What to do about “The Donald”

July 12, 2015

IllegalImmigrationCostsEver since his rambling June 16th Presidential candidate announcement that included: “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. […] They are sending people that have lots of problems…They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists, and some are good people, and I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.” the headlines against Donald Trump have been brutal.

Yet those headlines hide the real news behind the comment: that Trump is tapping into a level of frustration and disgust with the status-quo that has millions of Americans saying “it’s about time”.

Lost in the rush to protect political correctness are Trump’s other points on: Stagnant economic growth and wages, trade agreements benefiting corporations over American workers, Obamacare crushing doctors, patients and business, and the absolute disaster that is the Obama foreign policy.

Working and middle class America is sick and tired, mad as hell, and just plain fed up with what both political parties are forcing upon them.

In 1986 when President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act he did so to deal with the nearly 3 million illegal immigrants in the country at the time and with a promise from Congress that the border would be secured.

The illegals got amnesty, Reagan got lied to, and the American taxpaying citizen is still paying the price.

Our national debt that year was just over $2 trillion, today it’s almost ten times that and for what?

Food stamps at an all time high, energy and food never costing more, a labor participation rate from the Carter years, and regulatory ideologues doing more economic harm than any foreign enemy could only dream of.

Throw in that both political parties are more concerned with campaign contributions than Constitutional duty and is it any wonder that year after year the American people report “wrong track/right track” numbers overwhelmingly on the “wrong track” side?

And wait until the press gets a hold of this statement:

“Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs….”Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits…”…”These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world.”

OUCH. Except Trump didn’t utter a single word of it.

They are from Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993 press release on his attempt to stop the new flow of illegals that the Reagan agreement started.

Sadly, shortly thereafter, Harry’s party decided vote pandering was a better election strategy than American sovereignty and the country has been on a downhill slide since.

School boards across the country now spend millions to accommodate vs educate, hospitals deliver untold millions in uncompensated care, and American citizens continue to be victims of crimes that the Obama administration and the political left refuses to address.

Politicians can pontificate for eternity on the “benefits” of unfettered immigration but not one of their words will bring back Kate Steinle, Bob Barry Jr., or Jamiel Shaw II and the thousands of other victims over the years that had their own lives cut short because their political leaders lacked the will to protect them.

Trump may be crass and arrogant, but the one thing he does not do is sugar coat.

After decades of being spoon fed one sugar coated lie after another, millions of Americans are starving for straight, truthful talk, no matter how bad the taste.

And any candidate that chooses to ignore that simple truth does so at his/her own peril.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: A version of this column first appeared in the July 12, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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