Deportation? Learn English or leave? Say what? Another of W.'s half-baked policies about racism and straw men? You bet. It's startling how rapid institutionalized racism can take root. I don't want to get too apocalyptic here, but I wonder how much people can take before something gives. How long can government expect the masses to tolerate such policies, especially in the face of its own harmful incompetence? Folks, remember, we do not have to internalize the either/or, extremist, confrontational, fear-based world our president is creating.
It's wrong to believe that undocumented workers are responsible for the United States' economic problems. The wealth in this country is staggering. Add up how much Paramount Pictures spends in a single year to make its films. Do you know how much it costs to stage one car explosion scene in a single movie? Alex Rodriguez, baseball player, makes over 25 million dollars per year. A subsidiary of Halliburton (Kellogg, Brown & Root) has reported over $15 billion in revenue since the start of the Iraq War in 2003. And here's a frightening number--according to the U.S. Treasury Department, in his first four years in office George W. Bush borrowed more money from foreign governments and financial instiutions than all previous 42 Presidents combined. From 1776-2000, 42 Presidents borrowed 101 trillion dollars. In four years, W. borrowed over 105 trillion. And I am supposed to have anger toward undocumented workers and their hourly wages?
The No HR4437 group says this on its website, regarding the May 1 Boycott:
"The points of unity are: No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.). Cities across the United States have marched during the week, therefore, in essence observing a regional boycott, which is only felt regionally. The March 25th Coalition against HR4437, calls for these regions to develop a national network that will 'connect the dots.' We believe with numbers we have power, the power currently necessary to keep the pressure on the White House to propose provisions that are just and fair for all immigrants."