Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Our so-called political "LEADERS" and other "bleeding hearts" SUPPORT tax money to benefit ILLEGALS, but are SILENT when it comes to the FILM INDUSTRY

Illegal immigration! We have a Mayor, a City Council and an editorial board on the Los Angeles Times who seem to think that the tremendous amount of illegals we have here is not that big of a problem. Aside from the fact that these people are first and foremost, lawbreakers, we hear and read over and over again about how we couldn't survive without all these lawbreakers. Lawbreakers who, in fact, are simply here because they want to feed their families. And they're here because they want to be a part of the "American Dream".

Uh, huh!

We had an immigration rally in this city a week or so ago. Anyone marching, cheering or somehow participating in that rally seemed to be perfectly okay with the sight of Mexican flags that were flying in this rally and all the Spanish that was being spoken by people who say they can't speak English.

Question: I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I'm not the brightest bulb in the room, so I need to have something explained to me. What part of the "American Dream" involves the flying of Mexican flags and the inability to speak English?

An inability that has caused politicians and bleeding heart types to mandate that we have plenty of legal American citizens working at places like hospitals, welfare and Social Security offices who speak Spanish and other languages (other than English) so that these illegal citizens can have someone to talk to about "benefits" they get. Benefits that are paid for by legal American citizens.

You know, benefits like free medical care, free schooling, etc., etc.

I'VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN...The reason people like me are so pissed off about having all these illegals in our midst has absolutely NOTHING to do with racism or hating Mexicans, Asians, Muslims, whatever. It's because we have too many people here NOW!!! The economy is lousy, it's getting worse and the LAST thing we need is a bunch of people who are here ILLEGALLY who contribute nothing but cheap labor that drives down salaries for LEGAL American citizens and who constantly use up much needed tax dollars for themselves and force us to hire people who can COMMUNICATE with them.

"AMERICAN DREAM?!?" For those of us who are here legally, it's becoming an "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE!!!"

For those of you who have read my blogs before, you know this is isn't the first time I've expressed my concern/anger regarding the way too many people look the other way when it involves illegal immigrants.

The reason I'm prompted to bring it up again is because of "PRIORITIES"!!!

Our leaders have made it a priority to (seemingly) bend over backwards for people who are here ILLEGALLY, but when it comes to looking out for an industry that IS Los Angeles/Hollywood and therefore is very important to CALIFORNIA, nothing is being done (tax incentive wise) to keep TELEVISION and FILMMAKERS HERE!!! I bring this up because the ABC network has decided to move the show, "Ugly Betty" to New York by the 30th of June when they'll begin production of/on next season's shows. WHY?!? Because New York is offering a much better "tax credit" deal. CANADA offers a better deal and that's caused shows and films to be produced there instead of here. NEW MEXICO offers a better deal as does MICHIGAN, BULGARIA and who knows how many other countries and U.S. cities!

WE CAN'T COME UP WITH TAX INCENTIVES THAT WILL KEEP FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION HERE (IN HOLLYWOOD), but we CAN keep spending tax dollars on ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and for foreign language speaking LEGAL American citizens hired to make life EASIER for illegal immigrants?!?

Oh, I can hear it now. Scott, you're being too simplistic with your argument. My answer to that is, "With all due respect, the argument that CATERS to illegal immigrants is "too simplistic!!!"

Whew! I feel so much better!

OTHER STUFF...

Can we all agree that we (as a country) are spending too much money? I mean, the President of the United States won't admit we're in a recession, but Warren Buffett says we are in a recession and have been for some time. I don't know about you, but I'll take my chances with with the Warren Buffet view.

Let's see...We have skyrocketing gas and food prices, lower salaries, high unemployment, a ton of foreclosures, millions of people without health care, and we look at where most of our tax dollars are going. Into a hole known as Iraq. And a smaller hole known as Afghanistan.

Billions upon billions upon TRILLIONS!!! And for WHAT?!?

Folks, I know that most folks are too scared to bring up what I'm about to bring up, buuuut...

ISN'T IT TIME WE TOOK A GOOD LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE'RE SPENDING ON "NATIONAL DEFENSE"?!?

I mean, a GOOD look!!!

If someone took an HONEST look at the amount of our tax dollars that we allow to be spent on "National Defense" and then see the amount that's not only UNNECESSARY but that is also WASTED, I think we'd say, "WHAAAAT?!?".

Whadda ya say, gang! We're letting our country slip away from us. Isn't time we took it back?

THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER IS CREEPING UP ON US and that makes me think about the three people who want to be our new President of the United States. Hillary Clinton says she would have left that Church Barack Obama was a member of, Obama has (finally) disowned the comments made by his former reverend and John McCain hasn't said anything about Obama's minister because McCain has a minister in his recent past who believes in things that are every bit as eyebrow raising as Obama's former minister.

Will we still be talking about ministers up to the day of the election? I hope not. I hope that what these candidates eventually start talking about is what specifically they plan to do to make America be (again) for all Americans instead of for just some Americans!!

Speaking of Hillary...Isn't it interesting how she says over and over again that she would never have remained in a church presided over by a minister who said the things he said, but that she did stay with a husband who cheated on her more than once?

THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I write back to everyone.

A FILM WORTH WATCHING!!!

I saw "Iron Man" a couple of days ago. Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Leslie Bibb were terrific in what is your classic "popcorn film". It is a film I can describe in one word; FUN!!!

And they've already decided to make a sequel!

THE FINAL FOUR ON AMERICAN IDOL!!!

It was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night last night and each of the four singers chose two songs to sing.

Older David sang first and he was followed by Syesha, Jason and Younger David.

Here are what (to me) were the high and lowlights.

Older David was solid.

Syesha was sexy and hot while doing the Tina Turner version of "Proud Mary" and she was brought to tears when she talked about her second song, "A Change is Gonna Come", a song about the Civil Rights movement.

Jason's version of "I Shot the Sheriff was awful and he forgot some words on his second song, "Mr. Tambourine Man", but he didn't miss a beat and I thought it was a good "recovery". The judges disagreed.

Young David did an okay version of "Stand by Me" and a more than okay version of "Love Me Tender".

You never know about how the telephone callers will vote, but Jason should have been eliminated weeks ago. If he isn't eliminated tonight....Well, if he isn't eliminated tonight, then I have to believe he might have enough people out there willing to call enough times to make Jason the eventual winner!

THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net. I write back to everyone.

THE NEXT BLOG?

Unless something unforseen comes up, a week from today. And you know that at least one of the subjects will be something that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

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