Warm Southern Breeze

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A note on Illegal Immigration

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, May 7, 2010

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The following is one of the typical e-mail “you must do something now!” kind of messages that so many of us receive in our e-mail in boxes.

In such typical fashion, they are either contain a type of ‘the world is going to end’ (and soon, if you don’t act now!), or either “the sky is falling!,” type of message.

While the motivation for the message, or the idea behind them may – at times – be worthwhile, often the delivery is suspect.

Following is the message, and – NOT TO BE MISSED – is my thoughtful response to my good friend whom passed it along to me.


You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal.” Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.

Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

Ready? Now pay attention…

Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200..00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.

Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.

Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

Do you get it, now?

If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens

You are part of the problem!

It’s way PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans! What are you waiting for? Pass it on.

My thoughtful response follows:

“Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year.”

That’s too damn expensive!

And what does he get for his money? Jack squat!

If he makes no claims does he get his money back? Hell no! Insurance companies wouldn’t hear of that!!

We DO need some reform on these issues, to be certain.

Oh, and I’m with you on the illegal aliens thing. I read the other day  the president’s remarks that “our immigration system is broken,” and that “Washington has failed to meet its responsibilities, Americans are right to be frustrated, including its folks along border states.” (Remarks by the President at Cinco de Mayo Reception, which the Mexican Interior Secretary, Fernando Gomez Mont and his wife Gloria, attended.)

One of the points I’ve shared with others is that, while a delivery of an opinion or point can and sometimes should be passionate, the delivery itself must not exist purely on impassioned rhetoric. It must be substantial. It must stand on rationality, reason and logic. It must not obtain its impetus from inflamed passions.

Now, that’s not to say that the message contained in the e-mail was either passionate or illogical, for it exists to illustrate a point – however imprecise it may be – and that point is, that our immigration system is in serious need of an overhaul & repair.

You know my thoughts on this issue, I believe, since we’ve spoken together about it. I am opposed to the violation of our nation’s immigration laws, and those whom “game” the system, legally or illegally.

On a much larger, or higher level, I perceive that there are some underlying issues that are driving some of the legislation we’ve seen passed in recent years (“recent” being within the past two administrations, which actually has equaled nearly 20 years, 16, to be precise – and that’s too long!) which has focused on pandering to some of our base – and indeed sinful – human frailties, foremost among them, avarice (an unbridled and extreme greed).

And, I squarely point the finger of blame at Corporations, many of which are Multi-National in scope, and frankly, have NO loyalty to our nation. They want what they want, and damn the rest! Their armies of lawyers are no match for you or I, and when their denizens march in cavalcade upon the offices of our representatives and senators to peddle their influence, you’d better be damn sure that neither you nor I come to their minds (our representatives and senators).

I am FOR the people, and I am AGAINST BIG BUSINESS – not business in general, nor the small/family-owned businessman, but GIANT MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS whose exclusive purview and existence is to make a profit by any means possible, including manipulation of law.

Having, and being driven then, by their love of money, they will do anything to obtain more of the object of their inordinate desire – including hurt others, directly or indirectly. Thus, “We the people” are damaged to the extent that those lobbyists suggestions are heeded.

Frankly, I would favor making lobbying by such groups (big business & multi-national corporations) illegal.

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