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Scott is right in that Pro-fracking Politicians mostly Republican caused the lower cost of natural gas which has had a greater effect on the coal industry than any gov't regulation. Be careful what you wish for because you may not like the results. It is called the free market. A few decades ago the no smoking campaign was going to kill the Tobacco Industry costing many good paying Middle Class jobs. The Tobacco Companies adjusted to the new environment and have thrived by diversifying. Coal will eventually be phased out over the next few decades whether you like it or not just like horse and buggy vs. the car and train travel vs. the airplane. Nothing ever stays the same and it is called progress.
You are correct that this President and the ones before him did not enforce the law. To enforce the law it takes money to hire, train and deploy the Border Patrol along a 2000 mile border. (Military is banned from doing this by law) This is where people's representatives (Congress) is also at fault because they refused to fund the increase in spending to accomplish this goal. Again the reason is simple they DON'T want to because it would cut off the flow of cheap labor. Possibly next year when the Wall is built and paid for by Mexico the problem may be solved. Only time will tell.
And Pres. Bush did not inforce them either. Why? Business wants cheap labor with no benefits plain and simple. Having lived in Texas I saw it everyday. Blaming Obama for every problem this country has like Immigration just ignores the facts. It is Congress that controls the purse strings not the President. We right now have a Republican controlled Congress which refuses to even address the problem including the Southern Border Cuban invasion. They only give it lip service during elections then go back and do nothing. Both Parties are equally responsible for the Illegal problem which is why I don't belong to either one.
This has been going on for not just 7 years but for 30 years. Every President including G.W. Bush has tried to deal with this problem but the Congress won't touch it because certain businesses make their money on the backs of Illegals and they don't want to lose the cheap labor. The Senate passed a comprehensive Immigration Bill 3 years ago and the Republican controlled House refused to even debate it and do their job. In Texas alone almost 30% of the work force are illegals. And don't forget the "war on drugs" that was started in the late 80's which has been a total failure. The bottom line is there is too much money to be made to change the status quo. Congress only gives lip service to this problem so they can sound tough on Immigration at election time.
As a Vietnam Vet myself your comment is just plain stupid and insulting. Under both Democrat and Republican Administrations out Vets over the past 50 years have been screwed. LBJ a Democrat lied us into Vietnam and G.W. Bush a Republican lied us into Iraq. We would not have so many Disabled Vets if we didn't get involved in unnecessary wars in the first place. As for the Illegals you fail to mention just last year alone over 40,000 Illegal Cubans crossed our Southern Border and they received Welfare and a Green Card as soon as they put one foot on American soil. Guess what Republican Presidential Candidate refused to put a stop to this invasion?
Russ you are right the last 8 years gave been a mess but the previous 8 where a total disaster. Go to any National Cemetery or VA hospital and you can see first hand what the liars caused however the Defense Industry laughed all the way to the bank.
The last 7 years how about the last 15? Who lied us into Iraq which cost the lives of 4800 Americans and disabled 50000 plus $6 Trillion down the toilet. There would be no Vets(I doubt if you are one) suffering as you say had Cheney not lied to us all. You also forgot to mention that last year alone 43000 Illegal Cubans crossed our Southern Border. As soon as they touch US soil they go on Government Assistance and get a Green Card. You don't hear Rubio or the Foreign born Cruz complaining about Cuban Illegals only Mexicans.
I did not know George W. Bush was a Liberal when he inherited from a Liberal President a $250 Billion a year surplus and turned it into a $1.3 Trillion yearly deficit. I thought he was Compassionate Conservative.
Unemployment down to 5% from 10%, Gas from $4 to less than $2, Yearly Deficit down from $1.3 Trillion to $439 Billion, Dow Stock Market up from 6500 to 16,000, 30 Yr. Home Mortgage rate less than 4%, Home prices up 25%+, Great Recession gone, Troops not dying in Iraq etc. Yes, tremendously better than 2008 but not good enough.
The House of Representatives controls the purse strings not the President which is controlled by Republicans. Speaker Paul Ryan( R-WI) approved the Budget just passed which added another $2 Trillion to the Deficit over 20 years. When Pres. Bush(2001-2009) left office in Jan. 2009 the total Deficit was $11 Trillion with a yearly $1.1 Trillion Deficit which increased to $1.3 Trillion in 2009 thanks to the GREAT RECESSION, massive unemployment, Wall St. Bailouts, tax cuts, stimulus package and 2 wars. The 2016 yearly Deficit is now $439 Billion.
As for pulling out of Iraq it was Pres. Bush who negotiated and signed the Status of Forces Agreement with his hand picked PM of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki in 2008 before he left office. Obama was forced to implement Pres. Bush's Agreement because Maliki insisted on ALL US Forces out of his country and he refused to renegotiate the 2008 Agreement. To occupy Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan like Korea would cost $Trillions and a million combat troops. As Rand Paul has said who the hell is going to pay for that? The S. Koreans(we are still there 60 years later) want us there but the Middle East does not and that is the big difference. Bottom line as future Pres. Donald J. Trump has said, the invasion of Iraq was the biggest blunder since LBJ's Vietnam. It has cost $6 Trillion so far, 4800 American lives, 50,000 disabled and destabilized the entire Middle East.
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