Here We Go Again

Failure of Governance

Failure of Governance

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What is the most important function of government …protection of individual freedoms: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  Well, most certainly, but you will not have freedom without national security.  Therefore, a country’s security is government’s highest priority and the cornerstone, border security.

Billions of dollars are spent each year to defend this country.  Yet seemingly, we are unable to protect our borders.  The number of illegal immigrants has mushroomed to an estimated 11 million.  Ironically, rather than protect our borders, congress and the administration seem to be fixated on an agreement that results in a path to citizenship for these 11 million illegal immigrants thereby admitting that government lacks the political will, and the tenacity required to secure our borders.

However, you cannot help but think; how many of the 11 million are terrorists.  Impossible… quite the contrary, on what bases can you categorically state that there are no terrorists.  Of course, no one knows but let’s assume it is a very small number, for example .01%.  Even that small of number would translate into 1100 terrorists; 1100 terrorists that would be given a path to citizenship!  Have we all forgotten about 9/11?  Yes, I know those terrorists entered the country legally but that’s another story.

In order to prevent further attacks, in 2001, the government initiated what turns out to be the longest war in our history.  We have spent over $1.4 trillion dollars but the real tragedy is the loss of our most precious resource, the over 6500 service men and women that have lost their lives.  Yet despite these losses, our government must be in self-denial, fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan on the one hand but allowing terrorists become citizens on the other.

Since our government is incapable of enforcing the laws already on the books the only solution they can offer is amnesty.  Oops, amnesty that’s a bad word; they certainly will not call it amnesty. They have repackaged their solution… as a path toward citizenship, just like advertising a car as pre owned versus a second hand.  Just send the issue through a pasteurization process, obfuscate the truth and in so doing make it more palatable to the American people.

I am not going to sit here and regale you with a historical narrative on US Immigration Law.  For a more complete legislative history you can read my first blog on immigration.  Suffice to say, the most recent attempts to control illegal immigration include:

  • 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • 1990 Immigration Act of 1990
  • 1996 Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
  • 2000 Legal Immigration Family Equity Act

Four major (I didn’t bother with executive orders and additional statute interpretations etc.), attempts to control illegal immigration.  And the result, illegal immigration has increased over that same time period from approximately 3,000,000 to 11,000,000, an increase of over 300%. It simply boggles the mind, that after 25 years and four pieces of legislation not only are we no closer to solving the illegal immigration problems but it has increased 300%.  Imagine for a minute, you are at work and your boss just told you that you have an error rate of 300%, how long would you be employed…not long!

So, how can any citizen believe that our elected officials are doing nothing but kicking the can down the road?  There are many laws on the books to control illegal immigration, all the government has to do is enforce them but instead through sleight of hand rather than face the issue head on, government continues to propose law after law while never fixing the problem.  I don’t know about you but I have zero confidence in their ability to control illegal immigration by passing more laws, after all, their track record speaks for itself.  The administration admitted as much, during the last presidential campaign, when the current administration announced halting prosecutions of illegal immigrants, a change in the law the most legal authorities say the president didn’t have the power to do.  Well, perhaps it was just a campaign speech.

Of course, it is much easier rather than uphold the law, just turn a blind’s eye and look the other way, that’s leadership, Washington style.  Real leadership requires that you must be willing to make the difficult decision, enforce laws, and oppose legislation that is not in the nation’s best interest.  Given the recent talk on both republican and democratic sides, you just might as well as open the borders and be done with it.  All this talk about securing our nation’s borders, it is simply a façade…a failure of governance!

Unfortunately, the security issue does not get addressed because the American citizen has grown apathetic towards government.  In the last presidential election, the voter turnout was 58.2%, lower than the 2008 and 2004 elections.  You can review state by state results here:

However, it does not have to remain that way; each voter can contact their elected official and make known your thoughts on illegal immigration.  If you do not know who your representative is, you can find him or her here:  Then go to the representative’s web site and find out their email address.  I urge each and every one to contact your representative and make your feelings known.  If you want to remain the silent majority, then you cannot fault the results.  If our country is to remain strong and have a vibrant democracy, your participation is required.  Commit to change and get off the sidelines, act now, contact your elected Congressional Representative and in the next election be sure to vote.


Immigration, part 2, Here We Go Again.




Dennis Rakiey


Yep, you bet!  You have vast quantities of input: meetings, speeches, votes, debate etc. but no results.

Over the past decades, our government has embarked upon a path, resulting in further declines in the Human Condition.  And you can forget blaming the Democrats or Republicans because both have been in office observing this deterioration of the U.S. and neither party has demonstrated one scintilla of leadership in changing this countries current course.

You may be under the impression that a country’s fortunes rise ad infinitum.  But this is not the case; as history is replete with examples of the rise and fall of civilizations both in ancient times and in recent history.  Our country, by almost any measure is in declinebut less you doubt this statement, allow me a few examples from my previous blogs.


After more than 5 decades, the US still does not have an energy plan for energy independence.  Our foreign policy is dictated by our energy requirements.  The nation’s wealth is evaporating at a rate of $1 billon per day.


In the last 39 years the number of people living in poverty has doubled to 46 million.  18 percent  of the US population has said that at times, they cannot afford the food they need.


With more than 8 decades of immigration legislation, the number of illegal aliens has mushroomed to 11.5 million, a 300% increase in the last 18 years.

*The Economy

The government has carried on a 30 year crusade to deregulate the banking industry which has culminated in 2.7 million foreclosures. One forecast has estimated that foreclosures will reach 5 million when all is said and done.


According to the most recent BLS report, the number of people either unemployed or underemployed is excess of 17 million , representing a real unemployment rate of over 14%.

*The poor get poorer

Wages as a percent of GDP has plummeted to an all-time low.

*And the rich get richer

CEO pay is up 298.2% since 1990 while worker pay is up a meager 4.3%.

Just stop for a minute and think about what kind of country we are leaving to our children, grandchildren and loved ones.  What does the future hold for them?  What will the Human Condition be when they reach adulthood?

However, our country’s descent into the bowels of mediocrity…becoming a mere shell of its former self is not evitable. The change agent is you, the voter.

A laxative directly injected into this nation’s veins, vis-à-vis replacing elected officials is the prescription.  And the only way to accomplish a directional change is by voting the incumbents out of office.

Why? Because history has taught us that starting a new party does not offer the immediate success (if at all) that is required.  And human beings by their nature tend to do the same thing over and over again, this holds true for our elected officials.  Just think, from their perspective, they must be thinking they are doing a bang-up job and why wouldn’t they, after all over 90% of incumbents running for office get reelected.

Consequently, as voters there is only one option.  We must step out of our comfort zone; throw partisan politics aside and vote for the challenger on Nov. 6.  It is the only way forreal change.



Poverty Continues

Failure of Governance - Poverty Continues
Failure of Governance - Poverty Continues
Graph representation of Poverty vs S&P500

Reblogged:  full article link here

Poverty Continues

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Dennis Rakiey

The latest US Census indicates the poverty level at 46.2 million people; remaining unchanged from 2010.  I continue to reiterate this fact, (as readers already know I have mentioned the poverty statistic on two previous occasions in my article on Energy and my blog – Americans go hungry) because main stream media fail to give it the attention it deserves.  The poverty level last year was a family earning less than $23,021.

Anti-Incumbent Movement?

US Flag

US Flag

Re blogged: Anti-Incumbent Movement? ~ Dennis Rakiey

One of the blog readers asked if I was part of the anti-incumbent movement.  I had not realized that there was a movement of this nature, so naturally I googled it.  I was surprised to learn that there is a movement but pundits could not agree if it was viable or just old news.

Full article in this link:

Americans go hungry

Re blogged full article HERE

Americans go hungry  ~ Dennis Rakiey

In the article on Energy, I mentioned that the increase in the amount of individuals living in poverty has doubled in the last 39 years to 46 million.  Numbers on a page are impersonal; we become mesmerized by figures and statistics do not tell the story of human suffering.   So, I have included a link to an article titled “Going hungry in America…”  According to a Gallup poll just released, 18 percent of Americans say at times they couldn’t afford the food they needed.  The article talks about six individuals who have had difficulty putting food on the table.  This is not some kind of abstract problem but is very real.

Here is the link:

The Economy

The Economy

Re Blogged A Failure of Governance ~ Dennis Rakiey

A Failure of Governance

Second in a Three Part Series

The Economy

The Economy

“The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes”.-Abraham Lincoln


In February 2009, the House Financial Services Committee conducted hearings to determine the cause of the 2008 financial collapse.  The titans of the financial industry were called before the committee and while some House Committee members resorted to speech making, other representatives did ask poignant questions.  The banking executives, once the darlings of their respected financial intuitions, exited committee meetings appearing more like the trolls of industry.  It was great theater!