"Can Do!"

Hi Gang:
This past week our nation commemorated the 70th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor that compelled our nation to go to war.  The Second World War was an extremely violent war that resulted in the death of many millions of people.  The successful conclusion of that war was, in large measure, directly attributable to the ingenuity and perseverance of the citizens of the United States of America!
We achieved greatness because we believed in ourselves.
“Can Do!” was America’s unofficial national slogan!
Today our “leaders” insist that without importing talented foreign students and talented and conscientious foreign workers our nation will not be able to succeed.  Rather than attack the failures of our educational system to make certain that our nation has the best educated students on the planet, our leaders tell us to import aliens.  
Rather than import foreign students and foreign workers, our nation must provide economic opportunities for the growing number of poor American students to attend colleges to embark in an education in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.  
Today with college tuitions continually rising, more and more American students are finding it difficult if not impossible to attend college.  Those who secure student loans are finding that those loans create a financial burden that is comparable to a monthly mortgage payment when they do graduate from college.  This is further exacerbated by the fact that jobs are scarce and competition for those scarce jobs from foreign workers is increasing!
Not long ago I compared this situation to a game of musical chairs where periodically the doors are thrust open and more people enter the room to compete for the dwindling supply of chairs but that no additional chairs are provided!
The trajectory our nation is now on is hammering America’s Middle Class.  The Middle Class is the heart and soul of this country.  The large and upwardly mobile Middle Class was the engine that powered America’s successes!  The destruction of the Middle Class must be equated with the destruction of the “American Dream!” 
I recently noted that the House of Representatives had passed, by a near unanimous vote the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011, H.R. 3012.  This bill, if enacted, would make it easier for foreign high-tech workers, especially from India and China to enter the United States.
Fortunately, that bill is now stalled in the Senate thanks, in large measure to the efforts of Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.
Here is what Senator Grassley had to say:
Mr. President, I rise to inform my colleagues that I am placing a hold on H.R. 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This bill  would eliminate the per-country numerical limitations for employment-based visas and increase the numerical cap for family-based immigrants. I have concerns about the impact of this bill on future immigration flows, and am concerned that it does nothing to better protect Americans at home who seek high-skilled jobs during this time of record  high unemployment.

This is certainly not the time for our nation to seek to import more competition for America’s high tech workers!

I could not have said it better myself!
That last sentence is worth repeating:

This is certainly not the time for our nation to seek to import more competition for America’s high tech workers!

The citizens of America should be thankful for Senator Grassley’s leadership and integrity!
This is the time for our nation to provide more opportunities for American workers at all levels of our nation’s economy!  This is the time for Americans to support and vote for leaders who will stand with American workers and America’s endangered Middle Class!
By words and deeds it is crystal clear that corporations are being represented in the “Halls of Power” but it is equally clear that the needs and the concerns of our citizens are being ignored by both political parties!
Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation. said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!
What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.
It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!


our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!

I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.

As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

-michael cutler- 

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“Can do!”

The two word phrase, “Can do!” represented the American spirit that become the envy and, indeed, the role model for the world.

“Can do!” was the rallying cry that reverberated across our nation 70 years ago on December 7, 1941 when our nation was attacked at Pearl Harbor and our nation was thrust into World War II.

Roughly 44 months after the attack that took the lives of approximately 3,000 Americans, mostly members of our armed forces, the Second World War was brought to a successful conclusion, in large measure because of American ingenuity and leadership.

In order to accomplish this incredible success, our nation, working with its allies, managed to build fleets of aircraft- various fighter planes and bombers that had not existed before, fleets of ships of all sorts that had not existed previously, all sorts of weapons systems and even atomic bombs rushed into production under a massive program that employed thousands of workers across our nation employing brand new, cutting edge technology that had never been used before.

Back then, our nation had yet to earn the sobriquet “Super Power” but clearly the American Spirit prevailed.

What might have been “Mission Impossible” for lesser countries and their citizens was simply “Mission Difficult” for the citizens of the United States of America!

On October 4, 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, our nation’s leaders turned to the schools of our nation and demanded that mathematics and science become the focus of our educators in preparing our youngest Americans for successful lives.

The Soviet Union scored a number of impressive successes with their space program and the United States found itself playing the uncomfortable game of “Catch up,” but catch up we did!

On May 25, 1961, just 20 days after U.S. Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, made this country’s first sub-orbital space flight that lasted all of 15 minutes, then President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint session of Congress and declared:

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy addressed the students and faculty at Rice University at Houston, Texas and spoke about the need for the United States to succeed in carrying out the audacious goals he established during his address before a joint session of Congress the year earlier (video).

While it is certainly true that a small number of immigrants did contribute to the space program, the vast majority of the engineers, scientists and technicians who enabled our nation to achieve that incredible success more than 40 years ago, were Americans of every race, religion and ethnicity who came from towns and cities across this nation!

President Kennedy did not stand before the Congress nor did he stand before the students and faculty calling for admitting many more foreign students or foreign engineers and scientists so that his audacious dream could be fulfilled.

Not a single member of either the House of Representatives or the United States Senate of either major party called for admitting foreign students or engineers to carry out that goal.

America and Americans achieved the successes!

Our nation’s immigration laws were intended to enable extraordinary foreign nationals to enter our country for the benefit of this nation and our citizens.  No one could argue with admitting truly extraordinary foreign professionals.  Today, however, all too many of our politicians, in bowing to the demands of the deep-pocketed campaign  contributors, are tripping over themselves to admit huge numbers of foreign students and foreign high-tech worker, not because they are exceptional but because they will work for exceptionally lower wages than their American counterparts!

What is so insidious about this is not only that American professionals in these vital high-tech industries are displaced but that American students are discouraged from studying these high tech disciplines because their costly educations will not provide them with the sort of income that should be commensurate with their talents and diligence and achievements.

I began by noting the anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor.  I want to end with a thought about our current situation.  Our nation was attacked by international terrorists in 1993 at the CIA in January of that year and then the next month at the World Trade Center.  Lessons that should have been learned were ignored.  This set the stage for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by international terrorists who easily gamed the very same visa process and immigration benefits program that made the 1993 attacks possible for our nation’s enemies.

On September 11, 2001 approximately the same number of people were killed as were killed on December 7, 1941.  Yet our nation’s borders only exist on maps- not in the real world.  The visa system has continued to enable terrorists to enter our country and the dangerous Visa Waiver Program is periodically expanded.  The immigration benefits program has provided terror suspects with lawful status in our country and even in some cases, United States citizenship.

It has been more than 122 months since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and our nation’s leaders refuse to secure our nation’s borders or enforce the immigration laws that enable criminals and terrorists to enter our country and embed themselves in cities throughout our country.

The indomitable spirit of “Can do!”  has been replaced with a “Can’t do” mindset that today dictates that our nation import talented aliens, because apparently we don’t make Americans the way we used to!

In point of fact, we don’t make leaders as we used to!

If anyone needs to be replaced it is not American students in universities or engineers, scientists and technicians in the workplace, but politicians who have time and again demonstrated that they no longer believe that the American Dream is the birthright of our citizens who are willing to work hard!

Today we need to remember what “We the People” can achieve in the voting booth, we can make certain to vote for only those politicians who will put Americans first!  This is not only something we “Can do” but something we “Must do!”

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