My Country's Statue of Liberty
Many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Immigrants felt a surge of relief and freedom as they passed the Statue of Liberty on the way to Ellis Island. Some would now question why today's illegal aliens are not being treated the same as those who came here legally as my Parents, brother, sisters and I did in 1949, through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to the skeptical immigrants why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1949 when my family came to the United States, got off the ship and stood in a long line in New York to become documented. Some immigrants would get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. We all made a pledge to uphold the laws and support our new country in good and bad times. We made learning English a primary rule in our new American homes.
My parents had waved good bye to our birth place for a new life and did everything in their power to help our family to assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to us; No freebies. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of the immigrants with their wives and children came after the war ended.
My father fought alongside men who had come from the Ukraine, Poland and Czechoslovakia. They never gave any thought about what country they had come from. They were fighting Hitler and Mussolini. They were defending the homeland as one.
My parents and fellow immigrants would be appalled to see illegal aliens waving foreign flags. We were grateful to be melded into the pot, into the Red, White and Blue bowl that is America.
And now we are faced with a new kind of immigrant who came to my country by sneaking across the border, wants the same rights and privileges that we earned and paid for. They want it with a different set of rules, ones that include the entitlement cards and of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in 1949 and before deserve better than that for all the hard work and sacrifices, raising the future generations to create a land that has become a destination for those legally searching for a better life.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States of AMERICA just yet. We have earned the vote and we are coming for those that disparage against MY AMERICA!
Published in Moline Dispatch
24 July 2014
Walter Nenycz, American of Ukrainian decent
Bud Phillis writes on 1/15/2014: Mark Schwiebert writes interesting articles that often need to be discussed more. In one recent article (Dec. 18.) defending the Affordable Health Care Act he referred to the Social Security Act as an example of a government program that, according to him, is very successful. Let’s look at the facts which show a different picture.
When Social Security was enacted (1935) approximately 150 working people were paying into the
system for each person who was being paid from the fund, today only 2-3 working people support one retiree.
In 1935 1% paid by both the employee and employer on earned income up to $3,000 per year.
In 2014 6.5% paid by each on income up to $117.000.
In the beginning collections greater than expenses, were spent as quickly as Congress could spend the money. Bonds were printed and pledged to the fund which have no securities backing them and hence worthless.
Payments will soon, if not already, exceed collections, and must come from general revenue because the bonds have no value. At that time taxes will be raised a significant amount or payments to seniors reduced. Thus the very folks that were to be helped by the program are actually harmed.
The above explanation of Social Security is an example of how government programs eventually cost much more than stated.
The Affordable Care Act most likely will follow this same pattern.
Liberals believe that intent is more important than the unintended consequences which almost always occur.