I’ve always heard and believed that when you have a flood you go upstream and see if you can fix the leak in the dam. In other words, go to the source of the challenge.
With immigration, we need to go to the source of the vast number of people flowing north from Latin America. I believed that President Obama would do more with our southern neighbors, but that didn’t happen. So far President Trump has followed suit and we have even gone backward with relationships with Cuba. We’re attempting to bring about a coup in Venezuela and working with many neighboring Latin America countries to end that socialist regime that has taken one of the richest oil countries of the world into poverty.
The vast knowledge of American free enterprise should be shared with our southern neighbors. We should be sending teams of teachers, economists, health care workers and funding to these struggling countries that have lost their way.
It seems that very little is done to ease the financial and political demise to assist these countries and the people are suffering so much they are willing to walk thousands of miles to freedom. They hear the stories of the great opportunities and good jobs in America and those who have come to America
send millions of dollars back across the borders each month to support family members still living in extreme poverty.
We should be going to the source of the mass exodus of people that is occurring across the Middle East and Latin America.
Here at home, we’re learning that elections do matter, and the state Legislature atmosphere is described by some as “toxic.”
It appears that the same socialistic mentality appearing in Washington, D.C., is spreading to some of our newly elected leaders who are attacking the energy business, and lining up hundreds of new bills to hinder business and offer rent controls, and enacting the new Red Flag Bill that will allow law enforcement or family member to ask a court to remove firearms from a home when someone is having a mental health crisis.
All of these issues have one common thread, that is a mental illness and we seem to go around the real issue of how helping those who suffer from substance abuse, disease afflictions, military service-related stress and lack of education and work skills.
The Red Flag Bill will no doubt end up in court, energy companies will have to deal with local governments more than in the past, and no doubt the use of public property issue will fail in the Denver City Election May 7.
But the issues remain of increasing youth suicides, more homeless people struggling with substance abuse and rental and home prices way ahead of hourly pay for a vast workforce across the state.
I attended a Common-Sense Policy Roundtable session last week where state business leaders are putting their heads together in a bipartisan way to assist in solving issues of our economy. The greatest minds are not in the state Legislature but across the state in business and nonprofit leaders who deal with these issues every day and cut through red tape to solve these pressing issues.
Elected officials need to listen to these leaders, stop the political bickering and provide solutions to pressing social and economic issues.
Engage the best brains in Colorado in higher education, health services, business and higher education.
Find the leaks in the dam and plug them.
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