DACA the wrong lynchpin for funding


So, I'm sure you were shocked to learn there was a government shutdown because there's was no funding.

That wasn't really the case, as federal law dictates that essential services must continue, such as protecting the borders, Social Security and the like. But that won't stop the demagoguery, well, on either side actually, but you get the point.

But the Senate did come together Monday to fund government to Feb. 8, provided Congress considers a new DACA measure.

The argument boiled down to this: either the president agreed to an extension of DACA benefits for illegal immigrants, or they shut it down by stopping action on the bill.

I for one am glad this is happened; is shows the pettiness that our leaders have adopted, which would place immigration policy ahead of security, law and U.S. needs.

It may sound harsh in that many government workers in non-essential capacities had to go on unpaid leave, but, hey, them's the breaks of the life you chose. I remember several businesses in the early 2000s having to furlough people - myself include - in the economic downturn then, because the business needed to do what it could to survive.

Why is the loss of a few days of work such a problem, then, for a subset of society that lives off of our dollars anyway? For one, in every other "shutdown" that has occurred to my memory, the workers were fully compensated, even if it was after the fact.

But more importantly, why is our government more concerned about non-citizens and non-citizen issues than it is about the myriad problems facing our country? You know, those pesky things like budgets, and deficits, and debt, and voter fraud, and insert your own domestic problem here.

Plus, why is it such a problem for the U.S. to be a sovereign nation, with borders and immigrations policies? And more importantly, why does our leadership continually find ways to flout the law? Since DACA actually was not a law that was passed by Congress, but was an executive fiat from former president Barack Obama, it's not a law.

As I remember it, every elected official takes an oath to protect the Constitution and enforce the laws of the land. By allowing an amnesty for a group of people, particularly a group of people that knowingly broke our laws, it sends the message that Congress has lost its way, its spine, and its purpose - serving the people who elected them.

Do your jobs, folks. That's the proper focus here.

oThis week's Headline of Note comes from Fox News (foxnews.com): Illinois AG candidate robbed at gunpoint in Chicago during campaign photoshoot.

This has so many ways to pick at, but I'll just hit a few.

Chicago has for years now the reputation of being essentially the gun violence capitol of the world. Even for a state that has the most stringent gun control laws in the country, the rate of gun violence is incredible. For a candidate to push to be the top law enforcement person in the state to be robbed in such a blatant fashion speaks to the fact that gun control doesn't work, and that threats of legal consequences mean absolutely nothing.

Because of that, robbers such as the one in the video have become incredibly brazen, which will escalate. It will only end with a military-style crackdown, unless some very creative solutions are implemented, and quickly.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.