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For which I am not thankful

November 27, 2013 - Blaine Hyska
Many people at this time of year are making a list of items for which they are thankful.

My list is so long it would be impossible to number — life, family, health, freedom, career, etc., etc.

Instead, this is about occurrences in America for which I am unthankful. Items that I find objectionable, if you will.

— The Wisconsin State Journal reported in July that several police agencies in Wisconsin have vehicles equipped with the cameras recording images of civilian license plates 24 hours a day. Do police agencies need to record where we travel all day, every day?

— The IRS is in charge of tracking Obamacare coverage and fines. This is the same IRS that was ordered to return $136,000 to the owners of a Chinese restaurant in the Port Huron area earlier this month. Judge Sean Cox says the IRS missed a deadline to file the case in court. The money was seized last year by the Internal Revenue Service. The owners of China Lite restaurant were accused of making bank deposits of less than $10,000 to avoid mandatory reporting to the government. The owners denied any wrongdoing, and no charges have been filed. The owners made a claim to get the money back. That triggered a 90-day deadline for the government to file the case in court, but the deadline was missed by a day. The case isn't over: Taxpayers could be ordered to pay $58,000 in legal fees.

— The Environmental Protection Agency makes rules that affect our lives every day. This is the same EPA that used personal email accounts to conduct official business to avoid a Freedom of Information lawsuit from the Landmark Legal Foundation. The foundation had asked for any records that indicated the EPA was delaying the announcement of new environmental regulations until after last year's presidential election.

— Finally, California, and some other states, are allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. Gov. Jerry Brown cheered the proposal. "When a million people without their documents drive legally and with respect in the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice. No longer are undocumented people in the shadows," he said. The bill will grant licenses to anyone who passes written and road tests, regardless of immigration status. These people, who are admittedly committing a crime, are getting driver’s licenses; sounds like a ploy for votes to me. What about the all the legal born-in-America citizens around here using their bicycles to get to work? Wouldn’t they qualify, or would they have to say they are in the country illegally?



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