A Chain of Events

One anchor. One person. One person was responsible for bringing in thirty people legally into the United States.

How did it happen? By one act of kindness.

Was it good for America? Not at all.

Magical World

My father was an entrepreneur who started many companies. Some failed while others did very well. And over his life he employed lots of people and helped create a lot of wealth for them One of his employees was families had immigrated from Colombia.

She was a lovely lady who cleaned the office and helped around wherever she could. In her later years she helped my father and mother at their home.She did not speak English and first came here illegally. Since my father did not want any problems with the authorities, he paid for a lawyer and got her a green card. And over time  she got all of her documents, paid her taxes and became a U.S citizen.

Yet having lived here her entire life, she never learned English. Never took the time to learn the culture and never fully integrated into American life. She always lived as an outsider within the American system. And she knew her life was far better here than it ever could be in Colombia.

So now as a U.S citizen with full rights, she helped bring over her entire family from Colombia.. Her sister, daughter, husband, and nieces all immigrated here. And even today, she continues to bring over her extended family, all legally.

I always had a good relationship with Lydia and it became closer when I married my wife Rocio. When I moved back to N.Y, Lydia and my wife hit it off since they both spoke Spanish. And as I had children, Lydia helped me with my kids.

Lydia was the first person that opened my eyes to an America and a system that I never knew existed and would never be part of. It all happened when one of my daughters got sick and I had to take her to the emergency room. When Lydia saw the bill I had to pay, Lydia was first shocked that I paid and even more dismayed by my naïveté for paying the bill.

Lydia seeing how I overpaid for my daughters medical bills and other such things began to educate me informed me there are many ways to go to the emergency room and not have to pay the bill. In fact she began to teach me about the massive government system of services that are free to almost anybody, a system that I had no idea that existed.

It reminded me of a Lydia who skit done years ago on Saturday Night Live where the black comedian Eddie Murphy dressed up as a white man in a  comedy and goes out to what it was like to live as a white man in America.

In the first scene the white Eddie Murphy enters a newsstand is not allowed to pay for the newspaper by the white owner, and as he surmises “I guess white people give each other things when black people are not around.”

In another scene, Eddie Murphy is on a bus which breaks out into a grand party after the last black person departs. Finally when Eddie Murphy goes to a bank to get a loan and is rejected by the black banker because he had no i.d, no job and no collateral, he eventually gets a $50,000 loan in cash, when a white banker intervenes on his behalf .

The skit is hilarious in that it was clearly over the top and yet when I began to see how Lydia lived, it reminded me of that skit. Comedy works because it touches on the nerves of truth. We all know that there are diffrent experiences people have that we will never be part of  because of our race, color or gender. It is normal. However, comedy of  my association with Lydia I was able to get a glimpse into the world of government programs and assistance that the majority of Americans have no idea they existed how they operated

Lydia had none or practically  no medical bills (Medicaid). She could go a Doctor at virtually no cost.She had access to free food (food stamps, E.B.T program). She received several monthly checks from a smorgasbord of government agencies that helped her pay for her housing and other miscellaneous expenses. She was set.

Although these programs and doors are supposedly open to all Americans, I would never be able to access them. They were never meant for people like me. They were not meant for “Normal Americans”. Think I am wrong? Take a look at how veterans are treated with sub standard care at the Veterans Administration Hospitals. These are the types of the because government programs normal Americans receive. It was designed that way.

A few years back I went to a finance conference where one of the panelist argued how efficiently the government operated. The panel laughed at her comments, but she continued “The money in government is by being inefficient. For example many companies can bid on a government contracts- and for many  they will never win the contract nor ever be able to complete the application. But with the right contact (and payoff) within the government, you will actually get your application completed and win the job.” That was my epiphany. The government is actually quite receive efficient if you know how to pull the right levers.

The reason why Lydia had great benefits and veterans have terrible ones is because Lydia and her ilk know how to bring the votes. The communities Lydia lives in know how to get people elected and keep them in power and because of that the government responds to people like her. Veterans don’t vote as a uniform block and because of that, they are recipients of an inefficient government.  Minority communities generally speaking  live close to each other (think Chicago, NYC) which makes it easier to concentrate their power. While veterans are spread out all over the United States.

Lydia did what any rational person would do, she told her family about the amazing benefits she received and tried to bring in as many of them as she could.And now as a U.S citizen she continues to live off the government.

As a country we are worse off having allowed Lydia into our country. It pains me to say it but it is the truth. The people she brought over came here to consume and better their own lives and their received but not the country which has given them so much. The irony was that my father was a veteran who never once took anything form the government and yet has helped many others to do so.

Steve

sleeclark@gmail.com

Time To Bug Out

“Bug Out” was a derisive term that emerged out of the Korean War after the U.S. Army hastily retreated from it’s holding position during attack. We abandoned our positions and fled en mass as the Chinese overran our positions. They “bugged out” the same way a cockroach flees when the lights are turned on. Weapons, equipment and radios were all left behind in the hasty retreat. That retreat by the U.S. Army left our Marine Corps brethren totally exposed on their right flank, which enabled the Chinese to completely  surround the Marines.

Bug Out

The Marine Corps were able to extract themselves from this precarious situation by doing a retrograde to the Chosin Reservoir and narrowly escaping the Chinese horde. Had it not been for the Marines bravery and resiliency, the outcome would most likely have been a total disaster for them.

The term “bug out” came to mind as I sat watching the Twin Towers come down 0n 9/11/01. Earlier that day, I had been in Tower 5 , one of the buildings connected to the World Financial Center, and was able to escape with my life. Later that same afternoon, my wife and I, joined by friends,  gathered on the lawn opposite the Twin Towers to watch the inferno while trying to gain some understanding of what had just happened.

At the time, we lived in a community in Jersey City populated with many people from Latin America.  These were our friends…Brazilians, Argentinians and Mexicans to name just a few. For the most part, we all worked in the banking sector and our lives were connected by families and jobs. Since I spoke Spanish fluently, most had no idea I was an American or that I had served in the military. They all thought I was an immigrant, like them, who was here under a work visa.

While they were all dismayed and distraught by the events on 9/11, to a person they all had the same plan in mind, to bug out, to leave the country as quickly as possible. The day before they were all happy living and working in the U.S., thrilled that they had high paying jobs and great careers as they had been unable to find these opportunities in their home countries. Yet, on the day of the attacks, they were already beginning to pack their bags and head home to, what they perceived to be, safer venues.

In a sense I could understand their concern. They were foreigners in a foreign land and, consequently, had no horse in the race. The U.S was being attacked and they were not willing to risk their lives as they were not Americans.  They all wanted to leave. I get that…to a point. On the other hand, they were willing to reap all the benefits American society had to offer them as long as they didn’t have to assume any of the responsibilities that citizenship required.

In essence, this is the problem of immigration (illegal and legal). If the only reason people want to come here is to extract benefits, in the case of my neighbors and high paying jobs, how was is that group of people any different from the illegal aliens who come here for free government benefits?  Neither group is here to benefit the country, only themselves.

When I was in the Marines, I had the honor of serving with a Marine from Ireland and one from the Dominican Republic, both of whom had joined the Marines as a path to citizenship. They served with honor and would have paid the ultimate price for this country. However, when I worked in the banking sector I was surrounded by foreigners whose main aim was to make as much money as possible and then “head home.” Hardly any of them had any real interest in understanding the country and the sacrifices people have made to make this country an economic juggernaut.  Admittedly, not all of them were like this; but, the majority was.

There is clearly something awry with an immigration policy that allows in economic “hit-men” (and women) whose sole purpose is to get as much money as possible from the American companies they work for and take it elsewhere.

Part of the reason Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls is his “pro U.S. worker” message. The middle class has felt the economic squeeze via illegal immigration as these immigrants compete with the middle class for jobs. Yet these same immigrants don’t pay any of the taxes for publicly funded programs, such as education and health care. The middle class feels unduly burdened because they are taking the hit and paying for it, too.

The white collar worker has felt the brunt of legal immigration, especially in banking and technology sectors via the HB-1 visa program which now pits Americans against immigrants for these high paying jobs. Many corporations know these immigrants will work for less performing the same job. The recent Disney scandal where American workers were forced to train their foreign replacements as a precondition for receiving termination benefits shows the great lengths to which American employers will go to bring in cheap labor.

The United States was founded on principles of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. Many Americans and countless   families have paid the ultimate price for this great nation’s founding and its existence ever since. Today many people, especially the young, are attracted to the financial structure of socialism..being sold as an alternative to capitalism. But economic socialism is a derivative of a failed political system: Socialism. Capitalism is not. It is a purely economic model…one which has brought more wealth and innovation to the Western world, and more economic relief to the world in general, than any other in human history.

We were not meant to be a system of commerce where each and every transaction is to be judged by its optimal economic return. The immigration policies that the U.S has created, which incentivize illegal immigration by way of free benefits, undermines the ability of capitalism and free markets to self-correct.

Ultimately, the brilliance of the American citizen, and in particular the American worker, is that we are a nation that was built on showing up and staying the course…not bugging out. The path to citizenship should be one that honors that history.

Steve

sleeclark@gmail.com

Make Your Own People

“All fathers are intimidating. They’re intimidating because they are fathers. Once a man has children, for the rest of his life, his attitude is, To hell with the world, I can make my own people. I’ll eat whatever I want. I’ll wear whatever I want, and I’ll create whoever I want.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Seinfield,  Comedian / Writer

I never knew I would have 6 kids and if you asked me 20 years ago that I would be a father of 6, I would have thought you were crazy. The fact is I did not plan it this way but my wife and I felt it was always important to embrace life and as the kids came, we were overjoyed.  Given the large responsibility of raising so many kids, I don’t have a lot of time for much else, so my kids have become my social circle, to paraphrase who needs friends when you make your own people. Having 6 kids is expensive, time consuming and leaves me completely exhausted. However there is no greater joy for me than spending time with my family.Illegal Alien

But most of the Western World no longer has kids as they once did and even in the U.S are birth rates are declining. Patrick Buchanan wrote a great book called “Death of the West”  in which he talks about the consequences of the Western World no longer having kids. Given the huge population explosions in Latin America, Asia and Africa, this new growing class of people are set to cause massive shifts in global power. The fact is the West is dying and soon to be replaced with a new world order.

Over the last 20 years countries in Europe have had a huge influx of immigrants mostly from the Arab world and this is where it gets interesting. Native French families are having less than 2 babies per family which is below the replacement level to keep the population growing, while the French Arab immigrants have birth rates much higher (close to 6 per family). In his book, Buchanan believes that given these rates, France will become a Muslim country with over 50% of the population being Muslim by 2050. It is the ultimate conquest of a nation, and in this case a culture, without firing a shot.

The United States is currently being invaded by Latin America with thousands of illegals crossing the border every day. There is currently no limit on this escalating influx. The US border patrol is now releasing these people into the United States absent any way to control or document the flow of illegals. I think the reasons are two fold:

  • The abortion of over 50 million Americans since Roe v. Wade
  • The Social Security “Ponzi Scheme.”

Given that the U.S has aborted over 50 million babies since Roe v. Wade was passed, we have had more abortions in this country than anyone ever anticipated (except perhaps Progressives like Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood as a means of eliminating minority and “unsavory” populations). All of contributions those lives lost could have had on our culture was destroyed in the womb. But if you combine a lower birth rate with 50 million abortions with an overall aging population you care bound to find yourselves in the predicament we now face…such as the U.S government’s many promises to its citizens that it can no longer keep. To wit: Social Security.

Social Security is the retirement fund that all Americans pay into so that once they hit 65 they can collect their retirement payout. The fact is that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme. There is no money in the fund andwhat was there was either spent rightfully or raided by Congress for other purposes! The only thing that is in the Social Security fund are IOU’s !  As a result, this is how Social Security works today:

  • 25 year old James pays $1,000 a month into Social Security and,
  • Social Security takes James $1,000 dollars and pays Mike (aged 65)

The moment we run out of young people that can pay the retires, the system collapses. That moment is on the horizon and soon. The US government prosecutes and takes Ponzi schemes very seriously and will send you to jail if you enrage in one (see Bernie Madoff). The irony is that the US government runs the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world and is beyond prosecution… or accountability for that matter.

To understand the scam and how it relates to illegal aliens you need to know the following:

  • It is illegal to knowingly hire an illegal alien in the U.S.
  • As proof of documentation illegals get fake illegal Social Security numbers and by doing so the companies that hire them are no longer held liable.
  • When the company pays the illegal and deducts money from his paycheck to pay Social Security, that money then goes to pay the current retirees.
  • The illegal can never collect his Social Security benefits because he is not an American citizen.

So then, here  is a major factor in the Federal government’s love affair with illegal immigrants.  Our elected officials can mask the fraud that the U.S. government is currently engaged in as they ride out their prosperous careers. They then exit the system having become personally enriched, provided for in retirement… yet leaving behind a corrupted and broken system that cannot serve the people who elected them.

One is left to ask…what’s wrong with this picture?

 

Steve Clark