Letters to the editor on immigrants, disabled treaty, winning strategy

03/03/2014 12:00 AM

02/28/2014 6:31 PM

Immigrants help pay our taxes

House Bill 2521, promoted by Rep. Allan Rothlisberg, R-Grandview Plaza, would make school districts report the number of children without documents. Does Rothlisberg know the two other dimensions he needs to access to get the full picture?

He needs the number of their parents who have been given an individual tax identification number with which to pay income taxes. Many families are paying the taxes he seems to think only citizens and documented residents pay.

These parents also pay into Social Security. No matter what their future status, they will never access that money. Rothlisberg and all U.S. citizens will have a solvent Social Security system longer because the parents of the listed children have a smaller paycheck because Social Security taxes are deducted.

The people I have served who are paying income tax with the individual tax ID number are not upset at doing so, nor are they angry about the Social Security deduction. They accept both as the way our country functions and have hope that someday our immigration process may allow them to become full members of our society.

Rothlisberg may be better off personally to withdraw his bill than to be embarrassed at being in debt to the very people he wishes to target.


Garden City

Don’t ratify

Albert R. Hunt’s column seemed to indicate that our nation is somehow depriving the disabled from protections under the law (Feb. 27 Opinion). The proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD), signed by President George W. Bush but yet to be ratified by the Senate, would have us believe its ratification would embolden “other nations to elevate their standards,” in Hunt’s words.

In fact, the United States is among the world’s leaders in legal protections for the disabled already; it’s not as if we’re doing nothing about it. Our signing CRPD would gain little but to constitutionally tether us to a number of future unknowns, all outside our control. To take but one example, the very term “disabled” is not defined in the treaty. Really? Whom at the U.N. are we to trust to define it in years to come?

The Heritage Foundation has realized for some time that CRPD is just another U.N. attempt to get into our pocketbook with its often-overreaching treaties. The foundation’s Steven Groves said it well: “Joining CRPD merely opens the door for foreign ‘experts’ to interfere in U.S. policymaking in violation of the principles of U.S. sovereignty.”

I applaud the Senate for getting this one right, and hope the treaty is not ratified now or ever.



Winning strategy

So how does either side win in the midterms? For the Republicans, it’s simple. Keep your mouth shut and follow Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s advice: Quit being the stupid party.

It is tougher for the Democrats in the House. They have to go home every weekend and hold town hall meetings. They have to call out the Republicans on immigration, minimum wage, unemployment insurance, etc. They need to take a page out of the Shockers’ playbook: “Play Angry.”

Senate Democrats have to get over the notion that the Senate is the more deliberative body and has a sense of higher integrity. They need to take a page out of the House Republicans’ playbook: Force votes. Make Republican senators vote on something every week. Senate Democrats need to play angry, too. They have a tough battle and can’t compete continuing the same game. Let’s face it: The Republicans are meaner than they are.

Meanwhile, Republicans looking toward 2016 have a tough row to hoe. Their only hope is that Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. There will be four or five GOP candidates out there tearing each other up, and all the Democrats will have to do is point out what was exposed in the primary.



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