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Letter to the editor: Why the US can't solve immigration problem

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

America’s immigration problem has little to do with Mexicans and little to do with Muslims. Public disgust with the administration of the immigration system is a symptom of a deeper problem: the slow collapse of American democracy.

Christopher Hayes, author of “Twilight of the Elites,” tried to answer the question of what has gone wrong in our country over the last few decades. He wrote, “We now operate in a world in which we can assume neither competence nor good faith from the authorities.”

Our country is now governed by corrupt and incompetent elites.

Writing in Der Spiegel magazine, Gabor Steingart described the governing system these elites have created. The cooperation between the government and the finance sector degenerated into copulation, and the result is the “bastard economy.” The bastard economy is dominated by corrupt governing elites who sell the law and corrupt financial elites who buy it.”

The immigration issue is not salient because of sovereignty or related questions, but because it is the unique issue in which the elites of both left and right are determined to defy the will of the American people.

The Democrats dream of stuffing the ballot box with illegal immigrant votes for political power. The Republicans dream of driving down American wages for monetary power. Their common interest is to keep the border open and flood the country with as many immigrants as they can get away with.

The political culture of the bastard economy promotes people who carry out the open borders agenda like John McCain. In 2007 Sen. McCain, not facing re-election, colluded with Ted Kennedy to pass an amnesty bill. In 2010 Sen. McCain, facing re-election, went to the Arizona voters promising to “complete the dang fence.” Note the use of the word “dang” by McCain to commiserate with the unwashed yahoos.

After the election, “dang fence” morphs back into amnesty. In 2013 on the immigration issue, almost all politicians are McCain.

How is the law purchased in the bastard economy? The buy-now pay-later model of bribery is how the bastard economy remunerates its good performers.

Gone are the days of (someone) like William Jefferson (D), caught with $90,000 in his freezer and now residing in the federal pen in Texas. Now, the payment is after the term of office. That makes it “legal.”

Consider Bill Clinton. Clinton took the oath of office, then went to work in part for the finance sector: He signed all three components of the deregulation of the banking sector in the 1990s that Wall Street craved.

Eight years after the end of his term, shazzam! — he was worth $108 million without holding a job. He showed that working for the finance sector pays even better than cattle futures. The Republicans are no better: After championing the cause of liberty for the investment banks, Phil Gram and Judd Gregg received big bucks jobs from investment banks.

Now, all politicians see that the right behavior pays big.

Laura Ingraham said on May 3, “The system is not broken, but the politicians sure are.” The immigration system would work if the law was enforced.

But on the other hand, our democracy cannot work as long as the voters have no choice other than open borders political parties. Now that we have the same voting alternatives as the citizens of the Soviet Union, our country will more and more resemble this and similar failed states.

Hank Achor