Memorial Day is the symbolic start of the summer season, but most of us understand that this holiday associated with cookouts and weekend getaways is meant for something other than our enjoyment. On Memorial Day we honor Americans who died in service, and reflect on sacrifices made and lives lost for the sake of people not only in this country, but in countries throughout the world.
Part I: Benefits for Illegal Immigrants: What Congress Won’t Admit
“The truth is, there’s no plan that has ever been considered under health care reform in Congress that covers illegal immigrants. Nobody has proposed that. And yet, a huge percentage believe that that’s the case. So, anybody listening right now, let’s dispel that myth.”
– President Barack Obama, August 20, 2009
Christmas is over.
The launch of Sputnik I on October 4, 1957, caught America by surprise. In the face of President Eisenhower’s support of the Vanguard proposal, the Soviet Union’s unexpected milestone shocked us into accelerating our aerospace program, led to the creation of NASA, and ultimately delivered three astronauts to the moon on July 20, 1969.1
While Sputnik provided the impetus for the research and development efforts that led to Apollo 11, we were uniquely poised to accept the Soviet challenge because of technological advances necessitated by World War II and the ensuing Cold War.
Part I: The Employment Picture
We have accepted for decades that the decline of U.S. manufacturing is inevitable, with lengthy analyses since the 1970s dedicated to finding a root cause for the inexorable deterioration of this vital sector of our economy.
Manufacturing employment peaked in 19791. Past economic downturns have precipitated significant drops in manufacturing employment, notably the recession of 2001, which cost us 17% of our manufacturing positions.
When good behavior comes from a place where you least expect it, that good behavior should be reinforced in hopes that it will become something other than an aberration. We slighted our government by not commending it for something it did correctly last year. Frankly, there are very few instances where we can point to our public officials and say “Nice job.” This was one of those instances, and not only did we drop the ball by not giving credit where it was surely due, but we condemned the incident and our officials in favor of defending individuals who entered our country unbidden and broke our laws.