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  1. [dumbstruck] Wow…Oh, my…wow… I mean, I knew it… but…wow… we are in some serious trouble…

    We are redoing everything that was done after the crash of ’29. I’m not surprised but still… I can’t believe I’m seeing it in black and white.

    Comment by Felix — April 7, 2010 @ 10:14 pm - April 7, 2010

  2. No, it wasn’t Bush’s fault by any means. People love to forget, and of course Democrats encourage them to, that the 2008 budget is actually Obama’s budget, not Bush’s because Democrats were so confident they were going to win, they held it over so that Bush couldn’t veto it. That budget, as well as Democrats promises to end the Bush tax cuts and promises to enact massive new taxes and regulation were what caused the recession, and the recession more than anything caused the housing bubble burst and the subsequent financial meltdown. (Which wouldnt happened even in spite of the recession if it werent for Democrats socialist housing policies and their corrupt cronies at Fannie and Freddie).

    You can say Bush spent too much — he did — but he is not responsible for the economy killing policies that caused the recession or the reckless socialist policies that caused the housing and financial crises. Those belong solely to the Democrats.

    Comment by American Elephant — April 7, 2010 @ 10:59 pm - April 7, 2010

  3. One way to improve the situation would be to reconsider our immigration policy. Perhaps a moratorium? Perhaps we could narrow our selection criteria to foreign workers with truly unique skills?

    We add 125,000 workers a month via green cards and temporary work visas. 900,000 temporary visas were added last year and they’re still being issues. There are 1.1 million permanent foreign workers right now.

    It’s estimated that illegal immigrants hold 8 million jobs.

    Given all that, our betters on both sides of the aisle are hot for amnesty.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — April 7, 2010 @ 11:59 pm - April 7, 2010

  4. That is an excellent point SoCalRobert. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of a fellow named Frosty Woolridge or not, but he is critical of all immigration, not just illegal immigration–on the grounds that if it continues at the pace it has been going, our country is headed for catastrophe. You can find his argument outlined in this article among other places. At the moment I’m most concerned by the expansion of the government by the Obama administration, but I’ve been worried since Obama was elected about the coming power play whereby the Democrats try to sign up a bunch of new voters by giving amnesty and then citizen to the illegal immigrants already here.

    Comment by Kurt — April 8, 2010 @ 12:45 am - April 8, 2010

  5. Aaarrrggghhh… I meant to write “citizenship,” but I just wrote “citizen” instead. Oh well…

    Comment by Kurt — April 8, 2010 @ 12:46 am - April 8, 2010

  6. What’s amazing is that people touting the Porkulus don’t understand that the money goes based on party affiliation, not thigns like unemployment.

    If you can determine this from the data on imagine what the real data looks like.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 8, 2010 @ 8:29 am - April 8, 2010

  7. Great point on immigration, though I will say on a very small scale, the private sector (at least in IT) is doing it’s own work in that area. I’ve had two friends from upper-level IT R&D work at two of the biggest, respected hardware and software companies, lose their visa status after 11 and 15 years’ employment respectively. In both cases, their HR contacts told them, given the present economic state, their companies could hire two or three new employees on salary, to fill each of their positions and still save money. So, the companies are releasing them and they’re packing for home; Hong Kong and Australia.
    We also have friends abroad in varied disciplines and fields, who have college-level educations and top-notch skill and experience levels, but who are denied entry or are given the mother-of-all runarounds.
    Inappropriate levels of scrutiny and discretion exercised on them while this goes on:

    Sorry for the ‘kinda related’ rant, but the immigration comment hits closer to ‘extended-family’ home for me.

    Comment by rodney — April 8, 2010 @ 9:51 am - April 8, 2010

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