The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 8, 2013

Don Ray, guests columnist: Help out by changing conditions in Mexico

JOPLIN, Mo. — Our society today seems to have little concern regarding the allegations of abuse and mismanagement by the Obama administration involving Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Department of Justice and, most recently, the National Security Agency.

These five possible scandals within the Obama administration, while appearing to be unrelated, raise serious questions about the legitimacy and integrity of the president and his administration and the bureaucracy in general.

There is no doubt in my mind that these five situations are serious. I sincerely hope  our Congress will continue to investigate until answers are found. But today we have another very serious situation.

We have a Democratic-controlled Senate that is doing its best to ramrod an immigration bill through that is loaded with thousands of pages (much like the never-read Obama health care bill that I’m sure no senator has yet read completely).

 I would like to offer a thought-provoking alternative to this huge pork-laden immigration bill that just might help with our nation’s immigration problems. This current piece of legislation is not going to resolve the issue. It’s just another “kick-the-can-down-the road” piece of legislation, for it’s being done just to score political points with the Hispanic population.

Again, it’s just politics.

We all know that our nation has spent decades of political effort, billions of dollars and, most of all, numerous American lives to try and help the countries of the Middle East to become democratic countries and all this effort has done is to make them hate us more. So why do we continue to go down this road? Politics.

Our country is suffering economically, in part, due to our southern border’s immigration problem. A problem that has been with us for decades now, and we have yet to resolve it. Why? Politics.

The Hispanic people of Mexico, for the most part, are good people.

The vast majority are family-oriented, loving, caring and hard-working people, and the best thing is, they do not hate us. Most have only come to our country so that they can find jobs and earn money to support their families because 40 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line in their home country.

For many, their preference would be to work and live in their own country.

However, their economy is in a shambles because of government corruption and the drug cartels that have created much of this corruption. To be quite honest, I feel their president would just as soon see them leave Mexico forever. Then he wouldn’t have to deal with them.

My suggestion is that rather than to continue our no-win situation in the Middle East, we put our time, efforts, money and American military here in our own hemisphere working to help change the conditions in Mexico. Mexico has an enormous oil supply, and the money from that is not being used to benefit the people of Mexico, but instead going into the pockets of the corrupt politicians.

Tourism used to be big in Mexico; however, it isn’t anymore due to the drug cartels and the violence caused by them. To me, the wise thing to do would be to help the Mexican people regain control of their own country and its natural resources so that they can work and live in their own homeland rather than be a burden to our economy.

To do this wouldn’t be an easy task, I’m sure, but then neither would it be to add another 11 million people more to our already overstretched economy.

Over the past month or so, I have made this suggestion to our U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, as well as Rep. Billy Long, via letters, emails and phone calls to their Washington offices. Thus far, I’ve received no response from any of them. I have a feeling it is due to politics, which seems to be more important to both the Republicans and Democrats, than helping the people of this nation and this hemisphere who care.

I sincerely believe  it is time we the voters of this nation, turn those “do nothings” currently in office out to pasture, and vote into office those who wish to work at trying to resolve these issues, rather than talk and do nothing.

We have far too many of this type in elected office now.

Don Ray lives in Joplin.

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