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Monday, May 28, 2007 ISSUE #458

Memorial Day speeches and Immigration

#458, May 28, 2007

COLUMBUS: The immigration debate gave way for a day of Remembrance. But tomorrow you just watch it heat up again.

Most readers seemed to like my column last week about the Cherokee Nation. They didn't particularly like the result, but appreciated the warning.

I read in a newspaper that more than half of the illegal immigrants do not have a high school education. So if all of those ten to twenty million become citizens, the percent of Americans with an education will drop sharply lower.

I'll leave you with one question: If our goal is to lower the education level of the country, why are we spending billions to send our kids to high school and college?

Historical quotes from Will Rogers: (on Memorial Day)

"Another Decoration Day passed and Mr. Abraham Lincoln's 300-word Gettysburg Address was not dethroned. I would try and imitate its brevity if nothing else. Of course, Lincoln had the advantage; he had no foreign policy message to put over. He didn't even have a foreign policy. That's why he is still Lincoln." DT #268, May 31, 1927

"A sure certainty about our Memorial Days is as fast as the ranks from one war thin out, the ranks from another take their place. Prominent men run out of Decoration Day speeches, but the world never runs out of wars. People talk peace, but men give their life's work to war. It won't stop till there is as much brains and scientific study put to aid peace as there is to promote war." DT #888, May 31, 1929.

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