Happy Thanksgiving to all, the grumpy and illegal included

Written by Reg Henry on .

On thinking more on the Great Flip Off, mentioned in my last post, I was moved to think of my favorite Persian poet, Omar Khayyam, who wrote the immortal words:

"The Moving Finger writes, and having writ,

Moves on: Nor all the piety and wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a line

Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it."

So inspired, I am now moved to write the following words, destined not to be immortal.

"The Moving Finger flips off, and having flipped,

Moves on: Nor all the officer's piety nor wit

Shall lure it back to make the defendant sit

Nor all his tickets wash away $50,000 of it."

This is my last posting until next Monday. I am taking Friday off. Heavy with turkey, and in the manner of Omar, I shall take a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and think of thou and my home in Sewickley will seem like a paradise enow.

But before I go I need to answer a question posed by certain of you Reg-ulators concerning health care and illegal aliens. Should they be covered under the new health care plan?

I think this question is a complete red herring. They get treatment now - and you and I are paying for it. The only reason this comes up is the foes of health care reform want to take this controversial issue and tie it like a deadweight around the neck of what is proposed so it will sink, never to be seen again. But illegal immigration really has nothing to do with it. It's bogus.

But this is what I think anyway:

The United States has a right and duty to protect its borders.

Illegal aliens should not be allowed to get jobs in the first place without showing papers. If employers didn't turn a blind eye to this, we wouldn't have a problem.

Hospitals should not be the ones acting as immigration officials. (This hits home for me. I have an accent. I don't want to have to prove I am an American citizen - which I have been for more than 21 years - when I arrive in Emergency suffering a heart attack.)

The duty of hospitals is to treat the sick, whatever their nationality or status. In a decent country, all will be treated. The day this country turns back someone because he can't prove his legal status is a day of national shame.

Because we treat illegal aliens now, and you and I pay the price, I don't mind if they are made to pay their fair share in a government health system, especially if their kids are American citizens. Illegals already pay into the Social Security system, even though they can't get the benefits in the end. This actually benefits you and me because it's more money for us in the system.

Again, the health system is the health system. It shouldn't be the immigration service.

But even if you disagree and take the number of illegals out of the number of uninsured, you are still left with about 31 million Americans who need to be covered. That's still a huge moral imperative to do something.

One thing I will be thankful for this Thanksgiving is the quality of people who come to this Web site. You never cease to impress me with your wit and intelligence. I have always maintained that a certain sign of intelligence is a sense of humor and I am gratified that this site dedicated to thinking and laughing regularly proves the point.

With some dishonorable exceptions. myreply, where do you get off telling someone: "You can keep your good wishes to yourself. I'm not interested in anything from you. I believe you to be a hypocrite."

Sorry, no cranky people allowed on this site. When someone offers good Thanksgiving wishes, take them. Talk about not entering into the spirit of the occasion. And if you can't get the joke, go elsewhere.

That said, Happy Thanksgiving to all.



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