It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.
- Lefty bumper sticker
One might think, upon looking at my property tax bill, that our schools already have all the money they need. For darn sure, they've got more money than they know what to do with: private and especially religious schools routinely provide a far better education at a fraction of the price.
Unlike running schools, national defense happens to be a constitutional obligation of our Federal government. Despite the Left's best efforts since the 1960s, our Air Force still manages to get tax dollars to pay for at least some of the bombers they need.
However, according to the Associated Press, the Left has managed to achieve victory over that other great obligation of a national government, without which by definition you no longer have a "nation": defending our borders.
Arizona lawmakers want more fence along the border with Mexico — whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not.
They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labor. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year.
Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course that begins with launching a website to raise money for the work, said state Sen. Steve Smith, the bill's sponsor.
"We're going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it," said Smith, a first-term Republican senator from Maricopa.
Arizona — strapped for cash and mired in a budget crisis — is already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the SB1070 illegal immigration law. [emphasis added]
We already know that a clear majority of American voters thinks that our border needs to be secured before giving amnesty to existing illegal immigrants much less welcoming even more. The left, of course, believes that anybody who manages to drag themselves across the line has the same rights to food stamps, welfare, free health care, social security, the voting booth, and so on as someone who's been paying American taxes and obeying American laws for years.
Thus, this new Arizona law gives a great opportunity for bipartisan common cause. Conservatives who'd prefer our borders to be defended and our citizens protected from foreign predators will be happy to donate to this worthy cause.
Sane liberals, who hear the American people demanding a secure border before amnesty... can also donate to the fence. Think about it: every poll that's shown the American demand for a border fence has also shown Americans' willingness, rightly or wrongly, to tolerate some sort of amnesty after the fence is up and working.
Want an end to illegal immigration? Build the fence!
Or, want amnesty? Build the fence!
It seems so logical and straightforward, but we're not holding our breath. The statist elites who believe they know best don't give two hoots what Americans think; they'd rather simply import a more pliable, less educated batch of new voters that know nothing of American rights, laws, customs, freedoms, or even language. As German poet Bertold Brecht wrote in a different context:
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
The donated fence money is pouring in to Arizona, but the fact that this fundamental duty has been so utterly and contemptuously abandoned is all the proof you need that our Federal government is not only bankrupt financially, it's also bankrupt in every other way.