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How many of the experts here have ever been to Saudi Arabia or the Middle East for that matter? Based what I'm reading I would say none.
To blame the insanity of a few on a whole religion you don't like or understand is no where near reality.. Tim McVeigh and Hitler were both Catholic but you would not blame all Catholics for their insanity.
The Middle East is a mess because the Western powers after WW 1 made it that way when they divided it up without taking into account sectarian differences, creating Israel without making Jerusalem an international city, invading Iraq based on lies etc. This is why the West has no credibility in the Arab World and it doesn't matter who is President it will remain that way . If it wasn't for oil no one would ever pay attention anyway.
Having managed a Circle K store in Durango in the early 70's I know what that is all about. As for Robots they have already taken over 70% of the car manufacturing business in the last 50 years. Corporations will when they can replace a human with a machine because it is cost effective but there are exceptions. I won't fly on an airplane with just a Robot up front.
The poverty level for a family of 4 is $23600 in 2014 so if they are making a generous $15 an hour(effective in 2017) that gives them $21600 without benefits. For some reason I don't see that as a rich lifestyle. Would you work for that Dan? Hmmmm Would you rather see them on Gov't assistance like McDonald's tells their employees to do across the country to help maintain their $8 Billion profit a year? In reality the taxpayer is subsidizing McDonald's profits.
The US is probably the greatest Nation on earth and Capitalism help put us there. There have been many great people in our history and even great people make mistakes. What makes them great people is that when they make a mistake they are man or woman enough to admit it and if necessary apologize for it. The same goes for our great nation. When it has screwed up it needs to admit it and make amends. Mr. D'Souza is the Michael Moore of the extreme right and he made this movie like Moore for like minded people. They will love his interpretation of history where slavery was good, the Native Americans where going to die anyway from disease and Capitalism was always right. This is a real stretch of the truth. When Japanese-Americans, yes US citizens homes, businesses and possessions where taken from them without due process and they were sent to the camps was not just a mistake but criminal. They were owed an apology and much more. The bailout of Wall St. by the taxpayers to the tune of $780 Billion of which $30 Billion went for bonuses to the people that tanked our economy is just one example of Capitalism gone crazy at our expense. They truly believed "Greed is Good." The invasions of Vietnam and Iraq were big mistakes that took the lives of many thousands. When we all came home from Vietnam we were treated like crap. I'm still waiting for that apology. Yes we are the greatest nation on earth but we are not perfect and when we do screw up we need to admit it, make amends and move on hopefully not making the same mistake in the future. That is what makes us a great nation.
Those votes by the House were to repeal Obamacare, I believe a total of 50. The discussion is something important like Immigration not BS. I happen to be educated about the facts not what FOX or Sarah Palin puts out..
Chris they said the same things in the 1920's and 30's about the Irish. Poles, Italians etc. As it turned out it was the children of these Immigrants that fought WW2 and saved this country. People seem to forget we are all products of Immigrants. Like you said they would not come here if it weren't employers eager to hire them. It all comes back to money like usual which is why Congress runs away from it..
(Too wet for golf today.)
Kevin they don't have the right to vote if they are illegal. Also the jobs they preform are the ones Americans refuse to do especially on the farms. When US Companies shipped our manufacturing jobs to China and India etc.for cheap labor that left few avenues for people to make a decent middle class lifestyle like we enjoyed. McDonald's had an $8 Billion profit last year yet they pay minimum wage and instruct their employees on how to get gov't assistance like food stamps. The taxpayers are subsidizing their workforce to help their bottom line which is really Corporate Welfare.
It would be nice if our Congress would sit down and work out an Immigration Bill instead of what are they going to do. Go on another VACATION for 5 weeks. The Senate Bill has been there for over a year and the leadership in the House will not debate it or vote on it because an election is coming. We all talk about the welfare state how about the biggest bunch of people who take a 6 figure check and do nothing. This is Congressional welfare. They were elected to govern not vacation, fund raise and campaign which is all they do. They are afraid of making any decisions because it may PO their Base. You can't fix a problem unless you address it. That is what happens when you continue to elect the same idiots over and over..
It is not just the Southern Border in New York City area their are 50,000 undocumented Irish Immigrants. There is no out cry there because we like the Irish now(we hated them in the 1920's) . We need a total revamp of our Immigration system and it can't be done when Congress is always on vacation. They should only be paid when they are in DC, working. How about $ 7.25 an hour with no benefits.
Our military was created to defend the United States of America. What I never understood was why we keep invading countries from Vietnam to Iraq and accomplish nothing but making a mess of these countries instead of deploying our troops along the southern border and actually defending our country. My guess it is money as was mentioned. The Texas economy would collapse considering almost 30% of the work force is undocumented with no benefits. The Texas politicians put on a show how they are against undocumented workers but in reality their supporters reward them for all the cheap labor and the profits they reap in because of it.
Even when we deport these people(2 Million in the last 5 years) there are consequences because 130,000 where criminal gang members who have moved into Central America and set up their operations there running drugs to drug thirsty Americans and in turn we sell them weapons. They give these children a choice, join the gangs or die which is why they are fleeing here. This is why Pres. Bush signed a law in 2008 allowing children from countries other than Mexico and Canada to seek refuge here unfortunately they did not for see 50,000+ coming. A real mess with no easy solutions.
Speaking of names I did meet a person many years ago named Omar. His name was Gen. Omar Bradley and I felt honored to meet him. My Father who had great respect for him always referred to him as the GI's General.
You seem to forget who started and grossly mismanaged the Iraq war. No amount of US troops can stop the sectarian violence. Bush negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement with Iraq in 2008. This called for total withdrawal. Yes Obama tried to negotiated to leave a small force but it was Malaki that refused to give our troops immunity like he did with Bush which caused us to withdraw totally and I'm thankful for that. You don't know what it is like to do one tour in a war zone let alone 4, 5 or 6 like our troops were forced to do. Now you know why the VA is so overloaded. Israel is supported by the US to the tune of $3.1 Billion a year and has been since the late 40's under every President. That mess will go on forever until both parties get serious and stop caving in to the extremists on both sides. Bottom line the Middle East will be a mess and nothing we can do will stop that and in fact the US hasn't helped because we always seem to pick losers to support.
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