Posts Tagged ‘Senator Chuck Schumer’

Schumer’s Victory Dance

June 14, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer gleefully said on the Senate floor that “illegal immigration will be a thing of the past” once his immigration bill is passed. Where, exactly, is the pride in solving an illegal act by making it legal? Is that the best we can do? Apparently, it is, and it is one more sign of our escalating decline.

There is little doubt that if Schumer’s “solution” is put into place, border crossings will increase by those seeking the amnesty Schumer is eager to offer. Crossings are already rising in Texas. Schumer’s promise of securing the border later is as meaningful as “you can keep the health insurance you have”. Our government has a long history of reneging on promises and cutting funds.

When society stigmatized divorce, we made divorce easily obtainable. Today, 50% of marriages end in divorce and the family unit is crumbling. When illegal alcohol spurred out-of-control organized crime, we made alcohol legal again and organized crime flooded the country with drugs. We “solved” illegal gambling by making it legal through casinos and membership in Gambling Anonymous is steadily rising. When teen pregnancies increased, we handed out condoms in elementary schools and began actively encouraging their frequent use, resulting in a single motherhood epidemic. We “solved” the problem of dangerous back-alley abortions by making abortion legal, resulting in more and more abortions that have gone so far as murder outside the womb.

There is a pattern here. Society and our “leaders” are solving difficult problems with easy fixes and no forethought to consequences. The current easy fix being generated for our runaway drug problem is to make drugs legal. Does anyone really believe flooding the free market with legal, dangerous drugs (and that will surely be a result) will curtail their usage?

Chuck Schumer’s victory dance is not only premature, it is ridiculous. Amnesty, especially before securing the border, is a politically expedient fix for a difficult problem that will cause more problems. Obamacare is a perfect example of a hasty, politically expedient fix resulting in a nightmare.

When will we ever learn?

David J. Hentosh

Hey Chuck (Schumer): How Helpless do you Think We Are?

April 13, 2010

On April 12th, Senator Chuck Schumer expressed his outrage–OUTRAGE–because Spirit Airlines announced their intention to charge travelers $45 for carry-on luggage.

From Schumer’s website:

“Airline passengers have always had the right to bring a carry-on bag without having to worry about getting nickel and dimed by an airline company,” Schumer said. “The Treasury Department needs to close the loophole that encourages this abusive practice and rein in these fees.”

Schumer called on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to close a loophole in current airline regulations that have airlines charging customers for bringing aboard even one piece of carry-on luggage. Schumer is calling on Secretary Geithner to issue a new administrative rule that would define carry-on baggage for air travelers as a “reasonable necessity” in order to help keep carry-on baggage free for fliers and keep other airlines at bay from passing similarly outrageous fees. Last week, a prominent airline broke long-standing airline practices by announcing it would begin charging customers a whopping $45 for carry-on luggage. The decision could spur other airlines to impose similar fees. Schumer’s efforts are designed to rein in this outrageous practice and restore basic fairness for air travelers.  (Schumer.senate.gov)

Okay, doesn’t this seem like over-regulation? While you might agree with Schumer that a $45 fee for carry-on bags is ridiculous, is it really necessary to get Tim Geithner involved?

After all, if you don’t like the fee: fly another airline, or take the train–or drive.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like Congress to regulate only what’s necessary, not everything  a senator doesn’t like (or thinks he can get political mileage from). There are other airlines to choose if you don’t want to pay the fee.

On the other hand, we don’t have a choice about paying the fees and taxes Congress keeps heaping on us, most recently in the health care reform bill. (for example, there are fines/taxes–depending on who’s naming it–for not being insured, for getting a tan, on medical devices.  What choice do we have about paying any of these?

But regulating a carry-on bag fee? I can vote with my feet.  I don’t need no stinking regulation.

Hey Chuck, let the consumer decide whether this fee is excessive or not.

There’s a concept.