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Does immigration serve Big Money, or us?

June 24, 2007|by Robert Gary

All policies made by the government of the United States should serve U.S. interests - that's OK. The country is not a humanitarian foundation dedicated to charitable giving to foreign nationals. It is a sovereign state, a democratic republic and an economic entity. So our immigration policy should be framed around the idea of benefiting the citizens of the U.S. first and foremost.

Capitalists, per se, in their pure form, are dedicated to money, not to nationalism. Big capitalists have always been internationalists, going back to the Rothschilds, the Krupps and the robber barons of our own Gilded Age.

The pinnacle of internationalism came with the instauration of the U.N. in New York City, done mainly by the Rockfellers, among whom Nelson was the political voice. Nelson Rockefeller was the so-called "moderate Republican" whose only goal was the modest objective of establishing world government and specifically an internationalist regime that would be friendly to capitalist interests on a global basis.

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It would be a large, weak, semi-functional government that would make the world safe for free enterprise. On the other side of the coin there were the international communists, the most notable of whom was Leon Trotsky, assassinated in Mexico in 1940 by an agent of Stalin (who wanted socialism in one country).

The Bushes, pere et fils, were Connecticut Rockefeller Republicans interested in globalism, internationalism and free trade. They wanted big government, but weak government - government that would create a path for big capital but not get in the businessman's way.

George W. Bush brought us, as the centerpiece of his foreign policy, the Iraq War. And now as the centerpiece of his domestic policy, he wants to bring us the immigration bill that basically provides amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens.

This is very good for some big businesses. It lowers their labor costs. It provides huge numbers of low-wage workers who are hardworking, trainable, obedient and reliable. Big Capital likes the immigration bill just as it liked NAFTA and CAFTA. Individually, capitalists might also be patriots, but capitalists, per se, in their pure form, are not patriots, or even nationalists. They are internationalists whose allegiance is to their money and to no specific country.

The Robber Barons "imagined" even before John Lennon did. Today's successors live by and for their numbered accounts in tax havens off shore.

The U.S. can barely figure out how to fund the obligations it has to its own citizens. Taking on an extra 12 million is not in the interests of taxpaying lawful citizens of the U.S. It is being seriously considered only because Big Money likes the idea, and our government is so corrupt and rotten to the core that framing policies to benefit U.S. citizens comes way down on the priority agenda.

It's just not a relevant concept in modern-day Washington, D.C. Politicians survive in their own little world of scrambling for campaign cash and prostituting themselves for votes. They will do whatever it takes to stay in their offices.

They are anxious to gather in the offerings of the Big Capital Internationalists, and they are terrified of the Hispanic vote and the possibility that it might go against them. The critical mass has been reached and now policies are framed based on interests that are in no way related to the great majority of U.S. taxpaying citizens.

Limited immigration of highly skilled people makes sense. The most educated and skilled people from Europe and the Far East have always pulled their own weight as prosperous and thriving new citizens of America.

But lid-off immigration of unskilled Mexican laborers is going to be very costly in the long run. It will swamp our infrastructure (schools, roads, sewers, energy supply systems, health-care systems.)

All the costs will be borne by the taxpaying citizens and not by the Big-Money Capitalists who don't depend of social services or Social Security and whose assets are, as usual, in gold, in vaults, in Switzerland.

Robert Gary is a Hagerstown resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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