Jul. 16, 2014

Active security

With the growing problem on our borders, no one has yet come up with a viable solution. Border states claim, correctly, that it is a federal problem while the federal government continues to play partisan politics while failing to address the issue. If the federal government can't or won't act, the states have that power under the direction of our constitution. So why won't the states act or mobilize their National Guard Units ? The answer is money....who is going to pay for something that is the federal government's responsibilty. However, lets look a bit deeper and figure out where the federal money is ultimately going to come from. As always, that answer is from the taxpayer. What all have to realize is that the solution is like the old Fram Oil filter commercials, "pay me now or pay me later".....either way, we the tax payers, can pay less now, or pay much more later, that payment on a state or federal level, but a payment none the less ! Here is an idea....let all border states activate their National Guard Units immediately, requesting a percentage of cost to be paid by surrounding non-border states. Any surrounding states that refuse to help with the border state costs would then become subject to the border states bussing the kids to their states for their final disposition. Sounds like "tough love", but these are hard problems that all need to help solve on a state level since federal help is mired down...as always. It can't hurt to try. I often say "do something, right or wrong, but do something !" Here's another idea. Ocean front beach communities frequently have shark problems and put up "shark nets" to keep them out. A "shark net" extending down the middle of the Rio Grande, going from subsurface to 3-4 feet high would stop the rafts and small boats as well as swimmers trying to cross. Cheaper in the long run than more boats and personnel and something that would not affect water flow or anything else.  There are solutions, we just have to look for them !