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Sunday, August 1, 2010
ISSUE #614
#614 Aug. 1, 2010

Make no big decisions in hot weather

COLUMBUS: A federal judge in Arizona struck down the heart of the state law that was written to enforce the federal law against illegal immigration. The judge sided with the Mexican President and against the Arizona Governor. See, the governor wants to send home the Mexicans that sneaked across the border but the Mexican president wants them to stay in Arizona, and send home their money.

What the judge really wanted to strike down was the federal law, not just Arizona’s law. She says a sheriff in Arizona can’t ask you to show identification to prove you are legal, making Arizona the only state where you can be caught speeding anonymously. If you are stopped for going 90 on the Interstate, you just say, “Officer, the judge say, ‘No papers, no license, no ticket’.” Well, he can’t write a ticket without a name, so he’ll just send you on your way north, along with your 13 friends piled in the back.

Of course I’m exaggerating, but no more than the television networks that say we should open our borders to anyone who wants to come here and become a U.S. citizen. Too many Americans are out of work and living on unemployment. Does the Attorney General think our unemployed can go to Mexico and get a job?

The big problem with this ruling is the judge made her decision in the middle of summer. In Arizona. As I said in 1935, “Heat and reason don’t go together.” Important decisions should be pushed to one side until late September. Why would Congress want to add a tax on electricity in August when half the country can’t live without air conditioning? And the estate tax. We’ve got old people trying to hang on through this heat, and Congress threatens to bring back the inheritance tax. And do you really want to increase the income tax rate on the only people with enough dough to hire someone?

Historic quotes from Will Rogers: (from his last radio broadcast)

“…I’m off the air during the heat spell… So I’m just going to let you find out your own way of settling the affairs of the world during the hot spell.  I won’t be able to advise you for about two or three months.
Heat and reason don’t go together, anyhow… There’s going to be a lot of spouting from the radio and from the speakers’ platforms all this summer.  There’ll be more perspiration than common sense flowing, and the whole political thing has come to a pretty direct division point.  I mean there’s been a direct split in the parties…
Both sides want the country to be prosperous.  It’s not a political thing. It’s just a difference of opinion in arriving at it. Both sides, I think, are equally patriotic.  Neither has a corner on patriotism, and neither has a corner on brains.  It’s just, What should we do to recover?
Nobody wanted to claim the credit for the country blowing up, but wait until it starts picking up and they’ll both be on it then.
I don’t think either one of them knows what it’s all about, to be honest with you.  Both sides are doing nothing but just looking towards the next election. You don’t hear anybody talking any more about, ‘I wonder when these folks are going back to work… All you hear now is, ‘Do you think Roosevelt will be reelected?’  and, ‘Who will the Republicans run?’  Shows you what their minds are on.  Their minds are on their own business.  That’s all it’s on now.” Radio, June 9, 1935

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