Monday, June 11, 2007

Roosevelt and Immigration

Since I am on the topic, an e-mail from my mother-in-law in Arizona.
Teddy Roosevelt, 1907

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who
comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he
shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage
to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American,
and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man
who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one
language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one
sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Outside of the Bull Moose Party stupidity, he was outstanding.

What It Means To Be An American

Via Bob's Blog

What it means to be an American.....
My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over
from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan They were
defending the United States of America as one people.


My wife's father, whose parent's were Italian, served. My Father's family was from Wales and served, learning English as soldiers and teaching their families when they returned home.

According to my Aunts, my mother's family taught English to God, though I think that may be a stretch.

Bush Screws The Pooch, Again

States Finding Fiscal Surprise: A Cash Surplus

Budget surpluses have largely stemmed from higher than expected tax
collections — corporate tax revenues alone were 11 percent higher than budget
estimates — and booming local economies. There has also been some relief in
Medicaid spending, which fell from an 11 percent annual growth rate to something closer to 7 percent in the past few years.

My word, how can we stop this man before he strikes again?