May 31, 2006, - 6:43 am

On Immigration: Diamonds Are Forever, But Postage Stamps . . .?

By Debbie Schlussel
Our immigration policy is like the U.S. Postal Service. Both are broken beyond fixing.
Though few Americans use postage stamps anymore, the USPS is mired in yesterday. To combat the incombatible, the Postal Service recently introduced a “forever stamp.” Amid constantly rising postage prices, the stamp will be immune from those prices. Stock up now for forever.
But does anyone really believe the forever stamp will save the USPS? If you do, we have some land in Lake Erie to sell you. It’s like stocking up on S&H Green Stamps from the ’70s.
Nothing is forever. Except, maybe, a diamond.
While postage stamp sales are still strong, that is largely among gerontolical stamp collectors, who buy some of the new U.S. stamp designs to add to their collections. Few kids today are stamp collectors, rarely receiving or sending snailmail letters. You cannot sell an ancient hobby to an IM/MySpace kid.

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These Are Not Forever, But . . .

(Lou Piniella card from Schlussel collection)

First-class mail declined over 20 percent from 1998, and last year.
It is sad that today’s generations send scant few hand-written, personal notes and letters–to the point of extinction. That day and an American tradition are all but gone.
But it is what it is. Technology kills many traditions, whether good or bad. Markets must adapt to changing conditions or die.
A fight against market trends in any industry usually loses, especially when it’s too late. While Canon has finally seen the light and declared it will stop developing dinosaurish film cameras in favor of digital ones, Major League Baseball and its players are spending $7 million to re-energize a dying interest in baseball cards. But trading baseball cards is boring to kids raised on Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton videos, and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” video games overflowing with prostitutes and drug dealers. Perhaps Baseball owners and players should have been more instrumental in opposing hip-hop, rather than embracing this competing source for entertainment dollars.
While the Postal Service–which projects a 5.7 percent further drop in postal usage by next year–is a government sanctioned monopoly whose dinosaur will only affect deliveries of Christmas cards, packages, and nasty letters from lawyers and collection agencies, immigration policy is another story.
It is not a matter of cameras, sports, or communications delivery. It is a matter of our nation’s survival. And where we will be in 100 years . . . if our country as we know still exists. The debate is far more important than postage stamps versus e-mail. Yet, the emergency gets no urgency.
Our elected officials and bureaucrats in Washington are acting in a vacuum. They are the U.S. Postal Service of national security.
While aliens hemorrhage inward, our President and the U.S. Senate are still acting like it’s yesteryear. Their “Forever Stamp” is the latest promise of the “last, last amnesty.” If we only raise the price of stamps a few cents, everything will be fine.
But it isn’t. It’s not just the estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens roaming free in our nation–most of whose whereabouts are either unknown or are of no concern. A new amnesty, dressed as a “Temporary Guest Workers” program in the recently-passed Senate Immigration Bill, will not put the genie back in the bottle.
It will not stem the tide of crime, job-loss, and other dangerous forces brought to the market by the mass tide of illegal aliens already far beyond the shore. The anachronistic solutions the see-no-evil guest worker/amnesty crowd offers are those of an aging postage stamp generation that refuses to face an e-mail world. Yesterday’s aliens wanted to live the American Dream. Some of today’s aliens have more nefarious motives.
And it’s not just those in Congress and the Oval Office who refuse to face the real world and the changing technology of the illegal alien invasion. The mainstream media are particularly guilty.
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Unfortunately, These May Be Forever.
(Islamic Eid Stamp/USPS, Illegal Aliens Congregating Somewhere Near You)

Desiree Cooper, a left-wing Detroit Free Press columnist, cites a 2002 Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Latinos in the U.S., which claims that by the third generation, 80% no longer speak Spanish.
But that was a third generation of a family that came here in the 1950s or ’60s, when our country was actually a melting pot, not a discordant stew from a bad cook. In those days, bilingual education was non-existent. Separatism was discouraged. Today, both are the norm. A third generation spawned from illegal aliens coming into this country in 2006 will not necessarily speak English in 2050.
And the survey assumes a premise that is fallacious. The language they are still speaking three generations later may not even be Spanish. It may be the Arabic recited on four planes on 9/11 and in hate-filled Madrassahs worldwide. Instead of their third generations speaking English, ours may be forced to speak their tongue.
Far-fetched? Not if the status quo continues. You can easily raise the price of the stamp. But you can’t save a dying industry or a dying country by putting a band-aid on metastasizing cancer.
It’s time for our leaders to read market trends and adjust to them. Or like the U.S. Postal Service, America will die little by little.

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11 Responses

AMEN! And — What the hell??!

Marcubius on May 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I’ll have to consult with Tammy on this since I don’t live in LA, but I found this from one of the “Minute Men” posters over at hotair.com (link available upon request):
FROM THE LA TIMES
1. 40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million people) are
working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are
predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3′s of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien
Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican
nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely
illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L.A.County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak
Spanish (10.2 million people in L.A.County).
(All 10 from the Los Angeles Times)
Also, less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare

Marcubius on May 31, 2006 at 2:19 pm

Mucalus:if you really want to help.Watch the arabs+their hangout’s +their live’s here in the U.S.A.

danny on May 31, 2006 at 3:15 pm

But, all you hear from LIBERALS is that all this illegal immigration and multiculturalism is GOOD for America.
Celebrate diversity!
LIBERALS hate America!

Thee_Bruno on May 31, 2006 at 4:21 pm

OK, I will add this from my own experience:
10 years with the Miami P.D.
stabbed 3 times
shot twice (very thankful for Kevlar)
113 fist-fights
number of Arab/Muslim arrests: 17
number of illegal alien arrests: 4312
arrest types: from traffic stops to murder

Marcubius on May 31, 2006 at 5:52 pm

Marcubius,
Glad to see you’re still in one piece.
The stats you gave from just YOUR time on the job are very meaningful.
Let’s extrapolate on the illegals for a moment.
4,312 arrests over 10 years = approx. 36 per month.
Now, the Miami-Dade P.D. has 4,600 officers and staff. If 10% is staff, that leaves 4,140 for police officers.
Now, multiply 4,140 officers by 36 average arrests per month. (4,140 X 36 = 149,040 illegal alien arrests per month).
Now, multiply 149,040 by 3 because there are 3 eight hour shifts per day. (149,040 X 3 = 447,120 illegal alien arrests per month for all shifts).
Now, multiply 447,120 by 12 months. (447,120 X 12 = 5,365,440 illegal alien arrests per year).
Now, I know there are different staffing level requirements for different times of the day, for example; the first shift staff requirements may be less than the second shift, so these numbers are just a gross estimate. However, even if you take HALF of that estimate (2,682,720), it’s a tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars flushed down the toilet pursuing these criminals, processing them, court costs, incarceration costs, and finally, costs to feed, house, and take care of their medical needs.
The fact of the matter is that about 30% of our prison population at the local, state, and federal levels account for illegal aliens.
Now, take into account how much we also spend on ALL illegal aliens (education, medical, all welfare programs), and couple that with the fact that MOST don’t pay taxes – then HOW is illegal immigration supposed to be GOOD for America?

Thee_Bruno on May 31, 2006 at 6:31 pm

Amen Debbie!
I fully agree. I live in the midst of the immigration “PROBLEM”. It is a problem. It’s not the same as the immigration I remember in my childhood. This generation, in great majority, is thumbing their nose at America. They want to take what we will give and some will take what isn’t bolted down.
Just today, I had an illegal registered sex offender at my front door, wanting to cut my trees. What I don’t get is WHY! Why can an illegal alien Mexican registered sex offender go door to door in a neighborhood where soliciting is illegal, soliciting a service, when he shouldn’t be in the country?
When I called the police on him before (the first time I saw him at my door) they acted as if he was doing NOTHING wrong. HELLO! He is a sex offender at the door of a home with a woman and two young kids. He is soliciting where it is illegal to solicite. AND, get this, he is NOT legally supposed to be in this country. Maybe it was just the opinion of Ms. Gonzales at the local PD that I was the one in the wrong.
When I called the police on him, he stood at my door for 15 minutes ringing the doorbell and when I said “Go away!” he stayed. I told him I was calling the police. He stayed. I guess he didn’t understand English. I got my gun and tapped on the window, saying on a count of 3, I’m going to open the door, force you inside and blow your Fing head off pervert. I didn’t even get to uno before he left. I guess he could understand Gunglish.
He is a LEVEL 3 sex offender. The name on the business card he left SEVERAL times matches the name of the sex offenders website. However, that wasn’t a good enough reason for the police to even bother to come by. Although they did tell me that I had no right to pull a gun on him. I won’t say who told me of his illegal status, but a friend checked.
I can’t answer my front door at all. I have rot iron bars with a hellacious lock, a 140 lb. dog, a gun and an alarm system. My kids can’t play in the front yard, unless my husband is home. We live in a nearly crime-free neighborhood, which has very few Mexicans. The ones who live around me are Americans. Yet with these laborers coming around to work, we are suddenly having the block fence around the community tagged.
Why would he come to the door 8-9 months after I pulled a gun on him before? What could his true intentions be?
DO YOU HAVE A “NO TRESPASSING SIGN” ON YOUR PROPERTY? I WOULD SUGGEST IT–EITHER A TINY ONE ON THE WINDOW OF YOUR FRONT DOOR OR SOMEWHERE ON YOUR PROPERTY. THAT WAY, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM FOR TRESPASSING–LOOK UP THE TRESPASS LAWS IN YOUR STATE TO MAKE SURE. IN MICHIGAN, YOU MUST HAVE THE SIGN (THERE MUST BE NOTICE) FOR IT TO CONSTITUTE TRESPASS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

TheIcePrincess on May 31, 2006 at 8:17 pm

I need to revise my earlier calculations.
The Miami-Dade P.D. has, by my estimate, 4,140 police officers, hence, those officers comprise ALL shifts, therefore there is no need to multiply 149,040 illegal alien arrests per month by 3.
However, when you multiply 149,040 illegal alien arrests per month by 12 months (149,040 X 12 = 1,788,480 illegal alien arrests per year in Miami-Dade), that’s still a staggering number. Even taking Half that number is STILL nearly 1 million illegal alien arrests each year in Miami-Dade. Taking in to account the costs for arresting and processing these savages – say, at least $2,000 in police and court costs ALONE – yields nearly $2 billion dollars to Miami-Dade taxpayers. The costs of sending them to prison, feeding them and attending to their medical needs, is substantially higher.
Celebrate diversity!

Thee_Bruno on May 31, 2006 at 10:45 pm

Those were departmental arrests but it is still a huge cost. Most were from Central and South America and most were drug-related. I was either an assisting or arresting officer in probably 700+ cases.

Marcubius on June 1, 2006 at 4:53 am

TheIcePrincess, as a practical matter, you should never show anyone your weapon unless you intend to use it. For example, suppose the illegal on your porch sees your pistol then when the investigating officer arrives he tells him that YOU pointed it at him and threatened to shoot him. The first thing the officer is likely to ask is for him to describe the pistol. If he can… then he’ll ask for your side of the story etc. etc. a big mess. Due to the way certain calls are dispatched, the officer may have little information on what is actually going on until he arrives on scene. YOU could be the one arrested instead of the perp! Just be careful. The “No Trespassing Sign” is also very good but to be honest I have seen Judges completely ignore that in court!

Marcubius on June 1, 2006 at 9:27 am

Deb,
Where did you get that picture of those individuals giving us those obscene hand gestures? Or are they just notifying George “HandJob” Michael (formerly of Wham) of their availability?
If you got them from an illegal alien anti-American demonstration, then they have antlers on their head and Ted Nugent should be notified that deer season is here.
If not, call George Michael. He has someone to help him the next time he gets lonely.

Loser on June 4, 2006 at 3:48 pm

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