Americans are arrogant. Our country is young, and has played a decisive role in world events for a very brief period. U.S. economic power is already under fire from China, which has assumed a pivotal role in the world economy, purchased enormous amounts of our debt, and stands ready to bury our manufacturing sector.
Today’s report shows our teachers, police officers, firefighters, and nurses are still feeling the worst of the Bush recession — while Republican leaders demean them as ‘special interests’ and try to block legislation that will grow our economy.
Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi Statement on July Jobs Report, August 6, 2010
July’s abysmal employment report confirmed the stalled recovery and fed fears of a second recession.
July’s jobs numbers reflect, in part, expected losses related to the census winding down. But the fact is, we’ve now added private sector jobs every month this year, instead of losing them, as we did for the first seven months of last year.
There has been too much agenda-laden discussion lately over whether the threat of spillover violence from Mexico to our border states is real, or a right-wing fabrication. The Obama administration’s curious strategy supports Mexico’s efforts to quash cartels while providing minimalist funding for our own border security, and abuses the legal arena to prevent states from protecting themselves.
Washington has become very fond of the word “unprecedented.” In contrast to “broken,” another favorite applied to things that the president disapproves of and wants to revamp, such as our health care and immigration systems, the “unprecedented” label is freely slapped on every action he takes.
There is a point where misrepresentation, innuendo, and truth-stretching become fabrication. The arguments in favor of immigration reform crossed the line months ago, and the president’s July 1, 2010 speech was a classic Obamaesque effort to construct an alternate reality.
Immigration reform rhetoric has been so perverted by Democrats, the president, and special interests that the problem is now portrayed as the fault of Americans who fail to recognize that everyone sneaking into the country illegally is a potential Einstein:
The scientific breakthroughs of Albert Einstein, the inventions of Nikola Tesla, the great ventures of Andrew Carnegie’s U.S.
The standoff with Arizona and the never-ending BP disaster have spurred enmity between taxpayers, government, and businesses. Opportunism spurred by the discord will compel legislators to pass bills to give the appearance of action, and to appease special interests eager to seize the moment.