Recently, I had a pleasant golf game paired for the first time with a retired pediatrician at a local DC golf course. In the course of our round we shared family information and I learned that one of his five children, a son, is the Chief Economist at a major NYC bank whose views are often cited on the pages of the Wall Street Journal. With his background at the Federal Reserve Bank, this well trained economist can opine knowingly with considerable impact about for example, when Mr. Bernanke’s will begin “tapering” the Fed’s policy of quantitative easing. Some see this delay in QE as good news for home buyers, who like low interest rates, and also for Wall Streeters, who can borrow big money at low rates and make big leveraged bets on risky assets.
Face it, so many people in power positions from Obama to Fortune 500 CEOs to economists such as Bernanke are not caring enough about what happens to our environment or how fast our human numbers are growing, except many don’t want any regulations against the rapacious use of all natural resources and only want more human bodies to arrive in America so they can in theory enjoy endless growth on a finite planet.
Furthermore what makes, for example, a highly trained economist qualified to opine on global warming, the excess use of non renewable resources, or the growing numbers of starving and sick people? Nothing. Nada. Zip!
Certainly the clear examples of the lack of awareness by world leaders including Obama on the population issue and the inanity of endless growth proves my point.
My gentle caring MD golfing companion told me he has made 15 trips to Latin American countries to offer his assistance to the mothers there, people often poor, sick and probably birthing more children than their economic circumstances can afford. But, he was so pleased to report that here were people who basically were living in the poorest circumstances, but he beamed “seemed remarkably happy” under conditions which he would have found intolerable.
As we played, he mentioned his strong Catholic faith and said he believed in miracles, so I refrained from mentioning my own extensive first hand experience with seeing the effects of sceptic abortion on women there and around the world.
My own miracles, my 3 wonderful children, had led my wife and me, following the birth at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC of the 3rd one, a daughter, after two boys, to seek family planning from her obstetrician, a good Catholic, who declined help and caused my wife to get fitted with a diaphragm at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Yonkers. In those pre Pill days, condoms and diaphragms worked just fine.
As the doctor and I ended our round and headed for the clubhouse, we agreed our government was not working very well, which caused me to note that legalizing 20 million more illegal aliens would not be wise, given present unemployment. He said, “Oh, my son thinks that number will be a wash as the economy improves and jobs increase”. Not wishing to end our chat on such a beautiful Summer day on a negative note, I simply suggested that an America with a billion people by 2100 would be even more congested than at present, but he said, “Well, after my experience in Latin America, I can’t be against immigration”.
At our advanced ages, we won’t be around to judge the full unpleasantness, should the Gang of 8’s bill get enacted, of the 70 plus million more in the USA in a couple of decades, but some of our children and grandchildren certainly will and will not thank our generation for being so clearly ignoring of the obvious stupidity of bringing huge numbers of low tech folks into an increasingly high tech society just to please his RCC hierarchy and the cheap labor crowd.
My golfing companion doubtless would agree with the Gang of Eight who got their bill, S.744 passed by the Senate. And also with the positions taken in a new book just out in time for Independence Day by the Archbishop of LA, Jose Gomez, entitled “Immigration and the Next America”.
His litany of inanities begins with the main mantra of the open border advocates, “Be not afraid to dub your opponents as racists”.
Ah, ha! Be not afraid to dub your opponents as racists. According to a Catholic News Agency story from LA on June 28, 2013, “In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics.”
His specifics have been repeated often throughout the powerful network of churches in the US RCC. Here are a few of many:
“Fears about America’s future have given rise to a new nativism,” Archbishop José Gomez, a Mexican-born American citizen, wrote in “Immigration and the Next America,” due to be released July 5.
“Their idea is that ‘real’ Americans descend from white Europeans and that our culture is based on the individualism, work ethic, and rule of law that we inherited from our Anglo-Protestant forebears.”
Seems quite ironic for the Mexican born leader of this secular sect to be charging USA’s European migrants with racism after so many from the country of his birth have found good lives in America. That those Europeans, those Irish, English, Scots, Italians, French, Dutch, Scandinavians, and African Americans who turned this vast continent into the most successful democracy in the history of civilization (albeit with dire results for its original native inhabitants) seems something to celebrate not denigrate. Mexico’s massive regurgitation of its own unwanted native born citizens reflects its own governance shortcomings, not racism.
But Gomez plunges on with his dark theories: “Our history teaches that when we get scared, we want to close ranks and close the ‘golden door’ of America to foreigners and those of other races. In today’s immigration debate we need to be honest with ourselves.”
Hey, let’s be clear, the USA takes in annually more aliens than all the other developed nations of the world combined.
“We must acknowledge that there have been times in our history when we have allowed our fears to drag us down, and caused us to forget our creed and our national identity,” he emphasized.
“We cannot let this become one of those times. Our task today is to confront our fears and resist the temptations to narrow the horizons of who can be an American.”
As Congress considers immigration reform to address the situation of 11 million people who live here illegally, hundreds of thousands, many of whom have intact families, are being deported in the name of enforcing our laws.
Yes, you read it right. Gomez is against our precious Rule of Law, whose absence in too many other nations will lead to the kind of dissolute corruption and dictatorships they experience.
After decades of feckless government mismanagement of immigration and intensive lobbying by his church and Hispanic advocacy groups, we added over 100 million new comers since the law was changed in 1965, so we are now 320 million in number, with millions out of work and automation cutting out more jobs every day.
Yet, he simply lies when he claims, “Immigration policy has been focused on punishing illegal immigrants and that immigration debate has a persistent undertone of fear and … chauvinism. In response to this, as a pastor, I’m worried we are losing something of our national soul.”
No, no, what he is worried about is losing his membership of traditional Irish and other Catholic American citizens who have been disgusted and shamed by the behavior of pedophile priests and the ensuing legal costs which have bankrupted many dioceses. Egad, new members equal new cash flows!
He goes on with false claims about deportation threats, again interpreting the rule of law as being an absence of “compassion and common sense”.
I agree with him when he says, “People leave their homes and their families because they are needy and desperate. They leave their home countries because they cannot provide the necessities of life for themselves and their families.” However, with a net 80 million (e.g. births over deaths) being added to the planet every year so that sans a likely apocalypse before then the USA will have a population of one billion by 2100 and the planet over 11 billion.
Gomez goes on at length with many more points all designed to justify an open border policy which Obama is trying to ram down the throat of his suffering citizens. If the Republican party had the sense to stop its War on Women about family planning and its anti gay bashing, it might be able to field a powerful candidate in 2016.
I wonder how many good people like my golf companion don’t see the problems I raise here. Sadly, our mass media is not helping and I sometimes wonder if anyone can read!
Hey, how about Pope Francis, new head of the Roman Church, from Argentina and currently conducting the first of what will likely be many public relations recruiting tours in South America where RCC membership has fared poorly in recent years against evangelical Christian sects.
Does he see that human numbers are a problem? Only that there aren’t enough of them.
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