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Bush's 2006 State of the Union address

Here's the full text of the speech.

Others say that the government needs to take a larger role in directing the economy, centralizing more power in Washington and increasing taxes. We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy – even though this economy could not function without them. All these are forms of economic retreat, and they lead in the same direction – toward a stagnant and second-rate economy.

I haven't heard anyone argue that "immigrants" in general are bad for the economy. However, a large number of low-wage illegal immigrants are definitely bad for the U.S., especially for those on the lower end of the wage scale. As far as "second-rate" economies are concerned, we should be a bit more like Japan (innovation, robotics, etc.) rather than like those second- and third-rate economies that are still reliant on stoop serf labor.

Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our Nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty ... allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally ... and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

We need a president that "that upholds our laws" rather than one that tries to subvert them. Under Bush enforcement has fallen even lower than what it was under Clinton. He could do much more enforcement if he wanted. He doesn't want to because he's corrupt.

And, a "guest worker program" is amnesty. And, those "guests" will never go home. Very few people are aware of just how anti-American Bush's guest worker plan was intended to be.

Back to Our Leader:

Our economy is healthy, and vigorous, and growing faster than other major industrialized nations. In the last two-and-a-half years, America has created 4.6 million new jobs – more than Japan and the European Union combined. Even in the face of higher energy prices and natural disasters, the American people have turned in an economic performance that is the envy of the world.

However, see this and from this:

an analysis of the latest Census Bureau data shows that between March of 2000 and March of 2004, the number of adults working actually increased, but all of the net change went to immigrant workers. The number of adult immigrants (18 years of age and older) holding a job increased by over two million between 2000 and 2004, while the number of adult natives holding a job is nearly half a million fewer.

And, American teens are being boxed out of low-wage jobs by illegal aliens.

Politics · Tue, 01/31/2006 - 17:16 · Importance: 1

Wed, 02/01/2006 - 07:23
Pat

The construction industry in CA is now 99% Hispanic, taking away jobs from Americans who don't want to or are not prepared to sit in an office cubicle for life.

I would be happy if we started with Step One: enforce the laws already on the books re paying income tax, stealing shopping carts, driving drunk. Maybe then there wouldn't be such a negative feeling about illegal immigration.

Tue, 01/31/2006 - 22:34
DG

Yes, the most important thing to remember about this temporary guest worker plan is that it WILL NOT be temporary. We all know that once these people come here they will not be going home. Any security that may come with this scheme will only be temporary for show and then it will go away forever. If this plan gets implemented it will destroy our Country and we will be stuck with a continual flow of these people in here. Make sure you contact your reps. and let them know to vote against any kind of guest worker plan. And we would like our laws enforced.

Tue, 01/31/2006 - 18:06
LomaAlta
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How disappointing. More emphasis on immigration. Phony guest worker plan that is mass amnesty in in sheep's clothing. Not a word about: building a fence, more agents, interior enforcement, stopping terrorists from crossing the border, and on and on. And, not a word about the Mexican Army crossing our border, armed and ready to fight, hundreds of times in the last few years alone. Yes, HUNDREDS of times the Mexican Army has crossed into the USA! Homeland security is a shell game and Americans will suffer murder by the untold thousands. Not if, but when, terrorists walk across an open border and attack.

I am sick at heart from the deception and irresponsibility. This will be President Bush's legacy. Maybe election day in 2006 will be a good day to go fishing.