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American Hour-Glass

Updated on September 3, 2015

By: Wayne Brown

Right now, America is literally leaking at the seams and we have a President and an administration who only want to find blame and assign it in terms of priorities.  Oh sure, there are those who would defend the steps that have been taken as all that can be humanly possible given the current circumstances.  After all, this is the biggest environmental disaster the United States has seen both in terms of an oil spill and illegal immigration.  Is that not correct?  Oh, you just thought I was talking about the oil spill when I mentioned we were leaking at the seams. No, not really, I hope you see the correlation between the two subjects as I do at this point.  Regardless of which one we choose to discuss, we have an administration that is either incapable or unwilling to do anything significant about either one.  In the words of famed rapper, M.C. Hammer, “Let’s break it down !”


We are sixty plus days into the oil spill.  Shorelines and marshlands around the eastern perimeter of the Gulf are now in significant danger of pollution from the spill.  Washington has spent yet another week of pandering and looking for every opportunity to make sure BP is on the public skewer for this tragedy.  Washington has spent yet another week discussing shutdowns of drilling in the Gulf, Comprehensive Energy Reform Initiatives, setting up study commissions, and naming Gulf Coast Oil Czars.  As a public, our hands are tied by the federal government on the basis of it being the “controlling authority” yet the government continues in its half-hearted effort to stem this situation continuing to point the finger at BP as the perpetrator and the ultimate party that will be responsible.  What else can we do, “suck it up with a straw?” seems to be a reason mantra of defense.


Well, let me say this.  Don’t sit in Washington and say that you are doing all that you can do if you refuse to compromise on environmental issues in the face of a national emergency.  Any suggestion by outside entities of the government for possible measures to soften the damage or stem the flow is simply met with the response that “we need to study that first”.  This is a national emergency.  Call out the National Guard.  Call out the Navy.  I want to see some Navy vessels pulling something around in those Gulf waters skimming oil from the surface. Call out all factions of the Coast Guard.  Use hay, use hair, use new ideas.  Relax the Jones Act and let other nations offer us some expertise and assistance.  Allow the governors of the shoreline states to institute some measures to protect their shores and do it in a timely fashion.  When and if those steps are accomplished, I just might be willing to give someone in Washington credit for “doing all that is humanly possible ” in the face of this tragedy.  In terms of this cleanup, go forward and get it done.  Then, afterward, when there is time to reflect, we can investigate, accuse, prosecute, commission, blame, interrogate, or whatever with the responsible parties. We can give BP the bill.  If the can’t pay it, guess what?  We are still the winners!


In terms of the leaking borders to our south, get out of the courthouse and get behind Arizona for a change.  Use the necessary resources to shut down the southern borders tighter than Dick’s hatband on a hot day.  Use the National Guard if necessary. Quit arguing about what reforms we need to put in place and enforce the damn laws we have on the books of this country.  Quit telling Arizona how unconstitutional their law and pointing out the fact that the federal government is the “authority” in this matter.  The federal government is not doing anything about the issue of consequence and Arizona is suffering.  Let me repeat some statistics I received yesterday by email that have been published in the Los Angeles Times to reflect the situation as it stands in southern California at present:


The County of Los Angeles California has approximately 10.2 million people residing in it. 40% of all the workers in the county are working for cash and not paying taxes in any form. This is mainly due to the fact that the majority, if not all, of this portion is made up of illegal immigrants.


95% of the murder warrants issued in the county are for illegal immigrant suspects.


On the list of “Most Wanted Criminals in the County”, 75% of those named are illegal immigrants.


With regard to child births in Los AngelesCounty, over 2/3’s are to illegal immigrant parents who care covered under Medi-Cal welfare for the costs of the birth and paid by taxpayer funds.


Over 1/3 of all the inmates in California Detention Centers are illegal immigrants.


Over 300,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in garages in the Los AngelesCounty area.


The FBI estimates that at least one-half of all gangs in the County are made of illegal immigrants.


Almost 60% of the dwellers in HUD Properties in the County are illegal immigrants.


There are 21 Spanish-speaking radio stations in the Los AngelesCounty area yet more than 50% of the residents speak English.


Less than 2% of the illegal immigrants are involved with the harvest of agriculture yet 29% of the illegal immigrants are on welfare.


Over 70% of the population growth for the USA (90% for California, Florida, and New York) is due to illegal immigration.


If you have failed to hear it on the news, Los AngelesCounty is essentially broke and struggling to cover their budgetary needs.  Based on the above information, there is no surprise that would be the case.  The point here is that, first and foremost, we need to stop the leaking in order to gain control over the costs associated with it. Then, there will be ample time to discuss the how and what of dealing with the current illegal population. Any other approach takes on a potential population of illegal immigrants that is undefined and will grow rapidly once any news of potential amnesty arises.  What is happening in southern California is the precursor to what will happen in Arizona and eventually in the USA if we fail to take action which effectively seals our borders to illegal immigration, enforces the laws currently on the federal and state books, and effectively outlines the steps that all will complete to become a legalized citizen of the United States.  When Washington has completed that process, then we can discuss whether we need to pursue comprehensive reform outside the scope of effectively controlling our borders and enforcing the existing laws.  Any so-called “comprehensive reform ” that has an objective to simply increase the number of people on the “public dole ” has no positive value to the citizens of this country.


Identification of a problem should never be confused with solving it.  Solutions not only must be effective and efficient, they must be timely in response. Those who elect to bog down the dilemmas such as the current oil spill or the spill of illegal immigration across our borders into political rhetoric and pigeon-hole the matters under the heading of “downstream negotiations ” have no sense of the urgency or they have an agenda that is not in the best interest of the American public.  Luckily, we still have the opportunity to vote in this country.  We need to exercise that process effectively as citizens and install those elected officials who will do all that is “humanly possible” in the face of tragedy to protect the people and the assets of this great nation.  Let’s get something accomplished before the sand runs through the glass.



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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      American citizens need to take a stand against socialism and communism by understanding what it is and how it works to infest our world. We won't embrace it in totality at all but they can feed it to us by the the spoon full a little at a time and we will swallow every seemingly innocent bite. It should bother us greatly that the current President's mother and father were both devout Communists. Unfortunately, there is a sect in America among the ignorant and among the Hollywood types who have a romance with a system that promises everyone can share equally in everything without explaining where everything comes from....we are deep in this proces at the moment. WB

    • magnoliazz profile image


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      LOL...I like the junk yard dog idea!

      The only thing they are interested in learning is how to take advantage of our country, and its our own fault. We need to take a stand. Can you imagine what they would do if we invaded their country? We would not be around to tell the story. Obama needs to wake up and get some guts. Its beginning to look like a very sick joke!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas would certainly run a mean show and I can't say as I blame you. I would have a sign on the "Mexico side" of the fence that says "The Dobermans on the other side of this fence can run 200 yards in 3 fast are you? We could also turn loose a bunch of junkyard dogs down there. Really, all we have to do is fill the river up with water...most of those folks can't swim a lick. They drown like flies in the lakes around here every would think they would learn! WB

    • magnoliazz profile image


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I agree with you Wayne 100%!

      We should be pulling out all the stops with that oil spill! I don't care if people scopp it up with their bare hands, thats better than nothing. Our military should have been involved right away. Some say this is a false flag so Obama can have adeep sea drlling ban but I would hate to think our own gov would ever do such a thing.

      The ILLEGAL aliens--- what part of "illegal" do they not understand.

      Maybe its because of my Nazi blood, but I would build a big fence, 25 feet high, with barbed wire and I would electrify it so that anyone who even came near it would be fried. Then, I would have a citizen patrol...3 warning shots, then shoot to kill! Sorry, you have been warned over and over, this is OUR country, our men did not fight and die for the Mexican flag.

      I can get real ugly, real fast. I have no idea how people in California and Arizona put up with this crap for as long as they have. We are going down if this continues. Look at Rome, the IA are just like the barbarian hordes.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Harvey...I tend to agree. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. WB

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Wayne, When it comes to illegal aliens, I can only say illegal!

      The Gulf has shown how incompetent our President is.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      sheila b...yes, I agree with you. I think you are also correct that some of the percentage in Arizona must be Hispanic as well as Native American. WB

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      The statistics you included are eye-opening. Though I knew the percentages are high, I'm astounded they're that high. Another percentage I find interesting is the namber of Arizonans who want their new law implemented - 70%. That has to include Hispanic voters.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Bpop....your hub of today inspired me to write it Poppy. So, you need to take some of the credit...oh, and the criticism too if we get any. LOL! WB

      @Tom Whitworth...I thought you would hang on those words Tom. I am just a regular guy and I can think of far more that we can do that is "humanly possible" at the moment. I think McChrystal felt he had to say something or risk shedding the blood of a lot of American men needlessly. Afghanistan is a hell-hole. We should have learned that watching the Russians get their ass handed to them over there years ago. It's time to move the ball on this issue! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      You hit the nail on the head early on in your assessment. You said incapable or unwilling. I think it's both!!!!!!!!!!!

      Now this buffoon will fire Gen.McChrystal for stating the truth!!!!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      Wayne, your analysis is fantastic. I have come to believe that things on both issues are exactly how Obama wants them. He has tied the hands of the oil companies and the workers by issuing a moratorium that will further cripple the region. We have to ask why and we already know that the explanation will be awful. The same is true of illegal immigration. He will not stem the flow of the illegals until it gets him want he wants, votes and support from thousands of people who will be indebted to him at our expense. I'm voting this article up. You put a lot of thought into it.


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