Monday, July 03, 2006

Recent commentary: Habla Inglis?

Should state election ballots only be printed in English?

(not published in the Appleton Post-Crescent)

Yay! An easy one! Yes, yes, a thousand times, YES!

English should be declared the official language. Our Constitution is written in English and that's good enough for me. And, while you're at it, rescind Executive Order 13166 mandating multi-lingual federal documents. Sheesh!

My immigrant great grand-parents learned English. Why is there even a controversy over this? Only U.S. citizens can vote, or did I miss out on some toadying, illegal immigrant-friendly legislation that removed that requirement? Or did I miss the alteration of the policy requiring that each prospective citizen pass an English proficiency test to become a citizen? When did all this change? If someone has enough English proficiency to become a citizen then what's all the hubbub, bub? Where's the fire? Whose ox has been gored?

Oh, I get it! This is all about Senator John McCain's assertion that the Social Security taxes paid by illegal immigrants who use fraudulent Social Security numbers to get a job should still be paid to them as benefits when they retire! Right! Maybe we should change the citizenship requirements so that anyone that pays Social Security taxes can vote, eh? As McCain says, those undocumented workers are entitled to the Social Security money they paid into our system. That weighs a lot more heavily than the fact that they got those jobs with stolen Social Security numbers, my word, yes!


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