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If It Ticks Off Obama Before It’s Even Law, They’re Doing *Something* Right

April 24, 2010
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Arizona has an illegal immigration problem, obviously. The whole border with Mexico thing can do that to a state. To alleviate the issue, the Arizona legislature proposed a tough anti-illegal immigration law, which, according to the AP, does the following:

  • Makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally by specifically requiring immigrants to have proof of their immigration status. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenses would be a felony.
  • Requires police officers to “make a reasonable attempt” to determine the immigration status of a person if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that he or she is an illegal immigrant. Race, color or national origin may not be the only things considered in implementation. Exceptions can be made if the attempt would hinder an investigation.
  • Allow lawsuits against local or state government agencies that have policies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws. Would impose daily civil fines of $1,000-$5,000. There is pending follow-up legislation to halve the minimum to $500.
  • Targets hiring of illegal immigrants as day laborers by prohibiting people from stopping a vehicle on a road to offer employment and by prohibiting a person from getting into a stopped vehicle on a street to be hired for work if it impedes traffic.

The bill is being played off by the media as some terrible bill that will put illegal aliens in concentration camps or something, but… uh, it really doesn’t. Up to $2500 in fines? It could be much worse. A while before it was signed by Arizona’s Governor, Fox News said the bill “spurred Obama criticism.” The President said:

“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” President Obama said Friday at the ceremony. “And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”

I’m starting to wonder if this dude even knows what the tenth amendment is.

I have my own problems with the law, but it’s a movement in the right direction. Amnesty and forgiveness of breaking the law should not be an option and this law punishes those who knowingly break the rules. Our best bets, however, still lie in stopping the flow of illegal immigration at the source – which, after all, should be government’s main concern, defending America before the fact.

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Obama Understands Politics, Not So Much His Constituents

April 17, 2010

Say what you will about President Obama, but he can work politics like it’s nobody’s business. He (or at least his advisors) know the way Washington works, who can be persuaded, whose arms can be twisted and how to run a news cycle – which includes Friday evening news dumps.

Be that as it may, he doesn’t quite understand his constituents, we the people, the same way. Some may disagree and say that he wouldn’t have got elected if he didn’t, but Obama actually just knows how to campaign – not how to connect. That much is obvious. Take for example the so-called historic passage of health care “reform.” Sure it was a political “win” for the President. But out here in America he is now taking a beating. Polls show him dropping precipitously after a brief one or two point bound a week after the passage of “reform.”

Considering that, was it still a victory? For the history books, maybe. Come November 2010 and 2012, however, probably not. The same can be said for the recent “good news” in the economy and more. The statistics may be good, but tell that to the 9.7% suffering from this jobless recovery.

Chris Wallace summed this all up pretty well on Politico’s “Turn the Table” (which is a compelling new idea):

The First *Real* Post – So Link Me!

April 17, 2010

Up in "Blog Hollow"

So this is a blog. You’ve seen them around before, I’m sure. This particular one (HollowViews – and don’t you forget it!) has just been born and I really can’t wait to spend some time churning out good conservative opinion, some jokes and of course, links galore. So before we get started, I’m going to paste my blogroll below and click every single one myself so people will maybe notice and link me back. Sure it’s conceited, but it just might work.

So it isn’t completely conventional, especially concerning the big blogs and the mainstream media news sites, but it’s worth a shot. Also to the right in the sidebar is my blogroll. Hover over a link there and you’ll see  a neat little preview thing. That’s a definite win.

However it is you got here, I’d love for you to give me a boost and tweet about my blog or add me to your blogroll. Really, I don’t care what you do, but let’s get this off to a good start.

If you want on my blogroll or want to connect and do blogospherey stuff , give me a shout on twitter @BrandonKiser or email me here.

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Welcome to HollowViews!

April 4, 2010
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This is HollowViews, where I’ll be commenting on politics local, state and nation (heck, probably world too) and current events. The name comes from the fact that I live in a hollow in Kentucky. Hopefully I’ll represent that sort of demographic here well. Plus, it’s kinda ironic sounding.  See what I did there?

So why am I starting HollowViews? No good reason other than I have an opinion and I want to express it in an entertaining manner that can keep you people coming back.

You will come back, right? For me? Thought so, now go spread the word!

Things are just getting started though, so wait for me to tidy up my new place.

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