From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was in operation. The island in New York harbor that screened immigrants. Thousands during that period wanted entry to the United States, just as they do today. They considered and hopefully still consider, America to be “the land of opportunity.” But has that concept changed? In light of recent developments, do others still want to flock here? To try and make a better and more productive life for themselves?
We’ve lost track of how many “illegal aliens” are in this country. Presumably, most are from Mexico who just sneak over the border. By comparison America has to be tons better than Mexico or other 3rd world countries. But do we still, and will we be providing ample opportunity and incentive for growth, for the fruition of dreams and the ideals that America was built on?
It seems to me the new administration wishes to punish success, growth and capitalism. And reward those who are lazy and unambitious. The immigrants who built this country were hard workers. Thus far they have been rewarded with varying degrees of wealth and success. But to now be “punished” with increased taxes, the revocation of bonuses for a “job well done” seems to me an alien and unbelievable concept. Yes, there have been some “bad actors”, but after all; this country needs visionaries to keep it on the great path it’s been on for the last 233 years. Right now, there is no incentive for companies or individuals to keep those visionaries or “good performers.”
So please, Mr. Obama, Mr. Geithner: a simple message.
Stay the course our Founding Fathers intended. Reward hard work and sacrifice. We need the financiers, the engineers, the entrepreneurs, the medical researchers, the IT folks. America was built on this concept.
When France lectures the US on its financial goings-on, we know we’re in trouble.
Come on, guys. Let it alone.