrifice will be a harder sell than the so called "freebies" were.
Americans have reached the edge of the fiscal cliff. They don't like what they see over the edge, but they don't relish the tiresome and painful climb back up the mountain of debt the "good times" spent for.
America doesn't need Conservatives and Liberals now. America needs realists, and they are in short supply.
© 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
What will it take to get America back on track?
Here is a link to Cut and Paste for the answer: http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Fence-For-All-Seasons-And-All-Reasons