First of all, I thought it was a good speech. The first half was the best. I think his approval ratings may go up during the rest of the week. I mean, not like he ever addresses the nation a whole lot. His administration is so secretive and does not use the media at all, so whenever he does actually choose to speak to us we're all so relieved. The speech was short, to the point and it actually included some specifics, not just rhetoric. Yay for that. And I was happy how at the end he mentioned the humanity of illegals. It's too easy for people to just treat them as objects without remembering they are people with families to feed.
The thing I still don't think many people understand though is we can't have an immigration policy until our borders are secure. Hello, how are we going to enforce any policy if people can still just walk right in? So another point for Bush where he set up his speech saying "this first part has to be done, and then the second part." That's why the first point on securing our borders took up a lot of the speech.
Part of my problem is I'm still not sure how the numbers work. Sure, 6,000 more agents sounds good, but I don't know how much of an impact that number will make. I want someone who actually works on the border telling Bush how many troops are needed. And I don't think the National Guard should be forced down any state's throat. The governors should be able to take them or leave them.
And another thing -- the "temporary worker program" sounds a lot like a program we already have: green cards. Which apparently isn't working because there are lots of illegal immigrants in our country. So why should a temporary worker program work out? If they can already cross the border, why get a pass to do so? Which goes back to my point -- we have to secure the borders before we can do anything else. And it sounds like we won't have those extra agents until 2008. The National Guard will only be there for a year, so I don't like the idea of creating a new program until our border is secure.
And Bush went way too easy on employers who employ illegals. Duh, that's a huge part of the problem. This "forged documents" BS is ridiculous. Most of these employers just fill up the back of a truck with anyone who wants to work for a day and then pays them under the table. Or they just follow some "don't ask/don't tell" policy. Unfortunately, Bush was elected by Big Business. Heck, so much of our economy is based on this cheap source of labor. And people don't want to pay higher prices for anything. Hardly anyone cares about what Wal-Mart does to keep always low prices. They just want to buy things cheap. Because Wal-Mart's prices help people survive on what they make. There are so many people who don't get hardly a living wage. They need those cheap goods to provide for their families. It's one of those vicious cycles. And the problem or rich v. poor is so deep I don't think it will ever be completely solved. At least not by us ;)
This issue has been a problem for... what? Forty years? Why all the attention now? Gas prices are going up, 9/11 happened. I just wish we could solve our problems before they escalate into what this issue has become.
Whew, I feel better now :)
Friday was swing dancing night, woo-hoo!! I had a really good time, too. It was sooooo nice to see Sarah, Mary and Missy, yay! And I finally got to meet Sarah's beau Andrew. And I will say that I approve :) Afterwards we went to McGuire's and were accosted by a homeless man in the parking lot. Thank God I've spent so much time in New York. I was prepared.
Saturday I went shopping in Pensacola with my mom. We had a nice Mother's Day weekend together, shopping and eating at Olive Garden :)
Sunday I got to go back to CCCN, yay!! I really missed my home church a whole bunch. It was so incredible to see everyone again. And I have never felt freer as I did on Sunday. I realized what my true idol in life is: my future. I got rid of so many other idols connected to that big one, like grades and academics. But I still never quite attacked the main problem in my life. It was kind of like treating all the symptoms but never the disease. When Donna invited us to the altar to lay our concerns before the Lord, I knew immediately that I needed to give my future over to God. For real. Not just believing I had, but actually doing it. And it was an absolutely incredible moment.
"It is finished."
I am so glad God knows what He's doing in my life.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
And after church on Sunday I went home and made a fruit salad, and then Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Uncle Jeff finished playing golf and came over to eat hamburgers with us. Pretty good stuff, too.
Today was my first day working at the YMCA. I rode my bike over to work, which felt really, really good. Jenie had been working there, so the office was actually organized! I was in shock, I will say. And Beth, a marketing director, was hired. It felt good to go back to work. I love working there. And I am so excited about the new building. We're actually going to have a real building, yay! July 15!
And now I'm here. I watched Lord of War. I loved the ending. The very last statistic, saying how the largest arms dealers in the world are the US, UK, China, France and Russia, made me think "hey, those are the charter members of the UN." Well, wouldn't you know it the very next titles on the screen mentioned how those five countries are the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Ha! How ironic.
It's been a good day. Praise God. Praise Him for everything, the good and the bad.
Now I must depart. Quote for the day is:
"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"